Are you a photographer?
Are you looking for ways to improve your photographs to a level where people turn their heads asking "how did he do that?!"?
Look no further!
What is it? It's a plate that sits over your lens and allows your bokeh (bokeh is the out-of-focus blur) to become star-shaped! :) Make some artistic shots and impress your friends!
This simple plate fits snugly into your Cokin P series filter holder (available on eBay for a few dollars, just search for "cokin p holder" and get one that's right for your lens. Beware of the mount size for the lens!) and is very easy to use. I highly suggest getting the holder if you don't have it - it is very useful!
>If you don't have the Cokin P filter holder or simply don't want to buy one - simply secure this plate to your lens with some tape or blu-tack and you're done.
This custom bokeh shape works best and produces the best bokeh with wide aperture lenses, for example F/1.8, F/1.4, F/1.2, etc with focal lengths of around 35-80mm. Smaller than F/3.5 aperture lenses and wide angle/telephoto lenses are not recommended, but it does not mean it won't work.
Now, after reading all this you may be asking yourself - "why bother with this when I can make my own?"
True, you can. However, cardboard and paper bend and stain. But that's not the problem. The problem is that hand-made shapes are irregular and uneven. Any 'jagged' edge will appear very visible in your custom bokeh (I'm speaking from experience) and it is very disappointing to have your shot ruined by that. This product provides you with a strong plastic plate with a perfect shape that is only possible through computer-aided design and industrial manufacturing.
>The plate is available in different colors to match your creative needs. Although white will do absolutely fine, you may want to grab a different color in case you want to sort multiple filters in a case or something like that.
>If you buy a white or the translucent version of the plate, you may need to paint it black or another color if you intend to shoot in extremely bright lights, like studio setups. For most other kinds of photography this is 100% not an issue.