Seriously…What’s the Correct Pronunciation of ‘Bokeh?’

“Boh-keh?” Boo-kay?” Boh-kuh?” “Bok-uh?”

What do you call the blurry part of an image that is out of focus? Silly question, right? It’s bokeh. But—how do you pronounce it? If you’re like me and countless other filmmakers and photographers, you hesitated to answer and then started questioning everything you thought you knew about saying the Japanese word. There is a right way to pronounce bokeh and in this video from Photo Gear News we get to learn what it is once and for all.

First of all, I just want to take a second to say—you’re welcome. When I grew weary writing all of those term papers on film movements no one has ever heard about, when my parents were all like, “Blogging about movies—you sure,” I knew that it all was somehow worth it, that my career and my daily internet scouring would one day lead up to this moment—the moment when I would find a video like this that put an end to the utter confusion surrounding this one filmmaking term in particular.

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