“El Bokeh Wall” is a photographic technique by Laya Gerlock where aluminum foil is used to create bokeh, the aesthetic quality of the blur in the background. Laya explains how to do it.

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To get this effect, you’ll need a camera and a large aperture lens, speedlights, a wireless trigger, gels, aluminum foil or silver wrapping paper, and scissors and tape. Scroll down for the instructions!

More info: layagerlock.com (h/t: petapixel)

Laya Gerlock explains how to create “El Bokeh Wall”

What you’ll need

1. A camera and a large aperture lens
2. Speedlights
3. A wireless trigger
4. Gels
5. Aluminium foil or silver wrapping paper
6. Scissors and tape

Step 1: “Get your aluminium foil or wrapping paper and crumple it”

Step 2: “Lay it flat and you should get something like this”

Step 3: “Tape it to your background a distance away from the subject”

Step 4: “Get your speedlight and choose a colored gel for the background that you want”

Step 5: “Place your speedlight with gel below your shooting table and point it towards your background (the crumpled aluminium foil)”

Step 6: “For the main light I used a speedlight with a small softbox and diffused it some more with an acrylic sheet in front”

Here are the results: