Bokehlicious : Photography Challenge for the Holidays

Christmas is the best time of the year to create stunning photos bokehliciously. With all the lights flickering in almost every corner of the street, you can easily achieve a great shot.

Alright, alright… so we have been hearing this BOKEH thingy for quite a while now but what is it really about to begin with?

The term BOKEH comes from the Japanese word BOKE which means “blur” or “haze”, or boke-aji (???), the “blur quality”. The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility. In photography, it is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur.

But how do we achieve this?

For me there are 2 ways to get this shot. I call it as the easy and the hard way. Let’s try to concentrate first on the HARD WAY.



What you need:

* Camera

* Fixed Focal Lens (Prime lens with a greater aperture)

* Tripod (Optional)

* Cut-outs (Optional)



Before I shoot, I always have this mnemonic that I came up with in terms of setting up my camera. I call it ISAW (I find it easier to remember as it reminds me of my fave streetfood. LoL!).


I SO / Image Quality : 200 – 400, JPEG Fine

S hutter : Automatic, we’re in AV Mode

A perture : Biggest Aperture Opening Possible

W hite Balance : No need to crack you head here, try to use Automatic first and let’s experiment later


1. My first trick is to set your camera to AV or Aperture mode. In this setting, you choose what aperture you like and your camera will select the best shutter speed to accommodate your settings.

2. Now with the settings, let’s select the biggest possible aperture opening that we have. Like in my case, f/1.8

3. To make your picture more interesting, place an object in the foreground and focus on that object. Make sure that you focus your camera at your subject while blurring the background. You will then see some orbs forming from the light.

4. Now it’s time to press that shutter, kaching! You now have a bokehlicious photo! You can also experiment with cutouts to unleash its cuteness power!!!




What you need:

* Any type of camera

* Computer/ Laptop

* Adobe Photoshop



1. Take a portrait or any picture you want to add bokehs on.

2. Open up your laptop and download a Bokeh Brush Preset. There are a lot of free brushes online but I find this one very simple. Feel free to download it.


3. Using Adobe Photoshop, just grab the brush tool, select the Preset and voila! You’re good to go! Bwahahaha!



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About Den Montero

Hi I’m Den! I’m a Cavite and Tagaytay Wedding and Events Photographer with a huge passion when it comes to business, marketing and technology! 🙂