I have seen so many of those DIY heart Bokeh lens filter pictures and thought I would give it a go. Ha!
Bokeh (bow-kay) is the Japanese word for blur. The trick is to have one part of your picture blurry and the other sharp. I was trying to have my subject sharp and background blurry. That would be the lights. A bunch of floating tiny hearts to be exact.
I guess knowing the basics of the proper camera settings for regular Bokeh would have helped. So much for thinking: Yes, I can do this! Who needs to read all that mumbo jumbo, right? Wrong!
What went wrong with my first attempt? I cut the heart with a blade and did not realize that every flaw will show. Every jagged little edge.
So I used a stamp my mother had. Look at that nice clean cut:
The problem was after making this fancy hood:
It was too big! Apparently, the cut-out should be about 5mm in size. This is what happened:
So, off I go and cut out another heart. I will call it a heart. Art is not my strong suit and this little cut-out was not that easy.
I knew it would work this time around. How could it not? Ha! <—– Repeat several times.
Set up the light, the subject and shoot away. I’m a superstar! This happened:
The problem was, that dusty headed angel was inside a heart shape and the lights are not in any shape.
That did not stop me from experimenting again. Still not doing the right thing by taking the time to read up on anything.
At least the lights were shapes. Buddha is not in focus, he is blurred. The whole point was to have the subject be the sharp image.
One thing I realized was that I need more of the tiny lights. The few I have are just not enough.
I did get one okay picture except for the light strings showing. I read that people just edit them out. Is that true? If anyone knows the answer please drop me a comment.
Now I am off to read all about those silly things like lighting, ISO, f stops, aperture, white balance and numbers like this: 1/2500.
When I do, I will be sure to put up a tutorial.