Creative photography requires more than cutting-edge equipment. The most creative and stunning photographs often come from a professional photographer using time-tested techniques and special effects that make their subjects stand out in the best possible ways. One of these methods that has become even more popular in recent years, known as “bokeh,” is often used in wedding photography.
Read on to learn how bokeh can turn any wedding photograph into a literal work of art:
What is the simplest definition of bokeh?
Historically, some artists and painters would focus on a subject in the foreground of their art by making the background less detailed. This method created a contrast that made the subject stand out. The background area is referred to as outside of the depth of field because a person’s vision immediately zooms in or focuses on the more detailed, noticeable subject. The technique and the blurred or hazy background are both referred to as bokeh (bō-kā), which means “blur” or “to blur” in Japanese. Bokeh also refers to the quality of the contrast and the feeling it evokes.
What does bokeh look like in images?
The bokeh effect can look like a complete blur with a coarse, cream or swirling texture across the background or have layers with overlapping, distinctive, blurry, highlight shapes, such as bubbles, circles, diamonds, hearts, heptagons and stars. The contrast between areas must always transition smoothly or softly and evoke a positive or pleasant sensation.
When the “bokeh” effect is completed correctly, it’s known as “good” bokeh. A person who looks at the subject, contrasting elements and overall image feels like they’re witnessing or experiencing something wonderful. With “bad” bokeh, the person feels like something isn’t right with part or all of the image. The transition might not have enough blur, colors might clash or any highlights, if applicable, might distract from the subject.
Why choose bokeh for portraits and other photographs?
Bokeh can make the background of an image seem like a landscape from a dream or magical world, which makes it a great special effect for nature- and fantasy-themed weddings. It can also emphasize the emotion of a couple gazing at each other with love since a blurred background can make them seem like they’re the only two people in the entire world. The photographer can also emphasize a couple’s love with tiny bubble or heart highlights.
Bokeh makes everything in the foreground seem all important. Foreground details stand out more because there are no clear background details or chosen hazy-shaped highlights in the background complement the subject.
Since 1999, Amin Russell has used a wide range of techniques like bokeh to create stunning, cinematic, portrait photographs, collections and videos for brides, engaged couples and others throughout the Greater New Orleans region. Amin works with his clients to select the locations and photographic elements that can make their dreams come to life. If you’re located outside of the area, don’t worry. Amin also travels upon request. Contact one of our full-service studio team members today via web form, phone or email to discuss your unique New Orleans wedding photography vision or other important life moment!