Quote Originally Posted by Fixcinater View Post
Would not shallower-than-average DOF require better-than-average focusing?
Good point. Those using it as a crutch, though, often focus haphazardly, writing it off to bokeh.

They even sell filters to create shaped bokeh, for instance, hearts. At least the folks who buy those, usually have some idea of what they're trying to do. I've seen some folks who do nice work, especially around the holidays using bokeh as an element of their composition.

When folks just want to copy something or use it as a crutch, though, it ends up not quite so nice. Often, even a casual observer can tell.