Photo Ideas # 2 of 10: Dreamy Photos Using Plastic Wrap!
This past week I’ve been photographing snow scenes from Ohio’s first Winter storm of the year. Photographing on the day of a snow storm or the day immediately afterward can present great opportunities for captivating unique Winter scenes. I find that newly fallen snow offers a stunning for photographing subjects with contrasting colors such as animals, trees and even frozen leaves such as in the three photos below.
In the last post I offered some tips for making better Winter photos. In this post I’d like to share a personal technique for adding an artistic or a soft dreamy look to photos made with almost any type of camera including a DSL, point-and-shoot or a camera phone. And, it uses something everyone already has in their home; cellophane wrap.
Like many other photographers I use a variety of screw-on glass filters that attach to the camera lens. Some help whenmaking photos in extreme light situations such as on a bright or cloudy day. Other filters help enhance certain colors or add a soft, out-of-focus look to a scene. Most filters, however, are expensive and only available for DSLR cameras.
On a photo shoot years ago I’d failed to bring along any glass filters. As an alternative, I placed some plastic wrap from a sandwich (also known as cling film in the UK) in front of the lens and discovered that by using several layers it produced a lovely soft focus image. Since then I’ve used a wide variety of clear and colored plastic and cellophane wraps to add unique and artistic looks to photos. Those heavier cellophane wraps, by the way, are often sold as wrapping paper for gifts or used in the packaging of hard candy or flowers sold in grocery stores. The abstract photo above, of a sunset in a snow covered forest, was made by placing several layers of cellophane wrap over the lens.
Plastic wrap, cling film and cellophane can be used any time of year, indoors or outdoors and with almost any type of camera including camera phones. Simply place it in front of the lens, compose the image as you normally would and press the shutter.