Create Shaped Bokeh With DIY Aperture Disk

Create Shaped Bokeh With DIY Aperture Disk

We all know and love the classic round Bokeh we get when shooting in shallow depth of field. It adds depth and interesting effects to the final result. The round Bokeh is a result of having a round (kind-of) Aperture blades, but have you ever thought what will happen if you change that Aperture shape? By adding a piece of thick black paper to the front of the lens and cutting a shape in it, you can shape your own Bokeh. Instead of round Bokeh, you can have stars, hearts or even your name as a Bokeh. Check out these cool examples showing some of the different looks you can get by just using a piece of paper (or cardboard/plastic).

If you tried this method before feel free to share your results in the comments below or on our Facebook Group.

day 142 - jar of hearts
Photo: Alex Turton.

Day 31/365 - Bakeh
Photo: Katie Sh.

Hollywood Starz
Photo: Emmanuel_D.Photography.

Día de Reyes
Photo: Pablo Fernández.

Day 49 Of 365 Project
Photo: Mark John Marcaida.

Bokeh Love
Photo: Vega .

Bonne nuit, Ville-Lumière. (55/365)
Photo: Stephanie Reis.

Photo: Rupe.

Wake up and smell the bokeh!
Photo: Yiannis Pantziaras.

Photo: seanmophoto.

To the Stars
Photo: Alan Travers.

Bokeh, Milk & Honey
Photo: Theresa Thompson.

Explored! - You never know when a Danbo would enter your life.. :D
Photo: Pushp Deep Pandey.

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Works great with video too:

Long time reader, first time poster. Just want to echo what I've seen so many other commenters say in recent months, in that the quality control on this website has hit rock-bottom.

It really depresses me to see this sort of 365-project level work being featured on such a high profile blog. Click through to these people's streams - it's all the same. Meaningless snapshots and novelty photographs. No stylistic or thematic consistency. All copying each other and copying the work of others that they've seen in Flickr groups.

I don't even blame the photographers - they're as much victims as perpetrators. This is just what photography has become. Maybe I'm overreacting but I'm increasingly feeling like photography as art is being marginalised in favour of this sort of pop photography.

Definite overreaction. If it is something you don't like, don't read. It's that simple. Know when it's not that serious.

Yes this is cheesy I agree, and sometimes I don't like some of the articles either, but you can just not read them.

Bad articles are a bad thing, but what is worst, is the arrogant people. So now everyone has a DSLR, deal with it, bad photographers, or bad hobbies (like me maybe) are not going to affect your artsy ass.

I don't think you two are quite understanding my point. This isn't about one post on an internet blog, it's a continuing theme, and the canned response of 'don't like it don't read it' is not addressing the issue.

The issue is the endless promotion of throwaway, novelty photography that any ten year old with a DSLR, a nifty fifty and a piece of cardboard can pull off. Meanwhile actual photographic artists who put some thought and creativity into their work are sidelined. If people who care about photography don't highlight how the medium is being diluted and distorted then things won't change, and new photographers will be led to believe that this gross charicature is what photography is about.

I'm all for encouraging young photographers, but lately fstoppers seems to get half their 'highlighted' stories from those asinine 365 groups on flickr. Blogs like this should be using their privileged position to promote the art, rather than this brand of mindless, populist rubbish.

I see your point, and sorry for the "artsy ass". I would it be as disappointed as you are if I find something like this in the British journal of photography, but this is just a free blog, magazine...

Too cheesy for my taste

I wrote a tutorial on my blog a while ago on how to create a cardboard version. Cost under 1$ and it's so much fun!