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!

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 1 year 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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1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

I don't get it :(

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#11 Easy Macro Lens Hack

Easy Macro Lens Hack

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Alex Hill 1 year ago

This may be the best tip here.

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#12 Use Your Sunglasses As A Filter

Use Your Sunglasses As A Filter

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Susan Gardner 1 year ago

Or... email it to yourself and then use one of the many filters on the iPhone. Just sayin

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#13 Instant Fake Macro Bokeh

Instant Fake Macro Bokeh

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Phyllicia Goh 1 year ago

Genius. 😂

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#14 Use A Plastic Bag Smeared With Vaseline For A Soft-Focus Lens Effect

Use A Plastic Bag Smeared With Vaseline For A Soft-Focus Lens Effect

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DE Ray 1 year ago

While working at a newspaper, we had a photographer try this- only without the plastic bag. That lens never shot right after.

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#15 Cut Different Shapes In A Cardboard For A Window Shadow

Cut Different Shapes In A Cardboard For A Window Shadow

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Chris Petry 1 year ago

Technical term for this is a "gobo"

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#16 Use A CD To Create Lens Flares

Use A CD To Create Lens Flares

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Jazlyn J. 1 year ago

I don't get how this works.... explanation anybody please?

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#17 Cut Out Your Own Bokeh Shapes

Cut Out Your Own Bokeh Shapes

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Lalo Vidals 1 year ago

How does this work? I don't get it. :(

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#18 Add Steam With Regular Appliances

Add Steam With Regular Appliances

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MacacoMonkey 1 year ago

Regular appliance? What the hell is that thing?

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#19 Create A Sparkling Ring Of Fire

Create A Sparkling Ring Of Fire

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Lazy Panda 2 1 year ago

Step 4. Rush your model to hospital because of sparks in the eye.

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#20 Create An Arty Filter With Colored Plastic Bags

Create An Arty Filter With Colored Plastic Bags

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Ok Ha-Neul 1 year ago

i thought it was blood not gonna lie

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#21 Use A Sandwich Bag To Create Hazy Photos

Use A Sandwich Bag To Create Hazy Photos

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Andrei Dima 1 year ago

Love the last model

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#22 Create A Different Self Portrait Using Lace

Create A Different Self Portrait Using Lace

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Sophie Miller 1 year ago

Leave Britney alone!

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#23 Blank CD Case Is The Perfect Rain Guard For Your Lens

Blank CD Case Is The Perfect Rain Guard For Your Lens

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Angel 1 year ago

Kinda looks like a scary cyclops monster

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#24 Use A Coffee Hood As Lens Cap

Use A Coffee Hood As Lens Cap

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Connie Martin 1 year ago

That's not functioning as a lens cap. If it did, there wouldn't be a picture.

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#25 You Only Need A Few Simple Items To Capture Highspeed Drops

You Only Need A Few Simple Items To Capture Highspeed Drops

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Beatz Girl (Erica) 1 year ago

Looks like blood, not gonna like (quoting someone from a previous entry)

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#26 Reduce Camera Shake With A Bag Of Lentils

Reduce Camera Shake With A Bag Of Lentils

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Wazz 1 year ago

For all your stalking needs

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#27 Create A Softbox Using A Shower Curtain

Create A Softbox Using A Shower Curtain

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Richard Ballan 1 year ago

or how to start a fire

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#28 Get A Black Tile For Product Photography

Get A Black Tile For Product Photography

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Lello Panzieri 1 year ago

Get a black painted room and a black tile. You guys forgot about the room!

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#29 Colorful Filter

Colorful Filter

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TC 1 year ago

That's what some professionals would call a bad photograph...

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#30 Use Windows For A Softening Effect

Use Windows For A Softening Effect

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mocochang 1 year ago

imho it just looks what is it, just picture of someone behind a window...

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#31 Lighting Trick

 Lighting Trick

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Stille20 1 year ago

well, it doesn't help that the child looks so miserable int the first shot

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#32 Use Plasctic Props To Create ‘Wildlife Photography’ At Home

Use Plasctic Props To Create ‘Wildlife Photography’ At Home

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Aga Medrala 1 year ago

It looks sooo fake

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#33 Use A Hair Dryer To Get A Stand Out Selfie

Use A Hair Dryer To Get A Stand Out Selfie

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TC 1 year ago

It'll be more effective is somebody waves a card board roughly...

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#34 Use Cloth To Achieve The Soft-Focus Lens Effect

Use Cloth To Achieve The Soft-Focus Lens Effect

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The Other Jake 9 months ago

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.

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#35 Use White Sheet As A Reflector Reflector

Use White Sheet As A Reflector Reflector

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Thuong Vu 1 year ago

The best tip maybe is taking the portrait from the side angle ;)

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#36 Create A Camera Filter For Funky And Colorful Photos

Create A Camera Filter For Funky And Colorful Photos

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moli.2 1 year ago

I would prefere thes pics without these additional adjustements

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#37 Use Glasses To Add 'Filters'

Use Glasses To Add 'Filters'

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Steve Bowman 1 year ago

Use a mattress to reduce wrinkles.

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#38 Use A Short Triangular Prism To Reflect Background

Use A Short Triangular Prism To Reflect Background

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Angel 1 year ago

Oh ya, cause I have lots of those just laying around lol

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#39 Lightpainted Background

Lightpainted Background

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Adrian Vinersan 1 year ago

just put blue lines on the tablet as it could of filled the same space ?

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#40 Create Your Own Color Lens Filters

Create Your Own Color Lens Filters

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TC 1 year ago

Hmmm...

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#41 Mimic Film Burn With A Matchstick

Mimic Film Burn With A Matchstick

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Harper-May 1 year ago

That's very safe..

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#42 Turn Your Smartphone Into A Pinhole Using Cardboard

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Pinhole Using Cardboard

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Anna Thouvenin 1 year ago

My Samsung already has an option to do that ^^

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#43 Use Torches To Add Lens Flare

Use Torches To Add Lens Flare

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Diana CrunChewy Watson 1 year ago

Turn your average coffee photo into a DRAMATIC (ic...ic...ic) coffee photo!

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