Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Photo Technique

Posted in 35mm, art, learning, perception, photography, technique, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 27, 2009

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Here is a little secret that I like to do to create interesting shots. I cut the bottom off of a cup, paper or plastic, each give individually distinct results, and place it around the barrel of my camera lens so that it is pointed through the new hole in the bottom. By doing this, you can isolate the subject for more dynamic compositions or even to suggest motion or create mood. Give it a try, and put all those empty coffee cups in the recycling bin to good use!

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You can get similarly interesting results by rolling a piece of paper into a cone around the lens,

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or by placing objects into a plastic bag and photographing them there. Have fun!!

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  1. Rosalie Dawn said, on January 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Hello,
    My passion is photography, tho im only 15 iv taken meany classes and hope to be a professional photographer. This is very interestion and ill have to try it some time (: thanks

    ~RosalieDawn

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