The challenge for this Saturday's
The LEarning Never Stops Photo Challenge is bokeh.
I heart bokeh. Everyone needs a little bokeh in their life....
In non-technical blog-speak, bokeh effect is a blurry background. See on the photo above- the grass-like plants are in focus in the front, and the background is all blurry and out-of-focus.
Here's another example- I focused on the yummy snack, getting real close to it- I actually had my camera setting on 'aperture'- the little 'A' button on the top left of my nikon. My camera then chose the shutter speed for me. I like either/or scenaros, it just simplifies things for me...
Before I found out about the aperture setting...I learned a neat little bokeh trick- use your micro setting on your camera, it's usually a button with a flower on it. Get in close to a subject and make sure you are focused just on the subject- you might have to play a little tug-of-war with your auto-focus...I did with the grass picture above. If you are focused on the closest thing, the background will be blurry. If no blur, try getting closer to the subject and re-focusing.
Here are links to better, more professional descriptions of bokeh, how to get it and how your aperture settings work-
- Addicted to Bokeh at The Pioneer Woman Photography-with links within for "what the heck in aperture parts 1,2, 3" - she is a wealth of information!
Now you are armed, so get out there and capture some great bokeh!
See you Saturday, July 17th for a Bokeh-Fest!