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    Quote Originally Posted by Belano
    Hi i am not using DSLR or SLR camera, only have S5500. I have been trying to take such bokeh pictures, which i think the effects are really nice. But couldn't catch the effect most of the time. I have set my aperture to the min F2.9 but still cannot.
    Can anyone advice what other factors to take note to take bokeh?
    There are a few factors that affect DOF, using the widest aperture is one of those. You can try zooming all the way. Its hard to get nice bokeh on compact cameras I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belano
    Background not blur enough i guess. So can you advice on it? Thank you.
    3 factors:
    Subject to camera distance
    Aperture
    focal length

    Think of which you can still vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar
    Some bokeh pics


    Hey this is nice.. great shot...

    Here's some of my bokeh shots.....






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    Hi, I would like to find out which Canon L-lens has good bokeh then? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterKnight
    Hi, I would like to find out which Canon L-lens has good bokeh then? Thanks.
    It all depends on the user..
    eat. drink. shoot

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    Does it mean if the subject is further from the camera, easier to get bokeh results?

    Is this picture a bokeh shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belano
    Does it mean if the subject is further from the camera, easier to get bokeh results?
    no, the other way round...
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    I think some of the images posted here do not show examples of "bokeh"... it's not just simply a a blurred b/g.

    Although there is no definitive explanation, a bokeh is also how the lens + camera combination renders the background shapes in a pleasing pattern. For eg the S2Pro with its hexagonal CCD, tends to give a hexagonal pattern for small round objects in the b/g. Other cameras with different CCD configs will give different patterns. Likewise, difference lenses will offer different patterns.

    Hence, if I shoot a flower in a studio with a gradual grey background, that is NOT bokeh. It's just an out-of-focus b/g.

    There is no good or bad bokeh. But some people tend to prefer a certain background pattern over others. And some just look more pleasing. Just my 2 cts.

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