I was talking with a fellow 60D owner over on my Facebook
page and she had some questions related to lenses and settings for capturing bokeh ...also known as the buttery smooth background blur that makes subjects "pop". I thought it would be beneficial to share our conversation...Samantha's Question
: I have a question...are there any lenses that are better than others for taking bokeh photos? I have an 18-135mm (and a 55-250mm). Also what settings should I set when shooting bokeh? Thank you!Moose's Answer
: Yep, the lenses you speak of are capable of obtaining apertures between f/1.4 and f/2.8. Lower f-numbers allow you to isolate subjects against buttery smooth backgrounds/foregrounds...also known as bokeh.
If we look at your current lenses, the 18-135mm can only go down to f/3.5 at 18mm and f/5.6 at 135mm. Your 55-250mm can only go down to f/4 at 55mm and f/5.6 at 250mm.
The most popular starter lens for "bokeh" type shots is the "nifty fifty" Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
. As you might of guessed, this lens will allow you to go all the way down to f/1.8.
As for settings, just enable Aperture priority (Av on the mode dial) and select the lowest available f-number using the smaller command dial. Happy shooting! :)