Making Bokeh

Some of you are are probably like…. WTF is Bokeh? lol So I google’d a detailed explanation for you.

In photography, bokeh (pronounced /boʊ’kɛ/) is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.

The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means “blur” or “haze”, or boke-aji (ボケ味), the “blur quality”. The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility

Source: Wikipedia


So, now that we got that out of the way, on to *Why* I am even rambling on about ‘Bokeh’ in the first place.  I ran across this awesome tutorial on youtube on how to make your own custom Bokeh. Not just *any* Bokeh…. but  Bokeh in shapes. Hey, what can I say?! I’m a photography-geek at heart…

I searched multiple different tutorials and videos of any relation to ‘Making Bokeh’ and found myself seriously inspired by this!  Bokeh in the shapes of skulls, hearts, stars….anything I can think to create that will cut out in a shape no bigger than a quarter.  I went out to the dollar store and bought a large black poster board last night, so, we’ll see  how this goes! I’ll post pictures later!


OK! OK! Stop rambling already…  and share the tutorial and blog where you found this ‘How To’! 🙂


Video Tutorial : Making Bokeh | How to make custom Bokeh


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