Playing around with depth of field and I think I finally get it?

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NikonNature Veteran Member • Posts: 4,409
Re: Playing around with depth of field and I think I finally get it?

Congrats! There are many questions on this forum that could be answered by a well designed experiment like yours. Not only does it demonstrate the concept, but it will really make sense to you as you perform the experiment and see the results.

Background blur can be very desirable. It is commonly used in portrait work, or any situation where you really want the subject to stand out. The blur makes the background less busy, so it doesn't compete with the subject. The farther the background is in relation to the subject, the more blurred it will be.

Bokeh, by the way, is the amount of blur. Rather it is the quality of the blur, especially any high contrast areas or specular highlights. If you shot the same scene with two lenses (same focal length, but different lenses), one might have better bokeh even though the amount of blur is the same.

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