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Lo-fi Christmas candle photo

December 29, 2010

Have been following PetaPixel on Twitter and read their post on how to achieve a blurry, lo-fi, dreamy look for your photos by applying some scotch tape to the back of a lens.

Took my Canon 18-55mm kit lens to experiment with, first applied scotch tape to the rear of the lens but wasn’t satisfied with the results achieved. Changed to the front where I applied different straps of scotch tape slightly overlapping each other.

Christmas candlelight

Also used a black magic marker to smudge some parts of the scotch tape, cut out a section in the middle to have part of the image still sharp and proceeded to snap some photos of a few tea light candles and Christmas decorations.

Got nice vignetting and blurry effect on the edges, accentuated by using the Canon ‘Clear’ Picture Style setting and some further tweaking in Adobe Lightroom.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2010 12:48 am

    I really like the effect you got with this. You know the expression of ‘get it right in the camera’ so you don’t rely on Photoshop? – usually it saves time. I think PS might have been quicker but I guess not as much fun. :D

  2. December 30, 2010 5:38 pm

    @Otaku Depot
    Didn’t use Photoshop on this image, if I do any tweaking or changes it’s in Adobe Lightroom. For this photo did apply a preset, did some black clipping, added bit of contrast and saturation.

  3. January 2, 2011 10:03 am

    Beautiful! I love the textured background, especially the upper left corner. I’m super impressed!!

  4. January 2, 2011 1:34 pm

    @Yi
    Thanks. The interesting aspect about it is that most of it is easily achieved with some scotch tape and basic filters.

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