Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

Photographer Jesse David Mcgrady shares an awesome tip for creating hazy and mystical photos in camera using a simple ingredient you probably have right next to you.

Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

Photographing someone or somewhere kinda boring or plain? Want to punch it up with some cool vintagey or light leak lens effects without sacrificing quality of the over all image or using photoshop? Then try this:

Take two plastic sandwitch bagies, color one with a marker some bright color like pink or purple and leave the other clear.

On the opposite end as the zip-lock (the closed end) rip it, tear it or cut it in some uneven fashion so that it is now open on both ends.

Wrap the zip-lock end around your camera lens leaving the torn end overlapping the lens a little bit. Most of us are holding the lens while we shoot so now you are holding the plastic bag on the lens with your hand.

Now manipulate the bag as you shoot so the center of the lens is unobstructed and have fun!

Clear Baggie Examples:

Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

Purple Colored Baggie Examples:

see the first image above and this one:

Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

of course you don’t have to just use plastic baggies, have fun and try other stuff. Just remember that if you are using auto focus/white balance you will need to leave the center (or wherever you have set up your sensors) free of obstruction.

here’s a photo shot into the mirror to get a better idea of the set-up

Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

P.S. if this looks familiar, maybe it is because it is a specific case of Creating A Blur Effect With The Whatever’s Around Filter

  • Sam

    This is a pretty old trick, but thanks for the reminder

  • http://www.navarroweddings.com/ Chuck Navarro

    This is so ridiculous that I have to try it! lol

  • http://www.picturesbymom.com/ Dawn Danko

    Cool! Going to try this for sure. http://www.PicturesByMom.com/

  • http://www.digitalbiscuits.co.uk/ Oisin Conolly

    coool, this seems so much easier than figuring out how to achieve the same effect in Photoshop.

  • http://www.dgvelab.com/ DGVeLab

    Una idea semplice ma efficace. Ottima creatività.

  • http://dadislearning.com/ Jon M

    Wow! This is a great idea. I prefer old school techniques over computer manipulation any day.

  • http://profiles.google.com/agent.kayosweaver Kay O. Sweaver

    I remember intentionally opening my camera once in a while to get light leaks back in the film days. This is a fun in-camera idea.

  • Martin

    I dont need purple flares. I have an iphone 5 :D

  • Sean Simes

    Good god you get HOT models… The one on the chair’s Lips are … durrrrr… wow.

  • bowo bagus

    wow it’s cool, great idea :)

  • rubixephoto.com

    These are te best tricks. I’ll try this one… Jota.

  • Hareesh

    This seems to be super cool…cant wait to try http://hareeshclicks.com/blog/blog/category/latest/

  • William Ramsey

    Awesomeness!