Khail explains how to do Bokeh and shares his favorite photography tips to get your desired bokeh effect. You will need a DSLR or smartphone, a tripod and small light source for this trick.
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Hi, I’m Khail Anonymous, and welcome to another episode of Kingston’s IndieHack. On today’s episode of IndieHack we’re going to be introducing you to a very cool photographic technique called Bokeh.
So what is Bokeh? The term comes from the Japanese Bokeh which means blur. In photography it is the aesthetic of keeping part of the photo out of focus or blurred. The blur you see in these photos is made with intentional shallow focus of the lense. It’s a simple and easy technique that will give your photos that much-needed dazzle and pop.
To get started you’ll need a few things, a DSLR with a fast lens, a camera mount or a tripod, and some small lights that you will use as Bokeh elements in your photographs. If you tried out our light painting hack in the last episode, you should have some lights left over.
And make sure to load your camera with some reliable memory, thank you. Were going to be using Kingston’s Class 10 which is great for photos. Once you have your equipment ready, follow these simple steps to set up your photo session. Set your aperture to at least F2.8, though faster apertures of F2, 1.8, or 1.4 are more ideal.
If you don’t own a fast lens, you can always compensate by placing your subject further away from your Bokeh lights. Next, place your lights behind or in front of your subject. Now manually focus on your subject until you see the light in the background start to soften out of focus.
Finally, take the picture. And there you have it, you have a cool and creative Bokeh photo. For our next trick we’re gonna be taking Bokeh to the next level by creating our own custom Bokeh shapes. That’s right, folks, you can manipulate light. By creating custom stencils for your camera lens, you can shape Bokeh lights into any symbol or words that you like.
To get started, you’re gonna need a few extra items. Some black paper, an X-ACTO knife, or decorative hole puncher, scissors, and some tape. First place your lens onto the black paper to trace out a circle. This circle is the stencil you’ll be placing on your lens. You can also add a little tab to make it easier to place and remove.
Next cut out the circle making sure to cut a little smaller than the tracing so that your stencil fits snugly into your lens. Now draw and cut out any shape, symbol, or word you’d like in the middle of your stencil. Make sure your cuts are smooth and neat as possible because ragged edges will show up in your photo.
You can also use a decorative hole puncher. As a general rule, bigger shapes are better for faster lens’ and smaller shapes are better for slower lens’. When you’re done cutting out your shape, place your stencil over your camera lens. And finally set up your camera and lights again.
Take your picture and watch your Bokeh lights take shape. As a bonus, try out this hack with video, experiment with moving lights and reflectors, such as Christmas lights or fireworks for a really cool effect. All right, guys. Well that is our episode on the Bokeh lighting effect. With a few simple tricks, you can make your photos and videos that much cooler.
So get out there and try it out. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Kingston Channel for more episodes of IndieHack. We’ll see you guys next time.