Practical Effects Without The Photoshop

Taking creative photos is not difficult, you just have to be…creative. In this article and video, we have five non-photography tools for you to use to capture unique images.

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1. Spray Bottle

A spray bottle is a simple tool that you would never think to use for photography, but spray some water on your lens and you can “she’s-all-that” a boring image into “homecoming queen.”
Directions

  • Spray water on desired part of the lens
  • Control the size of the foreground bokeh by adjusting your aperture (wider aperture = bigger bokeh)
  • Make sure there’s no dirt on your lens, because you can scratch your lens while wiping the water off

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Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)

2. Prism

A prism can be used to add unique reflections, change your composition, or even add a flare. The best part is that it’s portable, and you can bring it to any shoot!

Directions

  • Bring Prism up to your lens, twist and turn until you find your desired composition
  • Keep note of which photos you like and how you held the Prism, so you can easily re-create the look later

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3. LED String Lights

LED string lights are one of the most affordable ways to capture foreground bokeh. Amazon has plenty of options under $10!

Directions

  • Turn on LED light and hold in front of your lens
  • You can change the intensity and size of the bokeh by moving the light string
  • The closer the light string is to the lens, the bigger the bokeh
  • The further the light string from the lens, the smaller the bokeh
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)

4. Sparklers

Sparklers are like mini bokeh sunsets when they’re held close to your lens. Every beautiful flaming piece of gun powder that shoots toward your face and lens results in an extraordinary image (just use caution!).

Directions

  • Light the sparkler and hold in front of your lens
  • Be sure not to hold it too close, so you don’t damage your lens, camera, or face
  • Hold the string slightly above the lens, so the sparks fall into your image
  • If you want smaller sparks, move the sparkler away from the lens
  • If you want larger sparks, move the sparkler towards the lens, as long as it’s a safe distance
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)

5. Fog Machine

Fog machines are as much fun as they are photogenic. A little bit of fog in some places can add a lot of depth and texture to a scene. They can be expensive to buy, but are extremely affordable to rent, so don’t be afraid to try one out!

Directions

  • Fill the scene with the desired amount of fog
  • Using a reflector (or any thin, broad object), waft the fog around to control the spread
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)
Image by Lin and Jirsa Photography (www.linandjirsa.com)

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