Have you ever seen photos with a well-separated background and foreground? Sometimes, the background looks perfectly blurred, with lights looking like orbs instead of intense flashes. This effect is known as “bokeh,” and you can achieve it with just a Canon DSLR in the UAE and a little bit of practice—no need for post-processing!
How to achieve better bokeh with a Canon DSLR in the UAE
- Check your aperture
The secret to a great bokeh is a fast aperture. A lens with an aperture of f/1.4 is the best option; however, you can still achieve great blurriness with around f/2.8.
Another factor to consider is the type of your lens. Generally, prime lenses are better at creating bokeh than zoom lenses because they allow more light to enter and offer a shallower depth of field. For instance, the EF 24mm f/1.4L lens is a solid choice, featuring circular diaphragm blades for smoother bokeh.
- Adjust your camera settings
Once you’ve found the perfect Canon lens, it’s time to go into your camera’s settings. Two shooting modes can help you create a good bokeh: Aperture-priority AE, indicated by the letters “Av” on the mode dial, and Manual, indicated by “M.”
Av mode automatically adjusts the camera’s shutter speed while allowing you to choose the appropriate aperture. In comparison, Manual mode lets you select both f/stop and shutter speed.
- Experiment with different styles
You don’t have to stay in one position while trying to get the perfect bokeh effect using your camera. For instance, if you are taking portraits, try going closer or farther from your subject while adjusting the lens’ focus.
You can even enhance the vibrance of your background by using backlights, side lights, or hair lights in different colours, depending on the style you’re going for!
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