We’ve fallen in love with dreamy photo filters! It’s common to find colorful filters you can add to your photos in iPhone apps. They can also be added using Photoshop. We thought it would be fun to do it the old-fashioned way, though! Here’s how we made our own filters for our DSLR cameras…
First, cut pieces of transparency about 1 inch (all the way around) larger than your camera lens. Then draw on them with sharpie (or any permanent marker). We experimented a lot and found that large, bold shapes work best. Small doodles and drawings do not show up. Above are a few of our favorite homemade filters.
To use your filter, simply hold it over your lens when shooting. (with auto focus enabled) Move the filter around over your lens as you frame your shot. You’ll be able to choose which part of your photo is in focus and which part is blurry and colorful!
Here are a few examples of photos we snapped using our homemade filters…
The results are a little unpredictable, but that’s what we love about it! What do you think? Do you plan to create your own dreamy filters? It’s a fun and easy way to spice up your next photo shoot. xo. elsie
Love the yellow filter on the middle photo. I’m gonna try those
LOVE this idea
Love the yellow filter on the middle photo. What a great idea! I am a graphic designer and know how to use photoshop but I am going to try this when I get my new camera! For the middle photo did you have filter only part way over the lens?
Whoa~! That’s just an awesome idea. I would have never guessed it worked so well. Thanks for sharing 😀
I have to try this!<3 I do not own such camera but I will try it out with my Blackberry, who knows probably works. Such a creative idea, thanks for sharing!:)
PS: Obsessed is kind of a harsh word to tell you how I feel about your blog, I’d rather say… I’m in love with your blog 🙂
Those are really pretty pictures! 🙂 I’m gonna try those 🙂
looks like fun!
what is transparency?
I experimented a while ago with this. I used wrappers from sweets, the ones used to wrap quality street chocolates. It’s pretty ghetto but it worked! Plus I got different effects if I covered the flash instead of the lens.
Ooh, looks so pretty! I love your blog!
This is fantastic; I can’t wait to try it out! Thank you for sharing!
How fun – and EASY. My kind of DIY, and I LOVE the results!
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Such a fun idea! 🙂
Very fun! I’m always trying new things with my DSLR. Definitely have to try this!
That’s really cool! Who woulnda thought!
Your posts ?❤ creative,genius and all that!!
A simple idea for a wonderful effect, maybe I’ll try !
Thanks for sharing !
Great idea! Adds an instant backdrop!
Thanks for another great idea, ladies. I ended up making a filter with a plastic snack lid since I didn’t have any transparencies lying about. It didn’t turn out as nice as yours but I had a lot of fun anyway. Thanks again!