Do you want to take stunning and creative photos using your smartphone or DSLR without breaking the bank on expensive photographic equipment? If so then look no further as we have listed over 10 best DIY Photography Tips it will help you capture amazing and creative photos and add much more fun to your photography:
• The bokeh wall:
If you want a really bokehlicious shot or want a standard background for your subject, all you need to do is take some foil, crumple it up, and cover your wall with it. Then put your subject in front of it and start taking photos, you will get some really unique and sparkling photos.
• Custom bokeh shapes:
For this hack, you will need a piece of black paper or cardboard. Cut the cardboard into a circular shape similar to the diameter of the lens. Then cut a custom bokeh shape in the middle as shown in the image below. Glue the cardboard to the front of your lens and shoot to the largest opening possible. This will give you the bokeh shapes you want and an artistic look.
• Clear paint:
One of the funniest photography techniques is light painting. Basically you can paint anything with light in your photographs using slow exposure in a dark room.
For example: if you want to take a really cool photo of your friend, you just need to put it in a dark room, turn on the flash and set a slow shutter speed like 8 seconds, it will give you time to draw or write anything in the background using a torch or flashlight. The result is a truly compelling photograph with cool background effects.
• Flash diffuser:
If you don’t have a dedicated flash for your DSLR and you’re stuck with the camera flash producing some really hard photos, all you need to do is grab a white colored poly bag. , fill it in and tie a knot. Then place it in front of the flash, which will help diffuse the light from the flash and you will get some very decent photographs.
• Soft focus lens effect:
For this hack you will need a UV filter and petroleum jelly. Put some Vaseline on the UV filter but make sure to keep the middle part clear. Once the petroleum jelly is applied, carefully screw the filter onto your lens. This will give you a really blurry lens effect just like the picture below.
• DIY Lens Flares:
This is the easiest photography hack on our list. All you need is a CD and your camera. Before trying this technique, be sure to remove the lens hood as it is designed to prevent glare in photos. Place the CD in front of the lens at different angles to achieve this reflected flare effect.
• Ring of Fire Sparkler:
Believe it or not, you will just need three things for this photography hack. All you need is a few yards of yarn, sparklers, and duct tape. Make a circle with the thread, then glue the sparklers on it. Now light the sparklers and place them in front of the subjects and capture some truly lit photos.
• Using a towel as a video slider:
If you want to get that cinematic sliding effect in your videos but don’t want to spend the money on a real camera slider, you can make one yourself. All you have to do is soak the napkin on a table in front of the subject and place the camera on it. Now pull the towel from one end to achieve this smooth sliding effect.
• Filter for colored lenses:
Take a piece of circular plastic sheeting and cut a medium sized hole in the middle, then color the area around the hole using colored markers. Place the sheet in front of the lens and take unique and colorful photos.
• DIY LightBox:
This is a fairly simple photography hack, you will need to stick a plain white paper on a window through which the sunlight enters the room. Place your subject in front of the paper. Switch the camera to AV mode, set a narrow aperture and set ISO to 100. Now you will take professional looking light box images.
• The Tea Strainer effect:
You can use the tea strainer in your kitchen to make a photo with strong shadows and beautiful patterns that highlight the depth. For this you have to place the tea strainer in front of a light source so that the light passes through and falls on the subject, creating this truly amazing shadow effect. Just make sure the light is strong enough and the subject is close to the colander.
This was our list of the top 10 best and cheapest photography hacks that will take your photography game to the next level. If you try any of these photo hacks, be sure to share your experience with us in the comments section below.