what is bokeh?

cgennoe

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I recently submitted a post and received a response advising that some lenses with a faster aperture have 8 blades rather than 6, providing a smoother bokeh..what exactly is bokeh?
Do the 'blades' refer to the pieces of metal that close/open to provide the function of aperture itself..
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Bokeh is the word for the out of focus portion of the picture
behind the subject of your photograph. Usually it is little round
balls of light and color.
 

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I had a similar question when I was deciding which lens to buy...several reviews were talking about bokeh.

If you do a google/yahoo search you'll find sufficient information....and probably even some samples showing different types of bokeh.
 

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A direct quote found online:

"Bokeh describes the out of focus quality of a camera lens. A point that is out of focus will normally be a soft, uniformly dense, circle. Different lens systems produce elipsis or hexagons and different distributions of light across the shape."
 

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