15 Amazing Photographs That Use Background Blur to Perfection

Ritesh Saini
Ritesh Saini

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A strong composition lays the foundation of a memorable photograph. A clearly defined subject is the centerpiece of such a photographic composition. One of the ways to achieve a clutter-free composition that enhances your subject, is by using background blur. 

A background blur, or popularly known as bokeh, is a simple but powerful effect that blurs the background and makes the subject stand out. It can be created by using a number of methods to control depth of field, like – using a long focal length lens, utilizing a wide aperture, or positioning the camera closer to the subject.

This post showcases 15 photographs that have used background blur to great effect- as a way to improve composition and as a creative tool to add eye-catching effects to the photo. We hope that they inspire you to give it a try and create similar shots of your own.

If you’d like to learn everything you need to know about how to create background blur as seen in the images below and get in-depth training on the topic, do take a look at Karlo de Leon’s guide on creating beautiful background blur

Photo by Aaron Burden

Photo by Todd Diemer

Photo by Annie Spratt

Use the power of background blur to capture amazing photos

If you’d like to learn how to achieve background blur in your photos, to make them stand out, do take a look at Karlo de Leon’s guide to creating beautiful background blur.

Photo by Ryoji Iwata

Photo by Jon Ly

Photo by Aaron Burden

Learn the secrets to creating gorgeous background blur in your photos

If you’d like to learn how to create amazing background blur in any photographic situation, do check out Karlo de Leon’s guide Creating Beautiful Background Blur. You’ll get comprehensive technical training on the subject of depth of field to help you master background blur.

Photo by Alex Iby

Photo by Max Andrey

Photo by JJ Ying

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About Ritesh Saini

About Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for more than ten years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. He recommends Karlo de Leon's best-selling guide, Creating Beautiful Background Blur to learn how to utilize the power of background blur to create great photographs.

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