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Fun with bokeh

Because round lights are no fun

January 16th, 2011

I got this cool tip from a friend: Custom bokeh! Basically, you take s small piece of cardbaord (or similar) and cut out a nicely shaped hole (for example, a star) in the middle. Place it in front of the camera lens, making sure light can enter through the hole only. Depending on the shape of the hole, you can get very interesting results - try it out on candles in a dark room, for example! The picture to the left shows my result after some experimentation. For a how-to, check out my friends blog post (swedish, but instructions in English).

Fortune cat with stars in the background. I actually didn't cut this shape out, but instead used a piece of christmas decoration. A chain of lights provided the light.
Fortune cat with stars in the background. I actually didn't cut this shape out, but instead used a piece of christmas decoration. A chain of lights provided the light.

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