It’s All About The Bokeh!

Sometimes a picture is just all about the bokeh! Right after I took this picture a young security guard girl came over and told me I wasn’t allowed to take pictures in the building unless I had written consent from the buildings management. I told her it wasn’t a problem and asked her if I could take her picture quickly haha. She looked around, as if to see if anyone would see us taking the picture. I told her to relax and that no one was gonna see haha, however she did seem a little nervous at the idea and after a little humming and hawing she politely declined. So with that, I was stuck with this picture of a picture of a girl. But who cares, I only needed a point of focus to get them bokeh balls going! 🙂

Bokeh Balls Blur Blurry Background shallow DOF picture famous model ad - Rob Moses Photography - Vancouver Seattle Calgary PhotographerCamera: Canon 5D mark iii & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings: 1/100th – f/1.4 – ISO 100

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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    • A scene like this is very easy to create with a DSLR camera Georgina. You just find a scene with a lot of lights in the background, put a 50mm lens on, shoot it wide open (f1.8, 1.4 or 1.2) and use a focus point relatively close to you. This can be created with many other lenses too, I just happen to be shooting with a 50mm that day ;).

      • That sounds easy for you… But hard for someone who just got her camera, and have no idea with all the f1.8 etc hehe! I am planning to go to school for basic photography. I’m totally clueless and it sucks haha!

      • I can help you out! What camera are you shooting with? Did you get the kit lens? Do you have any others. If you don’t already have a 50mm lens you should go out and buy one today! They are pretty cheap and should run you around $120 and they blow the kit lens away! Super sharp pictures and nice bokeh! If you ever have any questions feel more than free to ask 🙂

      • I have Canon 70D with the lens that came with it. I am not really familiar with types of lenses haha. Have to study first. Like I said, I am clueless! And new to this country. But I will look into that 50mm lens you said and will definitely try it. Thanks Rob 🙂

    • Hello Giulia, yes bokeh does depend a lot on the lens, however it is not entirely dependant on the lens. For good bokeh you should try and shoot with a fast prime like a 50mm 1.8, or 85mm 1.8. Shoot them wide open at f/1.8 and keep in mind the closer you are to your focus point the better bokeh you will get. If your shooting with a zoom, like a 24-70mm 2.8 or something, shoot at f/2.8 and zoom all the way into 70mm, again the closer you are to your subject the better bokeh you will get.

      This picture was shot with a 50mm 1.4, it’s a good all around lens and not to expensive (around $400). If you don’t feel like spending that much try a 50mm 1.8 if you don’t already have one ;).

      • Hi Rob, thanks a million for your explanation.
        I have just the standard zoom 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and I started wondering if it was not the best one to gain a lot of bokeh – I’ll consider if buying a 50mm.
        You were very helpful, thanks again!

        And, by the way, I just noticed you started following my blog!! It’s an honour 🙂

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