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Make your own bokeh lens to take amazing photos.
Bokeh photography is really pretty and it's amazingly cheap to create your own lens. You can cut out any shape you like, so there's unlimited possibilities for your photos. There's lots of great tutorials online but I struggled to find a detailed one with all the steps you needed. I also made a PDF you can print out to make your own lens in just a few minutes!

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  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 1
    Step 1

    The only material you need to make a lens is a good piece of thick black card. You can download my template above a print it out on to the card to make it super easy - or just follow along with the steps.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut a thick strip of black card, which is slightly wider than your lens. Fold it around your lens to find the right length.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 3
    Step 3

    Tape the strip so that it's slightly wider than your lens and will slip on and off nicely.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 4
    Step 4

    Trace around the cylinder on to the card with a pencil and cut out.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut out a large rectangle from the center of the circle.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut two thin rectangles to sit at the top and bottom of the opening.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 7
    Step 7

    Tape in place at the top and the bottom of either rectangle, ensuring that there's enough space to slip a thin piece of card behind.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make 1cm snips around one side of the cylinder.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold these edges down to create little flaps.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 10
    Step 10

    Tape the cylinder to the circle on the inside.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut shapes out of small rectangles

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 12
    Step 12

    Slide in to your lens.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 13
    Step 13

    Slide the lens on to your camera and you're ready to get started!

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now let's find something to take a photo of. I found it best to squint my eyes and look for lights that turns in to soft balls of light. Fairy lights work perfectly, as do street lights and traffic lights.

    For this I'm going to use the lights above my bookcase. Here's what a normal photo of them that's in focus looks like. I stood a few meters away, with the bokeh lens off of the camera and zoomed in a little.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 15
    Step 15

    I then put the shot out of focus so that the lights turn in to fuzzy balls - kind of like when you squint your eyes. The fuzzier they are the better the bokeh will work.

  • How to make a camera lens. Bokeh Lens - Step 16
    Step 16

    I then slipped on the bokeh lens. The lights should then take the form of the shape you have cut out of the lens through the viewfinder. Move around a little if they don't look quite right.

    You can also have objects in focus in the foreground, so you can make it look like you're touching the stars.

    Keep practising and you'll get the hang of it. I can't wait to see your photos!

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PineconePrincess
PineconePrincess · Roseburg, Oregon, US · 19 projects
Love it thanks!! Love
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water and fire fairy
water and fire fairy · 8 projects
ive tried it amazing
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
I'd love to see your shots, can you share some?
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CoffeeEri
CoffeeEri · Hamburg, Hamburg, DE · 6 projects
wow, that's a cute and nice idea! gonna try it myself Happy
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