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4 Fun Ways to Create Foreground Bokeh

Like most photographers, I sometimes get into a rut. I was in a terrible rut all summer and could not find the motivation to stick with a new project. That was until I decided to tinker with foreground bokeh.

Oh my goodness! I would have never thought of her fourth item for creating foreground bokeh. It's brilliant! Read - "4 Fun Ways to Create Foreground Bokeh"

Read more: 5 Steps to Custom Bokeh

It’s so easy to create bokeh with any longer lens while shooting wide open, but I wanted to create the same effect in the foreground.

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  • No.
    01
    Your Surroundings

    This is by far the easiest way to start and what most photographers do. I like to hold flowers up to my lens or simply shoot through plants and trees.

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    02
    Water and Glycerin

    Mix equal parts of both and spray it on a piece of glass or just use drops of glycerin. The glycerin helps the water droplets cling to the glass.

    I get the best results when shooting into the backlight.

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    03
    Paint

    Paint dipped cotton swaps dotted all over a piece of glass is a fun way to create colorful bokeh.

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    04
    LED Lights

    This is by far my favorite way of creating foreground bokeh. I was checking out at a local housewares store and just happened to see these “fairy lights” near the checkout lane. I have experimented with sequined scarves (I failed), but thought these would be so much easier.

    I was right! It’s perfect because it’s also it’s own light source.

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I’m excited to experiment with new ways of creating bokeh with different mediums. Have you ever experimented with foreground bokeh?

1 Comment
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