For those of you that are taking your camera beyond the “auto” mode and experimenting this holiday season, I thought I’d share some photography tips on How to take Christmas Bokeh shots.
*The term bokeh comes from the Japense word boke, which means “blur” or “haze” -wikipedia
I love to see holiday photography with a little bokeh in the background. The lights all a-blur and sparkling up the image. Here are a few tips for capturing that beauty, but first you must Say NO to Auto, my friends.
1. Wide aperture (low number)–I shot on 1.8 with my 85mm lens
2. Place a subject in front of the lights…focus in on that subject while throwing the background out of focus
3. The further away that object is from the lights, the better bokeh you will get. Bigger and rounder.
Here are some shots I took…(all with my 85mm lens)