Well, last week the DIY photo shoot and the heart bokeh was my So You Think You’re Crafty “love” entry. Even though it was my demise (SYTYC wise), I love the other competitors and their projects. And to be honest, I am a bit ‘competition-ed out.’ If you are considering doing back-to-back craft competitions, go into it (or both) with great gusto. They are so fun, but they require quite a bit of energy!
SYTYC demise aside, I am quite enamored with my newfound knowledge of how to make bokeh (that blurry part in the background of pictures) into different shapes. Don’t those shots make you want to make bokeh in every shape you can imagine? Let me show you how!
First, gather a piece of black cardstock. Trace a lens cap on the black paper. Trace your shape in the middle.
Cut out a large circle around the your traced circle. Also cut out the middle shape.
Cut slits from the perimeter, matching up to the traced lens cap. Fold the slivered ‘rays’ up to the traced line.
Tape in place. Fit onto the lens (it should be a snug fit, not letting in any light except from the shape cutout).
Hang lights in the background.
Using a low aperature (and placing your subject close to you), take your pictures. The lights in the background will take the bokeh-y shape of your cutout.
Fun, right? Can’t you imagine little starbursts for the 4th of July or leaves for fall or even trees for Christmas?
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