Sandwich Bag Camera Filter

1 Posted by - September 27, 2013 - Photography

This pin test was originally posted on CraftFail.

I’m not much of a photographer, guys. If you’ve seen my blog, you already know that. But I did recently-ish invest in my first big-girl camera: a really truly DSLR. I set out to learn all the cool stuff it can do, and so far I mostly just shoot in aperture priority mode and call myself a lazy amateur, but hey, it works.

Know what’s cool though? Now I can try stuff like this.

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Yep, all you do is take a sandwich bag, rip a hole in it, and stick it on your camera for a foggy look around the edges of your photos. Sweet.

Sandwich bag? Check.

sandwich bag

Sandwich bag with a hole ripped in it? Oh sure, I can do that.

hole in bag

And then the only step left was to take pictures, so I started with pictures of a pin test I’d just finished.

smores bites

So yep, I see what you did there, sandwich bag. But really, now it just looks like I burned the s’mores and my kitchen is residually smokey… not out of the realm of possibility, mind you.

I decided to try a different subject…


Yep. Laundry. But at least it’s clean laundry. I do have standards, people.

So the only subject I had left to use was myself, but I couldn’t figure out how to use the timer function on my camera, so, uh, yeah, it’s gonna be unprofessional, make-up-less selfies. Enjoy my chin zit.


Sandwich Bag Camera Filter
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Sandwich Bag Camera Filter
If you have a big girl camera (a DSLR), you can use a sandwich bag as a filter. Kinda. Here's how that works.


  • Christine Kerns Gillette September 27, 2013 - 12:10 pm Reply

    Your expression in the last photo really sells it.

  • Joe Byer September 27, 2013 - 12:19 pm Reply

    Work the camera, daah-ling.

  • Kara September 27, 2013 - 12:23 pm Reply

    You need to open your aperture so that the edges of the bag are blurred out. That will get you the out of focus vignetting that you want. 🙂

    • Sandi Boyd September 28, 2013 - 2:51 pm Reply

      I don’t know that I’d feel comfortable going around telling people to open their aperture! Do you know her well enough to say things like that to her?

  • Melody Link September 27, 2013 - 12:27 pm Reply

    The way you ended this one is sheer perfection. As is your expression.

  • Sarah B. September 27, 2013 - 12:55 pm Reply

    It looks like those pictures that people take at supposedly haunted houses and get all giddy over because OMG SPIRIT WORLD.

  • Lori September 27, 2013 - 12:58 pm Reply

    omg…you crack me up!

  • Ethne Hedren Denham September 27, 2013 - 4:33 pm Reply

    Pinterest lies. How many times have I said this. You’ll probably block me. My selfies are equally stylish (like yours, not hers since taking a selfie with a DSLR is impossible – it makes all sorts of clicks and bangs, am I right?)

  • DigitalChick September 27, 2013 - 8:10 pm Reply

    I have a fun DSLR too that I have no idea how to use. So I feel your pain. I shall skip the sandwich baggie filter trick. Thank you for saving me time.

  • Heather October 9, 2013 - 11:25 am Reply

    I tried the sandwich bag filter thing as well, it didn’t even make it onto my blog. I guess I oped too big of a hole and really it just looked like a normal photo and that I was trying to keep rain off my camera.

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