exploring with your camera theme. Ummm, maybe, but I ended up with a photo of Sunflower because really documenting my children and life is what originally caused me to pick up a camera.
But then so many people on the hunt that week admitted they didn't know how to capture bokeh. Some were limited by their equipment (it is possible to capture bokeh with automatic point and shoots--I believe--but I never have.) Others had the capability of setting manual settings, but didn't know what to do. It made me sad, because I remembered being there only 7 months before. I loved photos with blurry backgrounds, selective focus, and those beautiful bits of pretty glowing circles...but I had no clue how to get them.
My 3 Boybarians 31 Days to a Better Photo Series and started shooting in manual, I started to sometimes capture that blurry or creamy background and sometimes even the more elusive bokeh. I even blogged about that exciting day when Sunflower was in focus and the background was blurry.
|SOOC as I didn't know how to edit at all when I first posted this photo|
|When one doesn't have something they want in focus, manual un-focus can be used to make bokeh.|
So if you are feeling like I did--I love bokeh, but I'll never be able to do it...don't despair. If I can learn, so can you. You don't even have to use manual...it is probably easier to use manual...but aperture priority would allow you to set your lens to your widest aperture and have the camera do all the work of exposure. Then, as the I heart faces tutorial says, get close to your subject with the background a ways back and watch the magic happen. I even have a friend who loves the background blurry and doesn't understand settings at all, but she found if she set her point and shoot to close-up and then got in the face of her child (her words) she got some magical photos, too.
Well, I didn't intend to make this a tutorial because there is probably a lot I still don't understand; I would never want to mislead someone. Plus the people who expressed interest in learning about bokeh aren't reading my blog on a random Monday. I just wanted to show the pretty bokeh pictures I took in the last few weeks that didn't make it into Scavenger Hunt Sunday--they would have made my hunt way too long!