Stuck Take a picture? Let’s Learn To Make This Simple Bokeh Lamp Photo At Home
Are you bored because you can’t take photos outside the house? Maybe it’s because of the rain or other reasons that you can’t hunt with fellow photographer friends?
Do not be upset just yet, when quiet at home, you can try taking photos of unique bokeh like below.
Making a light bokeh photo like that is very easy, especially if you are experienced with bokeh photos.
As long as you have a cheap yet fantastic 50mm lens, you can make photos like the one above with just a little time.
Previously make sure some of the equipment needed to take a photo as above, including:
– DSLR / Mirrorless cameras with large-aperture lenses (f / 1.8 – d / 2.8), the bigger the aperture the better
– Table with a white base (can use cardboard or HVS) to place objects
– The object you want to photograph
– Flashlight or external flash
– Decorative lighting (often known as chili lights)
1. Taking photos of bokeh lights should be dark or at night
To get the light bokeh like in the photo earlier, the suitable shooting situation is at night or in a rather dark condition. Why does it have to be dark? Of course, so that the installed decorative light can be seen, if bright conditions might be invisible.
Therefore it is recommended to take photos at night, or it could be in a closed room and lack of light.
2. Use the Aperture Priority (A / Av) or Manual (M) mode
Aperture priority mode is useful so that you have no trouble adjusting other camera settings, besides making sure the ISO is selected at ISO 100 or 200. Use the largest lens aperture that is owned, if you use a 50mm f / 1.8 lens, use the largest aperture at f / 1.8.
If you use manual mode, the setting options are still the same, namely the largest openings owned, and for shutter speeds due to dark conditions, generally, the shutter speed is slow.
Please turn the camera dial wheel to choose the appropriate shutter speed until the light meter in the viewfinder shows the number 0 or right in the middle.
3. Use a Tripod
A tripod is very important for photographing low light or poor lighting conditions like before. By using a tripod we can prevent photo blur because it sways.
If you don’t have a tripod, you can use a table or chair with a flat base to place the camera. Keep the same height with the table where our object is placed later.
4. Place the object on a white pedestal
Cover the table where the object is with HVS paper or white cardboard, then place the object to be photographed on it. The object of this photo itself is very diverse and up to you.
One important thing is that the object is better sized not too large to be easily composed. The following is a photo of me creating a bottle of eucalyptus oil.
For those of you who like collecting miniatures or other toys, of course, it can be an additional idea to be creative with your favorite toys.
5. Wrap decorative lights in such a way on a chair or pole
Place the colorful chili lights wrapped around a chair or pole, with a sufficient distance from the object image. Turn on the chili lamp and then adjust the composition in such a way that the entire lamp looks at the frame.
You might get a distance of about 2-3 meters from the object so that the bokeh created looks beautiful. Of course, the distance adjusts to the conditions in your place.
Do not forget, you can form decorative lights that resemble letters or unique models, do not just monotone wrapped just like that.
6. Focus the camera on the object to be captured
Shoot objects to be taken using the camera viewfinder, or you can also use the LCD to make it easier. Don’t forget to use the zoom feature to ensure the focus is locked properly.
Because we use large openings it is very risky to miss focus the camera, therefore placing the focus point correctly. In practice, wait until the beep means the camera has locked focus, then you press the shutter button.
If the camera is having trouble locking the focus, use the flashlight earlier to illuminate the object. If the object is a candle, the camera is usually easy to get focused because it is bright enough.
Also, adjust the composition you want, can use the rule of thirds or others.
7. Snap, review the results of the light bokeh photo, then try again
After the camera has locked focus, use the timer to avoid blur due to handshake when pressing the shutter.
Some of the possibilities that you will encounter include:
a. The photo is too bright or too dark
To overcome this, pay attention again to the camera metering, make sure the lightmeter is right in the middle, if not set the existing shutter speed again. If you use Av / A mode, the camera will generally determine the shutter speed and exposure level automatically.
b. Appropriate exposure, bokeh also looks beautiful but the object photo looks dark
If this is what you encounter, it means that the object needs to have its lighting. Use the existing flashlight, when going to shoot direct light to the object from a sufficient distance.
Also pay attention to the direction of light falling, which is commonly used is the direction of the upper 45 degrees of the object image, experiment with the direction of the light used.
It would be better if you use white paper or white cloth so that the light is not too hard. The exposure time is adjusted, if the object takes too long the result can be too bright.
You can also replace the flashlight with an external flash if you have one. If you are adept at photographing your bokeh, now you can use other lights as background.
So simple tips so you can still be creative at home photography, be creative with the object you want to photograph, and the background you want to use.
Also, you can try a variety of light bokeh photos with various shapes depending on your creations. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends who also love taking pictures.