Professional photography gear costs thousands of dollars but you can take stunning pictures by spending only a fraction of the cost. If you have the time and the patience, and aren't afraid to get your hands dirty, then simple DIY hacks can achieve similar results to spending big bucks on advanced kits.


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To make you a better photographer, Bored Panda has collected some of the best DIY camera solutions that were tested to work. From softening the pop-up flash to transforming a 50mm lens into a macro one, these genius tips and tricks will definitely take your pictures to another level. Remember, photography is a playground and there aren't any right or wrong ways to approach it. If it works, it works. Continue scrolling to learn the DIY hacks and vote for your favorite ones!

Cover image credits: Christina Key

#5 Use A Plastic Bag For A Softbox Effect

Use A Plastic Bag For A Softbox Effect

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Claire 1 month ago

A white balloon also does the trick.

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#6 Use A Towel As Video Slider

Use A Towel As Video Slider

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asf 1 month ago

You can also use a towel underneath the tripod for a similair effect. When you have a carpet put the tripod in cups/plates with smooth bottom.

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#7 Don't Be Afraid To Add Lights With Regular Bulbs

Don't Be Afraid To Add Lights With Regular Bulbs

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April W 1 month ago

Extra credit if you get your model to chew on the string of lights

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#10 Remove Tourists From Your Pictures Using These Simple Steps

Remove Tourists From Your Pictures Using These Simple Steps

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Dan H 1 month ago

Remove tourists from your pictures in 1 simple step - Push them off the cliff

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