Using a reflector, an open aperture between f/2.8 and f/4.0, changing your camera’s angle and by simply moving, Bobbi shows how you can create three different looks from one location.

Create Impression of Bokeh with Flowers

Flowers offer a beautiful bokeh when shooting with a wide-open aperture of f/2.8. The trick is to make sure the flowers are lit and they are at least 5 to 10 feet away from the subject. Early morning dew or just after a light sunshower makes interesting backgrounds.

Changing your angle

A washed out wooden deck can make for a beautiful background when using a wide open aperture such as f/2.8. Keeping the subject in the same position, change your camera angle and shoot down to include the deck. The open f/2.8 aperture will blur the background while keeping the subject in sharp focus.

Add color and texture with trees

Staying with an aperture between f/2.8 and f/4.0, use the dark green of the wooded area to make the scene a little more dramatic.

Who’s Bobbi Lane

Bobbi Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. Lane’s multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 35 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Her corporate and editorial work includes corporate identity, business websites and annual reports. You can find out more about Bobbi by visiting