Tip #573: Create a Speckled Light Effect – Cheap

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Tip #573: Create a Speckled Light Effect – Cheap

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Dappled light makes portraits much more interesting.

A sample dappled light image, courtesy of PetaPixel.com.

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This tip, written by Michael Zhang, first appeared in PetaPixel.com. This is a summary.

If you’re looking for at-home photo ideas, here’s an 18-minute behind-the-scenes video by photographer Irene Rudnyk showing how you can get dappled light for a portrait shoot with a small budget and studio space.

In searching for interesting lighting, Rudnyk stumbled across a tutorial by photographer Jake Hicks on emulating dappled light — like what you get through leaves on a sunny day — in the studio.

You’ll need to buy a set of glass blocks. These wave pattern glass blocks are commonly used for windows and walls in showers, bathrooms, and basements. They may cost around $4 each (or less if you find a deal or buy in bulk).

Watch the video here.

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1 reply
  1. HJ Ashley
    HJ Ashley says:

    Glass blocks can often be found at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations and other salvaged building material locations. Typically for much less than retail.


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