Tourmaline .

So you know bokeh – the circle, hexagon, octogon, etc. shape your camera lens makes out of blurred light? Have you ever seen photos people have taken with various bokeh spots in shapes other than a circle?

Well, that circle of blurred light comes from the shape of your camera’s aperture. Change the shape of the hole light flows through into your lens, and you change the shape of your bokeh.

While you can buy pre-cut kits to start experimenting with this concept:

In this post I’m going to show you a super simple way to make your own.


You’ll need:

  • cardstock paper – preferably black (in this post I use dark blue – as long as your paper is thick enough where light won’t flow through you should be fine)
  • scissors
  • a DSLR camera and lens
  • a lens cap (if you have one, this is helpful for tracing)
  • an…

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