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.
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.
Insert into lens body.
Go to work.
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