How to achieve Bokeh effect - Photography (Updated)

Experiment

Test Information

Now that you have gone through different examples under experiment segment, Let's quickly test your hypothesis. Please click "Next" to continue.

• Mode
• Type of Lens
• ISO Settings
• Aperture (f-stop) Settings
• Distance of the subject

Based on the below truth table identify the factors that affect the outcome:

• Higher the Aperture (f-stop), higher is the bokeh effect i.e., Aperture and Bokeh effect are directly proportional.
• Lower the Aperture(f-stop), higher is the bokeh effect i.e., Aperture and Bokeh effect are inversely proportional.

Based on the below truth table, choose the right answer:

• ISO is inversely proportional to the available light (Higher the available light, lower the ISO)
• ISO is directly proportional to the available light (Higher the available light, higher the ISO)

Stacy and Wi are out for a morning walk. Stacy wants to take a beautiful picture of Wi with a bokeh effect. The environment is bright since they are outdoor during daylight. She is using a prime lens attached to a DSLR Camera with a focal distance of 50mm and standing close to the subject. She changes the mode setting to ‘Auto (A+)’ with f/12 (which is high) and ISO to high. The captured image was not up to the expectation and hence it is a bad picture.

To achieve a great bokeh effect picture, answer whether the statement is true or false:

• Outcome depends on the type of lens used.
• Outcome is independent of the type of lens used.
• The subject is placed far while capturing from a Zoom lens.
• The subject is placed closer while capturing from a Prime lens
• The subject is placed far while capturing from a prime lens.
• The subject is placed close while capturing from a Zoom lens.

Based on the below truth table, which of the following statement is true:

Practice

Practice 1:

• It's a fail. The distance should be far.
• It's a success. All the settings are perfect.
• It's a fail. The ISO should be low.

Kumar has recently started learning photography. He wants to experiment to take a bokeh picture of his pet Scooby. The environment is set indoor with dull lighting. ISO is set to high. The subject was placed closer to the camera attached with a prime lens of 50mm. The mode is set to ‘Aperture (Av)’ with f/1.8. What would be the expected outcome of the picture?

Name DSLR Lens Mode ISO Aperture
(f-stop)
Distance Outcome
Kumar Yes Prime Av High 1.8(Low) Less ?

Practice 2:

• Lens
• Distance
• ISO
• Distance

Stella visited her aunt’s place and was surprised to meet their new pet Chika. Chika was so adorable that Stella started to take pictures. She wanted to try the bokeh effect that she had learned recently. She attached the prime lens to her DSLR camera and set the mode to ’Aperture (Av)’ with f/1.8 and ISO to High. The environment was bright since it was outdoor. She also made sure that the subject was closer (50mm). But the outcome was not great as she expected.

Name DSLR Lens Mode ISO Aperture
(f-stop)
Distance Outcome
Stella Yes Prime Av High 1.8(Low) Less Fail

For the above scenario, which of the following settings were set wrong?

Practise 3:

Michael is a candid photographer. During the last Christmas, he took a picture using a DSLR with a prime lens attached to create a bokeh effect. It was a great success. Below is the picture. Now by looking at the picture, please arrange the settings:

• Mode
Av
• ISO
High
• Aperture (f-stop)
1.8(Low)
• Distance
Less
• Outcome
Success

Practise 4

Imagine you took a portrait picture in order to achieve bokeh effect. You used a Prime lens attached to the DSLR. The subject was asked to stand closer (50mm) and the environment was bright as it is outdoor. ISO was set to low and the mode was set to ‘Aperture’. With what focal length do you achieve partial and full bokeh effect pictures as shown below:

• f1.8
• f5.6

Practice 5:

• It’s a fail because the distance between the camera and subject should be more.
• It’s a success as the settings are set perfectly.
• It’s a fail since the ISO is set to low.
• It’s a partial success.

Joe takes a picture of his friend inside a well-lit sports museum. He used a zoom lens (200mm) to a DSLR camera with closer distance to the subject. He set the mode to ‘Aperture (Av)’ and set it to f/2.8 (Low). The ISO was set to low. What would be the outcome of the picture?

Name DSLR Lens Mode ISO Aperture
(f-stop)
Distance Outcome
Joe Yes Zoom Av Low 2.8(Low) Less ?