Fokeh | Logan Utah Photographers

If you've ever been around me for very long, you'll know that I make up words. My clients are always laughing at my made up words and my wife is always rolling her eyes at them. But a few years ago I started using the word 'Fokeh' to describe one of my favorite photographic techniques. One of my current classes I'm teaching has been hassling me to write a blog post explaining the word fokeh and why I use it, so here ya go! 

I derived the word fokeh from the word bokeh. Bokeh is a Japanese word used in the photography world to describe the quality of the background blur of an image. The actual definition of the word bokeh (according to Google): 

"the visual quality of the out-of-
focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered
by a particular lens."

So most photographers know what bokeh is and it's a very commonly used style and photographers spend thousands of dollars on lenses for the specific purpose of creating creamy bokeh. 

So on to Fokeh! Although bokeh refers to any out of focus area of the image, it is most commonly used in reference to the background, so whenever I purposely blur our an object in the foreground of an image, it gets referred to as fokeh. Background blur is bokeh, foreground blur is fokeh. Foregroundkeh. 

The reason I love fokeh and use it frequently in my images is it creates more depth to the image. There are more layers and a more three dimensional feel to an image with an obvious foreground, subject and background. I also feel that it can create some separation from the subject of the image. It looks as though you're peering into their world and catching a moment of time. You're not barging in and standing it the way, but subtitling gazing in catching that moment. 

So the next time you see me in a tree or a bush looking like a stalker with my camera, you'll know I'm just trying to get some fokeh. 

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