47 Genius Camera Hacks That Will Greatly Improve Your Photography Skills In Less Than 3 Minutes
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.
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!
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Use Tinfoil To Create A Wall Of Bokeh
Use A Fishtank To Get That Underwater Shot
Use A Piece Of Cloth And A Cardboard To Create A Portable And Inexpensive Seamless Background System
Use A Plastic Bag For A Softbox Effect
Use A Towel As Video Slider
Don't Be Afraid To Add Lights With Regular Bulbs
Manipulate Visual Perception Using Forced Perspectives
Get That Perfect Top-Down Photo For Your Instagram
Remove Tourists From Your Pictures Using These Simple Steps
Cut Out A Heart Shape In A Cardboard For A Heart-Shaped Bokeh
Easy Macro Lens Hack
Use Your Sunglasses As A Filter
Or... email it to yourself and then use one of the many filters on the iPhone. Just sayin
Instant Fake Macro Bokeh
Use A Plastic Bag Smeared With Vaseline For A Soft-Focus Lens Effect
Cut Different Shapes In A Cardboard For A Window Shadow
Use A CD To Create Lens Flares
Cut Out Your Own Bokeh Shapes
Add Steam With Regular Appliances
Create A Sparkling Ring Of Fire
Step 4. Rush your model to hospital because of sparks in the eye.
Create An Arty Filter With Colored Plastic Bags
Use A Sandwich Bag To Create Hazy Photos
Create A Different Self Portrait Using Lace
Blank CD Case Is The Perfect Rain Guard For Your Lens
Use A Coffee Hood As Lens Cap
That's not functioning as a lens cap. If it did, there wouldn't be a picture.
You Only Need A Few Simple Items To Capture Highspeed Drops
Looks like blood, not gonna like (quoting someone from a previous entry)
Reduce Camera Shake With A Bag Of Lentils
Create A Softbox Using A Shower Curtain
Get A Black Tile For Product Photography
Get a black painted room and a black tile. You guys forgot about the room!
Use Windows For A Softening Effect
Use Plasctic Props To Create ‘Wildlife Photography’ At Home
Use A Hair Dryer To Get A Stand Out Selfie
Use Cloth To Achieve The Soft-Focus Lens Effect
This is not the "soft-focus lens" effect. This is a "shoot-through" effect. Soft focus lenses cover the whole lens. You can create a soft-focus lens effect by stretching very thin, gauzy fabric over the lens.
Use White Sheet As A Reflector Reflector
Create A Camera Filter For Funky And Colorful Photos
Use Glasses To Add 'Filters'
Use A Short Triangular Prism To Reflect Background
just put blue lines on the tablet as it could of filled the same space ?
Create Your Own Color Lens Filters
Mimic Film Burn With A Matchstick
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Pinhole Using Cardboard
Use Torches To Add Lens Flare
Turn your average coffee photo into a DRAMATIC (ic...ic...ic) coffee photo!
Or use Photoshop. Probably easier than carrying empty jars and shower curtains around when you're taking photos.
There is a much larger sense of accomplishment by making a great image with the camera than shooting an average image and making it great in post processing. Thats why i call myself a photographer.
How would you achieve soft lighting (as with the shower curtain softbox) with photoshop?
Laying a handkerchief on the screen and having a screenshot... perhaps...?
Which layer effect or filter would turn hard shadows into soft ones? That would be an awesome filter.... I doubt there is any, and I have used Photoshop a lot.
THIS IS MY PICTURE AND MY LOW BUDGET TIPP! IT'S NOT OKAY THAT YOU USE IT WITHOUT MY PERMISSION!!!! THE FULL ARTICLE IS https://www.christinakey.com/low-budget-photo-tips/?lang=en low-budget...35a4d3.jpg
sorry, but I've seen this trick since the 70's. You didn't invent this...
Yes you're correct, John King.
She is not talking about the trick, but the actual picture they used man
You can't use someones pic without consent, wether or not it is an original tip..
Love how she ignores this comment.
Looks like you were given photo credit. Somebody had probably shared, who then shared and the source was lost. You maybe should have contacted the author of this instead of freaking out. It was probably an honest mistake.
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It was not a mistake.
Ah the full article, you mean the one that it brings you to when you click on your name under the image from where they credited you and then direct people to your page with the actual tip? What exactly are you complaining about or what exactly is your case here? That the internet is open and that some website saw your info and linked to it on their site while fully crediting you and even pushing traffic to your site? They have stolen nothing and have in no way tried to claim the work as their own.
Welcome to the internet. If you dislike the free exposure you get, then photography anno 2017 might not be for you.
Hello, I've been using this trick and ones similar to it since before 1980 when I was still shooting with my Minolta 35mm film camera and my Hasselblad medium format camera. I read about it in a book from the library back before 1976, book was dated in the 60s. When exactly did you invent this effect and tip relating to it??
Hello, I've been using this trick and ones similar to it since before 1980. I read about it in a book from the library back before 1976, book was dated in the 60s. When exactly did you invent this effect and tip relating to it??
Really? So when I used it in 1975 were you time traveling?