The 12 DIYs of Christmas

The 12 DIYs of Christmas: Lens effect

December 20, 2015

One of the things I love about having a Christmas tree is the endless possibilities for photographs. In today’s tutorial, I wanted to try out something I saw on another blog, the lens effect, perfect for those festive photos this Christmas.

DSC_1139I was hoping for a more bokeh like effect, which is created in the same way, but my camera skills aren’t that great, so instead I got the below effects. But, first, the tutorial:

What you’ll need:

Black paper or card

A hole punch

Masking/electrical/parcel tape

Your camera lens cover


DSC_1079To make:

Cut out a circle the same size as your camera lens cover from the black paper. Punch a hole in the middle of the circle or cut a shape using a pair of scissors. Ideally, this should be quite small.┬áCut a long strip to go around the lens and attach with some tape. Place over your lens, switch to manual mode, set a low aperture and take photos to your heart’s content.

These are my attempts:





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