How To Make Heart Bokeh




 Bokeh/pronounced  with bo as in bone and ke as in Kenneth, with equal stress on either syllable/ term comes from a Japanese word for Boke – “blur”, in photography it means out of focus blur.
I tried this technique last year and  I loved it. Here are  few of the Heart Bokeh Shots from last year.
I’m particularly fond of the book shot, though it is not perfect and I think it turned out quite lovely.
 “Spirit of the Heart”


 “Fire in My Heart”
 I decided to try it again. I made a brand new “heart” lens hood
 Here is what you need to make your ♥ Bokeh pictures :
-you need a large aperture lens

Sheet of black paperboard/ I bought mine at craft store/
exacto knife 
Super glue


  • Cut the circle, using a measurement – diameter  of your lens, you want to make the “lens hood” so that it  fits on the lens.
  • Cut out the shape in the center of the circle, using your exacto knife, take care not to cut yourself. I used a heart shape and flower shape. I made an opening about 15mm / my previous ” heart lens hood” was with the 20 mm opening and it worked as well ./ You can hand cut it  or perhaps use a Electronic Cutting Machine. I don’t own one, but it may be worth trying; you could make some interesting shapes like snowflakes, cars…etc. Let’s Have Some Bokeh FUN!
  • Now you need to cut the strip that will be attached to the circle you just made. Make small teeth on the strip to ensure snugly fit with the circle. Using super glue attach the strip to the circle. You can only glue several teeth at a time, don’t try to do all of them at once.I tried, it didn’t work.



  • Once you have the strip glued to the circle you can use some tape to make the hood sturdier if necessary. 


  • Now you are ready to take some pictures. Attach the “heart lens hood” on your lens.Set your camera to its lowest aperture value / completely open/ and shoot away.


  • You can also purchase  Bokeh Masters Kit
Here are few photos that show heart bokeh






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  1. Oh goodness, I am SO EXCITED that you shared this. NOT that I have a large aperture lens yet. But someday I will and then I will make all sorts of shaped bokeh. BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much!

  2. Haniela, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! I didn't know you can do this to camera with just attaching a cut out heart shape lens hood! Soo pretty!!! I love the photos "Spirit of the Heart" & "Fire in My Heart" extremely well taken!!

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