Capturing Bokeh on a Snow Day

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It’s a snowy day here in Va! I’m home from work and Luna is keeping me company. It’s been 9 days since we brought her home from the shelter. She is settling in well thus far!

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I love how these paper snowflakes made by our friends look with the glistening real snow behind. I know who made each one and I love looking at them!

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On to bokeh… who doesn’t love these magical orbs? It is such a fun photography effect to play with. It’s nothing new, but I thought I would share a few easy steps on how to create it.

First, use the manual setting on your camera. You need a lens with a low aperture, my favorite to use is my Nikkor 50mm 1.8. Set your aperture anywhere from f/1.4 to f/2.8. This will create a shallow depth of field. Next, you need to let in a lot of light so set your shutter speed and ISO accordingly.

Then, choose your shot. I like to add something in the foreground so the orbs are in the background, as you can see below. But, shots that are simply bokeh are also gorgeous.

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The process is simple but the result can be extraordinary. Try it out!

Anyone have other bokeh tips? Please share in the comments!

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