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Adding a simple object to your toolkit, such as a prism, can keep your creative process fun and fresh. There are many types of prisms to choose from—glass or plastic, triangular or round, large or small. To get started, we suggest a six-inch-long glass triangular prism, but feel free to experiment with a variety of types.
Remember that when held at different angles, a single prism can produce multiple effects. Try shooting with a prism in the following three ways:
Create repetition / 创造重复感
The more sides or ‘faces’ a prism has, the more repetition you can create in your photo. Draw attention to your favorite portion of a scene by using the prism to multiply the number of times it appears in the photo.
Incorporate reflections / 结合反射
Use a prism to layer a reflection from outside of the frame onto your image, such as the sky overhead. This effect often feels similar to a double exposure and can be used to give additional insight into your surroundings.
Generate partial effects / 产生部分效果
Instead of covering your entire lens with the prism, try a more subtle approach. Hold the prism so that only a corner or portion of the frame becomes distorted. This method works especially well when shooting portraits, because it maintains the person’s natural appearance, while still adding a dreamy effect.