How to create a blurry background (aka bokeh)

How to create a blurry background (aka bokeh)

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Bokeh - the creamy + blurry background that so many photographers want to achieve. 

It's easier than you think.

The process includes a lens which has a very low f-stop ability such as 1.4 and also a photographer who shoots manual.

(read how to shoot in manual here)


How To Tips:

  • Turn your f-stop as low as it can go.  I shoot at 1.4 during one person sessions to create this look.  Tip:  More than one person in the session?  Increase your f-stop one more stop for each person in the frame to help keep everyone in focus.
  • Having a low f-stop also helps bring in more light.  This can be helpful when indoors as well.
  • You will find that the closer you are to your focal point the more the background is blurry when shooting this style.
  • Do not set your subject right up against a background if you want bokeh.  The farther they are away from it the better.

All portrait sessions that Stacie shoots are with an 85mm 1.4

How To Create A Blurry Background - Bokeh

How To Create A Blurry Background - Bokeh

How To Create A Blurry Background - Bokeh

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  • Hi,

    I was just wondering about the “increase by one point per person” part. By that, do you mean from 1.4 to 2.4, or do you mean 1.4 to 1.5? :)

    Nicklas on
  • I mean a full stop higher … 1.4, 2.8 and so on

    Stacie Jensen on

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