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Making the El Bokeh Wall

Love bokeh on your photos? Check out this quick and dirty Tipster on how to add more specular highlights to your bokeh photos!

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Bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in the out-of-focus areas of an image. Using a lens with a wide open aperture, such as the 2.8 opening of the LC-A, will yield these awesome background blur in your photos. Sometimes a background might be too cluttered to produce these awesome blurs however. One way to fix this is to have a prepared background ready. Here’s a quick one!


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Have lots of aluminium foil ready.

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Crumple them into small balls.

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Un-crumple them. Yes, we have a point. Don’t worry.

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Set them up in the background. Here’s a sample shot of the background in focus, as well as when it’s out of focus. obviously you want the latter!

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Another product shot with the background blurred into oblivion!

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written by cruzron


  1. stouf



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  3. mafiosa


    Very cool. I will have to try that aluminum foil technique!!

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  4. mmxi


    I have tried this yesterday, will see the result.

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  5. mmxi


    It worked really nice for me. I had to use macro rings between lens and camera and a piece of foil that is bigger than the one that comes with a chocolate bar.

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  6. peterpan61


    wow !!!

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  7. pearlgirl77


    looks great!

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  8. ctno3


    Do you think this will work on a larger scale for portraits or only realy for small objects and macro?

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  9. pearlgirl77


    i try it.. looks nice :D http://www.lomograph(…)os/19294076

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  10. ngjinglingfiona


    I have this temptation now to cover a wall entirely with alu foil and see how sparkly things will turn out ;) Great tip!

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