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Use everyday items as creative photo filters

Have some DIY fun with these lens filters made from items found around the house.

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Lexy Savvides

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Wine glass

The humble wine glass turns into a magical photographic filter when filled with water. Thanks to refraction, the image is inverted and flipped upside down inside the glass. A great explanation of the physics can be found here.

Find the full instructions and tips on creating filters with everyday items here.

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Cellophane frame

Using coloured cellophane wrapped around the lens so it covers part of the frame can give a really nice effect like in the photo above, simulating a pink sky.

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Film throwback

Do you shoot on film? Then you may remember the look of light leaks and fogging on the frame. Use cellophane to recreate these unexpected results.

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Water and wine

Another example of the wine glass trick, this time with the Sydney Opera House in the frame. Using a shallow depth of field to blur the background helps to emphasise the subject. Then, rotate the image 180 degrees in post-processing for a fun result.

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Stocking

A pair of stockings can turn a dreary day into something more interesting. Diffusing the light adds an ethereal feel, while the colour cast from the stocking gives a sepia-like tone.

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Vaseline

Turn an ordinary scene into something spooky with a dab of vaseline. Don't put it on the front of your lens directly! Attach some cling wrap to the front of the lens and attach with a rubber band. Or, use a skylight or UV filter you don't mind giving a thorough clean afterwards.

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Glowsticks

Add a rainbow effect to portraits by dangling lit glowsticks in front of the lens.

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All wined out

Using a wine glass can produce some unpredictable results, so keep trying until you get the photo you desire.

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