These photography hacks are cheap but the final results will amaze you. These projects may even help you restart your interest in photography. Yes, you can spend thousands of dollars to buy gear that will do the same thing but it is a lot more fun to do a DIY project and capture amazing photography through something that you created. Let us walk you through 20 photography hacks that you can do at home.
1. Create Your Own Lightbox
For this photography hack, you will need a sheet of paper and tape. As you can see from the pictures below, you should tape the paper to a window first. Place your subject in front of the paper and switch your camera to Av mode (aperture to f/8, set the ISO to 100). After that, go to the Exposure Compensation and dial in +1 or +2, check your focus and shoot.
Your savings: $20 to $50 USD on a professional lightbox
2. Make Custom Bokeh Shapes
For our next photography hack, you’ll need a DSLR camera, a lens with a large aperture (small F-stop number) and a bit of knowledge about bokeh photography. Let’s make a list of things needed for this hack.
- A piece of black paper
- A pair of scissors
- Duct tape
- Craft knife to make different shapes.
- Also, put on some Christmas light as if it was that time of the year.
Make a round tube that fits nicely to your lens, and connect it to the lens. On the other end of the tube, attach your cut paper as shown in the 2nd photo below. Then use a low aperture setting (for bokeh) and shoot in manual focus mode towards your light source through the cutout holes/shapes. You’ll need to adjust the focus ring to get the desired bokeh effect/shapes.
Your savings: $20 on a professional Bokeh kit.
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