How to use plastic bags and cellophane in photography

Like different fabrics, plastic and cellophane also work to gently blur the edges of a photograph. Use clear plastic for a soft focus without additional color, or use colored cellophane to complement or contrast the subject matter.
Placing clear plastic over the entire lens results in a view much like looking out a window that has condensation on it. Red or orange cellophane makes the subject matter look like the rays of the sun rising or setting are shining on the subject.
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Materials
- Clear plastic sandwich bag
- Plastic cellophane, any color
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Instructions
Step 1. Crumple the plastic bag. Place it partially or fully in front of the lens.
Step 2. Rotate the bag until it is in the desired location. Take the photograph.
Step 3. Place a piece of colored cellophane partially or fully in front of the lens. Crumple the cellophane if desired.
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Step 4. Rotate the cellophane until it is in the desired location. Take the photograph.
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