Chris Marquardt: Visual Bokeh

Episode 1756 (59:06)

Chris Marquardt

Chris joins Leo to talk about using Bokeh (boke-eh) to make a visual impact in your photography. Bokeh is the out of focus background in your image. Bokeh helps put the viewer's attention on the subject, which is in focus. Bokeh can also set a mood, with lights out of focus. It can also be used to disguise a busy background. Bokeh is accomplished by opening up your lens all the way (the lowest f stop setting). And the faster your lens, the more bokeh you can achieve. 

Bokeh can also be manipulated. A fun experiment is to take a black piece of paper and cut a hole in it in the shape of a star, a diamond, or some other nifty shape. Place the paper in front of your lens, and your image's bokeh will take that shape.

Visuals are at

Our next photo assignment is - UGLY (this time with two conditions: no people, no sweaters). Take a photo of, about, or otherwise concerning the concept of "UGLY and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGUGLY" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

And don't forget to check out Chris' new one on one photography workshop: Photo Sensei.