Wait! Don't take down your Christmas tree yet! I know Christmas is over, but this is prime time for taking fun bokeh shots using the lights on your tree.
Interested? Let me give you a few basic tips before you grab your camera. (No DSLR? See below.)
1. Get out of automatic mode.
4. Practice. Different things will work in different situations. Sometimes you might need to use manual focus. Sometimes you may need a light source in front of the subject (behind your camera, not the flash) to adequately light the subject and other times the light from the background may be enough. Conditions and lighting are different outside than inside and differ between night and day to interesting effect.
If you don't own a DSLR camera and still want to try this technique, it is still possible. You can achieve good bokeh effects with a point-and-shoot, especially if it has a manual mode. However, since I don't have any experience doing this, I'm going to send you to Robert Donovan's excellent tutorial on pocket camera bokeh.
Happy photographing and if you take some bokeh shots, I want to see them!
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