The onset of cooler and shorter days brings on more interest in adding pretty lights to photos. So, I thought I'd share a couple of little tips with you.
Bokeh in photography can be beautiful! You can capture it with electrical lights, candlelight, and natural light.
Sometimes I like to blur out the whole image. It makes for kind of an interesting bit of art. In order to get this look:
- set up your scene or turn your lights on
- set your camera to the highest aperture (lowest number -for example f1.4)
- stand at a good distance from your subject, in this case the lights themselves
- focus on something near you, it can be to your right or left too
- turn the camera towards your subject and press the shutter button
If it doesn't turn out the first time, try again.
This photo was taken one early fall morning. It was foggy out and the plants were covered with dew. It provided the perfect opportunity to capture some natural bokeh.
- Find a spot with the light behind your subject
- Focus on an item near you
- Look in the view finder (you should see some natural bokeh forming)
- Take your picture
Candles can create a very pretty bokeh. In this photo, the bokeh is in the window reflection.
- Set up your display in front of a window or mirror
- Turn off all other lights
- Focus on the candle nearest you
This photo was taken at about 7 a.m.
You use the same process here ...
- Hang your lights (mine are safety pinned to a white backdrop)
- Put your subject far enough away to create a bokeh (play around with the distance between the subject and the lights)
- Focus on the subject and shoot
You will likely need a tripod for these shots, all depending on how dark your room is. I hope you are inspired and go get some shots yourself. 🙂
Thanks for reading!