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5 Tips for the BEST Portrait Bokeh (Blurry Background)

Quick tips from a award winning Oklahoma City Photographer. How to get your picture background nice and blurry to achieve professional Bokeh look.

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#5 - Pick the right Focal Length. The Longer your lens, the more blur you can achieve.

#5 - Pick the right Focal Length. The Longer your lens, the more blur you can achieve.

This picture was taken with a 105mm lens. There is more that needs to be done to make your image blurry. Stick to 85mm or above. Anything greater then 200mm and you might be to far from your subject.

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#4 - Get closer to your subject

#4 - Get closer to your subject

200mm Lens at 20 ft away. If you are at 100mm, try 10ft away.
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#3 - Separate your subject from the background

#3 - Separate your subject from the background

Make sure your background is far from your subject.
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#2 - Focus on your subject

#2 - Focus on your subject

Sound obvious? when taking Portraits, you want to make sure your subjects don't go blurry. Focus on the eye of your closest subject. Also make sure your subjects are one the same focal plane. Focus is razor thin, make the most of it.

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#1 - APERTURE | Shoot Wide Open with a low F-stop number

#1 - APERTURE | Shoot Wide Open with a low F-stop number

Try to used the lowest F number possible. This was taken with a 85mm at F/1.8.

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