In this creative 2-minute tutorial, Ukranian photographer Anya Anti demonstrates how to make an interesting bokeh effect using shapes cut out of a paper backdrop.
To create the effect, you will need:
- Paper backdrop
- A marker
- Something sharp (preferably scissors)
- Flash heads or other light source to place behind the backdrop
The idea is quite simple:
- Draw a pattern (such as a star) on to your backdrop with the marker. This pattern will frame your subject in the end result.
- Following the guidelines you’ve drawn, poke holes through the backdrop with your scissors.
- Position your lighting behind the backdrop so that it shines through the holes, surrounding your subject with tiny light sources. In the video, Anya uses color gels to take the effect a step further.