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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:-)