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17 May 2022

Fractal Filters

Fractal filters are prismatic filters that photographers place in front of their camera lens to create artistic, dreamy effects.

Have you ever wondered how photographers achieve that dreamy image look? Much like everything else with photography, it’s all about light. I’ll explain two ways you can produce the effect.

Fractical Filters

Fractal Filters allow you to create stunning effects that are easy to produce. The images you capture can render a dreamy kaleidoscope look. With interesting patterns and delicious bokeh opportunities, this tool can add an interesting look to your style of photography.

Check out more samples below:

fractical-filters-2 Filter A; f/2, 1/640, iso800 fractical-filters-3 Filter A; f/2.8, 1/50, iso400

The Fractal Filters and the prism technique work because of the manipulation of light. Much like everything in photography controlling the light allows you to shape, bend and transform the viewer’s perspective on a particular image. When light passes through these objects it is refracted, reflected and manipulated in a way that it can produce extraordinary visuals.

During the course of a wedding, there are many objects that are shiny, reflective, and translucent. Take advantage of these objects as shoot-through items. It might be a transparent colored lamp, some crystal-like beads hanging from an ornate setup, water from a fountain or even, a colored beer bottle. Now, I’d like to caution you before asking the bartender for empty alcohol bottles then preceding to walk through the reception to setup your shot. You might catch some awkward looks! If you do, make sure you explain yourself or maybe even show them the final shot to avoid any confusion. It’s happened to me quite a few times in my moments of creative meditation.

Check out some of our shoot-through examples below:

hilton-san-gabriel-wedding-photographer Shooting through the flower arrangement westin-pasadena-wedding-photographer Using the water falling from a fountain for foreground bokeh balboa-bay-club-newport-beach-wedding-photography Shooting through crystal beads dangling from a tall centerpiece