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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

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Timeless love ... by aoao2  Prophecy by Sortvind

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

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LisiTisaKi Featured By Owner 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? 
Barn0wl Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Excellent Kara! So glad you posted this, especially about the shaped bokeh. Very well done and very helpful!
OliviaMichalski Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Das mit der Formel wusste ich nicht, aber klingt gut! 
Ich mache das immer nach Augenmaß :D
Sehbeben Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sehr schön :D
Bin selbst über DigitalRevTV und den BokehMaster drauf gestoßen 
ScoutingForGeeks Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nevermind, sure I'll get my hands on a DSLR in the future :)
LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much dear Kara :love: 

Timetosaybye Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you! =)
Magical-moments Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Finally! This is so wonderful and brilliant! :hug: 
lindahabiba Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :D (Big Grin)
LittleAngel324 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are amazing, Thank you!
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