Holiday Lights – Bokeh Shape Shifters

Summary – Change the shape of your lens’ out of focus areas with a “shape shifter”.


Holiday Greetings

A neighbor’s holiday lights

12-23-2012 10-23-25 AM

This post is in reply to this comment on yesterday’s post:

hajo Says:  December 19, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply   edit

Ah, Bokeh! Wouldn’t that call for a few words about how to make it? Lens quality? Aperture quality / shapes? Other Bokeh shapes (eg hearts) created in-camera?

I replied –

Ed Knepley Says: December 19, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply   edit


For something as simple as this image no words are needed beyond –

1. Most importantly use the widest aperture possible on your lens; f/2.8 would be ideal but f/4-f/5.6 will work

2. Manual focus is mandatory – throw the subject (lights here) completely out of focus. In this case, the more the lights are out of focus, the larger the glowing orbs.

Easy-peasy ;-)

Changing the shape of the out of focus elements in camera is another story that I’ll not go into except to say it requires placing something over the front of the lens. What and how are discussed in this old post of mine –

which, in fact, changes the shapes to hearts and includes a photo of the modified lens.

So, if you want to delve into bokeh shape shifting

Check out that link above

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