* You will need to give yourself some distance between you and your light source.
* If you do not have a big aperture you will need to use a smaller hole.
Let's start on the pronunciation, shall we?
Bokeh is like "you say potato, I say potato, potato, potato" , "you say tomato, I say tomato, tomato, tomato, let's call the whole thing off ". I pronounce bokeh to rhyme with mocha, and I don't even drink coffee! So, maybe you pronounce it bo-kay, and that's okay, let's just get some bokeh!!!
Bokeh refers to the blurring of the background when you have a shallow depth of field. And we all know what DOF or depth of field is, right? Good I thought so, and if not just take a peek back at Cy's post here.
Personally, when I think of bokeh I don't just think of DOF, I think of what is happening with the lighting in the background. Leaves in the sunlight will often produce some great bokeh. In this next shot there is some bokeh going on in the back (hard to see with that punk that is goofing off, I know).
But what I really wanted to focus on today was getting SHAPED bokeh. Are you in? Here is a string of Christmas lights on the floor. Using manual focus I focused on the lights. Wow, spectacular isn't it! Just kidding, just looks like a tangled mess ready to happen. But now look at what happens when I manually move my focus away from the lights and closer to me....
Ahhhhh, heart bokeh.
Some ordinary looking candles but look what happens when I turn off the lights and I try to get a shaped bokeh to appear for me.......
And here is how you are going to get it....
You'll need to use your biggest aperture (smallest F-stop) for this. I used my 50mm lens which has a f-stop of 1.8. If you don't have this you may need to just play around with the size of the hole you are working with.
Start by tracing around your lens on a black piece of paper. Cut that out and then to make it easier to use with your punch/hole or use with multiple shapes cut another section out of that circle.
And with another small piece of paper cut or punch out your shape. Tape it onto the large circle and wah-lah....
If you are not part of this group and want to give this a try, let me know by leaving a comment and we can get your pictures up here too!
Have fun with your bokeh.