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

9 thoughts on “How to make that cardboard ‘hood’ for the DIY bokeh effect

  1. You said it yourself: a nice tutorial, thank you for making it!

    If you find yourself short of things to do one day, you may consider doing some selective speeding-up of the less information carrying bits, like attaching the bits of tape etc. Common trick in how-to’s from makezine.com and the like.

  2. Thanks for the video tutorial!
    I must admit that before trying it I couldn’t figure how the “thing” you mount before the lens would not be visible.
    I made mine, I’ve tried it. It works, but I still can’t figure out why it does not appear on the picture when it is on the lens.

    And one more little thing that I would love to have an answer on: I have used a star shape for my custom bokeh, but sometimes on some of the bokeh, you can not see the entire star, it is cut.
    You can see this here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rideyourlife/sets/72157609151216143/

  3. It’s not showing in the image because it’s so utterly out of focus. (Actually, it is showing, but only in form of some vinnetting – darker corners).

    I’ve also seen the effect of some of the shape being cut off. I don’t know why this happens.

  4. question:D says:

    Very interesting your tutorial :D. After I make this cardbooard hood, I take a photo.. and that’s all? do I get my bokeh? Or before taking the photo.. shold I set up something?
    Thank you

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