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Hashtag Bokeh with Silhouette Cameo

Written by Echo Stenger on August 30th, 2015 at 1:17 am

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Create Bokeh Effects with Silhouette Cameo Create Bokeh Effects with Silhouette Cameo

This week’s Silhouette Sunday post is short, sweet and fun. Photography is a love of mine, if no one noticed. My Nikon D90 is one of my best friends, and one of its best friends is my 50 mm 1.8 lens. I don’t get anything for anyone clicking those links. Just making the looking more convenient for you.

If you’re new to Bokeh I’ll give you a quick rundown. Bokeh is related to the focus on your camera- the out-of-focus parts in your photos, to be more specific. Usually good bokeh is achieved by distance, depth of focus and a wide open lens. This is where lenses like the 50 mm come in handy- the 1.8 part of the lens is how wide open it is. The more open, the shallower your depth of field which can result in nice, round bokeh.

With the help of my cameo, however, I can take advantage of my wide aperature (the 1.8 part of my lens, smaller number, less  stuff in the way of your sensor) and create custom bokeh in almost any silhouette I can think up.

The first step was very simple. With the deep recess in my lens I decided to just make a circle cut-out that would sit inside the rim but not touch the glass. You can also fit it inside a UV filter, which I’ve also done, just not in this tutorial. I subtracted ever so slightly from that and created the diameter of my circle. Next I made shapes I liked (heart, hashtag, snowman, star, cowboy hat, etc etc), centered it in my circle, selected both and clicked Object> Modify> Subtract.

Create Bokeh Effects with Silhouette Cameo

Go to the cut settings, make sure it is set to cut the edge and shows the outside of the circle in red as well as your shape in the center.

Cut.

Insert into lens body.

Go to work.

Create Bokeh Effects with Silhouette Cameo

Hashtag Bokeh #hashtagBokeh #Bokeh!

 

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EchoStenger.com began in early 2013 as a side project of Echoia.com. Namely, Echoia Photography. Wanting to expand to include more varied content, it seemed only appropriate to change the site's title.

It currently is an outlet for many of my interests and passions. I share my work in and write tutorials for Adobe Illustrator, review products (mostly purchased by me), experiment with my Silhouette Cameo machine (hashtag vector in flesh!), share my day-to-day and still post photographs on a regular basis.

Thank you for visiting and coming along with me as I grow and seek out beauty in everything.

I am a Christian mom, girlfriend, dog-mom, cat-mom and pseudo step-mom. I take up hobbies faster than I can put them back down. I am from Texas, but currently reside in Utah.

I. Love. Air conditioning.

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Angel : My seraph son. I’ll likely speak of nothing and no one so much. Born October 2009. He likes the color orange blue and almost anything Marvel.

Veda : Black. Lab-like. Born Summer 2008. A life changer. Full name and title: Princess Darth Veda Jane Sultanfuss Stenger. Usually just Veda/Veda Jane when she’s bad. Also ‘Monster’. In your way? Just say, 'Scoot, Veda.'

Trinity : Rescued from the pound about 9 weeks of age, Summer 2009. I call her ‘Wiggle Bottoms’, 'Dummy' (lovingly, of course) or ‘Little Bit’. Big time cuddler.

Li : Dog cat. Scarier than both the dogs put together.

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