|Happy Eastertine's Day! Setup shot at the bottom of this post.|
Here's how it's done. First the easy way - go ahead and order the online kit here or here. If that's not for you, here's how to do it yourself.
There are lots of places where you can find these kinds of tutorials, but many of them use a special lens hood, which you have to fashion and then...store somewhere when you're not using it (which will likely be most of the time). If you have a UV filter, you can use it instead.
What you need:
|Canon 50mm 1.4|
- a UV filter that fits the thread size of your lens
- cardboard/cardstock or dark, heavier construction paper (I used my girlfriend's cereal box - see below)
- exacto knife or precision craft knife
What not to do:
It took some time to figure out how I was going to get the piece of cardboard to fit exactly into my 58mm thead without using a compass to draw a perfect circle.
Try this instead:
Get some cardboard from your girlfriend's cereal box like this:
Then put it back on top of the fridge like this so she doesn't notice you've used her still-full box (there just weren't any empties lying around):
÷ f2 = 25mm). If you have an 85mm lens for example, it's the same calculation - 1/2 of 85mm = 42.5mm and so on.
|Christmas lights without heart-shaped bokeh filter|
|With heart-shaped bokeh filter (and Christmas lights!)|
Make sure the distance between you and your subject is much smaller than the distance between your subject and the blurred lights:
Here's the setup shot:
Setup for the picture at the top of this post:
|Setup shot for "Happy Eastertine's Day!"|
Red xmas lights 11 1/2 ft from delicious model bunny.
I only had one bunny though unfortunately, so the final image is a composite of two to give our bunny a partner (before he gets gobbled up!).
And if you want to get really creative and take it a couple of steps further, try spelling out some words with your custom bokeh shapes (and make sure to watch the music video!).
Good luck, have fun and as always...send me your results.