Tuesday Tips #5

Welcome to Tuesday Tips!  Snippets of information designed to help you take your photography further today!  My Tuesday Tips stem from bits of wisdom and words of advice I have gained over 10 years of being a professional photographer.

Following on from last Tuesdays Tip I am discussing Bokeh (BOH-Ka).  Bokeh is the eye catching soft circular patterns of light win the out of focus area of a photo.  I love the bokeh effect and often work my camera to achieve great bokeh in my photographs.  To achieve the bokeh look it is easer to use a Digital SLR camera rather than a compact point and shoot camera.

A larger aperture works best, so set your camera to Aperture Priority Mode (A on Nikon, Av on Canon) and use a low f-number.  Depending on the camera and lens you are using,  this can anything from f1.2 up to f5.6, but the lower the better.  The shot taken above was using an aperture of f2.8.   Have the subject that you are focusing on as close to the lens as possible and try and get as much distance between your subject and the background, Your background should be well lit. 

Once you  master the technical side of creating bokeh in your photographs go out and have some fun!  With Christmas not too far away, get in some practice so you can photography some beautiful Christmas light bokeh! 

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