Introduction: DIY Paper Bokeh Lense

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Bokeh is a type of "out-of-focus" photography. If you cover part of the lens with paper and have a shape or image cut into the paper, when you blur or unfocus the image any small light source will alter and become the shape depicted on the paper.

Step 1: Materials

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Materials you will need.

- Cardstock or other thick paper

- Pen or Pencil

- Scissors or other cutting tools (I prefer a box knife.0

- Camera

- Hair tie or rubber band

Step 2: Trace

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Take lens of choice, I have found this works best with any large aperture lens, for example, a 75-300mm zoom lens. Place the lens on the paper and trace around it.

Step 3: Add the "legs."

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Once you trace the lens, draw 4 rectangles on the top, middle, and sides. These will be what attaches to the lens.

Step 4: Add Your Shape.

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Now you can add your shape of choice on the center of the circle. It is best to not make this shape to big or small, or you won't get the desired results.

Step 5: Cut Out Your Shape.

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Take your cutting tool and cut around the circle and the rectangle. Make sure not to cut through the rectangle and detach them from the circle. Then cut out your shape in the center.

Step 6: Attach the Paper to the Lens.

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Attach your paper to the lens like shown here with the rubber band or hair tie.

Step 7: Finished Product!

Hope you enjoy your DIY paper Bokeh lens! Have fun with this and feel free to try whatever shapes you want!


ArjunManoj (author)2017-05-24

Could u plzz post a picture shot by the camera using the paper bokeh lense

Rideable Entertainment (author)2017-05-01

Yeah its an old but nice tricks. There are many demo videos online. Thx for your instructions, gonna have to try this out soon :)

The Backyard Forgery (author)2017-04-21

Maybe add some pictures of the effect?

Swansong (author)2017-04-20

That's neat :)

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