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21 Genius Camera Hacks to Improve Your Photography

We often assume that we need the latest technology for better photos, which of course is very expensive.

However, instead of forking out our hard earned cash for new camera accessories, you can find ways to create similar images using items that we all have lying around at home.

So here’s a summary of some creative photography hacks that are inexpensive and cheerful. These camera hacks can also help in producing more exciting and professional-looking photographs.

1. Creating Lightbox

It may sound complicated, but all you need for a home lightbox is a window and a piece of greaseproof paper. Take a sheet of greaseproof paper and attach it to the window. Lightbox will give photos a cleaner and more professional look.

Instead, you can also create a low-cost light tent by cutting out large squares on each side of an empty cardboard box. Use a piece of white Bristol board to mark the inside of the box and later add white fabric, such as muslin or nylon, to the edges.

Use of Tripod

Using a tripod will improve your photography. It helps to keep the camera stable and is excellent for macro photography as it allows more time to compose a picture.

If you don’t have tripods, then you can take a lampshade off its stand and screw your camera onto the lampshade holder. You can also use a pile of books and stack them on the edge of a table.

2. Bokeh forms

You don’t need a special camera or lens for adding bokeh to your photographs; it is so easy. Cut out a piece of black paper the same size as the front of your camera lens. Use a sharp knife to cut the shape of your choice from the center of this piece. The size of this shape should be slightly larger than a thumbnail, or it can be about the size of a US nickel or UK five pence piece.

3. Vaseline Monograph

A Vegnette effect can be created when a photograph gradually fades into its background without a distinct border.

When the photograph gradually fades into its background without a distinct border, people create a vignette effect especially when they get to the editing phase, but this easy hack helps with creating the vintage effect whilst taking the shots.

3. Reduction of Camera Shake With a Bean Bag

Sometimes for taking a great picture, you have to get into abnormal positions like lying on the floor, trusting on your elbows as camera support, or sloping out of a window when you’re on the move. 

Neither of these positions is particularly comfortable and most importantly your camera is not protected or very stable, endangering fuzzy images. To avoid this rest your camera lens on a beanbag. It will not only save money but will give instant results and also eliminate elbow-induced camera shake.

4. Empty Milk Carton as a Flash Diffuser

Sometimes it is beneficial to diffuse the flash of your camera to escape it generating harsh glooms, hot spots, or reflections on your substance. Create some distance between the camera and the subject to sidestep this scenario; it is not always practical.

One inexpensive and successful solution is to use the semi-opaque plastic of a milk carton. Cut out the carton’s handle and slide it over your flash. You will get a cheap and cheerful flash diffuser. You can also use the Camera with a pop-up flash, White film container, Ruler, Sharp blade.

Measure the thickness of the pop-up flash with a ruler. Then cut a piece from the film container to match this width. You can easily insert the film container into the pop-up flash. After setting up everything, take photos as you would normally. Keep in mind that the film container will diffuse your flash’s harsh light to create soft light that is perfect for photography.

5. Slamming time-lapse on the cheap

If you’ve ever wanted to shoot the world in haste you will have come across time-lapse photography. It is now possible to produce a moving time-lapse video. This can be a rather fiddly and time-consuming action, as it can be tough to keep your camera motionless for long enough to create a time-lapse video. 

You don’t need to buy the special accessory to do hard work as long as you have an egg timer at home. Attach your camera to the egg timer, set a time and let the camera to move with the timer producing a wonderful time-lapse video.

6. Keeping the Lens Safe

To avoid your lens getting scrapped, smashed or loaded with dust, it’s useful to have a place to store them when they aren’t in use. Repurpose your drink cover as a lens case or make a simple fabric bag.

7. Use of a Small Handheld Mirror

To get great looking portraits you don’t need a big fancy flash– all you need to do is use your camera’s own flash to your help and find ways to recoil it off the walls, thus creating more brightness from just one light.

 Use the mirror image from a small handheld mirror to transmit the flash towards a wall, giving you a much softer, fuller and more ordinary look. You can also get the mirror cut to size to adjust your needs when you’re more confident using them.

8. Sandwich Bag for Hazy Photos

It’s a simple and easy photography hack to add another use to your sandwich bag. Attach the sandwich bag to your lens and make sure parts of it are blocking the lens view.

9. Soft-Focus Lens Upshots

Arrange a large square of clear plastic, elastic band, and some Vaseline. Put some Vaseline on your clear plastic paper and film. For using gauze, cut the fabric with scissors in the center and attach it to your camera lens with the elastic band. Once you fasten your gauze, put loose ends of the fabric over the lens. This will give you a soft-focus lens effect.

10. Inspiring Shadow Effects with a Tea Strainer

The old tea strainer is perfect to use in natural light through a window or small opening. Make sure the light is sturdy enough, and the subject is near to the strainer. By arranging it so, you can get strong shadows that cast striking patterns that highlight depth.

11. Hack for Macro Photos

Your phone camera can attain grand close-ups, but you’ll need to follow this hack to get the most out of it. Find out some old laser pointer. There is a focusing lens inside of the pointer that you can remove for later use. Use a hairpin to hold the lens and attach it to your phone’s camera using tape. Take a picture and Zoom in for close-ups.

Take some plastic cups, scissors, your camera, and tape. First, attach the cup to the lens and protect it with tape. Then place the cover your substance with the cup. This method works because the plastic cup locks both the subject and your camera to stop the movement. It also has the added benefit of the plastic cup acting as a diffuser to give a very soft light. This hack is so easy and inexpensive.

12. Make Magnificent Background Using a Laptop

If you have a shortage of time, this hack will help you out for sure. All you need to do is put up a background on your computer screen and put an object in front of it.

13. Create a Rain Cover for Camera

We all have difficulties while shooting in the rain, but there’s a solution to it. For this photography hack, you’ll need a pair of scissors, a zip-lock bag, gaffer tape, and a color marker. First of all, mark the lens perimeter using the marker and cut a hole in the plastic bag using scissors.

Then overturn your plastic bag and place your lens cover inside the bag, so that the lens connector side comes out of the hole firmly attached the lens lid to the plastic bag and flip back the plastic bag, so that lens connector side of the hood is inside the bag. Put your camera inside the bag and attach it to the lens hood and close the zip cubbyhole.

14. Create Your Own Colored Lens Filters

You’ll need a plastic sheet, a piece of paper, scissors, and a short piece of string. Take your lens cap and place it on a piece of paper. Use the marker and draw round the lens cap. Then mark a small box-shaped extension to this circle.

Cut out the shape and put it on a clear plastic sheet, trace it with the marker and cut it out. After getting your plastic cutouts, draw your own designs using various colors on it. In order to attach these to your camera, tweak a hole in the box-shaped square and use a string to connect them to the camera.

15. Reflective Card Hack

The things that are needed are a roll of aluminum foil, A cardboard box, A piece of tracing paper (any color, at least 20 x 36 inches) 6″ spring clamp box cutter tape. Cut a piece of cardboard and fasten the aluminum foil to it so that one side is shielded with aluminum foil. 

Find a window with plenty of light coming from it and place a table in front of it. Place a piece of Aluminum on the table and place your product on top of it. Tape the tracing paper to a window. In the end, attach the spring immobilizer to your aluminum reflector and put it in front of the product so that it is evenly light.

16. Bounce Flash with a Business Card

 A business card and a pair of scissors are the only two things needed for this photography. Pop flash and mark the two arms of the flash on the business card. Cut the business card using scissors along the marked lines and then attach the business card to the flash.

17. Shoot a Multi Droplet Shot

You only need a piece of glass. A few water drops, Plastic wrap, something to hold up the glass, Fascinating patterned paper or vivid fabrics and a tripod.

Firstly, place four glasses on the floor next to a window with sufficient natural light. Setup your camera fronting the floor using your tripod. Place the glass on top of the four glasses and wrap it with plastic. Spray water on top of the plastic wrap with a spray bottle. Glide your patterned paper underneath the glass.

18. Beauty Dish of an Aluminum Roasting Pan

You need an aluminum turkey-roasting pan, a colored cover for the Lambency diffuser. First, attach the lid to Lambency diffuser. Then take the Aluminum foil and cover the top so that it reflects the light to the aluminum dish that we will be creating. Afterward, take aluminum turkey-roasting pan and cut a hole in the middle to fit the base. Place the foiled lid on the diffuser and then attach the diffuser to the strobe light.

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19. A Portable Unified Photography setting

You will need; Posterboard, two pieces of white foam board, Tape, Two metal brackets, and locks. Join the two boards together at a 90-degree angle. For this, place the two brackets on a flat surface and lay the baseboard on top of the bracket’s legs. Then, place the other board propped to the bracket’s vertical legs and use clamps to attach them to the bracket. The final step is to take a white poster board and attach it to the vertical foam board using tape. Now place your object on top of the foam and shoot.

The above mentioned creative photography hacks just show that your own house is a treasure trove of photography equipment and that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to end up with professional looking photography. You can now enjoy the best photography with simple  and  inexpensive techniques.

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