DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

I’ve been really inspired lately by the dream-like images I’ve been finding on Pinterest. They all seem to have a double exposed, prismatic and psychedelic feel to them. I wanted to try to recreate some of those same effects on my own images, and I found something that works pretty well when it comes to achieving that dreamy look. I love discovering little tricks that can add cool effects to an image, especially if it doesn’t require much work to do so. All thanks to a pair of 3D glasses, I made a filter that can help produce some awesome photographs. Here’s how to make one!

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

What you need:

Paper 3D Glasses (I picked up a pack of 4 from Party City, but any party supply store should have them in stock)

Scissors

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

Cut apart the 3D glasses so that you are only left with a rectangle that surrounds the clear plastic lens.

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

It should look something like the above picture.

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

The basic way to use the filter is to hold it in front of your lens, then adjust depending on the image you want to create. I found that this filter works best the closer you hold it to the lens, and should be used on a sunny day or at night. The different ways you tilt and hold the filter will determine what kind of effect you’ll get. It needs a light source to pick up on, which is why the sun needs to be out if you are using it during the day, and I found that holding it up to lights at night creates a more dramatic prism effect. Below are a few examples I shot!

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

Clouds, 5 pm

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

Field of flowers, 3 pm

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

Ocean, 2:30 pm

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

Clouds, 5 pm

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

Moon, 7:45 pm

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

Field of flowers, 3 pm

DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

Clouds/skyline, 5 pm

I love the way the night image of the moon turned out, and especially some of the cloud shots! It might take some practice on figuring out which way you like to hold the filter, and it really depends on the time of day and what you’re shooting. Give it a try and have fun!

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