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Verity Milligan

Technique - Bokeh

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This lovely Japanese word often warrants a definition to kick things off. The Wikipedia page describes Bokeh as ‘the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image’ and also as ‘the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light’. This is certainly then an invitation to explore shallow depth of field, and ideally in a scenario where the backdrop has some brightness and light that your lens can work its bokeh magic on. Those points of light will be smudged together, and might create attractive circles that add a fantastical quality. Different lenses work differently, and so you can see this as a good way to get to know yours better. Any subject is fair game for this contest.

This Premium Contest is worth 1.5x the standard points towards your Leaderboard ranking. It’s Expert-judged AND crowd-rated, with your score from each combined. Find out more about ranking points here. Our Experts are some of the world’s finest photographers, who select the best images, and provide valuable feedback to help you improve.

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Entries close
15 March 2023

15 March 2023 to 23 March 2023

Winners announced
23 March 2023

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