5 TIPS to create luminous bokeh lights
BOKEH (NOUN). JAPANESE WORD, MEANING ‘BLUR’ OR ‘HAZE’.
In photography, a term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of an image
FIRST, THINGS YOU’LL NEED:
sparkly lights for the background, such as city lights, traffic lights, or holiday lights. a subject for the foreground, lighting for the subject, tripod.
Set your camera to the widest Aperture (lowest f-stop) setting available to create the shallow depth-of-field we want to create a blurry background – BUT, keep in mind, that in bokeh, we want to go after a quality image that is aesthetically pleasing.
Pick an interesting subject matter, and set your subject some distance away from the background lights. A tripod can prevent the focused subject from blurring in low lighting. Get as close to the subject as possible, while maintaining focus.
Use a telephoto lens, and increase the distance between your subject and the background lights to make the lights appear larger.
The larger the Aperture setting (lower f-stop), the rounder the lights will appear. If you want to experiment with smaller Aperture settings (higher f-stop), your bokeh lights will result in a
more hexagonal shape.
Create fun shaped bokeh lights, such as hearts, stars, raindrops, or snowflakes, by making custom hood cutouts that fit over your lens (DIY instructions in video below).