Monday, March 19, 2012

Bokeh and the 50mm lens

One of my favorite lenses to work with creatively is a 50mm. With the image above, I'm using a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 which creates wonderful circles, or bokeh in the out of focus points of light. A tip to using a 50mm lens is to get very close to your subject, and let the background fall into a soft blur. The farther away you are from the subject, the more likely that everything in the composition is in sharp focus, so get close! Using a wide aperture allows you to selectively focus on the subject, and paints the background in a soft romantic way using color and light, creating a beautiful story-telling image.  Have fun shooting! ~ Deb