January 20, 2016

photographer portrait

Taylor, our Beauty Revealer, put together 3 super easy DIY camera effect hacks that you can achieve using simple household items found in the kitchen. Helping Taylor out with the photo examples are: our two adorable office rescue dogs!

Here’s what Taylor says:

For this project, you will need a camera (preferably a DSLR although a smartphone could work too), a white grocery bag, a clear sandwich bag, a produce bag and scissors.

1. For a cloudy vignette, this photo was taken using a white grocery bag. Cut a hole in the bag and place the bag around the camera lens. Start off with a penny-sized hole and then cut it bigger if you want less of a blurry effect on the edges. Tip: make sure you are using manual focus or else your camera is going to have a hard time focusing on the subject you want to photograph. 

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2. For light-leaked blurry edges, I used a clear sandwich bag! Cut the corner of the bag and fit it over your lens. Move it around until the area of your subject is clear and snap something fun! If the light hits the plastic right, you will get really dreamy light flares!

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3. One way to get the ‘faded film’ effect is to lay something transparent over the lens – I used a netted produce bag, but you could also use thin gauze or netting of some sort. I love the way it looks less digital and more like it was captured with film.

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After a few minutes of the dogs being too hyped up to capture a clear photo, I dabbed some Inner Peace Anointing Oil on my wrists, rubbed their bellies and shortly after they were calm enough to sit still for their photo shoot … amazing!

Have you ever tried creating your own camera effects? What materials did you use? Share with us in the comments below!



Laura LeCompte

Very nice read ~ the doggies are cute & im going to try these with my cats.



Hi Laura, sweet! Share your photos on instagram + tag us or them #weioflife so we can see them! : )


Kristen Kane

I love to take photos through glass. I stumbled upon this fun way to photograph because I took a photo by accident through a green empty wine bottle. Now I take different glasses and bottles or jars to get really cool effects. Sometimes through the think bottom of a cocktail glass or I put my Nikon D40 right inside a glass and shoot through the bottom. I even use light bulbs. Using glass can distort things in a very beautiful artsy way.



Hi Krissy, Wow, that’s so coooool! So creative – must be beautiful. If you post up one of these photos on instagram, tag us so we can see! <3


Kristen Kane

Hi Katie – I will definitely post one. BTW that was supposed to say *Thick bottom of a cocktail glass, not Think LOL #movingtofast – time to slow down.


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