‘Bokeh’ is taken from the Japense word meaning ‘blur’ or ‘haze’. It refers to the aesthetic quality of a blur in photographs and has become a popular and desirable effect.
If you want to know how to create a bokeh in your photos, our tutorial, Make the Ultimate Bokeh Portrait, will teach you everything you need to know.
In the meantime, we’ve hand-picked 26 great examples of bokeh photography to inspire you.
Danielle © Taylor McCutchan
The Cloud and the Bee © Alain Baumgarten
Stalk © Lee Peiling
Fairy Light © Bloas Meven
Fumando Espera © Carlos Bull
Veronika © александр кульков
La Consetallation du Champignon © Bloas Meven
Where are you go © Suta Wijaya
Sick Fearless Bastard © Crazy Ivory
Snowy Street © Miles Storey
In the Red Forest © Anna Theodora
Life as it is © Sortvind
Fraicheur Matinale © Bloas Meven
Sunday Coffee © Jozef Vaclavik
Tempus Vernum © Alexander Kuzmin
Swamp Life © Matt Estrada
Prevalent © Caroline Zenker
Proof © Cynthia Zulla
Fetiche © Roberuto
Night Bike Cowboys © Manuel Orero
Melbourne 2009 © Zdravko Horvat
In Autumn all cats aren’t grey © Romain Mattei
Bokeh by the Water © Shahriar Erfanian
Natural Feelings © Sortvind
Feeling inspired to try out this effect yourself? Read our tutorial, Make the Ultimate Bokeh Portrait.