5 DIY Photography Hacks to Capture Amazing Shots

Photography is one of those skills which can’t be perfected overnight. It is an art, which takes a lot of practice and perseverance to master. However, in the age of the internet and digitalization, most of us are on the constant lookout for easy tips and tricks to learn things quickly. That’s why we bring to you some cool and amazing DIY photography hacks that will improve your photography skills. If you are an amateur photographer, then this one is for you. Let’s begin!

String Tripod

A tripod is probably one of the best options while trying to capture still shots. Nevertheless, having to carry around a tripod every time you want to capture perfect still shots is not a feasible option. And it sounds impractical too. Instead, you can use a simple piece of string to click stunning still images. Here’s how:

  • Tie one end of a long string to a bolt having 1/4″ diameter
  • Take a metal washer and tie the other end of the string to it. Make sure that the string is slightly shorter than your height
  • Screw the bolt to the camera’s screw mount spot
  • Now, when you will be capturing the photos, just drop the washer on the floor, step on it, and pull the camera up to create some amount of tension on the string to achieve the steady shooting

Flash Bouncer

Lighting is considered one of the most important aspects of photography. Flash can be used as a great benefit when you are trying to manipulate lighting conditions. On the other hand, using flash brings forth setbacks like harsh shadows and white zombie-like faces.

Dealing with these drawbacks is a pain for professional photographers as well. But, you can avoid these problems by simply sticking a piece of white paper or a business card over the flash module of your camera. It is one of the simplest photography hacks for beginners.

Sunglasses Filter

Did you know that one of the favourite accessories that photographers enjoy using is sunglasses? We see different colours and hues while wearing a sunglass and you can add these colours to your shots. Sunglasses can help in adding a refreshing and funky look to a photograph. Instead of adding filters through a software, you can add nature filters with a sunglass.

Place a sunglass in front of the camera lens to capture funky and quirky pictures with a retro effect. Using a sunglass for capturing pictures will help you improve the colour saturation, reduce glare, or get a neutral density filter on your photographs.

Bubble-wrap light sphere

To create a diffused lighting effect, a great camera accessory is the light sphere speed mount modifier. This accessory will help you make your own light sphere by using a piece of bubble wrap. Here is how you can do this:

  • Cut a long strip of the bubble wrap (around 2 feet)
  • Affix a Velcro at the end of this strip. Then wrap it around the flash module so that plenty of room is created on the top
  • You can add another layer of bubble wrap to create extra diffusion
  • As we are using Velcro, you can remove this bubble wrap when you don’t need it

In this way, you can make your own DIY Gary Fong Light Sphere.

DIY Lightbox

A light box, also known as a light tent, is another important accessory which only professional photographers can afford to have in their studios. Nevertheless, you can actually make your own light tent by using these simple steps:

  • Take a large cardboard box. Cut large windows in the two opposite sides
  • Stick pieces of long white paper inside the box to create a studio-like backdrop
  • Put two white fabrics outside the box to cover the windows
  • Then, place two reading lamps directly in front of the box
  • It will produce a soft diffused light
  • Furthermore, you can put more reading lamps facing towards the windows of the box to get more diffused light
  • Use this lightbox to capture crystal-clear images of products and small objects