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Creating a bokeh effect is really simple. Before I start this tutorial, I am going to give you guys a simple introduction about bokehs. According to wikipedia,it is a blur or the aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of a picture.  The word “bokeh” comes from the Japanese word “boke” (pronounced bo-keh) which literally means fuzziness or dizziness. Bokeh effects in a picture replaces the original background of the picture into a tiny circular lights that add elegance to the picture itself. A lot of people in the internet, including myself get really fascinated with bokehs.


  1. One thing you need to have is a camera. Preferably a Digital SLR. Creating bokeh with the use of a a point and shoot camera is possible but then the result wouldn’t be as good as the one shoot with a dslr.
  2. If you want a better bokeh effect then you can use the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens or the 35mm f1.4.
  3. Set your camera mode to aperture priority. You can also use the manual mode.
  4. Put your lens on a wide aperture (f/1.8-5.6) and manually focus the object you want to take a picture with. The wider the aperture (closer to f/1.8), the more bokeh.
  5. If you’ve got no subject and just want to create a bokeh effect with the street lights then manually focus your camera and tada!
  6. Also the farther you are to the background, the more effective the bokeh will be. Make sure that the background has lights. Like car lights or street lamps work best in this project. Having just a simple background would just create a regular blur.
  7. Using a tripod would be helpful too especially when you’re shooting in a dark place.
  8. If you’ve got no camera (which is highly doubtful) and you just want your pictures to have this bokeh effect, you can try downloading bokeh textures from the internet. Open your image » Paste the texture in a new layer » Set to screen, light or overlay mode. And you’re all set with your bokeh-ish photo!

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