Make Your Own Bokeh Shape

Every professional or even amateur photographer should have heard the word Bokeh once in his/her life, for sure. Bokeh is a Japanese word, meaning “to blur” and it’s a beautiful technique that is used by photographers, all over the globe to take awesome photographs, where the focus is on the subject, and the background is filled with this effect. Following are some awesome examples of Bokeh, in action:

photo credit: Batikart

photo credit : Siebe

But here, I’m not going to teach you, how you can create a bokeh effect. That’s fairly simple to you, if you’re not an amateur photographer. Here, I’m going to tell you, that how to create a bokeh of any shape you like, instead of the old and boring kind of “default” shaped bokeh you get out of your camera lens. As you can see from the above photographs, the bokeh usually are of circular or hexagonal shape. That is due to the shape of aperture of your camera. I’m sure you’ all are familiar with the shape of the aperture, a camera is having. For those, who don’t here is what your camera’s aperture is like:

aperture-logo

Noticed the shape in between?  This is the are, through which all the light enters the camera sensors and photographic images of the real world objects are made. Since this hole is of hexagon shape, the “default” bokeh shape is hexagonal or circular. Now, how to get some creative bokeh shapes out of the same lens? Probably, you’re not going to change the whole lens architecture for that. Then what should we do? Let’s think…

Ah! what’s that? Bingo! That’s the only thing you need to do if you want to get a heart shaped bokeh. Physically, you need to just get a sheet of black card board, punch a heart shaped hole in the middle and adjust and stick it in front of your lens. That’s it!

Technically, what exactly happens is, we’re changing the shape, through which the light enters our camera. By default, it’s a hexagonal shape. But here, we’re changing it to a heart shaped thing. In a way, we’re defying the laws of the camera makers :P

The interesting thing is, the shape is not only limited to a heart. You can run your creativity and can come up with any shape you want. And the results? Well, mostly super awesome!

The Arrow Bokeh

photo credit: sgoralnick


The Umbrella Bokeh

photo credit: V Frost


The Star Bokeh

photo credit: Adam Foster


The Snow Flake Bokeh



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Author: Rish (44 Articles)

Rishabh is a photographer and a musician by heart and soul respectively. A twittadict and an active social media person.

6 Comments to “Make Your Own Bokeh Shape”

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  1. Priya says:

    Lovely!!! Going to try this soon, great article.

  2. Rish says:

    Thanks Priya :) And yes, do share your creations!

  3. Tracey says:

    This is sooo great! The possibilities are endless :)
    I can’t wait to try it!

    I just found your blog today and have subscribed. I’ve been
    enjoying your posts, great information (especially for those
    of us who are self-taught)

    I also look forward to joining “The Soul Behind the Camera” contest,
    as soon as I find which CD I saved the shot I want to use. lol

    I look forward to reading, learning and sharing more from you, in
    the awesome world behind the glass ;)

    Tracey

  4. Your articles are really great, I bookmarked it on feedage for you!

  5. Shekhar Sahu says:

    Oh that’s mind blowing, let me try too!

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