Tonight Vida and I went for a walk to look at the pretty Christmas Lights. We did this last year, so she asked me if we could do this again. There’s something I wanted to share with you all about how to shoot Bokeh (Japanese word for blur). It’s used to be you had to get a camera lens that had a big aperture like F1.8 to get these types of shots with your DSLR camera. Now you don’t have to because I’ve been doing this trick for 4 years with my iPhone.
All you need is a macro lens, what I used here was 7x from Olloclip. You can also get this look from 10x lens from Olloclip and SquidCam. You can even use Magnet lens or a threaded case from DCkina. If you’re on a budget you can find an old magnifying glass and that works too.
Since people have Christmas Light up around their houses, just take a walk and snap shots. You can even take photos of your Christmas Tree too. All you need a section of lights and a macro lens. I find the 7x is the best but 10x works too. You can try experimenting with magnifying glass too. If you’re really bold try your DSLR 50mm lens and make sure to turn it backwards to shoot your photos.
If you come across a house with a nice yard display of Christmas light up trees, deers and snowmen. Try shooting and play around with the lights. You can really make some great abstract images or backgrounds. There’s no right or wrong way, just have fun and enjoy taking beautiful Bokeh photos.
*If you have an Android Smartphone you can try this same type of Bokeh photo taking. You will have to check DCkina or other websites that sell mobile macro lenses.*
If you have any questions about this post, please leave comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a Merry Christmas and see you soon !!!