Everyone parents wants to take fabulous Christmas Portraits over the holiday. Today, I’m going to show you how to get the perfect blurry background with the Christmas tree . So how do you achieve that dreamy blurry background?

blurry background Christmas tree

2 Minute lesson in Bokeh.

BOKEH = noun.  a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.

There’s 2 ways to achieve bokeh (Blurry Background)

1. Wide Aperture

You’ll need a lens with at least f2.8. Ideally f1.8 or lower. Shoot wide open either in aperture priority or manual mode.

If the above paragraph makes your head hurt or you don’t have the luxury of a DSLR. Here’s a easier route.

2. Create distance between the subject and the background. 

Simply considerably increase the distance between the subject (the thing you want to focus on) and the background which you want blurry.

3. Pick your subject and get started

Now you just need a subject, a Christmas ornament, your family etc.

Christmas Ornament with blurry background

Bonus #1

Have fun and experiment. Changing your aperture/ distance will effect the size/shape and blur of the lights.

Bonus #2

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