I have some extra time on my hands these days, so I decided to tackle another cheap photo DIY. This time, I set up a bokeh environment in my living room. Bokeh is the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light. I have always loved this photo technique and wanted to try and create it myself.

My setup was simple. I strung some christmas lights from a nail in my wall. Then I set a brown wooden box about two feet in front of the lights. I laid on the ground in front of the box and did my best to focus the foreground. I set an old bathroom towel rod across my table, so I could hang necklaces in front of the lights. In order to get the bokeh large and really blurred out, I had to use manual focus with a 2.0 aperture. It was pretty difficult to focus that way. I’m sure with some more trial and error, I’ll figure out better techniques.

If anyone has some tips and tricks for shooting bokeh, I would love to hear them!

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