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Make a bokeh lens with interchangeable shape slides for getting arty with photograph!
This was the perfect project to make with the Silhouette Portrait. Making the lens took a few minutes and then I was able to cut out tiny accurate shapes for the slides which would have been really difficult to do by hand.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1141 projects »
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  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 1
    Step 1

    Open the InterchangeableBokehLens.studio3 file (see attachments) in your Silhouette Studio. This file is designed to fit my Canon EOS M lenses, so you may want to measure your camera lens and make adjustments to get the perfect fit.

    Create some slides using shapes in your library. I've left my Cat slide in the file to give you an idea for scale. Send the file to your Silhouette Portrait cutting machine and cut out on a sheet of black card.

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

    We'll start by peeling off the long strip that folds around your lens.

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

    Fold the card around your lens so that it has a nice tight fit.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 4
    Step 4

    Glue or tape the strip together at the edges.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 5
    Step 5

    Press the perforated edges of the strip into the middle and peel off the lens piece.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place some glue on the perforated edges and place down onto the lens piece, making sure they sit flat. Leave to dry.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 7
    Step 7

    Peel off the two strips and the shape slide and position over the hole on the lens piece.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 8
    Step 8

    Glue the two strips at the top and bottom of the lens hole, so that there's enough space to slip the shape slide in and out.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make multiple shape slides for your lens. Have fun experimenting with different shapes!

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 10
    Step 10

    Slip your bokeh lens over your camera lens and start taking photos.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 11
    Step 11

    To use the lens, put your camera on manual mode, focus on some lights and adjust your lens until they're out of focus and soft blurry circles.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 12
    Step 12

    Slip your bokeh lens on and move your camera until you find a pattern of shapes you like before taking a photo.

  • How to take a bokeh photograph. Interchangeable Bokeh Lens - Step 13
    Step 13

    Experiment by taking photos of foreground objects in focus, picking up shapes with your fingers. Traffic lights and fairy lights are perfect for this!

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