How to Make a Bokeh Lens

A bokeh lens transforms out-of-focus light into unique and enchanting shapes.

You will need

  • Large aperture lens
  • Sheet of black cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencil

Step 1 Make the lens hood Cut a strip of the paperboard and wrap it around the lens to make a lens hood for the camera.

Step 2 Trace the lens Place the lens on the paper, trace its outline, and cut out the traced circle.

Step 3 Cut out the bokeh shape Cut out the desired bokeh shape in the center of the circle of paperboard.

Step 4 Attach the bokeh shape Attach the circle to the lens either by taping it to the lens hood or by threading it onto the filter thread.

Step 5 Open the aperture Open the aperture of the lens all the way.

Step 6 Take pictures Aim the camera at a source of light, and adjust the focus until the light blurs and forms the bokeh shape. Take plenty of pictures using your newfound technique.