Bokeh techniques and ways to create portraits for a dreamy, soft feeling

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If you are looking to create a different portrait image with a dreamy effect in the morning, the sharing of Bokeh techniques and ways to create portraits for a dreamy, soft feeling below will be very helpful for you.

EOS 6D Mark II / EF85mm f / 1.2L II USM / Manual exposure (f / 1.2, 1 / 1,250 sec) / ISO 400

The pink in the image above is from rose cypress. I really like the pink from the effect this flower brings. In the end result, the subject looked like it was standing in the middle of pink floating clouds.

Equipment to use: A large aperture lens; prioritizing a medium telephoto prime lens, the holy 50mm lens can still take good shots.

To create beautiful bokeh effects from flowers, you need a large aperture lens to create depth of field for the image. You should use a telephoto lens, but you should not stand too far from the model, so do not use the lens too long. Medium telephoto prime lens, such as Canon EF85mm lenses.

1.Check the position of the bokeh on a Live View image

To create a blur effect on the flowers, you need to move the lens near the flowers. I use Live View images to check the position and bokeh level.

When viewing this image: The bokeh effect has an inappropriate position

There are some foreground bokeh at the right edge of this unsatisfactory image, but the portrait subject is too sharp to convey the desired dreamy feel. Also, foreground bokeh is not close enough to the subject, resulting in an unbalanced composition.

2.Choose a place with dense flowers

I asked the portrait subject to move as much as possible towards the dense inflorescences so that the front and back bokeh effects could be created easily.

Check and avoid this situation: Too much white, empty

Requiring the portrait subject to stand in a position with very few flowers makes the composition look empty in this image. Also, when you shoot in backlight, the sky appears white, creating a distracting void. While the foreground bokeh is important, don’t leave the background behind!

Tip: Turn on Face + Tracking AF

When shooting portraits using the Live View function, set the camera to Face + Tracking AF mode. The camera automatically detects the subject’s face and focuses there.

Tips you should keep in mind

  • Do not hesitate. Create the softest bokeh effect possible. That will make the final image look very different.
  • Should choose warm-colored flowers. Cold-colored flowers can make portrait subjects look pale and unpopular, especially when flowers overlap the face.
  • Choose the flowers in full bloom. The brown of the wilted flowers will make the bokeh effect look very bad.
  • Make sure your composition has a balance between foreground bokeh and portrait subjects. You should not have too much space between the flowers, or the subject’s face is completely covered by the bokeh effect.

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