The inclusion of out-of-focus highlights, or ‘bokeh’, in portraits can add a beautiful effect to the background of images and is the result of shooting a subject using a ‘fast’ lens that wi ll allow you to work at wi de apertures.
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The effect is most noticeable in highlights – so, when shooting contre jour (into the light). Look for locations where there are bright areas of light in the background, such as sun coming through trees [top], and make sure that you are close to your subject and the background is some distance away.
Different lenses produce different types of bokeh; the effect will be more pronounced with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or wider. ‘Good’ bokeh isn’t just confined to out-of-focus specular highlights; it can also be used for soft, dreamy backgrounds of uniform colour.
Right When shooting kids, switch to continuous AF; this will adjust the focusing if your subjects move closer or further away