Hello my friends! I have been working on my December “Daily” album, and after doing some research, I figured out a way to get a bokeh effect photo with my Canon Point and Shoot. I have the Power Shot SD1300 IS. If you don’t know what a bokeh effect is, here is what mine looks like:
Bokeh is Japanese in origin and refers to blur or a blurry quality, and in photography it is a very recognizable technique. The above photo is taken straight from my camera, with no manipulation at all. How did I do it? It’s simple, really. First, I set my camera to macro setting (usually a little flower icon in your camera settings). Then, I put my hand in front of the camera, and pressed the shutter button down part way to “register” my hand, then I quickly pulled my hand away and took the photo of my Christmas tree. I had to be quick, or the camera would re-focus on the tree. So, after a few tries, I got the effect I was after.
I wanted the lights to appear as larger circles, so I edited it with Photoshop Elements by cropping a portion of the photo and then resizing it to 4″x6″ to get this:
Fun, right? 🙂 I think so! So, before I leave you to get back to my happy place, I thought I’d share a photo of my studio table. It is such a mess! Before I do anything else, I have to do some tidying up….it gets to a point where I am no longer inspired or productive.