Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI: a REAL WORLD shoot using Sony A1 & Canon R5

What if you could effortlessly capture stunning bokeh portrait shots using artificial intelligence? Thanks to Luminar’s innovative Bokeh Portrait AI, this is now a reality. In this blog post, we will take you through a real-world shoot where we combined the power of Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI with the exceptional capabilities of the Sony A1 and Canon R5 cameras. By leveraging the intelligent algorithms of Luminar, we were able to achieve professional-looking portraits with beautifully blurred backgrounds without the need for expensive lenses or extensive post-processing. Join us on this creative journey as we explore the possibilities of this groundbreaking technology.

Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI: a REAL WORLD shoot using Sony A1 & Canon R5

This article explores the new bokeh AI feature on Luminar AI and its effectiveness in creating realistic bokeh effects. The author tests this feature by taking photos at different aperture settings and comparing the results with and without the bokeh effect applied.


The author introduces the topic by mentioning the sponsorship by Luminar AI and the cameras used for the shoot – Sony A1 and Canon R5. The purpose of the shoot is to test the bokeh AI feature of Luminar AI and determine its quality compared to photos taken at wider apertures.

Testing the Bokeh AI Feature

The first shot involves the model, Samantha, sitting on a ledge with buildings in the background. The author captures one photo at f1.4 and another at f4. The author then uses the bokeh AI feature in Luminar AI to apply bokeh to the f4 photo and tries to make it look similar to the f1.4 photo. This comparison serves as a metric to evaluate the quality of the bokeh AI feature.

An analysis of the straight-out-of-camera photos reveals that the bokeh AI feature in Luminar AI makes accurate selections of the model. The software provides various options to adjust background brightness, highlight brightness, temperature, depth correction, and edge application of the mask. The author also mentions making some minor tweaks and manually adjusting blur in specific areas to achieve a more realistic look.

Second Shot and Lighting Considerations

In the second shot, Samantha leans against the end of a parking lot with a train passing by. The author emphasizes the importance of considering natural lighting while framing the shot. The direction of the light influences the placement of the model and her facial expression. By aligning her position and gaze with the red building, the author aims to capture an epic shot.

Similar to the previous shot, the author compares the f4 photo with the f1.4 photo after applying the bokeh AI feature in Luminar AI. The author notes that while there were some challenges in bringing certain elements into focus, the overall result is impressive, and the artificial blur is difficult to distinguish.

Third Shot and Lens Selection

In the third shot, the author utilizes an 85mm lens and captures Samantha with a building in the background. The author acknowledges the benefits of using an 85mm lens for bokeh photography and praises the masking accuracy of Luminar AI. Minimal touch-ups are required to perfect the photo, and the bokeh effect achieved closely resembles the f1.4 photo.

Final Shot and Perspective

The final shot involves Samantha leaning on a structure near the train tracks. The author provides guidance on maintaining the right perspective and avoiding distortions caused by shooting from above. Despite some minor issues with masking along the hair, the author quickly resolves them using the focus brush tool in Luminar AI.


In conclusion, the author finds that the bokeh AI feature in Luminar AI performs remarkably well in creating realistic bokeh effects. The software accurately selects the subject and provides an array of adjustment options for a more customized look. The artificial blur is virtually indistinguishable from photos taken at wider apertures, providing photographers with greater creative possibilities.

Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI – FAQ

Q: What is Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI?

A: Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI is a powerful tool in the Luminar software that utilizes artificial intelligence to enhance and create stunning bokeh effects in portrait photography.

Q: How can I use Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI on a REAL WORLD shoot?

A: To use Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI on a REAL WORLD shoot, simply follow these steps:

  1. Capture your portraits using Sony A1 or Canon R5 cameras.
  2. Transfer the images to your computer.
  3. Open Luminar software and import your images.
  4. Select the portrait you wish to enhance using Bokeh effect.
  5. Locate the Bokeh Portrait AI tool in Luminar’s editing options.
  6. Adjust the parameters and settings to achieve the desired bokeh effect.
  7. Apply the changes and export/print the final enhanced portrait.

Q: Can I use Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI with other camera models?

A: Yes, Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI can be used with various camera models as long as the images are in a format supported by Luminar software (e.g., .jpg, .png, etc.).

Q: Are there any specific camera settings recommended for shooting with Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI?

A: While there are no specific camera settings required, it is generally recommended to shoot portraits with a wide aperture (low f-number) to create a shallow depth of field, which will work well with Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI.

Q: Can I adjust the intensity of the bokeh effect using Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI?

A: Yes, Luminar Bokeh Portrait AI provides various adjustable parameters to control the intensity, shape, size, and placement of the bokeh effect. You can customize these settings to achieve your desired result.

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