Colour on the Filter

I love small DIY photography hacks giving photos a bit of edge. A little while ago, I was at a conference in Odense, and I had brought a bit of accesories with med for a simple hack: Colour on the UV-filter.

Fun photography: Coloring a UV-filter

Fun photography: Panasonic Lumix LX-100 with colours on the UV-filter

The hack is pretty simple: Take a cheap UV-filter (You can find them online for less than 10 Euro – quality doesn’t matter), and draw on it with a couple of whiteboard markers.

Fun photography: Whiteboard markers are good for colouring a UV-filter

You decide how many colours to use, and how much to colour. Experiment with it. I personally like the red color, and to leave a little spot in the center of the filter free of colour. That gives a sharp center, and makes it easier for the camera to focus.

Fun photography: Colours on the filter
Marie in the train to Odense
Fun photography: Colours on the filter
Anders enjoying a cigarette

The result is images with a heavy colour cast and vignetting. The effect works best at large apertures, because it blurs out the colour strokes on the filter. Have a look at the photos below for reference: The first one/on the left is shot at f13, and the last/right one is shot at f2.8.

Fun photography: Colours on the filter
Aperture f13 – the colour strokes are visible
Fun photography: Colours on the filter - the colours are nicely smeared
Aperture f2.8 – the shallow depth of field smears out the colours on the UV-filter

Since the color is on a filter in front of the lens, you can easily rotate the filter, and define which parts of the image are affected by the differenct colours on the filter. See the examples below.

Fun photography: Colours on the filter - red on the left side
Red on the left side, blue on right
Fun photography: Colours on the filter - red on top, blue on bottom
Red on top, blue on bottom
Fun photography: Colours on the filter - red on right, blue on left
Red on right, blue on left – rotated a bit clockwise
Fun photography: Colours on the filter - red on left, blue on right
Red on left, blue on right – rotated a bit clockwise

Anyways – it’s an easy and cheap DIY photography-hack, and You can get started for less than 10 Euro. I think it works best for images with people, as it can give a bit of a rock ‘n’ rooll feel to the images. But it also works for urban geometry and street photography. So, go out and take some interesting photos:-)

Fun photography: Colours on the filter
Marie looks like a rock star:-)
Fun photography: Colours on the filter - coloured sky
Tower and sky in Odense with a slight red and blue tint

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