A Quick Primer on Depth of Field, Bokeh, and Focal Lengths

Is the myth that everything is in focus on wide angle lenses true?

Bokeh is probably the most buzzy of buzz words associated with photography in this day and age, with everyone from smartphone instagrammers to professional fashion photographers coveting any lens claiming to offer a smoother, creamier, more unique bokeh.

But despite the popularity of the term, there is still a lot of confusion about Bokeh and its relationship to depth of field, and how they all relate to your lens’ focal length, aperture, and the distance to your subject. We hope the video we are sharing today clears a lot of that up for you…Matt Granger, the popular Youtube personality, has been making videos for years, and in this video he is out to set the record straight on those topics and how they relate to one another. If you have been around for a while this may seem like photo 101 information, but you would be surprised by how many have it wrong. Who knows, maybe you think you know what you are taking about and are totally off-base yourself – maybe you should check out the video and find out.

We certainly found the overview refreshing and think many of you could do with the refresher overview as well.

So what did we learn? We learned that bokeh and depth of field are separate aspects to how your image looks and both are affected by the focal length of your lens, the aperture, and your distance to the subject.

For more excellent photography education videos make sure and check out Matt Granger’s Youtube Channel, here.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.