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

#1 Use Tinfoil To Create A Wall Of Bokeh

Use Tinfoil To Create A Wall Of Bokeh

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Mary Popps 11 months ago

Stain boy <3

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#2 Use A Fishtank To Get That Underwater Shot

Use A Fishtank To Get That Underwater Shot

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11 months ago

So thats how they do it

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#3 Use A Piece Of Cloth And A Cardboard To Create A Portable And Inexpensive Seamless Background System

Use A Piece Of Cloth And A Cardboard To Create A Portable And Inexpensive Seamless Background System

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Isabel Tamayo 11 months ago

Nice! This list is helpful.

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#4 Use A Plastic Bag For A Softbox Effect

Use A Plastic Bag For A Softbox Effect

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Claire 11 months ago

A white balloon also does the trick.

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#5 Use A Towel As Video Slider

Use A Towel As Video Slider

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asf 11 months 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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#6 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 11 months ago

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

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#7 Manipulate Visual Perception Using Forced Perspectives

Manipulate Visual Perception Using Forced Perspectives

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teh furbeh 11 months ago

KICK THE DERP ALIEN! KICK IT!

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#8 Get That Perfect Top-Down Photo For Your Instagram

Get That Perfect Top-Down Photo For Your Instagram

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CatShatBrix 11 months ago

How do you take the photo though?

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#9 Remove Tourists From Your Pictures Using These Simple Steps

Remove Tourists From Your Pictures Using These Simple Steps

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Dan H 11 months ago

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

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#10 Cut Out A Heart Shape In A Cardboard For A Heart-Shaped Bokeh

Cut Out A Heart Shape In A Cardboard For A Heart-Shaped Bokeh

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Brenda Olano 11 months ago

I don't get it :(

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