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    hey guys, came across the term bokeh and tried to google and find out how to get the same effect. but i dont quite understand, anyone care to share? (:

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    bokeh is simply lens blur

    when a background is blurred, that is bokeh

    you mean wikipedia couldn't help you, or you just throw in the line that you used google? then you need to learn how to use it better

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    I think in Hokkien it means NOT FAKE (bo keh).

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    blur back ground and object clear
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanandrew View Post
    bkur back ground and object clear
    not really.

    for example, you can have a totally oof picture, then that would be a totally bokeh picture

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    1st pic without bokeh



    the 2nd with bokeh



    notice the distinctive background blurring

    Makes your subject stand out
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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    not really.

    for example, you can have a totally oof picture, then that would be a totally bokeh picture

    thanks for the note learn somethink again
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    bokeh = no teeth
    Objection !!!

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    Most importantly, it's not just background blur, but also the quality of that blur.

    I do not believe you actually searched google. It's quite extensively described in numerous places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    bokeh = no teeth
    Common trend amongst aged ppl

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    Curious... how many fellow CS bro... uses PS to enhance the bokeh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Most importantly, it's not just background blur, but also the quality of that blur.

    I do not believe you actually searched google. It's quite extensively described in numerous places.
    many don't know you can actually type " what is ______"(fill in the blank) in search engines.
    Objection !!!

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    bokeh is a japanese word for blur

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    when you give someone a bunch of 'western' flowers, eg Roses, Tulips, etc. it's called a BOUQUET of flowers.
    when you give someone a bunch of 'eastern' flowers, eg Japanese Sakura, it's called a BOKEH of flowers...
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    How to take a pic with and without bokeh?

    Can we blur and unblur the background easily with a DSLR?

    My PNS usually always no bokeh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrericlee View Post
    How to take a pic with and without bokeh?
    Can we blur and unblur the background easily with a DSLR?
    Yes, by using the aperture and observing the factors that affect Depth of Field (DOF). Some more to read up: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...h-of-field.htm
    Bokeh is the quality of the blur part - affected by the lens as described already by others.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrericlee View Post
    My PNS usually always no bokeh.
    Bokeh needs shallow DOF, something that PnS cannot have due to physics (small aperture, small sensor).

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    Extracts from - http://dictionary.reference.com/

    Main Entry: bokeh
    Part of Speech: n
    Definition: a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image
    Example: The bokeh, or quality of the blurred image in the photograph, was described and discussed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrericlee View Post
    How to take a pic with and without bokeh?

    Can we blur and unblur the background easily with a DSLR?

    My PNS usually always no bokeh.
    PNS is to take record picture so usually no bokeh, if you auto all. You can still make bokeh if you know how to compose the picture esp on macro mode.

    Bokeh effect are considered moderately extreme effect.

    You can easily got bokeh with DSLR. Turn on - go to A mode, and turn the dial or whatever to achieve F number as low as possible. Some of the kit lense only go up to F3.x then live with that. If you are lucky and can go down to F2.8 then go for it.

    Now find yourself a row of something like gate, bottles lined up etc, then position yourself closely parallel to the rows of object, so you see some closer to you is bigger, further away is smaller. Focus somewhat in the middle, and shoot.

    If you are still confused, see this picture. This is what I want you to do take.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/waynephotoguy/2512235859/

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