Top Lens Effects (Prism Effects and Abstract Lens Effects)
Here's an overview of the top lens effects you can achieve using a variety of different lens filters and editing techniques to completely transform your photos and video clips into eye-catching kaleidoscope effects, diopter effects, and prism effects.
What are abstract lens effects and prism effects in photography and videography?
Abstract lens effects are created through the use of camera lens filters or editing techniques, which can distort the colors, contrast, and refractions of an image. You can use these filters by screwing them directly onto your camera lens or by adding them in post production.
What are the benefits of adding prism effects to your photo and videos?
There are pros and cons to both ways. The biggest benefit to adding prism lens effects in the post-production editing process is you are able to control the exact amount of refraction and glass distortion you would like, while still preserving the original raw image. So, should you want to change the type of abstract lens effect at any time, you can. Quickly and easily viewing and switching between different kaleidoscope effects, prism effects, diopter effects, and bokeh effects to achieve the perfect abstract image.
Depending on what your subject is and where it's positioned within the frame of the shot, will determine what is the best lens effect to add to the image.
Center Prism Effect
The center prism lens effect distorts the original image or video with multiple refractions that point towards the center of the frame.
Off-Center Prism Effects
The off-center prism lens effect is similar to the center prism effect, but instead of the refractions joining at the center of the frame, they are to the left-of-center or right-of-center in the frame.
Kaleidoscope Lens Effect
The kaleidoscope lens effect is one of the most popular abstract lens effects. It replicates / refracts the center of the image multiple times along an outer ring of the frame. There are subtle and stronger versions of this lens effect, ranging from 3 - 5 replicants, 6 - 8 replicants, and 11 - 13 replicants.
Centerfield Split Diopter Lens Effect
The centerfield split diopter creates a blurry refraction effect while leaving the center open to focus on the subject. So it gives you a bit of a "zoom-like" bokeh effect with the edges of the frame blurred.
Linear Prism Effect
The linear prism lens effect is another popular abstract lens effect. Similar to the kaleidoscope effect, the linear lens effect refracts your image or video into 3 - 4 replicants along a linear path within the frame. This can be in any direction; left, right, up, or down.
Split Diopter Lens Effect
The split diopter lens effect is a bokeh effect that blurs or softens the top and/or bottom of the frame. So depending on your subject, how it's lit, and what they are doing, you may want the top of the image to be blurred or the bottom.
Square Prism Effect / Diamond Lens Effect
The square prism effect / diamond lens effect gives your image the sense that you are shooting through a glass cube or a prism cube. Like the other prism looks, there are a few different variations of angles and refractions of the abstract diamond lens effect.
Triangle Prism Effect
The triangle prism effect is similar to the square prism effect and kaleidoscope lens effects. It replicates / refracts the center of the image multiple times along an outer ring of the frame. There are subtle and stronger versions of this lens effect, ranging from 3 - 5 replicants or 6 - 8 replicants.
Split Prism Lens Effect
The split prism lens effect is another popular abstract lens effect. Similar to the linear prism effect, the split prism effect mirrors your image or video into 2 - 3 replicants along the edge of the frame. The mirror effect can be along any edge of the frame; left, right, top, or bottom.
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