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Bokeh Foto Fun with My Family

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

This past weekend I had s little foto fun with my brother and his family. We took a little foto walk around downtown Venice and checked out the lights. They were kind enough to be my models for the evening. I think they got bored at the end, but that could have been the hunger talking. 🥴

Downtown areas along Main St. are covered in a fantastic spectacle of light and color during the holidays. You can take advantage of these displays with the right equipment and camera techniques. Using a tripod will increase the ability to create sharper images and free you up to work with your composition. Shoot the same area with multiple perspectives - standard, low, high, wide-angle, and telephoto. This time during the holidays, it's a great time to break out the camera gear and play with bokeh.

The Bokeh effect in these photos is the bright circles in the image's out-of-focus areas. It is more noticeable with bigger apertures - like f/2.8, f/1.8, or f/1.4. For a more dramatic look, make sure the background is about 1.5x further from the subject than you are.

Essential Tips: Be aware of distance! The further bokeh appears smaller when further away from the lens. Try using a lens with at least 135mm effective focal length and keep your subject 5 to 7 feet in front of you. The bokeh background should be about 10 to 15 feet from the subject. Experiment with distance to see what kind of bokeh you can create!

Gear - Olympus O-MD E-M1 MK II with either the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO or the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO. The flash used was the Godox V860 II.

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