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Magical Bokeh

August 11, 2011

Bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur. It’s out-of-focus areas of an image. The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means “blur” or “haze”. Source: Wikipedia.

Many of my clients ask me to make images “where subject is sharp and background is blurred”. No wonder! Bokeh provides timeless, romantic and poetic atmosphere in pictures. And the only limit is your creativity!

"Girl, you'll be a woman soon"

Photo by Milica Tepavac

"Let your amazement grow"

It’s a very useful technique and I like to use it when I photograph people and when I want to show character of the subject I’m photographing, yet background behind the subject is not so perfect.

Photographing kids with bokeh technique

"Little man"

When we make “natural bokeh”, using settings on cameras, we usually use shallow focus technique. In general, more light we have and better equipment we have, we can achieve more blur background.

Portrait photography by Milica Tepavac


Less “natural bokeh” is when we do so called photo manipulation to achieve bokeh. Photo editing software is a very useful tool for every photographer. They help us to achieve different atmosphere in photographs, be “crazy” and creative if we are in the mood for such a thing.

Here are some examples how I did bokeh using photo editing software.

Before and after

bokeh as a creative tool in photography

bokeh in modern photography

Have a great day and be creative!

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 11, 2011 9:33 pm

    Excellent “class” on Bokeh.

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