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Bokeh - Beginner-Photography-Guide
May 16
Butterfly on Yellow Flower

EXAMPLE: Bokeh with a smoothness in the background appearance.

Bokeh refers to the aesthetic quality of the blur you see in the out-of-focus parts of an image, and is produced by the lens. It’s the way a lens renders out-of-focus points of light.

An example of the aesthetic quality of the blur is when the quality of blur is pleasing to view, with an element of smoothness to it.

Purple flowers

EXAMPLE: Aesthetic quality lacking a smoothness in the background.

It is the combination of quality and reflected points of light which photographers refer to as Bokeh.

This is different than blur through aperture, and depth of field.

Bokeh, may also include sharper edges and with a less pleasing quality and smoothness. Some photographers will debate if this is truly Bokeh, however.

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