Christmas / Making

Christmas Bokeh

Bokeh photos have been all over the place this season, and I’ve been obsessed since my mom taught me how to take one of my tree over the phone last week.

My first attempt at bokeh went well, and it’s actually quite easy to do:

I like the ones with small objects in the foreground, like the one above, or the elf in the post below. Set your f-stop to a low number, 2-4 works well, and focus on the tinsel or elf, or whatever. The small lights from a christmas tree in the background get all blurry and produce the desired effect.

If you want only blurry pretty lights, set the focus to manual, keep the same low f-stop, and focus on the space in front of the tree.

Some of my favorite bloggers have tried it out!

Decor and the Dog

Peas and Crayons

Centsational Girl has a great tutorial on taking great holiday photos, including BOKEH!

Centsational Girl

And last year, we even featured a happy bokeh santa on Just About Home!

Happy bokeh-ing!

-Liz

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Bokeh

  1. That’s my smart girl! If you don’t have a fast lens (one that has an aperture setting of 2.8 or 1.4), you can use your macro setting on a point and shoot camera to get the same effect.

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