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How to Make a Bokeh Lens

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: You can cut the circle to fit the size of the filter thread on the camera lens and skip making a lens hood.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Did you know? Before the famous photographer Ansel Adams dedicated his life to photography he was a concert pianist.

You Will Need

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

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