12.15.2011

cool bokeh filters

Here's a fun (and free!) diy to make picture taking a little more fun while you have your Christmas lights up! I was procrastinating on folding our laundry last night, and remembered this simple project I saw on Color Me Katie about two years ago. You can purchase bokeh filters, but you can very easily and quickly make your own.
diy bokeh filters, the friendly fox
You'll need:
•A camera with a large aperture lens
•Cardstock, or other thick paper
•Scissors
•Tape

1. Cut out a circle the size of your lens.
2. Cut out your desired shape on the middle of the circle, don't make it too big.
3. Tape it to your lens.
4. Set your camera to it's lowest aperture value (mine was set at 1.8), make sure the lights aren't in focus, and take your picture! It'd be cute to have someone in focus on the foreground, with little dancing trees in the background. I'll have to try this when Jacob is awake and willing to participate in picture taking.
diy bokeh filters, the friendly fox
(this is what it should look like)

diy bokeh filters, the friendly fox
diy bokeh filters, the friendly fox
(make your tree lights look cool...)
diy bokeh filters, the friendly fox
(your home look like it's covered by stars...)
diy bokeh filters, the friendly fox
(pretend it's snowing out your front door...)
diy bokeh filters, the friendly fox
(and check out a tiny neon forest.)

28 comments:

  1. Oregonlive.com is doing a christmas light contest. You should enter!

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  2. Fun! My son will think this is pretty dope.

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  3. These are lovely and you explained it really clearly, thank you!

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  4. Fantastic! This is my favorite DIY post ever.

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  5. OMG! This is awesome! Thank you for the easy instructions, too... Most go take some pictures :)

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  6. Ooh, I just might! I wouldn't kind the $50 gift card. Thanks for the heads up!

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  7. I've been wanting to try this forever, but I'm a little intimidated. You make it look super easy -- I may have to give it a go before all the lights come down...!

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  8. You should! Its so easy! A tip: use a tripod or a flat surface to reduce bluriness! And set your camera to a fast shutter speed so it doesn't take in too mch light.

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  9. This is such a creative idea! My hubby and I will have to try it!

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  10. love the idea! :) will give it a go for christmas!! :)

    xx

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  11. Thanks for this amazing DIY! I've always wondered how to do that! :)

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I love it! I gave it a try last night and it worked beautifully! :)

    http://onesheepishgirl.blogspot.com/2011/12/merry-christmas.html

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  13. Oh ,that is so cool! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. It depends on your camera, but it will most likely be called AV. It is also refered to as the f-stop. Here's a basic how-to, but you'll want to refer to your camera manual http://www.indiahowto.com/how-to-change-camera-settings.html

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  15. Wow, this is a fantastic idea and so easy to make it your own! Love, love love!!!

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  16. I can't wait to try this!
    http://theresthisthingcalledgooglemom.com/

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  17. looks like a fun way to make photos different and more exciting- thanks for sharing!

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  18. What a Wonderful Chep way to creat special filters... Running to find my star punch and make one for some night photography!! Thanks!!!

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