25 Mar Creative Lens Filters
Nowadays everyone is finding their photography niche through different techniques or camera lens filters. For the moments when you’re struggling to think of a new way to be creative in your photography. No fear! We have got you covered with a couple of creative lens filters that we have tried and tested along with information to show how you can perform these yourself!
1. Glass prism lens filter
For this one, you would need to purchase an optical photography prism, which you can pick up for around ten pounds online. When you receive this prism place the prism close to the lens of the camera. Then experiment with whatever angle you see fit. Anything that is close to the lens and the prism will create a blur effect. However, the main thing I would suggest is to aim the camera in different angles near light sources to create interesting reflections. Camera modes for this filter I’d recommend shooting in manual mode or aperture priority, ideally with the camera on a tripod. Furthermore, I’d suggest the camera settings for this shot being set on a narrow aperture. Anything around f2.8 and above is suitable. Also, a relatively fast shutter speed is needed around 1/40th second and above to keep the subject still.
2. Colour Gel lens filter
Pick up a range of different colour gels. As you can see in our example picture below we have cut different shapes out of these colour gels and merged them together to make a filter. With this, you will get a soft colourful effect shooting through the filter. However, in the middle, we left a blank space just like in the tilt-shift filter to help photograph the subject. Camera modes for this filter I’d recommend would be similar to the glass prism. I’d suggest shooting in manual mode or aperture priority, preferably with the camera on a tripod. As for the camera settings, the aperture can be anything around f2.8 and above is suitable. Also, a relatively fast shutter speed is needed around 1/40th second and above to keep the subject stationary.
There you have it! I have to say that the colour filter does take time to assemble, while the glass prism filter you just hold in front of the lens. All I ask is that you are prepared for the shoot. Gather more inspiration by visiting this amazing video by COOPH. This video shows cheap and easy ways to make your own creative lens filters with household items.
One of these lens filter effects can be used at your event collaborating with our live event photography.