El Bokeh Wall!

Dec 4, 2013

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years.

El Bokeh Wall!

Dec 4, 2013

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years.

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I started my first 365 project in flickr with a 365 Days Bokeh Project.  After awhile playing with Christmas lights with bokeh, I tried thinking of a new bokeh background.

I tried using plastic bottles and different reflective materials for the background until I ended up with using a very simple material found in the kitchen which gave such an amazing result. Aluminum foil.

I have seen many people also using this technique but I just wanted to share how I do mine. I call it “The El Bokeh Wall”

El bokeh Wall

What You Need

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Prime Lens(For best bokeh result)
  • Lights (Continuos or Flash)

How To

Step 1: Get as many aluminum foil you will need for covering the background

Step 1

Step 2: Crumple the foil together and make a ball

Step 2

Step 3: Lay the foil flat again without removing the crumples – the crumples will provide the specular highlights which in turn create the magnificent bokeh.

step 3

Step 4: Stick the foil to the background

step 4

Final Setup

setup

BG Focus

  • Being a a “Strobist” I normally shoot this at ISO 200, 1/160, f1.4 (using a 50mm 1.4 lens – which gives a great bokeh).
  • Depending on the distance and the speedlight I use, normally the power of my flash will be around 1/32-1/64 on my subject.
  • Then I will have my background light on the floor pointing at the “El Bokeh Wall” @ around 1/16 -1/8 power.
  • Lastly, I put gels on my background flash to change the color of the El Bokeh Wall.

Plain and Simple

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27 responses to “El Bokeh Wall!”

  1. E Avatar
    E

    great tip and execution!

    1. LSG Avatar
      LSG

      thank you! :)

  2. Jason Wright Avatar
    Jason Wright

    How did you get EVE to float in the last picture?

    1. Hasan Jensen Avatar
      Hasan Jensen

      Probably some fishing wire that was cloned out afterwards in photoshop

    2. LSG Avatar
      LSG

      Eve came with a stand, that I just photoshopped out :)

  3. Andrea Tani Avatar
    Andrea Tani

    Great article! Simple and effective method, the best solutions often comes in simple packages

  4. justme01 Avatar
    justme01

    Great idea! I’ll have to try this

  5. joe_average Avatar
    joe_average

    yes, very cool! thanks!

  6. Jeff Avatar
    Jeff

    You killed Cardbo!

  7. Joe Adams Avatar
    Joe Adams

    This is brilliant, I experimented today and I am thrilled with the results. Thanks for the great tip!

    1. LSG Avatar
      LSG

      feel free to share the results here

  8. Nester Avatar
    Nester

    Great idea! Thanks!

  9. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Focal length of the prime(s) you used?

  10. P1ay Avatar
    P1ay

    Thanks for writing this article, I hope you do not mind but I used your technique here.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/p1ay/11827499093/

  11. $15094174 Avatar
    $15094174

    Excellent source of inspiration. Thank you!

  12. kj Avatar
    kj

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/127008260@N07/15251763169/

    thanks for the tutorial! this is my image using the above techniques:)

  13. kj Avatar
    kj

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/127008260@N07/15251763169/

    this is my image using the above aluminium foil techniques! thanks for the tutorial :)

  14. behnam Avatar
    behnam

    what’s the meaning of “EL”?

    1. very_cinnamon Avatar
      very_cinnamon

      It means the same as “the” but than in spanish. Just read it like “the bokehwall” ?

  15. Uddhav Gupta Avatar
    Uddhav Gupta

    Fantastic technique, great idea, thanks!
    I tried it out:

  16. Aakash Avatar
    Aakash

    Superb Technique, I got some awesome results

    http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/6600018/

  17. Natasha Avatar
    Natasha

    What are you using for the table surface?

  18. Gioacchino Gargiulo Avatar
    Gioacchino Gargiulo

    Brilliant, just brilliant!

  19. very_cinnamon Avatar
    very_cinnamon

    Is there anyone who used this with portraits?

  20. EDEALO Avatar
    EDEALO

    that’s ingenious. will definitely use that. Keep up the good work :)

    Feel free to visit our website https://www.edealo.com