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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.

Kate Hopewell-Smith Pro­file Life­style and wed­ding pro Kate was one of the first UK pho­tog­ra­phers to spe­cialise in boudoir pho­tog­ra­phy. She is on the panel of the Guild of Pho­tog­ra­phers and one of only seven Nikon Am­bas­sadors in the UK.

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

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