When did Bokeh come into common camera parlance? I’ve recently got back into photography as a hobby, having put my camera down in 2004 (funnily enough to get back into mountain biking). I don’t ever recall hearing or reading the term back then, but now it’s everywhere (or maybe there are more online resources).
Has it always been used and I just missed it?Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
It’s pretty recent, I don’t recall seeing it referred to more than a couple of years ago. It’s a digital artefact producing perfectly circular highlights on out of focus background objects, which requires certain settings to achieve, AFAIAA. Never really got into it myself, can’t be arsed with the phaffing around.Posted 4 years agonbtMemberwysiwyg wrote:
I understood Bokeh to be the shape of blurred light sources in the background
It’s this. People seem to confuse this with the general effects of a narrow depth of field. As above, it’s become popular over the last four or five year due to the increasing prevelance of DSLRs and internet photography forumsPosted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
If you don’t call it Bokeh, what do you call it?
Well “blur” would do 🙂
But I think various photography magazines/forums adopted “bokeh” as a subjective term to help them describe the quality of the blur (e.g. the softness and roundness, which varies between lenses depending on optics and aperture blades).
Personally I always imagine them gently swilling lenses around and sniffing them 😀
“Lovely bokeh. Bold ripe cherry, blueberries, summer fields, with a hint of bark and the quiet lingering flavour of a tramp’s testicle”Posted 4 years agoWEJSubscriber
As Wikipedia says:
“the aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of an image”
There are people (usually Leica enthusiasts) who’ve been saying “I like/don’t like the way this lens handles out of focus areas” for a long time. Even two lenses with similar specification (but of a different design) at the same aperture. I first heard the term bokeh around 10 years ago.Posted 4 years ago
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