Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pocket Camera Bokeh...

I know this topic would be quite elementary to the pros out there, so I guess it's a good thing this post isn't for you :) This one goes out to all the amateur photogs like me who are trying to learn their way around the world of photography on their own.

So bokeh...the first time I heard that term, ya know, "excellent bokeh" I was thinking, maybe it's just slang for "The Shizz" and what-what of the money-shots. So wrong, lol. Thanks to google, I found out what it was:

"In photography, bokeh is the blur,[1][2] or the ├Žsthetic quality of the blur,[3][4][5] in out-of-focus areas of an image."

Yay Wikipedia.

This could also be described as the "circles of confusion," when something goes so out of focus, that the twinkling lights behind will bloom to these really cool looking circles. It helps separate your subject from the background, making them pop and letting your viewers know that they're the focus of the composition.

Hence, something like this:

Essentially, there are factors that contribute to depth of field (and bokeh)...aperture, distance between the camera and subject...ding ding, focal length. Basically meaning a little point-and-shoot would achieve this with difficulty, right? That's what I thought.

So in explaining all of this, I'm merely just passing on an interesting tidbit I found on how you can get that bokeh effect with that cool little point 'n shoot that doesn't have the natural side-effects of awesomeness. Lol, beauty isn't always pain (of wallet).

Here it is! (click the picture)

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