5 life-saving DIY hacks every photographer should know

5 life-saving DIY hacks every photographer should know

There are so many smart inventions on the market to help you take great pictures, but instead of burning your savings on kit, you can make brilliant light modifiers out of standard household items and fashion accessories. In their latest guest post the photo management and Canon Project1709 experts at Photoventure offer a few clever ideas every photographer should know.

5 life-saving DIY hacks every photographer should know

There are so many smart inventions on the market to help you take great pictures, but instead of burning your savings on kit, you can make brilliant light modifiers out of standard household items and fashion accessories. Here are a few ideas; if you have others, let us know in the comments section.

DIY Hack 1. Wrap and diffuse

Bubble wrap shaped into a cone and placed on your flashgun can turn harsh, bright light into much softer flash for portraits, at a fraction of the cost of a commercially produced light modifier.

DIY Hack 2. Reflect with foil

Cooking foil has so many great uses that it ought to be a staple item in your home on par with toilet paper. For photography purposes, it makes an excellent reflector. Place it on the ground under drooping flowers and you can get beautifully sun-bounced macro pictures.

DIY Hack 3. Shades of exposure

Tinted sunglasses with a gradient colour can make a great alternative to a grad filter for landscape photography, helping you bring out the colour in the sky without underexposing the foreground.

DIY Hack 4. Between the sheets

A white pillowcase in front of a lamp can create a pretty, diffused light for your home studio. If you prefer natural light sources for indoor shoots, you can scale up your bedding hack and cover your window(s) with a white bedsheet to diffuse the light.

DIY Hack 5. Filter chic

Commercial filter systems are great, but sometimes you just want that slightly different effect that a .6 grad won’t give you. If you have a filter holder, try removing the filters it came with and instead suspend an old panty hose or a thin silk scarf on to it to get soft-focus portraits and dreamy, tinted landscapes.

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