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Seriously easy - and cheating slightly
Bokeh means blur, essentially you make the cut out shape the apperture, and make any light source that shape. Its very, very cool.

Posted by Samantha M. from Ivinghoe, England, United Kingdom • Published See Samantha M.'s 6 projects »
  • Step 1

    Cut out a shape into the black paper as small as you can, without being too difficult, and depending on the lens size on the camera you'll need different sizes anyway, so you'll need to experiment a little.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Bokeh - Step 2
    Step 2

    This is a little cheat - literally hold the peice of paper over the camera lens and take the picture (you'll need to do it on manual focus)because it has to be completely out of focus to work. You'll see it work through the eye peice.

    Also make the iso as high as possible (definately over 800) and make the lens aperture as small as possible most dslr's only go as small as 5.6

    but you can also use a manual camera -they go alot smaller, more like 1.4

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Bokeh - Step 3
    Step 3

    You can also take the lens itself off and hold the paper over the camera making the shape the aperture essentially.

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Carrie · 1 project
very interesting effect! So many possibilities.. I know what my next photo project is! ^.^
Kara B.
Kara B.
Actually, any DSLR can achieve an aperture of 1.4. The lens determines the aperture, not the camera (unless you aren't using a DSLR). And with an ISO of 800 you will have lots of noise unless you shoot with an EXPENSIVE DSLR. Even my $600 DSLR has considerable noise at an ISO of 800. I'd suggest using an ISO of no higher than 400.
Samantha M.
Samantha M. · Ivinghoe, England, GB · 6 projects
You make me lol ;) x
Emma D.
Emma D. · 6 projects
oh baby it turns me on when you talk in numbers i don't understand ;P