Header photo: Image by photographer L I F E L I K E

Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke, which means "blur" or "haze", or boke-aji, the "blur quality". 

It is one of the most popular photographic techniques and is the effect of soft out-of-focus background blur rendered by a camera lens in an image. 

To achieve (pleasing) bokeh in your photographs, you'll need:

  • A fast lens (an f/2.8 aperture at least, though ideally faster apertures of f/2, f/1.8 or f/1.4)
  • Lower shutter speeds (to allow more light and blur into your image)
  • Increased distance between the subject and the background
  • A strong subject 

Browse through this collection of PurplePort images and get inspired to play around with bokeh in your photoshoots.

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Image by photographer Munir Werner


#2


city lights by photographer wardphotography


#3


Grrrrr by photographer The Bearded Tog


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Angus by photographer Chrisw


#5


The scents & smogs & pollens of existence by model ♥ Chiara Elisabetta


#6


Sparkled Steps Won't End... by model Renaissance


#7


Kingfisher with lunch by photographer SlashStreetPhotography


#8


Portraiture by model Lily Gilbert


#9


Fairy lights by model Jordan Melissa


#10


They know how to put on a good display by photographer AlexWong


#11


Porscha by photographer J Black Photographic


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Bokehmon by photographer SlashStreetPhotography


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Image by photographer Anthony Robert


#14


Gotcha!!!! (Finally :') ) by photoshop wizard Ant Edits


#15


Golden glow by tutor Tiga di Bali


#16


girl about town by model PaigeAntonia


#17


Elephant Hawk Moth on a foxglove by photographer Nicholl


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Image by photographer Obie Dean


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Bokeh Goddess by photographer Rob Ronaldson (Aestheticnude)


#20


Funfair Omni Filter by photographer Khandie Photography


#21


product photography by studio MAAN Studios


#22


Street portrait of Claire Rammelkamp by photographer KennethN


#23


Little Olly by photographer WhatTheEyesSeeTheMindBelieves


#24


Image by photographer mikedphotography


#25


Silver Studded Blues Mating by photographer Norman O'Neill


#26


Michael by photographer Grewy


#27


Autumn invites me to remember... by model Rebecca Tun


#28


The beautiful Hummingbird by studio Inspire Studios Ltd


#29


The Coffee Shop by photographer Richard Winn


#30


Image by photographer wardphotography


#31


All The 'Pridy' Lights by photographer Steve Flack Photography


#32


Image by photographer The Artsy Lens


#33


The Moment by photographer Roj Smith


#34


IKA Academy Mexico Trip - Heber Moran by model Curveee


#35


Anita by photographer dirk glassly


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Bright Lights Big City by model PaigeAntonia


#37


What Catches Your Eye? by photographer Shots by Dan


#38


Exhale.. by model Silk


#39


I Can See a Rainbow by photographer Helen Bissell Bland


#40


Common Blue on Red Ragged Robin by photographer Nicholl


#41


Cold winter's night by photographer PAULSHOOTSPORTRAITS


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Image by photographer Paul Budgen Photography


#43


A little party never killed nobody by model Everly Rose


#44


Collared inca by photographer RobertC


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Playing with lights. by photographer PAULSHOOTSPORTRAITS


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