“How do you get your images looking so soft and dreamy?” — This is a question I get asked numerous times so here is a little insight on exactly what I do. It’s so easy to do when you know how!
It goes without saying, but 99% of ‘softness’ comes from in camera, or lens, to be exact.
Firstly, lets just go over a common misconception. Bokeh & DOF are DIFFERENT.
DOF refers to the sharp/in focus area that is between the OOF (out of focus) area. Bokeh refers to the quality of the blur. See Depth of Field & Bokeh on Wikipedia.
There are three main factors to creating beautiful, shallow DOF:
1. A lens with a wide aperture
2. Manipulation of available space
3. Focal length