"Pretty Blur" | Photography Tips

"Ooh I love that pretty blurry background!"

Those were definitely my words before diving feet first into the world of photography. I didn't know what it was called or how to get it and sometimes I thought it was only an editing trick. Before I understood exposure and light, I still had an idea for what made a picture look "professional". In other words, less of a snapshot and more artistic. I wanted to DO that thing. It was magical.

That thing is called bokeh. Here's the fancy definition:

"..the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image.."

(Source: Wikipedia)

It's from the Japanese word for "blur" - neat, right? #wordnerd

Anyway, there's lots of ways to achieve great bokeh. I'm a firm believer that any lens and any camera can achieve it when used appropriately. In my class, Only Little Once, I do suggest purchasing a portrait lens to help create this effect. The "nifty fifty" or 50 mm 1.8 lens was my favorite learning lens and what started much of my photography journey. For roughly $100, it was one of the best investments I ever made.

My current favorite lens with it's creamy, gorgeous bokeh is the 85 mm 1.8. So versatile and fun! It rarely seems to leave my camera these days.

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Rich, clean bokeh allows the subject to shine every. single. time.

And look at you, now you have a fun, shmancy dinner conversation starter! Everyone will be amazed when you drop the word "bokeh" - try it ;)

xoxo

Erin