How bokeh transformed photography (and traditional art too)

Bokeh and its impact on art and photography
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If you've ever taken a photo with a wide aperture, then you know the mesmerizing power of bokeh. Enchanting photographers from all genres of photography, bokeh has not only transformed the photographic industry – it's also had an impact on the traditional art world as well.  

Bokeh is essentially the aesthetics and character of the out-of-focus areas in an image. You can create a shallow depth-of-field with any camera – as long as you have a lens that's capable of producing a wide aperture. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!