4 Quick Tips for Creating Bokeh

BY JOHN STERLING RUTH, OLYMPUS VISIONARY
Shot by John Sterling Ruth, Olympus Visionary

Bokeh refers to the visual or aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus effect that occurs when using a lens on your PEN, OM-D or E-System camera. Taking advantage of this effect in your holiday images helps isolate your main subject while creating a pleasing background effect.

1The most important tip to create great bokeh is open your lens to the fastest aperture. The faster your lens the better the bokeh you can achieve.*

2Get close to your subject. The closer you are, the more bokeh will become apparent.

Shot with the E-M1 and the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8, ISO1000, 1/125sec, F2.2

Shot with the E-M1 and the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8, ISO1000, 1/125sec, F2.2

3Make sure you create space between your subject and the background. More distance increases your bokeh effect.

4Bokeh is not only for the background. Position some lights in the foreground of your subject and create beautiful bokeh effects close to your lens.

Shot with the E-M1 and the M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8, ISO1600, 1/100sec, F1.8

Shot with the E-M1 and the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8, ISO2000, 1/80ec, F1.8

* Fast prime lenses inherently have a shallow depth of field resulting in photos with blurry backgrounds. This is due to the larger aperture of the optics (i.e. f1.8, f2.0, etc.). For a more dramatic blurring effect, choose a lens with a greater focal length.

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