So what is a Bokeh (pronounced BOH-kay)? The word originates from the Japanese word Boke which means blur. Simply put, it's the quality of blur in the out of focus areas of your photos. Your lens already has this when you purchase it. Most lenses naturally produce circle or hexagonal bokeh, but you can buy custom shapes to create really fun images. Lots of people use these for night shots where highlights are out of focus, but you can use them for anything you like! I love using mine for portraits and macro photography.
So here's a really quick and easy way to make your own!
Things You Will Need:
-Thick paper or light weight cardboard (I used cardstock with a dark print)
-Pencil/Pen/Marker (whatever you have lying around to trace with)
-Exacto Knife or Razor Blade (I have a pair of tiny scissors that work perfect)
-Tape (I like to use clear and electrical)
-Measuring Tape (I used a tailor tape)
- The lens you are making it for and something a big bigger to trace your outer circle. (I used a duct tape roll)
1.) Trace your outer circle onto your cardstock.
2.) Trace your lens inside the outer circle on your cardstock.
3.) Measure the circumference of your lens.
4.) Cut a strip of cardstock one or two inches longer than the circumference of your lens. The width isn't too important right now, a half inch should work fine. This will be your border piece.
5.) Cut out your circles and make notches all the way around the edge.
6.) Decide what shape you would like to create and trace in onto the middle of your circle.
7.) Using you exacto knife or razor (or tiny scissors) cut out the shape.
8.) Use your hand to press the outer tabs down around your lens to start forming the shape of your Bokeh.
9.) Tape your border piece together at the correct length. Be sure to double check that it will easily slide onto the end of your lens.
10.) Slide the Bokeh into the border and tape the inside to hold everything together.
11.) Using tape secure the top edge by creating a seal from the border piece to the Bokeh. I like to use electrical tape because it stretches and I can be sure no light leaks will occur.
And Voila! Fits like a glove!
The one I made here is actually a little to tall for my lens. You want your shape to be as close to the lens as possible to avoid vignetting. I can just trim the border piece to correct this. Below are some examples of the use of a bokeh on a 35mm lens.
The natural bokeh created by my 35mm Lens
Lighting bolt bokeh
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start using your brand new home made bokehs!
Let's talk real quick about dissection levitation. This is a super easy set up that takes just a few minutes. You will need a piece of fruit, toothpicks, and a knife.
After you dissect and reassemble your object time for your photo. I made a quickie backdrop from hanging a black fleece behind my lovely model, Katie. I'd stick to solid backgrounds during your first tries to avoid editing frustration later. It's also nice to have your model hold the object in such a way that her own body isn't blocking the background through the cracks.
After you've gotten a shot you are happy with just use Photoshop to fill in the areas where the toothpicks are with background. You can use auto-fill, paintbrush, and clone stamp to do this. Within just a few minutes you should be able to create your final image!
Remember this is the very basic of dissection levitation. Using different objects and wire along with more creative cuts you can create some amazing photos.
So much of my inspiration and ideas for photo shoot concepts come from my favorite childhood memories. Two of which are Beetle Juice and Japanimation. Beetle Juice is just so creeptastic and nothing is cuter than Japanese cartoons. So what better than a merger of the two ideas? My gorgeously rad model, Jessica, must have been reading my mind when shopping for her wardrobe. It was an awesome coincidence to discover she had bought a graphic tee with Japanese words!
I know I say things went perfect a lot (I promise I'm not just tooting my own horn) but they that exactly how it went. Jessica worked the lens like a true pro. Literally asking how high when I asked her to jump!
Big thanks to Jessica and Macy for giving up some of you Saturday to rock my lens!
They say that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck. If that is the case, Jason and Vanessa are in for years and years of good luck. It was wet, muddy, and hot, but it was also one of the best weddings I've ever been to. I would compare it to a music festival set to the tune of love. By the end of the ceremony Vanessa's dress looked like it had been dip dyed from the shins down. Jason was sporting rolled pants and converses -equally mud covered. This of course made for excellent photos. I'm so happy to share some of my favorite moments from such a truly happy celebration. Congratulations Jason and Vanessa! Wishing you an eternity of big smiles and great memories. Thank you so much for letting me capture your special day!
So about a year or so ago this photo got leaked onto Pinterest and went viral. Since then I've had countless people contact me wondering how you create this photo. So I figured I'd give you guys a quickie tutorial on how to make this super easy frame-in-frame photo.
A few things to remember before taking your photos:
-Size of the frame - This will come in handy during editing.
-Be sure to hold the frame according to how you are shooting the photos. For example; if you take a portrait shot (vertical), make sure everyone is holding the frame like a portrait.
-Ask each person holding the frame to try to keep their fingers clear of the inside of the frame. This makes editing so much faster.
You will take each person's photo while they hold the empty frame except the person who will be in the last frame. In my photo this was the toddler, Sofia. Sofia didn't need to hold a frame because obviously she is the last in the row. I actually ended up using a quick snapshot we got later in the day. You can use any photo you want here.
Once you pick out your photos you should be looking at something like this. The next step is just a simple copy and paste act in Photoshop. As long as you crop each photo to the size of the frame before copying it you should able to create your final image within minutes.
Hope this helps everyone who has been wanting to try this! Let me know if you have any questions!
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