Bokeh Photo Technique

Bokeh Photo Technique
Time to complete
30min
hh:mm
Skill Level
Skill Level 3
Advanced

Description

For a unique Valentine’s Day picture, try Bokeh photography. Bokeh means “blur” in Japanese. In terms of photography, it is used to refer to parts of a picture that are not in focus. When there are glowing lights in the shot, they appear as small points of light.

Bokeh photos make great artwork, such as a framed enlargement or canvas print.

What you'll need:

  • Digital camera that allows for manual settings
  • Light Source
  • Black Paper

How to Make it:

1.
Set the f-stop as low as possible and the shutter speed to 1/50.

2.
Cut a small heart in the black paper

3.
Hold paper over camera lens.

4.
Position object you are photographing between the camera and the light source.

5.
Stand aproximately five feet away from the subject.

6.
Focus on the subject and take the picture.

Tips:
Experiment with various distances and ISO settings.
Fashion the paper cutout into a lens hood instead of holding it over the lens.

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