It’s that time of the year again… the most festive time of the year… the time when we mostly spend breakfast, lunch and dinner with our love ones… you guessed it. Christmas / Holiday time!
Around this time of the year was when I discovered my love and passion for photography, 7 years ago.
I saw a photo online of a Christmas ornament with blurry Christmas lights in the background and I wanted to recreate it. So I bought myself a new DSLR camera. The very first camera that I bought was the Canon Rebel XS with the 18-55mm kit lens. I was so happy. Then I realized that I had to buy a lens that has a very shallow depth of field to achieve a very blurry bokeh background. So I bought the cheapest primes lens, the Canon 50mm 1.8 which was about $120 Canadian dollars.
As a result here are my very first bokeh photos:
1. Have the right camera photography gear:
a. Currently I have the Canon 5D Mark II… but feel free to use other camera body whatever is available to you.
b. You can use your phones… I’ll make a different youtube tutorial dedicated to that.
c. If you are using a DSLR camera, use a lens that has a very shallow depth of field. Usually, these are prime lenses. You want to make sure that their lowest aperture is f1.2, f1.4 or f1.8.
2. Set your Christmas lights
3. Position your model or the object 5-10 steps away from the lights
4. Set your aperture to the lowest aperture.
5. …and start shooting!