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Video: Christmas bokeh in 60 seconds

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You’ve all seen the photos of the beautiful out of focus highlights behind some object of interest. Now you too can participate in this irresistable photographic cliché! It’s all just a simple matter of position and focus.

To achieve the effect in this video, the only thing I changed was to move the model away from the background (closer to the camera) and refocus.

For more in-depth information about depth of field and how you can control it and use its awesome power to triumph over evil, check out these articles from the Photodoto archives:

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.
  • Excellent video! You make it sound so simple! In the spring I want to try more bokeh on things that aren’t lights.

  • Anna

    I’m appalled that you used a half naked model! Hello! My children are here! A little warning would have been nice before I clicked the video. Okay, all is forgiven because while that makes PERFECT SENSE it just never occurred to me. “Kids! Get away from that Christmas tree! It’s time to take a picture!”

    thanks for the tutorial!

    Anna aka Digimom

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