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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · How is this done?


A few noted wedding photographers show images that have colored, out of focus or blurred shapes in their images: the Chrismans, Susan Stripling, and DQ studios come to mind. This image is from DQ.






How is this done? Is it done in post? I can't understand how this is done in camera consistently unless the photographer is bringing something with them to each wedding so that they can create these kinds of images. If you have any ideas, I would like to hear them.



Apr 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · How is this done?


Hey there! It's easily done without having to bring anything with you. All you need to do is have something in the foreground that's really close to your lens and shoot through it. At receptions I'll often shoot through the centerpieces during toasts and the first dance. Outside I'll shoot through branches or christmas lights at night. Whatever is already there.

Here are two examples of shots I've done. For each shot the foreground element was a few inches from my lens.

For this one I shot through christmas lights that were hanging around a gazebo







For this one I shot through a branch on a tree...







I hope that helps answer your question!




Apr 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · How is this done?


Very easy to do. I don't like the look, however. It appears as if the guy who wasn't invited to the wedding is shooting paparazzi style at a distance....or a jilted ex is doing recon.


Apr 26, 2013 at 01:24 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · How is this done?


Even photojournalists are doing it!

http://news.yahoo.com/skorea-withdraw-workers-factory-nkorea-101844845.html

brad



Apr 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · How is this done?


My tip?

Grab a glass. Make sure it's full of water and has a lot of condensation on it. Shoot somewhat wide open (f/1.4, f/2 or f/2.8 - but even f/4 works sometimes due to the closeness of the glass). Hold the glass up to one side of your lens. If there are sample DJ lights, or you're shooting off-camera light, it should light up the glass to give this effect:

*I knot this isn't exactly what you were talking about, but it creates a somewhat similar effect (although no light orbs) and can be used to kill off a crappy looking background*




Apr 26, 2013 at 03:44 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · How is this done?


Thanks for the help, everyone. Sometimes the shapes are not so circular and have a blurred effect. Getting lights close to the lens just didn't seem like it would create the variety I have seen. Morby, nice shots.


Apr 26, 2013 at 05:48 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · How is this done?


R U talking ībout me, my friend?

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Apr 26, 2013 at 06:55 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · How is this done?


No, I'm not referring to background bokeh. More like this:




where the out of focus light is in the foreground,



Apr 26, 2013 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · How is this done?


Shoot-through. Could be prismatic as well.


Apr 26, 2013 at 08:16 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · How is this done?


I agree that she is shooting through something, but I couldn't even begin to guess what it could be.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · How is this done?


I used some pieces of LEGO, you know the cockpit glass stuff from spaceships, if you have kids, you know what I mean. Works best with longer lenses and wide open of course. Itīs good to shoot against the light otherwise the foreground piece gets too dark.

heiko



Apr 26, 2013 at 08:52 PM
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Apr 26, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · How is this done?


D-man wrote:
I agree that she is shooting through something, but I couldn't even begin to guess what it could be.


Vases, glasses, mirrors, streamers, lights, windows, reflections, etc..For all you know, she shot this upside down in a reflection, or even freelensed it. You'll just have to start experimenting.



Apr 26, 2013 at 09:59 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · How is this done?


Inku, really nice work. Impressive. Amonline, thank you for the list of possibilities. It helps open my mind. You guys are great.


Apr 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · How is this done?


D-man wrote:
Inku, really nice work. Impressive. Amonline, thank you for the list of possibilities. It helps open my mind. You guys are great.


I agree. Inku those pics are amazing



Apr 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · How is this done?


There are OOF lights in the foreground. It really is that simple. Honest.


Apr 27, 2013 at 01:56 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · How is this done?


Thanks, guys.

I should have mentioned the items I'm using to shoot through:

#1: Water glasses on the tables at reception.

#2: Water bottles on a table in the hotel room.

#3: Water/wine/champagne glasses on the sweetheart table at reception.

#4: China cabinet with a mirror in the back, crystal glasses on the shelves. The couple is a reflection.

#5: Tree lights. Couple lit with OCF.

#6: Green leaves.

#7: Rear tail light of a parked car.

#8: DJ's drum set.

#9: Tree lilghts reflected off the back window of a parked minivan.

#10: The icons on my iPhone/Galaxy SIII held up to the side of my lens.




Apr 27, 2013 at 02:23 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · How is this done?


morganb4 wrote:
There are OOF lights in the foreground. It really is that simple. Honest.


That's only part of it. It's a reflection. I'm pretty sure it's upside down too.



Apr 27, 2013 at 02:48 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · How is this done?


D-man wrote:
No, I'm not referring to background bokeh.
where the out of focus light is in the foreground,


It's the exact same thing. It's control of your depth of field. Photo 101. Except in these examples the photographer has placed something in the frame in the foreground that's outside the lenses depth of field instead of what you typically see where photographers only focus on placing the background outside the lenses depth of field.

These photos also incorporate the compositional elements of framing and negative space.



Apr 27, 2013 at 03:41 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · How is this done?


Thanks, Inku. That helps a lot.


Apr 27, 2013 at 04:09 PM
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