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Newspaper Photo Filters

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Before a recent trip to Berlin I wanted to experiment with printing a newspaper to use as photo filters. I printed a single copy of a digital tabloid with a shape, pattern or colour on each page.

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The pages then work as filters. To do this, I expose each photo twice: the first exposure with my camera pointed at the thing I want to photograph and the second exposure pointing at the newspaper. This can be done with any SLR/DSLR or a smartphone (may require an app).

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The newspaper is ideal for a portable set of filters – light and easy to fold into a pocket. Plus, the texture of the newsprint adds to the charm of the overall effect.

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It’s easier to shoot the subject first and the newspaper second. Anything white on the newspaper page will be obscured in the final image, with detail appearing in the dark areas.

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I tried to remain experimental with these photos, not anticipating the effect the filter would have on the image and enjoying unexpected results.

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As an experiment it worked well. On the next paper I'm going to keep the patterns to a minimum and use simpler shapes and colours.

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