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How to create bokeh in your images
Bokeh is becoming popular, this is a tutorial for anyone who is wanting to know how to make it.

Posted by Kath from Bendigo, Victoria, Australia • Published See Kath's 2 projects »
  • How to take a bokeh photograph. How To Make Bokeh - Step 1
    Step 1

    For all the photos in this tutorial I will be using the 50mm f/1.8 lens (for DSLR's), there are other lenses that do the same thing, but this is the cheapest lens you will find as this cost me between $130AUD - $150AUD

    But if you have a point and shoot camera which allows you to use manual settings or focus you can try that as well.

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

    The photo on the left is a net of christmas lights, which is what i used to create the bokeh, and the photo on the right is what happened when i played with the manual focus, blurred the image and took the photo.
    To get the black background you take the photo in the dark.
    You might need a high ISO, or to use a tripod so your image doesn't blur.
    Pyay around with the aperture, i set it to 1.8 to get the maximum affect.

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

    Next we will talk about how to get the Heart bokeh like in this photo.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. How To Make Bokeh - Step 4
    Step 4

    To get heart bokeh, get a black piece of card, and cut out a heart, but it could be any shape you desire, or even use hole punches in different shapes.

    You can take photos with the christmas nets like i did, or get creative and try something else.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. How To Make Bokeh - Step 5
    Step 5

    This photo is where I got creative, i used the black card cut out a fish like shape and put it over the lens.

    I put the lights in the background so then they would blur, and focused on the cup, and that is how you achieve this.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. How To Make Bokeh - Step 6
    Step 6

    This is a photo I took, and i used an aperture of 2.8 and even then you can see bokeh coming through my personal work in portraiture images.

    The lower the aperture the more bokeh that will appear in your images.

    Happy shooting and I hope you learnt something, as easy as bokeh is . ;)


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Knotsu · 11 projects
This is so helpful!! Thanks for this awesome tutorial! I love your personal work too!
AlE_cupcakesS · Desamparados, San Jose, CR
LOVE IT!! and what type of camera do you have?
su l.
su l.
thanx so much for sharing your photos are beautiful can we be friends as i have only just joined this site...happy shooting to you...
love Su x
shizuoka · Bogor, West Java, ID · 8 projects
this is great! But can be tricky,,,i haven't succeed putting a focus object in front of the bokeh. If I got the object focus, the bokeh is gone Happy
Becks S.
Becks S. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 36 projects
I'm having the same trouble as Heather. Am I doing something wrong?
Heather M.
Heather M. · 22 projects
Hey Kath, thank you for sharing this idea!

I made my own version, but I got a limited round area when shooting, the corners are all black..I dont see your photos having the same... Is there something I didn't do correctly?
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
That is amazing!!!! I love it... the picture of the cup and fishy shapes is brill...
Em · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 4 projects
the shaped bokeh is really cool! i always thought people just photoshopped the picture to get that.
Melissa K.
Melissa K. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 51 projects
Thanks, i have been reading about this lately! Are you a professional or hobby shooter? I'd love to sdse your other work! Happy

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