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Tips & Tricks

DIY Filmmaking: Lens Filters Using Stockings, Also Some Inexpensive Lights To Check Out

By Hanssie on August 11th 2014

I’m on this DIY kick lately, maybe because it’s summer and I feel the need to make stuff or I’m on a budget and am forced to be creative on where my money goes. I think it’s a little of both actually.

A good lens filter, like the Black ProMist Filter, is gonna cost you. Depending on the thread size of your lens, you’re looking at shelling out around $100 or more of your hard earned money. In the following video made by Film Riot, Ryan Connelly shows us how to use a pair of fishnet stockings to create a very similar effect. He also uses a pair of panty hose to create a more dramatic filter effect. It’s a nice little trick that isn’t a new revelation by any means, but I would’ve never thought of using my stockings over my lens as a filter.



The other part of the video shows a few inexpensive lights you can purchase for around $20-30 bucks. The LED headlight he mentions probably isn’t one I would use, simply because I’m vain, errr, I mean, I don’t use the spotlight look all that much, but the $20-25 Energizer Folding Lantern that Ryan shows looks to be an awesome little addition that I’m going to add to my kit. I can see myself using that light as a little extra oomph for some fun ring shots and/or detail shots on a wedding day. Or even kicking some light on the bride in the hotel room. The possibilities to be creative are endless when you have light to play with.

If you liked the tips that Ryan Connelly gave in the video and want to check out more, he is teaching a CreativeLive class today August 11th-13th. Register for Guerrilla Filmmaking now and watch it for live for FREE.

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What are your favorite DIY photography hacks?

[Via No Film School]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Moe

    thanks for another great diy tip from film riot!

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  2. Darek Szwedo

    got to try it at some point :D

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  3. Raoni Franco


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  4. Jim Johnson

    Stockings over your lens is a very old trick, one that dates back to the very beginning of photography. They also used to smear lard (or vaseline) on the lens for a dreamy, soft focus effect.

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    • Phil Bautista

      Vaseline on a filter would be better. Wuldn’t want to mess up a perfectly good lens smearing all that gook all over it.

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  5. Nick Viton

    The folding lantern is cool. But like you, I could not rock an LED headlight either.

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