Custom-Bokeh Multiple Exposures


This is a great technique for doing multiple-exposures. First of all, I shot a roll of film through my SLR using a custom bokeh mask. The basic idea behind the mask is that it changes the out-of-focus areas from standard circle-ish shapes to fancy shapes such as stars, faces, hearts etc.

It works particularly well in dark situations with lots of lights in the background. Here is a great tutorial on how to create your own custom masks

I shot my roll around town one night – streetlights, traffic lights, etc. I used a large aperture (f/1.8) and made sure the lights were out of focus – this led to maximum custom shapes. You don’t have to go round town to shoot lights – you could just put some fairy lights up in a dark room (I used this option for my second attempt – it’s much warmer and quicker!).

Once I finished the film in my SLR, I put it into my trusty Lomo LC-A and shot normally. I think I got some rather pleasing results. The cow with a star in her mouth and the silver planetarium are particular favourites…

written by dazb on 2011-04-12 #gear #tutorials #slr #camera #tutorial #mx #bokeh #tipster #doubles #multipleexposure


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    great shots and love this very discret effect. I didn't almost notice the blue star on the cow's shot! :)) Great work!

  2. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Love the planetarium shot!

  3. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Love the planetarium shot!

  4. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Cool! Just like my Bibiolicious photos!…

  5. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    great tipster :D

  6. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    great photos.

  7. qrro
    qrro ·

    great pics!!!!

  8. pangmark
    pangmark ·

    true genius

  9. moonormoon
    moonormoon ·

    great idea!

  10. madc
    madc ·

    i will def. try this out. thanks!

  11. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    love the dog one!

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