Creating Your Own Custom Bokeh Adapter


In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a custom bokeh adapter for your lens. The best part of this project is that almost all of the materials used to make it are available for only a few dollars. It’s cheap, efficient, and really handy!

Beautify Your Bokeh

In today’s tutorial, we’ll be walking you through the process of creating your own fantastic custom bokeh adapter. But before we go any further, let’s just quickly clarify what bokeh is:

When you have a lens that is of ample quality to produce a relatively shallow depth-of-field, the background becomes extremely blurry when the foreground is in focus (and vice-versa).

Because of a whole lot of complex physics (aka. spherical aberration) and the way light is fed through the lens, out of focus points of light essentially take on the shape of your aperture.

In most cameras, this produces a round or near-round (sometimes slightly octagonal) shape representing the points of light in the distance.

Though the lens and aperture are distorting the true image, the result is something quite beautiful and is generally regarded as a positive feature of an image.

Our custom adapter will be playing around with the shape of your aperture, to create a unique effect and alter the shape of those blurred points of light.

The Process

Here’s the general process that the Premium tutorial will follow:

  • List the required materials
  • Measuring and sketching all the elements
  • Cutting the elements
  • Gluing the elements and attaching the adapter
  • Sample images shot with the adapter

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