My first attempt at Aperture Masking or Custom Bokeh! I’ve been wanting to try this out for a long time after viewing a plethora of such photos in Flickr and DeviantArt. I finally got myself to move my arse and get on with it.
I followed the instructions from this guide.
The steps I followed were:
1. Cut out a circle on a black chart paper with diameter = diameter of lens hood.
2. Drew a circle at the center with diameter = f/1.4 = 50/1.4 = 35mm.
3. Drew the heart a little smaller since my ‘aperture’ is not too close to the lens – on top of a lens hood.
4. Stuck the chart paper on top of the lens hood using cello tape.
Shoot at the widest possible aperture (with the subject very close to the lens).
I stuck my circle on a lens hood because I did not have a filter that I could risk sticking stuff on. It worked well for me, but I feel a filter would produce even better results.