Yet another trend sweeping the photography world...

Photography is one of those industries where trends come and go, and things are CONSTANTLY changing. There's always a new thing someone has discovered and sometimes it takes us by storm.

The biggest trend I'm seeing right now, is shooting with either a nylon stocking or a plastic baggy over your lens, yes you heard that right. Two random items that you probably have laying around your house can produce some beautiful images.

So, how exactly do you go about shooting with them? Let's dive in!

Nylon Stocking:

embracing that vintage feel...

Using a Nylon Stocking is probably the most genius thing I have seen since becoming a photographer. It's so simple, yet produces such an incredible image (if done right). I absolutely adore how it looks and can't get enough of the warm, vintage feel it gives.

So, how do you do it?

Step One: Go to your drawer and grab that pair of ribbed tights you've been holding onto for the past 10 years thinking you "may just need them one day" because today is the day, they're finally going to be useful to you!

Step Two: Cut those babies up!!! I usually cut mine in sections of 3"-4"

Step Three: Place the nylon over your lens (being sure to pull it taught). I find this works best if you have a hood on your lens, but even if you don't you can still get it to work.

And that's it, three simple steps and you have an image that has a totally different feel and look to it, and you didn't even have to spend a dime!

Plastic Baggy:

Larger amount of baggy covering lens

Smaller amount of baggy covering lens

Can a household item really create something that beautiful?

The answer to this is, YES ABSO-FRICKEN-LUTELY! I love this trend so much, because it gives such a light/airy carefree look to your images. It adds depth and dimension to full galleries and it's something (most of the time) your client hasn't seen before, so you'll stand out more (which is a bonus, right?)

Achieving this look is super simple, all you need is a plastic baggy and a pair of scissors.

Step One: Cut the close end of the plastic baggy off. You can experiment with how much you cut off, but I usually use a sandwich baggy and cut about a 1/4" off the bottom.

Step Two: Place the top of the plastic baggy over your lens (again, this works best if you have a hood on your lens). You can play around with it, and twist it around to make the amount of baggy in front of your lens bigger or smaller, just make sure you can see the baggy peaking over in your camera's view finder.

Doing this gives the image a softness that is just stunning. Using this technique on wedding photo's is just chefs kiss!

Are these trends for everyone?

No, but that's OK! Photography is art, and art is subjective. What you may find beautiful, someone else may not. That's what makes photography beautiful. If we all photographed the same way, and loved the same things photography would be pretty boring.

Will all of your clients love receiving images like this? NO. But you will have some who fall absolutely in love with them, and that makes it all worth it.

See you next week,