How to Create a DIY Filter for Custom Bokeh Shapes

You probably see bokeh all the time in photos. It’s basically the blur you’ll get when shooting with a shallow depth of field. The photo below by Chrissie is a classic example of the bokeh effect: If you want to get this effect, you’ll need to use a lens with a wide aperture. If you’re just getting started, a good place to begin is with a prime 50mm lens f/1.8. The wider the aperture (in other words the lower the number), the more prominent the effect will be. You might have also seen bokeh photos with custom shapes, like this image by Abby Bischoff where…

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