Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums >

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Feb 6, 2019, 6:56 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 756
Default The Bane of Bokeh or How NOT to Stand out from the Herd

I wrote this in response to a YouTube subject regarding Bokeh, link after my comments:

In my business Photographer...shallow depth of field is out of fashion... wide angle all in focus and raw is what is happening now. Of course, you can mix in the few blown out shots as part of the whole 8-12 page story but...bye Bye Bokeh! 😎😎😎 https://benjaminkanarek.com/album/paris-tres-chic

Systematic blurred background is way out of fashion in fashion photography today. When used, it is often done to balance the story, i.e. 8-14 pages with wide angle raw in your face all in focus composition oriented images and your classic herd mentality blurred background images. However, one of the major reasons many of us would use that "300mm f/2.8" look was quite banal. It was so people could see the fashion well and it would look like shooting in a soft daylight studio, with a wash of colour that the photographer could control just by moving rotating their lens by one degree. Often you would know the clothing colours beforehand and chose complimentary colored backgrounds that would enhance the overall image. That IS a style and done for a reason, as I have done here for ELLE magazine. But the systematic use of bokeh for the sake of bokeh doesn't make you stand out from the rest, it makes you as common as margarine on dry toast. It is the contrast that makes an image stand out in a story. That is why I will often do some B&W images mixed in with colour to just make the whole story more interesting and varied. SYSTEMATIC use of totally blown out backgrounds is old and mind-numbing. That's not me speaking, that is the overwhelming majority of magazine editors speaking and I know, because I work for them.

Bokeh used without understanding the reason why is flagrant herd mentality. So make your images interesting and think about what you wish to accomplish to stand out from the crowd.

Nikon 300mm f/2.8

https://thebkmag.com/2018/05/28/alex...jamin-kanarek/

Mixed Bag from 24 to 85mm all Nikon.

https://thebkmag.com/2018/04/14/blon...jamin-kanarek/

YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp9U...e32m1rk0h00410




Attached Images
 
benjikan is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Feb 6, 2019, 12:05 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
TCav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,718
Default

I wholeheartedly agree that Bokeh is overdone, but it is a useful tool to distinguish a subject from the background when used correctly, as you describe.

But I fear that the main reason Bokeh has gone out of style is because Instagram and smartphone photos are in style, and there's no room there for the equipment and skill necessary to do Bokeh right.

I applaud you for interjecting some art into the increasingly mundane.
__________________
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
TCav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 8, 2019, 6:55 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bangor,North Wales
Posts: 3,762
Default

I certainly think we came to a point where everyone seemed to be obsessing about bokeh- rather than utilizing it when it was deemed necessary....
Everything/anything is acceptable- at the right time...
SIMON40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 1:37 AM.