Holiday Bokeh - How To

 Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I've been posting some holiday bokeh shots lately, so I thought I'd share what they looked like straight out of camera and how I got to my final picture.  The other day I posted this cute Let it Snow picture.  To set up the shot I put a white piece of poster board on my kitchen floor (its where I had the best light!) and another piece of poster board near it against the wall. I draped the one against the wall with white Christmas lights. I put some fake snow on the ground and placed my cup and some silver beaded garland. Here's what it looked like straight out of camera:


Way too dark and way too pink! The first thing I did was adjust the levels and the brightness. Then under hue/saturation I desaturated the colors red and yellow out of the picture.  The next thing that bothered me was the dark cords in between my pretty bokeh circles! I used the healing tool and the clone stamp to remove the cords as much as I could.  Then I brightened the photo even further until the whites finally looked white.

This is what I ended up with!

Quite an improvement.  Of course with my final picture all I could notice when I looked at it was how flat the whipped cream looked! So I took the picture again with fresh whipped cream (and a dash of cinnamon) and did ALL my edits all over again to get this picture!


On this one I also painted in a couple extra bokeh circles in the far right corner because I felt it needed them! I think I need to learn how to manually white balance my camera so it won't take so long to get the colors right in photoshop!

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stef December 14, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

I like it! Great shots.

Anika December 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

HA! Well, you're hard work paid off! Those are great edits and I bet pretty tasty too...too bad you didn't need to shoot them again, eh?? ;)

Ashley Sisk December 14, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

Nicely done - quite a set up. Thanks for sharing.

Mom to 9 Blessings! December 14, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

Truly beautiful shots! We are putting our tree up tonight and I can't wait to practice!!!!


Robyn Lee December 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

Oh very pretty!! : ) I like how you explained your process.. I never think to do that!

Evelyn S. December 14, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

Thank you for the tutorial...intended or unintended! I have wanted to do a 'white' bokeh shot since Darcy posted hers. I didn't know where to start! So I've been doing 'dark' bokeh. Now I know where to start for some white bokeh shots. Love your results.

✿ Angel ✿ December 14, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

Love love love! Everything about this photo is perfect. It makes me want to snuggle with my husband & drink hot cocoa :] Thanks for the share!

Jesslyn Amber December 14, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

I love this! You inspired me to do the same thing! I took some pictures a few minutues ago, and if I like the results, I'll post it and link it to you! :)

Thank you so much for sharing.

soniaa December 14, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

That's a really good bokeh shot! Your added whipped cream made a difference!

Samantha December 14, 2010 at 6:59 PM  

Hot cocoa and snow, two of my favorite things!

Jenn December 14, 2010 at 7:11 PM  

What a beautiful photo! You're edit it awesome! I took my first Bokeh shot tonight... YIKES! I've definitely got some practicing to do. :)

Dianne - Bunny Trails December 14, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

Beautiful! It's fun to see the process you went through. Love it.

Faith December 15, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

What a great edit!! LOVE it :)

Shannon December 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

That is a gorgeous bokeh!

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