Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

The beautiful art of...

All photographs © Nina Nixon

' B o k e h '

With the festive season upon us there is nothing more romantic than a perfectly captured twinkling picture... and it's so simple to achieve but...!  You have to forget all your basic photography instincts and completely go against the grain because....

...for this kind of look the key is to defocus.

The more you defocus the larger the twinkle...or bokeh effect - as you can see in my pictures above.

And if you love this effect but need something to focus on, say a mug in the foreground with the twinkle in the background follow these three simple steps ::

Set you camera to the smallest aperture it will let you go - mine is 1.8.

▲ Next set the ISO as low as you can - again mine is 100.

And thirdly make sure you have a steady camera.  Use a tripod (if you have one) or balance your camera on something (a little trick of mine is to use a stack of books) as long as there is no wobble you can use whatever you have to hand and away.

nb. if you have a point and shoot I would suggest turning your scene setting to the portrait icon (the symbol of a person) or macro (the little flower symbol) as these are designed to give you a shallow depth of field...blur out the background)

See this example of a picture I took last Christmas.

But the room doesn't have to be dark - I've photographed raindrops and icicles in this way too on a beautiful sunny day.

Happy capturing and....practise, practise, practise.  It makes for perfection.

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