Something I like to photograph is 'bokeh'. It's used to make lights or certain backgrounds look like they sparkle.

It is in fact a source of light that's simply blurry or out of focus, and it is very easy to create. It can be done with any camera that let's you manually focus, but of course it's the easiest with a DSLR camera.

How do I do it? Well, use any setting except for 'auto' and the lenses I use have a tiny little button on it where I can change from auto focus to manual focus (you can usually do this in your settings if the lens doesn't allow you to).

What do you do then? Point and shoot. Simple.

You can experiment with different backdrops/colours of light, flash/no flash, go closer/further away. change brightness or ISO. Anything you want. As long as the light isn't focused you can create this effect.

If you want it to happen with a focused object - like a person for example then you just leave your auto focus on, or focus on the object/subject. You need to make sure that the object IN focus is closer to the camera than to the lights, and the further away from the light source they are the better bokeh effect you get :)

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  1. Ooooh I wanted to learn more about photography this year so this post really helped - thank you x

  2. This is brilliant! Some of my shots come out like this totally by accident!

    Thank you for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura x x x

  3. I love the Real Bokeh app. Creates such pretty effects x
    Laura | A Life With Frills