You may have read about bokeh. Bokeh refers to the out of focus points of light in the background of our photos. You can achieve this by using a large aperture, and it helps to separate the subject from the background.
Bokeh is generally round in appearance but we can actually change the shape of it too. Here is a simple way to do this. Let’s make an Xmas themed shot using a custom bokeh shape. It’s very simple – just follow these instructions.
What You Need
- Some black paper and sellotape.
- A 50mm F1.8 lens
- A sharp knife and a steady hand
- Less than an hour of your time
Cut a long strip of paper that will wrap around the barrel of the lens. Cut another circular piece that will fit in front of the lens. To do this, draw a circle around the lens while it’s flat on the paper. Make the bokeh filter – use sellotape to stick it all together.
You don’t need to be too fussy about the shape and you can cut out any shape you want. Try a star, a cross, a leaf, a butterfly, an
In no time at all, you’ll have the festive bokeh filter ready for use. Slip it over the top of the lens and start to experiment.
Put your xmas tree lights on, grab the nearest penguin and start shooting him.
Remember, your aperture should be at F1.8 or the largest your lens will go to.
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