Bokeh is NOT Depth of Field

The RF 85mm F1.2L USM compared to the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS with Defocus Smoothing (DS) coating.

Offering a superior optical performance thanks to its advance lens design and the use of ground-breaking Canon optics, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM is the ultimate portrait lens for next generation imaging.

RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS – A unique high-performance lens offering a combination of beautifully smooth defocused background bokeh and a super fast aperture to produce breathtaking portraits.
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Bokeh is NOT Depth of Field

more about the RF 85mm F1.2L at Canon

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The Best Lens for Shooting Portraits?

“The creaminess and the bokeh are unreal… I definitely think the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens was made for portraits.” Canon Ambassador Rosie Hardy reveals the stories behind her recent portrait series, which combine creative techniques with the shallow depth of field afforded by the newest Canon RF lens.

Canon Ambassador Rosie Hardy is known for romantic and highly creative portraits that combine beautiful models with offbeat and fantasy elements. Her unique style has brought her a successful career in celebrity portrait, fashion and wedding photography, and a huge social media following.
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The Best Lens for Shooting Portraits?
more at Canon

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Portraits with Depth

For this people photo contest we invited you to share your best portraits that have a clear composition using depth of field

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “The elephant sean bone in the little girl hands ” by amaliazilio
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Congratulations Runner Up “Pathfinder ” by Ethos
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Congratulations Runner Up “23115088724_71290e2743_k ” by stephenpapageorge
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Congratulations Runner Up “Lighting the Way ” by benjaminfoote
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Vika ” by ilyayakover
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Portraits With Depth Photo Contest Winners
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Bokeh

Le bokeh en photographie se caractérise par une profondeur de mise au point très faible pour que les détails de l’arrière-plan soient vu comme à travers une brume. Le bokeh révèle l’invisible – l’air, la nuit, la poésie. Utilisé de manière créative, il permet aux photographes d’obtenir des effets visuels photographiques incomparables.

Bokeh is a Japanese word meaning ‘blur’, and describes the pleasing or aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus blur in a photograph.
The human eye is, however, unable to perceive this unsharpness in the real world. This is the reason why pictures with bokeh always appear magical, surreal or fanciful.
To illustrate wonderful bokeh, you need a foreground that is not so far away and a background with contrasts, small elements and highlights to enable you to see very beautiful, soft and flowing light.
The well-proportioned gentleness of the light relegates what goes on in the background to secondary importance. In this way, the photographer decides on the message to be transported by the picture.

What characterises a good picture?
Bokeh-lovers would answer: a depth of focus as shallow as possible and background details as if seen through a mist. Photos with bokeh reveal the invisible – the air, the night, poetry.
The term bokeh originates from the Japanese word for ‘unsharp’ or ‘diffused’, and describes the parts of a picture that are not sharply rendered.
This unsharpness is by no means due to any form of aberration caused by the lens, it is much more the unsharpness in front of and behind the plane of focus that results from the chosen parameters – focal length, aperture and the distance from the main subject. In terms of the desired visual effect, background-bokeh is often more important than foreground-bokeh.
Bokeh pictures always have something magical, surreal or fanciful about them. The bokeh-technique is particularly suitable for the communication of moods. The intensity of bokeh varies from lens to lens. A useful rule-of-thumb says: the faster the lens, the more pronounced the bokeh.
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more in: The Leica Look… Bokeh

Creative Photography 2017

Overview: If you are new to digital photography or if you already have a camera, and want to get more out of this amazing art, our indispensable guide, written by professional photographers, is here to pass on the knowledge you need to get more creative. You will learn how to improve all aspects of your photography skills, giving you the confidence to shoot like a pro and produce images to be proud of.

Do Much More With Your Camera
Take your photography to the next level with our fully illustrated user guides. Understand exposure, focal length, depth of field and equipment options. Take control of your camera’s shooting modes and explore important photographic concepts such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO, as well as guides to composition. Photography does not need to be difficult, it needs to be something you can enjoy to the full.
Learn and Get More Creative
Learn the techniques the professionals use to shoot a wide variety of photographic subjects. Our tutorials cover such diverse subjects as high speed photography, bokehrama portraits and panoramas, as well as some very useful hints and tips that can keep you shooting even when you think you can’t. Photography should be fun and we hope to inspire you and get you passionate about such a creative medium.
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Creative Photography 2017
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Shallow DOF

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos using shallow depth as the main aspect in the composition in the Shallow Depth Of Field Photo Contest

“Shoes” by kelleyhurwitzahr
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“Midas touch ” by Ashrafularefin
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“Eagle’s Roost” by SRunningM
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“Butterfly” by Cbries
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“Radiant ” by kylere
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Shallow DOF
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The Fine Art Of Travel Photography

How does a photographer transcend the “I was here” imagery that’s often associated with travel photography and create fine-art images of places near and far? From the dozens of workshops I’ve taught on the subject, as well as talking with—and carefully studying the work of—many of the great globetrotting lensmen and lenswomen in the field, I’ve developed a methodology that, when applied, should yield impressive and, at times, spectacular results.
Text & Photography By Mark Edward Harris
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NIGHT EXPOSURES: The Matterhorn from Zermatt, Switzerland. Many cities thrive at night and bring a different dimension to the travel experience. For cityscapes and architecture, use a low ISO, lock down the camera on a sturdy tripod, lock up the mirror of an SLR and use a cable release.
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DEPTH OF FIELD: Bonito, Brazil. Shooting at a maximum depth of field can create unique perspectives, especially for stunning architectural shots and landscapes.
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SHOOTING CONTRE-JOUR: Yazd, Iran. Shooting with the sun behind the subject eliminates harsh shadows. In-camera meters can get thrown off by contre-jour situations and underexpose the scene, so it’s important to know how to utilize the camera’s exposure lock and exposure compensation controls.
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SILHOUETTES: Mandalay, Myanmar. Dramatic silhouettes can be shot at any time of the day, but there must be a strong contrast between your background and your subject.
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The Fine Art Of Travel Photography
more at Digital Photo