Ultimate Guide to Bokeh Mode

Do you want a professional photographer effect one your pictures? Many of us have a dream be clicking pictures with a Bokeh effect. Almost all the photographers absolutely love the bokeh effect in their photographs. The bokeh effect is referred to as the soft blurring of the part of the image that is out-of-focus while the focus being on the subject. Here’s how you can achieve this effect by using these easy steps. You can achieve the perfect Bokeh Mode in your pictures just by using this Ultimate Guide to Bokeh Mode.

It took me nearly 3 years to achieve a good Bokeh Mode in my pictures. And I did not have anyone to teach me, but I had the help of YouTube. But not with you, after going through this Ultimate Guide to Bokeh Mode, you would never suffer in obtaining the Bokeh effect in your clicks.



What if I tell you that you need not be a professional to click gorgeous portraits? Well it’s true! Similarly, you don’t need an expensive DSLR for the same! A good DSLR is priced the same as the latest smartphone. Plus, it’s also a good investment if you really want to keep learning because eventually there’ll be a time where you will stop clicking on Auto Mode and switch to Manual! You can refer to my previous blog The Ultimate Guide to the Camera Market to select the perfect camera for your requirements.


Getting back to the topic, you will be needing a lens with an aperture opening of 2.8f or wider ( 2.8f < 2f < 1.8f). The reason for this is that wider the aperture opening, the shallower will be the depth of field.

Shallow depth of field refers to only a narrow part, that is, the subject of the picture in focus, while the rest of the part, broadly known as background, being blurred out. Generally, a prime lens or a macro lens can be used for the same. Buying a camera is difficult, but getting a suitable Camera Lens is like walking through hell. But here too I have you covered. In order to choose the perfect lens for you, you can go through my blog Major Photography Lenses available in the Market.


A tripod is suggested for any type of photography as at first clicking without a tripod can be somewhat tough based on the clicking on a straight angle which is 0°.

Link to some tripods:

 For camera as well as a smartphone:


Artificial lighting is optional but I recommend natural light, that is the sun itself. You can easily shoot in daylight! It need not be very bright as the aperture opening would be wide enough to let in a good amount of light.

Focal Length

This step should be followed by the photographers who want to click a portrait with the bokeh effect. The subject should be closer to the camera but the distance between the subject and the background should be more. This creates a shallow depth of field which I mentioned above.


Coming to the settings, we have to control the light that is going to enter the camera.

Now, this plays the most crucial part as it directly affects how the end product will look like. The dial can be set on either Aperture priority (Depicted as A on the dial of the DSLR) or Manual mode (Depicted as M on the dial of the DSLR). In Manual mode, you’ll be able to change all three important factors: ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed whereas in Aperture priority mode you will only be able to change the Aperture rest both ISO and Shutter speed will be adjusted by the camera itself.

To achieve the bokeh effect, the faster the camera, the better it is. What I mean to say is, as the Aperture would be the widest for the bokeh effect, the amount of light entering the lens would be huge. To avoid the issue of over-exposure, the shutter speed and the ISO have to be adjusted to a smaller variable.

A Typical Bokeh Effect

Now that you know how to achieve a bokeh effect, it is recommendable to use it with holiday clickings like in Diwali or Christmas. Also, you can use fairy lights for the background so that the lights coming out of it make your bokeh effect look beautiful!

I hope this Ultimate Guide to Bokeh Mode helps you in achieving the perfect click you desire. Hit us up in the comments, telling what Photography Tips you need next. For any specific issues, feel free to Hit Me Up on my Instagram.

Keep clicking!

Neha Tanti

Neha is an amateur photographer and she's still learning. Currently 16, she started doing Photography 3 years ago. She prefers to stay behind the camera and her pictures are really awesome. If you're a noob at Photography, you should read her blogs!

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *