....Finally!!! Just as a disclaimer. I am NOT the best at this but I do understand it, so hopefully this short thrown together under developed tutorial will help at least one person grasp this awesome concept a little better
What you will need:
Black construction paper
Glass filter for your lens
Scissors or Exacto Knife
Shaped hole punch(es)
Place your filter down on the Black paper and push down to get a good outline for the size of your filter
Cut out the shape (it may need to be trimmed) and punch a shaped hole in the middle of the circle
Then place the construction paper with the shaped hole into the filter (if you do not have a filter than you may tape the paper to your lens just make sure no light can enter except for through the shaped hole
Next hang some type of stringed lights or grouped lights (poor example here)
Put your camera in Manual focus mode and focus until you see the lights take on the shape of your cut out:
Place an object fairly far away from the lights to create a depth of field. These flowers are placed about 4 feet away from the lights, then I placed a spot on the flowers to light them slightly
Keep your f stop (ap) as open as you can to let as much light in as you can and to create more depth of field
here are a few more examples:
*I am not the best at explaining things, but if you have any questions, I can TRY to help These are not the BEST but you get the idea
setting on these photos are around f/1.8 iso 400-800 ss: 1/100-1/125
I never would have thought you used paper for this!!! Definitely giving it a try. Thanks!
Gwen, Mommy to Andrew, Jordan, Natalie & Jack
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I would never have thought to put it inside my filter! AWESOME!
Also, when I tried this last year, I struggled with auto focus. If ever there is a time for manual focus, this seems like it. I can't WAIT to give it a try!
THANKS SO MUCH!!!!
Kristen & Donnie, 2005
Jackson Thomas, 10.08, & Colby Jameson, 5.11
Kristen Privett Photography