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How to Make Holiday-Themed Bokeh

You probably know what bokeh is, just not what it's called. Bokeh is the photography effect that produces a blurred background. With an SLR, you get bokeh by setting your aperture value low and then focusing on a subject. It's a beautiful photography effect and in most snappers' bag of tricks.

The other side of bokeh is the gorgeous patterns you can create in your photographs. You can make dots, like in the picture, or you can get ambitious and make hearts or a holiday theme (like stars) with DIY Photography's bokeh instructions.

All you need is an aperture lens and a piece of black paperboard. Follow DIY Photography's instructions and get ready to produce mesmerizing photos!

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willowdiamond willowdiamond 4 years
eckeltricity eckeltricity 7 years
For some reason, I really don't understand how to make a bokeh... :(
willowdiamond willowdiamond 7 years
mscc mscc 7 years
I like this! I checked out the DIY link, too and definitely will use the hearts cut-out in the future. Thanks!
kia kia 7 years
This is something fun to play with on a rainy day instead of watching TV.
steen steen 7 years
I did this last year! It's a little tricky, getting the size of the cut-out just right but it's loads of fun to play around with! If you look on Flickr, there are tons of creative ideas with themed bokeh.
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