December 9, 2011

Taking Creative Christmas Pictures. . . .

It was last year at this time that we bought our Nikon D3100 camera....I only shot on automatic....for everything!

Slowly, I began how to learn to shoot in Manual mode....I read a lot of blogs and books and I still have SOOOO much to learn!

At the most recent Thrifty Thursday, Mindy from a {day with} lil mama stuart linked this idea.....custom shaped bokeh....I almost missed this fun post.....I wasn't quite sure what "bokeh" was....

According to Wikipedia, bokeh is:  /ˈbkə/ boh-kə,[2] Japanese: [boke]) is the blur,[3][4] or the aesthetic quality of the blur,[5][6][7] in out-of-focus areas of an image

If you look carefully at Mindy's photo.....bokeh is the heart-shaped light in the background...

Isn't that so cool!!!  She created that effect!

I totally want to try that with our Christmas tree!

For a complete tutorial for how to create this (and it's SUPER easy!!),

If you'd like to learn how to do different shapes, I found another tutorial here at 
kevin {&} amanda....look at all of their cool shapes!!

I can't wait to have some fun with the Christmas lights and my camera!


Lil Mama Stuart said...

Don't forget to show us how it turned out! Let me know if you have any questions!

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

I love how this looks! I've had my Canon Rebel for a year and I am STILL trying to figure manual mode out. I'll have to try this one, thanks for posting :)

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