Hi I’m Khail Anonymous and welcome to another episode of Kingston’s Indie Hack. On today’s episode of indie hack we’re going to be introducing you to a very cool photographic technique called bokeh. So, what is bokeh? The term comes from the
Japanese word bokeh which means blur. In photography it is the aesthetic of keeping part of the photo out of focus or blurred. The blur you see in these photos is made with an intentional shallow focus of the lens. It’s a simple and easy technique that will give your photos that much-needed dazzle and pop. To get started you’ll need a few things. A DSLR with a fast lens, a camera mount or a tripod and some small lights that you will use as bokeh elements in your photographs. If you tried out our light painting hack in the last episode you should have some lights left over. And make sure to load
your camera with some reliable memory. We’re going to using
Kingston’s class 10 which is great for photos. Once you have your equipment ready,
follow these simple steps to set up your photo session. Set your aperture to at least F 2.8 though faster
apertures of F2, 1.8 or 1.4 are more ideal. If you don’t own a fast lens you can always compensate by placing your subject further away from your bokeh lights. Next place your lights behind
or in front of your subject. Now manually focus on your subject until you see the light in the background start to soften out of focus. Finally take the picture. And there you have it.
You have a cool and creative bokeh photo. For our next trick we’re
gonna be taking bokeh to the next level by creating our own custom bokeh shapes, that’s right folks you can manipulate light. By creating custom stencils for your camera lens you can shaped bokeh lights
into any symbol or words that you like. To get started you’re gonna need a few extra items. Some black paper, an exacto knife or decorative hole puncher, scissors, and some tape. First place your lens onto the black paper to trace out a circle. This circle is the stencil
you’ll be placing on your lens. You can also add a little tab to
make it easier to place and remove. Next cut out the circle
making sure to cut a little smaller than the tracing so that your
stencil fits snugly into your lens. Now draw and cut out any shape, symbol, or word you’d like in the middle of your stencil. Make sure your cuts are smooth and as neat as possible because ragged edges will show up in your photo. You can also use a decorative hole puncher. As a general rule, bigger shapes are better for faster lenses and smaller shapes are better for slower lenses. When you’re done cutting out your shape, place your stencil over your camera lens. And finally set up your camera and lights again take your picture and watch your bokeh lights take shape. As a bonus try out this hack with video. Experiment with moving lights and reflectors such as Christmas lights
or fireworks for a really cool effect. Alright guys, well that is our episode
on the bokeh lighting effect. With a few simple tricks you can make your photos and videos that much cooler So get out there and try it out. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Kingston Channel for more episodes of IndieHack. We’ll see you guys next time.