Have Fun with Aperture Shapes!


Add some stars to your Lomographs!

Fancy some stars in your images? Maybe you’re feeling down and could use some cheering up with some smiles? If yes get ready, because this trick will knock you out!

You will need:

  • piece of black paper
  • pencil
  • duct tape
  • sharp blade scissors
  • camera with lens which aperture we could set on f2 or at least f2.8
  • some of your creativity!

First thing you need to do measure your camera lens diameter and draw the size of circle on piece of black paper.

Now the next step is really important. Invoke your creativity and think about a shape in which you would like to turn all light sources in your pictures. Draw that shape in the center of your circle. Shape size should be like f4 – f5.6 aperture of your chosen camera lens.

In my drawings you can see heart, star and smile, but you can try any other, just be creative. Use a sharp blade and cut your drawing out.

Take the scissors and cut the circle out.

Now take some pieces of a duct tape and use it to stick your paper circle on the front of your camera lens.

Just before shooting, open your camera aperture to its maximum value and you are almost ready to shoot. There is one important thing you need to know before shooting – all light source that will not fall in the focus range will turn in those shapes yo made. For example in my pictures that beautiful lady is sitting 1m far from camera, my Christmas tree lights are hanged on the table 5m from camera, so I focused my cam to the lady and simply took a shot. The lights were not in focus rather blurred and that’s why they ended up having those shapes just as what I had in my custom made aperture. If the lights would fall in to the focus range they would look normal (no custom shape).

For this trick I used my lovely mechanical beast FED 5c , but you can use any other camera which has a lens with changeable and wide aperture.

written by dogma on 2009-03-24 #gear #tutorials #tips #aperture #tipster #modification #fed5


  1. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    That´s a really nice idea - first I was thinking it is a double exposure but now I got it......!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Haaa! Excellent idea !!!

  3. disdis
    disdis ·

    Good idea!

  4. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    yohooo :)
    great tip

  5. rater
    rater ·

    Fantastic tip! Good job!

  6. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    now that's a tip! oh and on unrelated note the knife looks beautiful

  7. dogma
    dogma ·

    :) i'm glad you like it guys :) i have more tips coming soon :)

    @halfawakehaiku - that knife is a gift from my Godfather :) i love it a lot

  8. graefin
    graefin ·

    This is sooo beautiful! great tip!

  9. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    really cool idea!!
    i love shot 5!!

  10. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    Ah..Bokeh! Can you do this with a Smena?

  11. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    WoW, I love this tip! I'll try it with my FED 5c too :D

  12. dogma
    dogma ·

    Sure why not, but it would be better if shapes where like f2.8-f4 smena aperture size, because smena lens is not very wide ;)

  13. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·

    i love this!

  14. takezzo
    takezzo ·


  15. bereflex
    bereflex ·

    GREAT !!!!!!
    I gonna try it today !!!

  16. mandashitley
    mandashitley ·

    Thanks for reminding me that I have been meaning to do this for EVER!

  17. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    I absolutly have to try this *__* wow, thanks for sharing!

  18. jaguarwomon
    jaguarwomon ·

    omg, great tip!!

  19. sonyajuiceski
    sonyajuiceski ·

    just tried this with my zenit. is it just me or was it hard to focus on the subject because of the black paper? it made everything very dark so i could not tell whether it was in perfect focus on my subject.

  20. dogma
    dogma ·

    It should be dark, since the hole in the paper compares to aperture set at f/8~f/16. At this aperture setting focusing is a bit tricky, but distance of the focus is long enough and with a close guess of the distance to your object, picture should be sharp

  21. ankaaa
    ankaaa ·

    wonderful idea!!can i use instead of black paper, some other colour?red or green?can i even paint a white paper with black marker?i am asking this because im in my office right now, i dont have black papers, just white,red and green and i reeeeeeaaaaaaly wanna try this now!!!

  22. eunicegoh
    eunicegoh ·

    Is this possible with a Sprocket Rocket?

  23. dogma
    dogma ·

    You should better use camera with large aperture ;)

  24. ayer
    ayer ·

    This is the coolest idea!! I thought they were complex double exposures haha! But it's ridiculously simple!!!

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