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How to Photograph Christmas Light Bokeh with Your iPhone

Updated December 17,  2017

I wrote this post 3 years ago and it’s still one of my popular Holiday Posts. I still do this the exact same way I did 3 years ago. I’ve discovered other ways of course of making Christmas tree Bokeh with your iPhone, but I always return to this simple way. Which is why I am resharing it for you guys this year since I get a lot of questions on Instagram as to how I do it.  The Camera + app is also available for Android so everyone can make that Christmas tree Bokeh! So enjoy making those Christmas photos and tag me on Instagram when you do! 


Easy tips to photography Christmas light Bokeh with your phone #christmas #photography #christmastree #bokeh #iphoneography


Ahhhh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! By now your tree may be up, or you are planning for it to be up and you are ready to share photos of your Christmas tree all over social media.

Some of the best photos out there are photos of blurred Christmas lights or rather…Christmas light Bokeh.

What is Bokeh?

Bokeh is a Japanese term for the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.

Bokeh may seem like something you can only do with a high end camera and a special lens, but I am here to tell you different!

You can create this bokeh with your iPhone.

Today you are going to learn how to photograph christmas light bokeh with your iPhone.

Take this photo.

christmas tree boken using iphone


I took this with my iPhone 5. No special lens.

My secret: The Camera + app

Usually, I use the native iPhone camera to take all of my photos


At Christmas time, I down load the Camera + app specifically to produce christmas light bokeh.

Here is how:

Download the app ,

Open it up.

photograph christmas light bokeh

Down by the shutter button, there is a little + sign:

Press It

On the right hand size( if you are holding the phone in landscape mode), there is a little flower with the words “macro” under it.

photograph christmas light bokeh

Hit that button.

Now point your camera towards your christmas tree………

BAM: blurred, out of focus, beautiful christmas light bokeh.

photograph Christmas Light Bokeh

Snap the photo. Don’t try to focus. JUST SNAP THE PHOTO

Edit it or not!

Post it and everyone will think you are the most creative photographer ever!

photography christmas like Bokeh

( edited with PicTapGo App)

I look forward to seeing your photos!

Want to make more Holiday memories?

Check out :

10 Easy Tips for the Best Photos on Christmas Morning


3 Easy tips for Christmas Tree Photos



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Easy tips to photography Christmas light Bokeh with your phone #christmas #photography #christmastree #bokeh #iphoneography
  • Reply
    December 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I do this with my DSLR, but I didn’t know I could do it with my iPhone. Thanks for the tip and the tutorial.

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      December 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

      no problem!

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    Shirley Wood
    December 8, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Great tips. Pinning to my Photo Tips board. I don’t have an IPhone, I’m a Galaxy girl but I’m sure I can extrapolate to use. Love those Bokeh Christmas tree photo’s!

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      December 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

      thank you! I am on the lookout for a app that is comparable for the android!

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    December 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Love the tips I did it with my DSLR last year and it came out pretty good. Now I am going to be on the hunt to find a tutorial for my android.

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      December 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

      and when you find out about an app, let me know!!!

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    Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life)
    December 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I love Camera+ app and use it all the time, however I have never created a bokeh photo with it. I can’t wait to get home tonight and try out your tips! Thanks so much and I look forward to your tips for a DSLR

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    December 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Mucho thanks on sharing this info! I was given a Bokeh kit from Photojojo a couple years ago for my Nikon and have yet to use it. I’m going to try this as soon as I get my procrastinating butt to set up the Christmas tree lol

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    December 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Why are all the cool apps on iPhones? Not fair! Great tips, I’m still trying to learn how to blur things on my camera.

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      December 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Come to the dark side…..

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    Reginia Cordell
    December 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    iPhone does indeed have the best apps.

    How, I just figured out how to blur the background (sort of), now you want me to do this. I can’t keep up. I do hope that you’re planning some online classes in 2015 though. You’d be so great.

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      December 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Stay tuned…..

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    December 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Genius! I love the Camera+ App and hope to do more with it now that I finally got a new iphone!Woot!

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      December 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      You got your new phone? I’m so jealous!

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    December 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Oh wow!!! That is awesome!!!!

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      December 8, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      thank you!

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    Camesha | Mama Motivator
    December 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I don’t do enough with my iPhone at all. That’s what I learned from this post. LOL! Yep, I suck.

    Great tips!

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      December 8, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      you don’t suck! You just don’t have the right info to be great!

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    Thriftanista in the City
    December 9, 2014 at 8:56 am

    That’s awesome. I have an android. I’ll have to search around for similar. I love experimenting with bokeh using my dslr.

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    December 9, 2014 at 9:29 am


    I will definitely have to try this.

    Thanks BLM Girl!

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      December 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

      You are so welcome! thanks for stopping by!

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    December 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

    This would be great with an android!

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    Madison | Wetherills Say I Do
    December 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I love the camera + app! I didn’t know it could do this though, great tutorial!

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    Kimi LeV
    December 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve got to check Android for an app like this. Looks so professional!

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    December 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Photography and I have a great relationship at times! This is a great tutorial! I love seeing pictures with that feature, but I wasn’t sure how to do it! Thanks!

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    Michellette "Mimi" Green
    December 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I’m so trying this, we just put up our Christmas tree last night.

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    September 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I just found an android app called Insta Bokeh that may work.

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    December Daily Day Two | CZ Design
    December 3, 2015 at 6:03 am

    […] Facebook group, I learned how to create a bokeh effect on  your iPhone using the Camera+ app. Read how here. Kind of a cool effect! I added the image to one of my Simple 6 x 8 free templates and dropped in a […]

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    December 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you for this! I have the Camera + app but I always just use the native app. I’ll be trying this tonight. 🙂

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      December 3, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Hmmm, my version of Camera + doesn’t have the macro option. 🙁

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    December 9, 2015 at 11:30 pm


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    December 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I’m trying to get this to work, but when I hit the Macro button, it zooms in and cuts off the top and bottom of my tree. Is there any way to keep it from doing that?

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