The Joys of Tissue Paper


When you buy a lot of props, you end up with a lot of tissue paper. I like to put mine to use rather that just recycling it. Sometimes, I use tissue to look like parchment paper or wrapping around treats. Sometimes it’s a background, or an interesting surface texture. But most commonly, I use to to modify light. Although my windows in my studio are usually covered with vellum, sometimes it’s still not enough to tone down the light and minimize hot spots. For small hot spots, I like to use glass bottles to diffuse and refract the light… but if there is an overall problem, a sheet of tissue paper can work wonders… even just sort of tucked in. Because it comes in different thicknesses, there’s almost always just the right piece.

That’s what I did today when I was working on the cover shot for a cocktail book I’ve been shooting this week. Thought you might enjoy some of the setup shots and one of the (unedited) outtakes. Not exactly high-tech!

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16 thoughts on “The Joys of Tissue Paper

  1. Very interesting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mentally thanked you for telling us about vellum in the photography session at BlogHer ’07!

  2. I love the trick of using glass bottles to deal with hot spots. It’s so helpful to see these setup shots – thanks!

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  4. Hi 🙂
    I’ve only very recently gotten very interested in the photography side of my food blog, and I just wanted to let you know that your blog is highly inspirational. Very informative and well presented.

    I’m so glad I found you!

  5. This is a great tip. I remembered it and finally used it a few days ago. It helped so much to tape some tissue paper on the wondows and get more details in the photo. I’m going to post about it soon and, of course, will mention this post! Thanks for teaching/sharing!

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