Photography Effect - The Classic Bokeh Look

Although the classic Bokeh look is difficult to quantify in photography, it is an essential concept that you should be able to do incredible things with. Bokeh, which is essentially blurred images that enhance the quality of the main subject in a photograph, is at the core of photography. You can achieve the perfect Bokeh look using a variety of techniques, but there are two main types.

The Good Bokeh

If you see a photograph that has a focal point subject (such as a person), and the background image is blurred or out of focus, it is called good bokeh.

It emphasizes the main subjects by removing the focus points of light. It’s not easy to achieve good bokeh.

The Bad Bokeh

Bad bokeh is an image that blurs the focus of the subject. The quality of the bokeh created can be affected by the combination of light and background images.

Although it is difficult to define what bad bokeh looks like, the idea is that it should not be a distraction from the image’s focal point or enhance it.

How to create the Bokeh look

It is important to choose the correct lens and aperture settings to get the bokeh effect. The blurrier background images will appear more blurred the lower the setting. However, the wrong lens could result in blurred images that are too contrastive with the main subject. An example of good bokeh is a person standing in front of a blurred background so that he stands out clearly.

Different lenses can be used to make the focal points, and background images stand out more. Any bokeh style aims to make the background images appear darker around the edges and the focal points. The result is that less defined shapes such as the scenery will blend seamlessly.

The overall look of your bokeh will also be affected by the shape of the aperture. The most common aperture shapes are hard-edged polygonal. However, a more curved aperture shape will create a subtler and more pleasing bokeh effect. There are some lens manufacturers that offer circular aperture shapes. Others rely on lenses that cater to portrait photography. This allows the images to be more subtle and without the danger of hard edges that can sometimes be found in polygonal aperture shapes.

The classic bokeh look can be a great starting point for exploring new photographic possibilities.