Back to Basics: Front Bokeh Portraits

On this Adorama video, photographer Mark Wallace takes a look at a very simple and basic technique for shooting cool indoor portraits with a twist by adding some front bokeh.

All you are going to need for this type of shoot is a camera with a fast lens and one of those tiny LEDs (something like this might be good). A tripod will also be a good idea and all you need to do is put your camera on manual mode place the lights with one hand in front of the camera in a way that will be in the frame but not too much so it will completely cover your subject, focus manually and take a picture.

There is really nothing new with this method and it can be used not just for shooting portraits but also for product and other type of subjects – just remember not to over do this (yes it can get kitschy very fast).

You can find  many more helpful lighting tips here. LensVid.  You can also check out more of Wallace tutorials here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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