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How to make bokeh by KatherineDavis How to make bokeh by KatherineDavis
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This is a tutorial for anyone wanting to know more about bokeh, its pretty simple, but in all honesty it is actually simple to make bokeh.

I also wanted to make one.. cos there is no tutorial on deviantart that i could find that actually explained how to make basic bokeh, if you make your own, you can use your OWN stock to edit in bokeh in your own photos, without having to credit someone else.

I didn't mention in the tutorial but you can make bokeh pretty much from anywhere, go outside in a sunny day and take photos of bushes, water, anything and experiment with the lense.

Your not an idiot for not knowing, you just haven't been told yet :)

Fav it, save it, use it :)
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PurgatoryDean Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
When my image gets blurred & I take the shot, it gets in focus. Is there a way to keep the shot blurred?
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thinminmeg Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, this will be very helpful
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TheRedemptionzz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Very nice
fav.
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bhmityn Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Please answer me Kath
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bhmityn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
2 you. I really like your tutorial
I wanna asked you that can i borrow this picture to translate it to Vietnamese?(i come from Vietnam)
I have translated as follows, hope you allow me to upload pictures !
[link]
Thanks verymuch
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ChernoeZolotce Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
good job=)
thanx for it =)
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gerrish Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Is the 1.8 in your tutorial the F-number? My lens doesn't go any lower than F3.5, if it is.
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gerrish Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel like I'm doing something wrong. I made my shape cover but yet I don't get lights of hearts when I take a picture. I just get a picture of what's in front of me, just with the image being in a heart shape with everything else around being blacked out.
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KatherineDavis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you :) :)
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KatherineDavis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you :) :)
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SawyerWestbrook Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for this! Wonderfully helpful :D
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harimau-apa-kucing Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
nice..
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
:+favlove: This deviation has been featured to help announce the Beautiful Bokeh Textures Contest! We hope you have time to join in the fun!!
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mailleone Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
hello !
nice tutorial, but i don't get what you have to do after you made the heart shaped paper to get the colored heart on the picture, is it by using photoshop and stamping the hearts?
thank you
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algonquinpaddler Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Thank you thank you!!!
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FuzzyxPanda Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very informative tutorial! I shall have to remember this when I actually get my own camera. ^^
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cblue Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the tip on how to make different shaped bokeh!
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UnhappyMaiden Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
I need help ;__;
I used christmas lights in the background to get an bokeh effect. When I look trough the eye cup there are perfect bokeh circles. But on the picture it is just a bright area. What do I wrong? I used a stand so normally it is not because my hands were shaking.
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KatherineDavis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
It;s so worth it :) I want to get a 50mm 1.4 but its like $600
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KatherineDavis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
That's okay, there weren't any proper tutorials on here, so i thought i'd make one
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Adrastia217 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow...that is really cool! >^_^< too bad i only have a simple digi camera...looks like that'd be fun to try
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rilkoh Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Thankyou!
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sin-adviser Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Great tutorial. Favourited :)
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dawdude Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I'm totally saving up for that lens. Right now, the lowest aperture my camera will go to is 2.8. I think that might be why my bokeh isn't very smooth. (i've been adding blurs and more in photoshop to make them look nice...yet they still are a little noisy).
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DemonFlare2343 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Thanks for posting this. I never knew how to do it until I found this. Now I can't wait to try it. (:
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proussakis Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
thanks great post
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KatherineDavis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
Yeah you could, if you live where it snows you could make snowflakes.
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Stirk-Bostaurus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Kath, awesome Bokeh tutorial. I especially love the heart-shaped filter. I bet you could use those shaped hole punches that scrap-bookers use to make some interesting shapes.
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rey10607 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009   Interface Designer
thank you much
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imagine-perfection Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tutorial Katherine :) Thanks :)
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DariaFanpire Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Nice. Really helpful and great. :clap:
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DarkGoddess28 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
very interesting. Thanks for the info.
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jetsetaphrodite Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009   General Artist
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isacchi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice steps =D
I'll try to do it ASAP!
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