Photography Tips and Tricks

10 Genius Camera Hacks.

If you have just starting out at photography and maybe want to pursue photography blogging and are unsure of where to begin and what to do, here are some extremely cheap and effective tricks that you could keep in mind. These enhancements are sure to make a huge difference to your photos without you having to spend hundreds of pounds  on pricey photography equipment. If you’re keen on devoting some time and resources to your photography, I can assure you that these incredible DIY tips and tricks will teach you how to take your photography skills to a level above the one you are at now, that too at a low cost.

1. DIY Filters.

Sometimes, when you want to create a filter without using Photoshop or the expensive equipment that is used to create different kinds of filters and effects, using sunglasses, plastic wraps and panty-hoses helps create the desired filter. You can also use a tea-strainer to create another type of filter. This is perfect if you want to throw some natural light through. Just make sure the light is quite strong enough while the subject is close to the strainer. This will allow you to  get strong shadows which create beautiful patterns that highlighted depth.

2. Vaseline to the Rescue.

To get the soft focus lens effects, make use of Vaseline. Grab a large piece of clear plastic, an elastic band, and some Vaseline. When you will put some vaseline on your clear plastic paper and shoot, you will get a softly focused picture. Just make sure that you do not apply the Vaseline directly to the  lens as it may damage it permanently. 

3. Put Some Water On The Screen to Create Blur Effect

Dabbing on s little bit of water on to the camera screen can help create the required blur effect that is needed for many aesthetically shot pictures.If you want to give some of the area of the picture a blurry look than you can only put the water on that part of the camera lens. This however, is not that easy and you have to have a lot of practice and patience to do this right. 

4. Lens Flares with CDs.

To create your own flare without a flare lens, you’ll be needing a CD and a DSLR camera. Be sure to remove the lens hood before you carry out  this hack since lens hoods are  designed to prevent lens flare. The technique is to flash the CD at different  angles to the camera so that some of the reflected light from CD gets into the lens. You should look through the view-finder and shoot when you see flares intensify for the various placements of the CD.

5. Forced Perspectives.

In the forced perspective technique, the angles of the camera and our eyes are manipulated to cloud the human perception. This is done not with nay DIY hack but with the use of optical illusions that make objects appear larger, smaller, farther, or closer than they actually are in reality. The art of forced perspectives is all about playing with the right angles. 

6. Bokeh it.

To create your own bokeh, you   need a DSLR camera, a  large aperture lens and a little prior knowledge about bokeh photography. You will also be needing a piece of black paper, a pencil, a pair of scissors, some duct tape.

First, you are to make a round tube that fits snugly to your lens, and attach it to the lens. On the other side of the tube, attach your cut paper (with the design yo want to cut out). Then using a low aperture setting, shoot in manual focus mode towards the light source through the aperture of your  cutout shapes. .

7. Why Buy a Light box?

Why should you invest in a light box, when you can make one ta home without any extra cost? All you  need is a sheet of paper and some tape. What you should do is you should tape the paper to a window. Now, place your subject in front of the paper and switch your camera to Av mode (aperture to f/8, set the ISO to 100). Once you are done doing that, go to the Exposure Compensation and dial in +1 or +2, check your focus and shoot.

You managed to save on the light box expenditure and you are getting perfect pictures too. 

8. Hairdryer to Get Windblown.

Opt for a hairdryer to create a windblown and windswept effect. This is really great when taking portrait shots of humans, animals and plants. Nothing can beat the beauty and the natural feel of hair that is flowing in the wind – even when it is hairdryer produced! You can also use the hairdryer to create the effect of a  summer breeze over the stalked plants and leaves; when in reality its sweltering hot in the middle of the summers 

9. Laptop as a Backdrop.

If you’re short on time, this is sure to save you some time and energy. All you need to do is look up for some bokeh background photos on your computer screen and then put the object that needs to be photographed in front of it. This is great for product photography and especially for taking pictures of small objects. 

10. DIY Tripod.

Tripods do not only cost a lot but  carrying a tripod is also  a hassle. You are able to save money and travel very light with this tripod alternative. You will need some pins, rice/beans for filling and needle& thread.

Sew a little bean bag and Don’t  leave a hole at the top so that you can fill your bean bag with rice or beans. This is a very reliable and effective tripod for your camera. 

Professional photography and the gear that has to accompany it not only costs thousands of pounds but is also hard to maintain. Remember,  you can take stunning pictures by making use of only a fraction of that humongous cost. If you can put in the time and the effort, then these simple DIY hacks to photography can help you achieve similar results that come with spending big bucks on advanced photography kits.

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