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coyski 2:50am, 11 October 2008
kindly share your camera settings and tips to have a "bokeh" effects on your photo.
Boost01 Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Boost01 (member) 13 years ago
DSC_0093

EDIT: oops, missed the bit about "kit lens", so changed photos.

aperture: f5.6
don't remember the shutter speed.
imadoofus123 13 years ago
set the aperture all the way open (that's f/3.5 on the kit lens) and focus on something close. adjust shutter speed and iso for proper exposure, or set it to aperture priority mode.
faungg's photos Posted 13 years ago. Edited by faungg's photos (member) 13 years ago
Autumn leaf
Camera: Nikon D40X
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/5.6
ki11therooster 13 years ago
wider apertures, longer zooms = less depth of field. So on the kit lens, f5.6 @ 55mm will give you the least DOF (most blur in background). and focussing near rather than far helps too.
shad_41 13 years ago
One of the earliest shots I took with my D40 a long time ago, close up, zoomed out and with a wide aperture.
CSC_0961
Viva La Marx Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Viva La Marx (member) 13 years ago
Bajo el viento


Exposure: 1/4000 sec
Aperture: f/5.6 it seems like this is the winner
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
ISO Speed: 800

I did't even realize ISO Speed was on 800 on this photo. I sometimes attach screw-on lens on my 18-55mm lens for macro shots and it does help in manual mode, specially.

I have a problem, I mostly use my camera on Aperture Priority Mode and when I try to focus it always shows the little square thing on one side I think it's the left...I can't move it anywhere else it seems... compared to when it's on basic macro mode and you have an option to either focus on the right, center, or left.
Nabeel* 13 years ago
Bokeh All The Way

Its one of em bokehs

Both of the shots are from the kit lens.
cancanon 13 years ago
This is my favourite "bokeh" shot with the kit lens..

violet with golden bubbles

Large is a lot Better!!

Nikon D40 -Kit Lens 18-55
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f/5,6
Focal length: 55 mm
I think this two settings are the better ones for the best bokeh effect, agree with what ki11therooster says.
Orbmiser Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Orbmiser (member) 13 years ago
March 1st Cherry Blossoms-8

Nikon D40 -Kit Lens 18-55
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/50 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal length: 55 mm


Yep that is also what I used.
erick_c 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/26376722@N02/2940456279/]

This supported shot taken about a day after I unwrapped my D40 from the box...

Nikon D40 w/ 18-55mm (kit)
ISO: 200
Exposure Time: 9 sec.
Exposure Comp: -0.7 step
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55mm
victorious bicycle [deleted] 12 years ago
To be clear, "bokeh" is defined as the quality of the background blur, not the blur itself. "Good bokeh" is when you have soft, rounded edges on the background as opposed to outlines that are still clearly defined.

It took me awhile to understand the distinction!
GovindCS 12 years ago
Flowers

dunno about settings.. should be
f/5.6
ISO 200
at almost 55 mm
frndrfo 12 years ago


Camera: Nikon D40
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/4.8
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Viva La Marx Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Viva La Marx (member) 12 years ago
Petite

Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.8
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200
surfzone™ Posted 12 years ago. Edited by surfzone™ (member) 12 years ago
"My love" by surfzone [?]
My love

Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction

Heart-shaped bokeh with the cheapest paper filter ever :-D
BnafetS 12 years ago
My first two rather succesfull attempts... Any suggestions are always welcome :-)

birch
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 800

DSC_0018
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 800
OsCataleptic Posted 12 years ago. Edited by OsCataleptic (member) 12 years ago
my try
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/oscataleptic/2969450633]
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 320
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
ISO Speed: 320


It's all about relative distance between your camera- subject-background.

for the greatest effect, get your subject close to you camera (minimum focusing distance) and the background as far away as possible.
Lpc nyc Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Lpc nyc (member) 12 years ago
heromull 12 years ago
DSC_0250

Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
faungg's photos 12 years ago
Spring Maple April 2, 2008
mrpb27 12 years ago
Unintentional bokeh

Taken with a Nikon D40X.

* Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
* Aperture: f/8
* Focal Length: 52 mm
* ISO Speed: 180
* Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
* Metering Mode: Pattern
GeofW Posted 12 years ago. Edited by GeofW (member) 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/geofwaller/3078579343/sizes/m/]
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 200
pujara_jaladhi 12 years ago
Good quality bokeh is not just background blur but a smooth, buttery background blur. The kit lens does a good job when the background is not too busy and subject in focus is very close (see the first two photos in this topic). With busy backgrounds however, the 5.6 maximum aperture isn't enough to give a smooth blur. You see a blurry but somewhat distracking background. For still subjects you can try putting an older Nikon prime lens on the camera to achieve better bokeh.
a a a j j j c c c 12 years ago
Phalaenopsis by a a a j j j c c c
permissible metal [deleted] Posted 12 years ago. Edited by permissible metal (member) 12 years ago
[https://flickr.com/photos/toddbinger/3087389122/]

Bokeh taken with 50mm f/1.8

[https://flickr.com/photos/toddbinger/3013714540/]

Bokeh taken with kit lens.

Obviously the prime lenses are going to give a better quality bokeh, cause of the wider apertures and they are already at their sharpest focal length...
kiwirat 12 years ago
Untitled (by kiwirat)

The background was dusty dirt I did this on purpose kept moving around till the background was more or less one color. He stayed there the whole time I was moving around.
Jeremy Stockwell 12 years ago
You can get decent bokeh out of the kit lens in most situations. As has been discussed, the keys are:

55mm
f/5.6


I opted for the longer shutter here (0.25) instead of a higher ISO.
Hand-held, but braced on the counter-top.

Salad Fork
Abhishek.Patel 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3111752379/]
Kev n Chris Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Kev n Chris (member) 12 years ago
Here's a couple of my faves. I think with the kit lens you can get nice bokeh if you focus on anything as close as you can get, although obviously the effect is more pronounced the wider the aperture:

1/400 f8 55mm:
Flower

1/125 f8 55mm:
DSC_0036

5/8 f5.6 55mm - light from the Christmas tree, taken on a tripod:
Golden
Kev n Chris 12 years ago
One more: 1/400 f5.6 55mm:

Butterfly Bush Bokeh
Abhishek.Patel 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek_patel/3120930282/]
afkid130 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/33372443@N07/3149849528/]
Jeff Nonato 12 years ago
Pure kitty bokeh
1/25 f/5.6 38 mm

[https://www.flickr.com/photos/chiassoscuro/3156468182/]
observant meeting [deleted] 12 years ago
1/250sec f3.5 18mm
The Barrel of a Gun
gaz_roberts01 12 years ago
Octopussy by gaz_roberts01


Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 400

The kit lens gives a very good Bokeh, but I have also found some longer lenses do too.
NeilGHamilton 12 years ago
Hi folks, real newbie here. I'm a tad confused - i thought that a large aperture (small F number) gave a shallower DOF than a narrower aperture (large f number). I notice most of the photos posted are using ~f 5.6, which seems quite a small aperture to me. So, wouldn't a smaller f number, say 3.5, give better results?
Kalle Schärlund 12 years ago
: Yeah, but at 55mm, the largest aperture available on the kit lens is f/5.6.
seBastian.vezeTeu 12 years ago
soft touch.
enelrioesmejor 12 years ago
Exposición:1/200
Aperture:f/9.0
Lente:38 mm
Velocidad ISO:100
 by enelrioesmejor
Darien K Durr 12 years ago
Here is mine. Enjoy.

Black widow
buckyishungry Posted 12 years ago. Edited by buckyishungry (member) 12 years ago
the kit lens is severely underrated >:( the bokeh is quite good O_O

[https://flickr.com/photos/maldiviandude/3217131991/sizes/m/]

and

[https://flickr.com/photos/maldiviandude/3189283735/sizes/m/]
lyh1 ~ On & Off 12 years ago
Come take a Ride!

Taken with a window scene as a backdrop.Usually, objects at far away distance will form nice bokeh effects for the kit lens. And as usual,open up the aperture as wide as possible. Use Manual Mode to adjust shutter speed for appropriate lighting.
JAS_photo 12 years ago
Behind the Eight Ball
sstphography 12 years ago
DSC_0053
Ohai. 12 years ago
wow this was really helpful. i did not know how to do this on my nikon d40 with kit lens. when i get the chance, ill attempt to take bokeh pictures and ill post them up!
Leighgion 12 years ago
Okay, strictly speaking this is not "bokeh."

What we're talking about here is getting "shallow depth of field."

Bokeh refers to the quality of the out of focus areas in your shot, not just having out of focus areas. i.e. A lens can produce "good" bokeh or "bad" bokeh, but you don't talk about a shot having or not having bokeh.

Generally speaking, "good" bokeh is when the out of focus areas are rendered smoothly, without line doubling and points of light are round without hard outlines.
diligent chess [deleted] 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/thakellys/3393117458/]

Camera: Nikon D40
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
Focal Length: 55.0 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: +2/3 EV
Flash: Auto, Fired, Return not detected
Exposure Program: Program AE
Max Aperture Value: 5.7
Metering Mode: Center-weighted average
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Tablesyrup 12 years ago
What is "Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV" you keep using and where do you set it ? My D40 only has 0.7 steps for exposure compensation. But don't know if that's the same thing
Ohai. 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeng1015/3535583407/]
50mm
f/5.6
abel pineda 12 years ago
Here is one I took of a flower a little while ago. Not sure what kind of flower this is though.

snappy

ENJOI...like the company. :)
kok_leong Posted 12 years ago. Edited by kok_leong (member) 12 years ago
sun flowers by kok_leong

took this shoot just a few day after i brought my D40
lindamirella 12 years ago
hey guys Im new here just took my first pics today......wanted to ask you what is f/5.6???
Hez! 12 years ago
I know there seems to be confusion here on what's considered good bokeh and what's just shallow depth of field. Which category would this fall into?

lonely cherry

Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
nondescript fnord [deleted] 12 years ago
This is my try. In fact, this is my first try on Nikon D40X and my very first DSLR.

Green Fur

Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Eddie Murdock 12 years ago
d40 009

Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
Focal Length: 55.0 mm

Was going to post all the exif details but there is a ton!
This was my very first pic taken with my new D40.
Sravan....! 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/7264465@N08/3646793174/]

Aperture: f/5.6
Focal length: 50 mm
ISO-200
EV: -0.7
Roopesh Chander 12 years ago
Prayer Candles

f/5.6 1/60 sec ISO 1250 -1/3EV

I think the background blur looks nice and circular and all, but they're coins, and they are circular anyway. So is this good bokeh or not? Does bokeh concern itself only with how aestheic the background looks, or would you say we have to also consider how unaesthetic it was before it was blurred :) ?

Moreover, the background is intended to stay in the background and the candles should dominate attention. Do they?
Roopesh Chander 12 years ago
@Hez , I would rate the bokeh in your lonely cherry as somewhat half-way. The backgound is not blurred beautifully-enough or whatever, but it's not plain either (like @BigDaddie 's brush, which is not bokeh, imho).

How come my favourite bokehs here as yet are all flowers?: @cancanon, @MarXie and @the_original_funkytoaster
Saj Ahmed Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Saj Ahmed (member) 12 years ago
Here is one of my try, any comments and suggestions are welcomed,
White Flower2

Camera: Nikon D40X
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 200


another similar one
White Flower
Camera: Nikon D40X
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 52 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Ohai. 12 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeng1015/3675696822/]
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
dosnikonlover 12 years ago
La Mejor Cerveza by dosnikonlover


here is some bukeh using as a model an excellent dominican beer.
DSC_0411
Shutter Speed: 1/1000th
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure bias: -2/3 (or what would be 0 in other cam's)

DSC_0399
Shutter Speed: 1/640th
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure bias: -2/3 (or what would be 0 in other cam's)
mherla fabillar <3 12 years ago


hi everyone!
i'm new to this group. I just bought my D40 (which is my first dslr) a week ago. I have already learned a lot when i saw this discussion... love it!

Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 48 mm
Focal Length: 49.0 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Ethan Hayes Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Ethan Hayes (member) 12 years ago
Fly by Ethan Hayes

Gone on a limb here too..
With f/8!

Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 55 mm
~/tushar 12 years ago
DSC_1716


C&C welcome! ;-)
ʜaxeɴ 12 years ago
untitled (explored) by ʜaxeɴ


Taken with a Nikon D40.
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
Hazman Hashim 12 years ago
yellow flower by Hazman Hashim
netzanette 12 years ago
Needle

frost
~/tushar 11 years ago
Toothpicks
Will Kail 11 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/willkail/4019409055/]

 by Will Kail
Hazman Hashim 11 years ago
Fernshoot bokeh by Hazman Hashim
dktrpepr 11 years ago
Autumn 2009 by dktrpepr

Autumn 2009 (3) by dktrpepr


Both taken with the kit lens
wresnick 11 years ago
Dolce by wresnick
Chu Chian 11 years ago
my favourite bokeh so far. i hope u guys u'll like it too :)

Bed of Bokeh by Chu Chian
soulgazephotography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by soulgazephotography (member) 11 years ago
These are my best bokeh shots taken with only the D40 and kit lens
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/soulgazephotography/4093163151/sizes/m/]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/soulgazephotography/4093161585/sizes/m/]
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/soulgazephotography/3832310866/sizes/m/]
ChasingGhosts 11 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/invocation/4257604591]
Edmontonenthusiast (gone!) Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Edmontonenthusiast (gone!) (member) 11 years ago
here are some more better ones I've taken with the kit...

DSC_0605

ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Length: 55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/320th

DSC_0598

ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Length: 55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200th

Chain-link

ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Length: 55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000th

floweryyDOF!

ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Length: 55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/800th
leafy?  BENCHY

ISO: 200
Aperture: f/5.6
Length: 30mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200th
fragile leg [deleted] 11 years ago
Thank you all for showing your photos, now i have a understanding on how to do bokeh for my up comming competition... now just have to think of the subject to take of
j-nox 11 years ago
DSC_8479 by j-nox

iso 200
Length: 30mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/80
rodrigoagapito 11 years ago
Flower
Kamakshi2009 10 years ago
This is a picture of Hummus with a bokeh background by Kamakshi2009


What do u guys think of this Bokeh.Taken from Nikon D 40 kit lens

ISO:320
Aperture:f /5.6
Length-40mm
Shutter speed-1/125
naturalphilosopher 10 years ago
April by naturalphilosopher


ISO: 900
Aperture: f/4.2
Length: 30mm
Exposure: 1/4000 sec (don't know why I had it this high. I am a newbie)
Chungking Express 9 years ago
False Sunflower

ISO 200
f/11
55mm
1/320 second
manual focus (but only because autofocus is broken!)

shot in NEF mode, processed in Adobe Lightroom 2
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