You can put a plastic bag over your lens and create fascinating images.

Harriett Langley model, bag tricks responded plastic ones Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

You know long before photoshop was invented photographers were always manipulating images - right from the very early days montage, HDR printing, camera trickery, double exposures all those tricks were in place.

For this set I went back to one of the simplest and oldest tricks, smearing the lens. Traditionally you would smear vaseline over a plain glass filter, but in this case I went the really easy way. A plastic bag with a hole in it.

Harriett Langley model, bag tricks responded plastic ones Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

All it does is screw up the optics and gives you out of focus and soft areas of the image.

The hole let's you find a sharp point.

Harriett Langley model, bag tricks responded plastic ones Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

You can also do the same trick with bubble wrap - especially against a dark background you can get some wonderful bokeh light effects from the edges of the bubbles.

Harriett Langley model, bag tricks responded plastic ones Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

I used the same technique in two shoots recently. Harriett and Leah responded to the plastic bag with a "Cool - let's do it". The second responded with a "WTF?" - guess which ones I will work with again - and which ones will never darken my door :)

 
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