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DIY Shamrock Bokeh Lights

DIY Shamrock Bokeh Lights

March 7, 2012 /
Shamrock Bokeh Lights


I promised that I will show you how to do the effect of the shaped-bokeh light in this post and I didn’t forget! Here is the tutorial with a Shamrock Bokeh Lights in a green ambient. You may adapt the tutorial for any shaped-bokeh lights you like.

Happy St Patrick’s Day to those who celebrate!

Recently, I planted some wheatgrass that meant for an upcoming Easter cum St Patrick’s Day craft. Again, I woke up to see some beautiful dew drops setting at the tip of the grass, so pretty that I can’t resist taking some close-up photos of them.

morning dew

Over the years, I have earned and saved enough to invest in an affordable and good DSLR camera. Now, I am back to take another round of dewdrops photos.

Previously, I need to do some photo editing to crop on a big photo in order to show the tiny dewdrops. But today, I am not just able to take a real close-up macro photo but also able to have a lovely bokeh effect out of the dewdrops light reflections with my Canon EOS 60Dir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0040JHVC2.

After a few shootings and reviewing the greenery photos, an idea struck through my mind that I can do it with shamrock bokeh since St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and also to keep my promise, one stone two birds, why not! 🙂

morning dew

One last thing before you jump to the tutorial, look what I have found in the wheatgrasses… a tiny little visitor resting on the wheatgrass. Ok, this is a cropped photo, my economical macro lens can’t get so close to it yet. Maybe I will invest in an expensive professional macro lens if I am going for the assignment of tiny world photography that I love to do. Who knows, maybe another 3 years from now…. lol

tiny insect with dew drop

DIY Shamrock Bokeh Lights

Tools & Materials:
1. DSLR camera [I am using Canon EOS 60Dir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0040JHVC2]
2. Large Aperture Zoom Lens (at least f2.5 or smaller value) with macro function (for shooting tiny dew drops) [I am using Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lensir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00006I53V]
3. Black craft paper
4. Shamrock paper punch
5. Adhesive tape
6. Dew Drops or holiday lights

 
Shamrock Bokeh Lights

With black craft paper, draw a circle big enough to cover the filter diameter of the lens. Cut.
Cut a strip about 1″ wide, long enough to wrap around the lens.
Fold the circle a little bit so that your puncher can get to the center of the circle. Punch out the shamrock pattern. Unfold.
Glue them up with adhesive tape to make a DIY lens hood.

 
Shamrock Bokeh Lights

Fit the lens hood snuggly on the lens to cover the front completely with the shamrock-shaped hood.

 
Shamrock Bokeh Lights

Set the shooting mode to “Av”, aka aperture priority.

 
Shamrock Bokeh Lights

Now, set the aperture to the smallest value that your lens has (f2.5, f1.8, or f1.4) to open up the aperture to the largest opening.
In photography term, this is called Depth of Field (DOF), the bigger the aperture open, the swallower the DOF which means more blurry objects outside the focus point.

 
shamrock bokeh diy 5

Find some light sources to take photos, for this instance, it is the reflection on the dew drops. You can use holiday lights too that do not require a macro lens.
Set your camera to the biggest zoom value (magnifying) you can and in macro shooting for dew drops.
Either de-focus and point to the lighting source to take a bokeh photo, or, focus at 1 point and let the rest goes bokeh-ly blur.
Happy creating your own bokeh lights!!!

 
tiny insect with dew drop

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