Bokeh (“blurred” in Japanese) are those beautiful out of focus circular discs that appear when your lens is set to a shallow depth of field. The Bokeh Kit turns those out of focus discs into any shape you place over your lens.
Simply place the Bokeh filter over your digital or film SLR lens and you’re ready to turn an ordinary night-scape into a wondrous land of sparkling hearts, planes, birds, or happy faces. It’s easy to use – just slip any 1 of 21 shapes into the slot in the filter. Plus, you even get a blank sheet to make up to 8 of your own!
Q: What kind of camera do I need?
A: The Bokeh Kit pretty much works with any film or digital SLR camera. If you have a point-and-shoot camera that has detachable lenses, the kit will work with your camera if your lens has a filter size of up to 62mm or under and can take photos at an aperture of 2.8 or wider.
Q: Wait, how does this thing work anyway? What goes where?
A: It’s easy peasy. Your kit will arrive in flat plastic sheets with pieces that you pop out. You’ll pop the filter piece out and fold it where the instructions indicate.
The folded filter piece will fit over the front of your lens, and you can secure it there with the rubber band that’s included. The filter has a slot where you can insert each bokeh shape. (The bokeh shapes come in the form of small discs.)
Q: So, what kind of shapes do I get?
A: The 21 shapes include a plane, a star, a heart, a dolphin, a bird, a paw print, a happy face, a sad face, an envelope, a butterfly, a check symbol, a movie camera, a biohazard symbol, headphones, a football player, a fleur de lis (flowery design), a walking man, a recycling symbol, a mouse cursor, and a manatee. (We think. It might be a beaver.) Plus, you get a full sheet of 8 discs to create your own shapes.
Q: This seems like I’ll probably lose all these pieces. So, what the heck?
A: Not to fret! A handy carrying pouch is included. (It’s a lovely shade of blue, too!)
You can buy your own bokeh kit from Photojojo for $25, or consider getting out black card and scissors and making your own!