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Shaped Bokeh ( Tutorials and Feature )

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 25, 2013, 6:09 AM

Since i got asked a lot how i do the shaped bokeh photos i decided to write a short journal about it :aww:
I won't write my own tutorial since there are already a lot of great tutorials out there and i do the absolutely same thing :D

First some "normal bokeh" tutorials :

Bokeh in Macro Shots Tutorial by Jules1983  Photography tutorial - Bokeh by Nariscuss  Bokeh tutorial by lieveheersbeestje          

            and the Wiki Article :

most important facts :

            - aperature as big as possible -> small number ( i use the canon 50mm 1.8 )
            - some sort of light to create visible bokeh ( e.g. christmas lights )
            - put the main subject as far away from the lights as possible

How do you get the bokeh in special shapes?

How to make bokeh by KatherineDavis  Shaped Bokeh How-To by YellowEleven  Shaped Bokeh Tutorial by BlackCarrionRose…                        …                               


most important facts :

            formula for the size of your hole :
            focal lenght / aperature number = size of the hole in mm
            example : 50mm / 1.8 = 27,28mm
            ( it's always better to make it a little bit smaller )

Don't want to cut The shapes out yourself?


             since i am lazy i bought a bokeh kit from ebay :…
             It's not cheap (got even more expensive since i bought it ) but very useful
             Another well known site to buy a bokeh kit is :
             You just have to decide if and where you want to buy a kit yourself :aww:

             Another tip : you can print bokeh shapes on transparent paper :…
             Here are two templates :
             ( you can also create them yourself with photoshop or sth. similar )

Any more questions? Please ask ♥

Small Feature

Making Miracles by JeanFan  Lilly Bokeh by Lady-Tori

Timeless love ... by aoao2  Prophecy by Sortvind

My Magic World by lemon66  .: A m b e r :. by Nariscuss

The Wet Net by JVarriano  keeping by detail24

So pretty ! by Kara-a  Breaking Free by Kara-a  There Is Always Hope by Kara-a


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LisiTisaKi Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I tryed to make shaped bokeh. I made this thing you put on lens (i have nikorr 18-55mm) what now? Its important size of shape that you choose? 
Excellent Kara! So glad you posted this, especially about the shaped bokeh. Very well done and very helpful!
dragonfly-oli Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Das mit der Formel wusste ich nicht, aber klingt gut! 
Ich mache das immer nach Augenmaß :D
Sehbeben Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sehr schön :D
Bin selbst über DigitalRevTV und den BokehMaster drauf gestoßen 
ScoutingForGeeks Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic journal entry, I wonder if I can get this effect with my fairly basic non-DSLR camera?
Kara-a Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for the late answer !
But i think i have to disappoint you, most likely no since you can't change the size of the aperture :saddummy:
ScoutingForGeeks Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nevermind, sure I'll get my hands on a DSLR in the future :)
LUCILALEYLA Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much dear Kara :love: 

Timetosaybye Oct 25, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you! =)
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