Create your own Bokeh backdrop
Bokeh is an increasingly popular photography effect where photographers can capture the blurred light of their background to create a stunning image background. By taking advantage of this aesthetically pleasing technique, you can draw attention to your subject while having more than just plain empty space behind it.
Photographers can create a bokeh effect when photographing subjects in front of various backgrounds such as fairy lights or even garden walls with the right lighting. I am going to show you how to create your own bokeh effect in your home or studio with simple household items.
What you’ll need:
- Tin foil or space blanket
- Table or stool
- Gels (optional)
How to create a bokeh effect
Take a piece of tin foil and loosely scrunch it up. The amount you use is up to you, work out the size you need in comparison to your subject.
Carefully un-scrunch the foil to the original size.
Use your tape to stick the creased tinfoil onto a wall.
Position your subject in front of the creased foil background. You may want to use a small table or stool to position your subject at the right height.
Set your camera to have a wide aperture. Try f/1.8, f/2.8 or f/3.5. This will give a good depth of field and bring out a great bokeh effect with the light bouncing off the foil. With your flash turned on, focus on your subject with enough of the tinfoil in the background to show the bokeh.
If the flash is too harsh on the subject and tinfoil, hold a white piece of paper over the flash. This will help soften the light.
If you are taking a picture of a larger subject or a person, you can use a space blanket to get a larger background. Just remember to scrunch up the blanket a bit beforehand.
You can also use different coloured gels to alter the colour of the background.
Give it a go, and post your awesome images on the pRIOnts Facebook page!