When playing with depth of field, you will inevitably come across the concept of bokeh, or the creative manipulation of background blur. This is a favorite for portraiture and street photography. As you may have already picked up while studying depth of field, you can achieve intense blurs through any, or all of the following:
- larger apertures
- longer focal lengths
- greater separation between subject and background
Below is a good tutorial on how to get bokeh:
For a simpler setup for practicing bokeh, please refer to other tutorials, such as this one:
This was actually replicated in a past MMS 173 session and the class yielded results such as this one:
I personally don’t think too much about bokeh in my pictures all that much. It’s never my priority. But I still would encourage you to discuss this in the discussion forums. I’m sure some of your classmates will be more than happy to share their knowledge with the rest of you, so you can employ this technique in some of your photography projects.