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June 19, 2017

What is Bokeh?

We love sharing little nuggets of knowledge with others, especially when it comes to things we are passionate about. It’s that nerdy side of us coming out. ๐Ÿ˜€


Have you ever looked at a photo and seen blurred out circles or backgrounds in an image? You may have just thought of it as blur. We sure did when we first started! But now we know it is so much more than that!

The blur is actually Bokeh that you are seeing! Bokeh, (pronounced like “bow” in “bowtie” and “ke” in “kettle”), is an out-of-focus part of an image. Let’s take a classroom minute and dig in!

ย Aperture and How it Relates to Bokeh

Aperture is defined as a hole for light to travel through. It is one of the integral settings on any camera, and is often one of the first aspects that photographers and anyone in general learns about. Aperture is one of the three main components of the “Exposure Triangle” (the other two are “shutter speed” and “ISO”).

Wider apertures (for example, f/1.4) allow more light to come into your camera, while tighter apertures (for example, f/16) allow less. Generally speaking, the wider your aperture, the more bokeh or blur you’ll get in an image. This is because wider apertures have shorter depth of field, meaning more of your image will be out of focus.

Fun Fact: Those “circles” that most people use to identify bokeh are actually the same exact shape as the aperture used in the image. In most modern DSLR’s, the aperture is actually a system of several “blades” working together to create the hole. If these blades formed the shape of a triangle, then the bokeh would be shaped as triangles, too! Isn’t that cool?
Now you will probably never think of blur the same way in images!

Okay, that’s a wrap for today’s classroom minutes with us! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Megan // A Dash of Mum

    June 19th, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for the info ๐Ÿ™‚

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