How to Capture Christmas Bokeh
Whenever I post Christmas tree pictures, I get asked how I get the christmas light bokeh ( those out of focus round or hexagonal lights). So I’m going to try to give you my best advice.
Choose the right lens
Generally speaking it is easer to get bokeh with longer lenses. But you can still get christmas bokeh with wider lenses if you follow some other steps. This picture here was taken with the 50mm which is not really considered a long lens.
2. Use a larger aperture
It’s easier to get bokeh with say a Fstop of 2.0 then it is with an Fstop of 8 because your depth of field is smaller. Essentially your slice of focus is thinner allowing for more of the background to be out of focus. However, you don’t want to go so wide that your subjects are out of focus. I very rarely shoot below 2.0 even if my lens goes to F1.2.
3. Get your subject away from the lights
The closer your subject is to the lights the more they will be in focus and therefore less bokeh you will have. You want your lights to be out of focus so put some separation between you and your background. In the picture below there’s no separation between the subject and background therefore that bokeh is not there.
4. Get close to your subject
Again this creates the separation between your subject and the background! It does wonders for getting bokeh!
Have fun!!! Tag me in some of your bokeh pictures. I’d love to see how you do!!!