Sam Hurd’s Prisming Technique
I have been following the amazing photographer Sam Hurd for a little over a year now. I just recently recommend a good friend to have an anniversary shoot done by Sam and I was intrigued by the techniques I heard he used. Shortly after this Sam released a blog post sharing his method of Prisming and his secrets were out of the bag. I have given his method a try and I love the results.
Sam’s technique with Prisming is achieved by simply holding a 3 sided prism flush with your lens and getting an interesting reflection in the photo with your original subject. You are able to bring other objects into your frame and bend some crazy light into the picture.
I recently assisted a photo shoot with Jon Lemon and had the chance to play around with this method. It was a a dull overcast day and I was dreading the atmosphere on the NYC High Line. I lined my photo up and popped the camera into live view so I could see a larger image. With a couple of twists and moving the prism to the top section of my lens pop, I got a great shot, at least in my eyes.
As you can see from the photo I simply reflected a side building over the top fourth of my photo, bam something different and not photoshoped. The effect works very well around trees and skies. Sam has truly master his technique as you can tell from his intriguing photos in almost any environment.