Common questions I hear, especially from newer photographers are “What lenses should I buy,” or “how do I get that creamy, blurry background in the photo?” Another very popular one is after posting a photo is “what lens did you use to get that soft background?” Well, there are several different answers for the blurry background, one method is in post after the fact, but it’s better to get it in camera. So, how do you get a blurry, bokehlicious photos in camera?
There are a few factors that can contribute to a nice, creamy background in your photo including the lens you are shooting with as well as distance and focal length. Sheldon Evans explains in more detail on which types of lenses you should look for, how it works, and which two lenses are his favorite. Since he is using Canon cameras, his two personal favorites are the 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.8. Now if you want even more bokehlicious backgrounds… and if your budget allows getting your hands on them, the Canon 200mm F/2 or for those with Nikon systems, the Nikon 200mm F/2 is great for super creamy backgrounds. The Canon is on my dream gear list and probably will be on it for a while. Which lens if your favorite for those soft bokeh backgrounds?