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Photo Lighting Trick Using Sandwich Baggies

By Jules Ebe on March 27th 2013

Lunch time just got a little more interesting. Photographer Jesse David McGrady shares a fun DIY tip for creating photo lighting effects in camera using sandwich baggies. The way the light filters through the bag gives a hazy effect, as well as reflects colors into the lens that remind me of the vintage actions I keep seeing all over the place. The nice thing about this trick is its simplicity, cost, and the work is all in camera, so you don’t have to add a lot of post-processing time to achieve the effect you want.

How to Get the Effect

Grab two plastic sandwich baggies, color one with a marker (a bright color works best) and leave the other clear.

Rip, tear, or cut the sealed (closed) end of the zip-lock in some uneven fashion so that it is open on both ends.

Wrap the zip-lock end around your camera lens, leaving the torn end overlapping the lens glass. Hold the plastic bag on the lens with your hand as you shoot your subject.

Photo Lighting Samples

Clear Baggie

Baggie Colored with Purple Marker

Mirror Image of the Set Up

So next time you are on lunch break, see what you can capture using this quick and easy technique. Just don’t get PB&J on your lens.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

[via DIY Photography]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa


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  2. Basit Zargar

    will surely try

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  3. Akey カメラマン

    cool :)

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  4. Mike Parker

    Cool idea! I’ll try it tonight! Thanks.

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  5. Cy Sawyer

    Very cool and free effect. Can’t wait to try it out.

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