In 2012 I developed a technique using a simple prism to create in camera light distortions, reflections, and flare. It utilizes a similar approach as other ideas I developed such as broken freelensing and lens chimping.
I aptly called what I was doing “prisming” and shared a detailed blog post about what I was doing.
Needless to say, I was thrilled with how interested photographers were in an idea I hatched by pure experimentation and luck while browsing a science shop on amazon one night.
The effects that are created with a prism are some of my favorite, because the result is always unexpected and thrilling. It also adds a human touch to an image as you truly see the hands of the maker and no two images are alike.
I encourage everyone to stay inventive and push their own creative ideas continuously, but more importantly share what you discover with those around you. It’ll not only make you appreciated in your photography community, but will give you a reason to keep developing new ideas and not stagnate. Will other photographers take your ideas and claim them as their own? Of course. I find it happening all the time, but that’s the price of putting ideas out into the world.
I’ve since developed many other techniques that I outline throughout my website and extensively in my group workshops that I host around the g.lobe