How to make that cardboard ‘hood’ for the DIY bokeh effect

Earlier this year I posted an article about how to make your own “bokeh” in your images. People have asked me for details about the cardboard “hood” I’ve been using.

So I decided to simply tear it apart and put it together in front of my video camera. Three minutes and fifty seconds later. And there you are. A nice tutorial on how this was put together.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2165224&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=01AAEA&fullscreen=1
DIY bokeh from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.

Direct link to the video file.

How to make that cardboard ‘hood’ for the DIY bokeh effect

An impressive yet simple photographic effect

This one sparked a bit of interest over at the Norwegian blog I’m contributing to for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. So, I’ll share the story here as well.

Update:
Video tutorial on how to make that cardboard cover for your lens

I recently bought the lens you see in the image. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. Then Mr. Erlandsen pointed me to this.

Before you know it I made this one:

Equipped it with a snow crystal and mounted it on my camera:

Update:
I used some standard paper cutters to make the patterns.

Papercutters

Before you know it the images that have a traditional round bokeh:

…started looking like this:

Some more cutting and shapes and off we go…
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An impressive yet simple photographic effect