Thursday, April 3, 2014

Photo Tip Thursday: How to Get Bokeh {Part 3 of 3}

This week we'll be going the last of the three strategies that you can use to achieve bokeh.  It's really simple too.  All you have to do is increase the distance between the subject you're photographing and their background.  The more distance you put between the two, the more blur you'll see in the background of the photo. 

Both of these photos were taken at the exact same aperture of f/2.8.  The only real reason that there was a larger amount of background blur in the photo on the right than on the left is that the background was a much greater distance from the subject.  Next time you go out for a shoot, move your subject farther away from their background to achieve a greater amount of bokeh in your photos.  Also, don't forget about combining this technique with the other two techniques that we previously discussed {using larger apertures and using longer focal lengths} to achieve those incredibly blurry backgrounds in your photos.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Very informative, once again totally helpful. Going to think about these things as soon as I get a subject that stays still :)

  2. Thanks for sharing! I recently got a Nikon and can't wait to learn all about it. I'm thinking I need another lens in order to achieve this... but I'm definitely stashing away in my back pocket. :)

    Steph - Signing Steph


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