|Nikon D3S, 28-300mm, 100mm ISO 200, ƒ/9, 1/200|
I have written on this topic before in a different way and even created a video on it. Here is that link.
This is a little different perspective on the topic using the new Fujifilm X-E2.
|Nikon D3S, 28-300mm, 300mm ISO 200, ƒ/9, 1/125|
|Nikon D3S, 28-300mm, 150mm ISO 200, ƒ/9, 1/200|
In this photo she is standing not too far from where she was in the first photo. However the shallow depth-of-field is helped by the distance from the building, the 150mm focal length.
|Same photo from above but just cropped|
Now when you enlarge the photo you will see the eye closest to the camera is tact sharp. But the next eye is ever so slightly soft, but by her hair by her ear we are out of focus.
Things that affect the Bokeh of the background in photos
- ƒ-stop: The wider the aperture with everything else the same, then the depth-of-field becomes shallow
- Distance to Subject: The closer you are to your subject the shallower the depth-of-field will be.
- Subject distance to background: The greater this distance the more likely the smoother look of the Bokeh
Fujifilm X-E2 with Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.4 using the Nikon G AFS lens to Fujifilm Fuji X-Pro1 X-E1 Adapter Aperture Control Ring to connect the Nikon lenses to the Fujifilm camera
All were shot on tripod at the very closest focusing distance that the lens would focus on the eyes at ƒ/1.4. The only thing I changed was the aperture and the camera adjusted the shutter speed to keep the exposure the same.
|Approximately 100% view of the ƒ/1.4|
You can increase your depth-of-field by just backing up from the subject and this will increase it for you. Conversely if you want a shallower depth-of-field get closer if the lens allow you.
When you are super close you are not looking for Bokeh
Macro photography you are actually needing a large aperture or the photo can look out of focus even when it is in focus.
All these were shot with Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon 60mm ƒ/2.8 Micro