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Ziploc and the Art of Shooting Dreamy Photos

Jen Harlan December 11, 2013 TUTORIALS
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Hey, dreamboats. Have you been searching for the perfect way to get that oh-so-hazy, oh-so-ethereal look to your photographs? What if we told you the answer lay right in your kitchen drawer?

I Can Be Creative has a nifty trick, courtesy of photographer Jesse David McGrady, that will have even the most tech-dumb noobs out there shooting dreamy-dreamy photos in no time. The good news? All you need is your camera, your bare hands and a plastic sandwich bag.

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This handy life hack is astonishingly simple. Just take a common sandwich bag and rip the closed end open with your hands. You want the edges to be rough and uneven, so no scissors, kids.

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Once you’ve got your naturally jagged opening, take the opposite end of the bag (i.e. the one you didn’t just maul open) and slide it over your camera lens. You should be able to see the opposite end of the bag in your viewfinder, with the middle portion of the frame unobstructed.

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Now, you’re good to go! Bring on the retro haze.

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© Jesse David McGrady

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If you’re looking to take this one step further, you can also experiment with color filters, marking up the bag with a colored pen to tint it. McGrady drew on his bag with a purple marker, allowing for a violet haze around these warm, dreamy shots.

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© Jesse David McGrady

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And there you have it, easy peasy. If only all our problems could be solved with a Ziploc…

For more from Jesse David McGrady, be sure to check out his website.

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  • Walt Mateja

    I used to get the same effect by spreading some Clear Lip Gloss or even Chap Stick around the edges of a UV Filter. Easy to manipulate, and depends on the f/stop.

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