I nearly started a fire staging this shot. I’ll tell you how in a moment, but first let me share my photo.
I snapped this photo for this week’s Daily Post Photo challenge.
“This week, compose your subject off-center, obeying the Rule of Thirds.”
For people (like me) who wanted to take this challenge a bit further, The Daily Post article suggested experimenting with camera settings to try and create a bokeh background. I love bokeh, so I was game.
Normally, I don’t have much trouble creating the bokeh effect when I set my aperture to the lowest number possible, but my light wasn’t cooperating today. I needed to be a little extra creative if I was going to get my sparkly background. Well, I got creative, alright…
If you’re not concerned about burning your house down, go ahead and try this. If you’d like your house to remain standing, don’t do the following.
- Set a scorching hot lamp behind your subject, and leave it on for a very long time while you fiddle around doing other things.
- When you’re ready to start taking photos, toss a piece of sheer fabric with glitter on it over the lampshade. There’s no need to take the time to carefully avoid the bulb, because the metal on the shade also gets hot enough to scorch the fabric.
- When you smell smoke, don’t panic. You’ve still got time to snap a couple dozen more shots before anything really bad happens.
In case anyone out there didn’t pick up on the sarcasm above. DON’T TRY THIS! It did get me okay(ish) bokeh, but even if I had gotten fantastic bokeh it wouldn’t have been worth burning the house down for. I was lucky. You may not be.
I’m submitting this posts to Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab an an example of what not to do to achieve the bokeh effect. If you haven’t visited clinic yet, head on over. While you’re there, why not submit a photo or two?