Video: Get Creative with Fishnet Stocking for Filters and Camping Lamps for Lighting

DIY methods are usually done for two main reasons: necessity or experimentation. In the above video, Film Riot uses the latter of the two to see just what they can do to spice up their imagery using items you have laying around the house or cheap objects you can purchase at almost any store.

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The first DIY project they work on is replicating the look of a softening filter; specifically Tiffen’s $100 Black Pro-Mist. Not exactly cheap, the Film Riot guys attempt to replicate the look using a trifecta of female hosiery, which can be purchased at almost any store. While the panty-hose method isn’t quite on par with the top-of-the-line filter, one type in particular comes extremely close at what is likely 10x less than the cost of the Black Pro-Mist.

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The next DIY experiment they tackle is lighting. The first product they try out is a headlamp, which the Film Riot team essentially turns into a small, portable spotlight. It makes for some rather interesting lighting effects on the cheap, compared to more expensive LED options.

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Following up the headlamp is a $25 Energizer area lamp. Usually meant for camping, they put the lamp through it’s paces, using it as an accent and fill light for multiple scenes. While larger, much more expensive LED panels can put out a great deal more of light at much higher quality, penny-for-penny, this little guy gets the job done for smaller tasks.

It’s a great little run-down from Film Riot. At eight minutes, it’s long enough to be thorough, but short enough to not meander on unnecessarily. Give it a watch and follow Film Riot’s YouTube channel for more helpful videos.

(via SLR Lounge)

  • Andrew Crocker

    Nothing new. This is OLD school.

  • Elliot Trout

    Rad technique! Whats up with the dude with the serious case of the jimmy leg?

  • TheGloriousEnd

    Why on earth would anyone want to replicate the look of a soft focus filter?!?

  • Алексей Мухин

    I have to flash 3 bright Leds for movies, it’s crap that needs to carry.

  • Brian Fulda

    Anyone else thinks the black pro-mist looks terrible? I preferred the look of the “clean” shot way more than that.

  • bob cooley

    Regular Nylons work better – Black to drag shadow into the higher tones and white to bring high-tones into the darker. Welcome to 1975 on this trick. Next up > Vaseline on your filter!

  • louisleblanc

    It can do much more than the 90’s soft-porn look. Have a look at 3min50 in the video, the slightly soft look, with the fog in the room doesn’t look tacky and really adds to the feel of the shot.

  • docholliday666

    Still, the best softening effect, without destroying the image, is to use black tulle over the lens.

    Forget the Vaseline, use nose grease!

  • pgb0517

    Yeah, but new students still need to learn.

  • lexplex

    When I learned how to develop film (and all the tips and tricks) the process had been around for 100 years – but you’ve still got to learn!

  • Tyler Magee

    That intro was a tad obnoxious… Cool video though :)