Having Fun With Bokeh For the Holidays

If you are waiting for the Christmahanakwanzika holidays and in shutterbug frenzy, or even if you are not, you can appreciate the opportunity for bokeh photography. When the clustered strings of multi colored lights appear in the night, shaping the light into varied shapes becomes irresistible. With trees and houses decorated, here are some things to think about when creating bokeh images during the holiday season. Break off from the normalcy and have some fun with bokeh.


If you have a DSLR, 50mm or 85mm prime lenses and a Bokeh Masters Kit, it is time to think outside the box. Having Christmas lights around gives a great opportunity to play with a new style of holiday photography. Make sure you are using the rule of thirds and concentrate on your composition. Everyone will appreciate an image that does not look like a snapshot.

Be Polite

Do not go around putting your camera in people’s faces. Let them shop and just capture the moments of the season. If none of your images have people in them, it’s okay. All you need is a subject that will be able to let you get bokeh in the background.

Residential Holiday Lights.

This is where you have to be careful. Currently, not everyone appreciates people taking pictures of their house, out of focus or not. If you are not in a group or in an unfriendly area, like where I live, you may want to stick to the public areas. If you are in a friendly area, mind your manners anyway. Try not to take images that look into the house. Keep the house out of focus and use the light for bokeh.

Think First Before You Move

The best thing to do is not to be in the way in a shopping area. Do not block traffic when you are trying to get a shot. Mentally compose it. Look at everything that might get into your way. Get your shot and move on. Yes, it is cold, dress warm get low and takes a crazy shot. The more remarkable the point of view, the more interesting the bokeh will be. The holidays are a uncanny time to practice your bokeh skills. If anything, go out with friends and have fun with your camera.

Make Christmas Cards and Thank You Cards

Do have many people to thank? Bokeh images are great for homemade greeting cards. It adds an artistic personal touch, unique to you. Many of the image printing companies have options for you to create personal thank you, invitation, announcement, or Christmas sentiment cards using your photography.

Be Well, Take good photos. Share them, and keep in touch. Happy Holidays

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Gevon Servo

Gevon Servo aka @GServo is an eclectic, NJ/NY Photographer. He’s a Nikon shooter, by choice nevertheless, will always test any piece of photography equipment. He believes that like ‘Photography’, ‘Coffee’,’Beer’ and ‘Comics Books’ and other things ‘Geek’ “You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again.