15 ways to improve your photography without buying new gear

15 ways to improve your photography without buying new gear

15 ways to improve your photography without buying new gear

4. DIY photography hacks and camera mods

Making your own DIY camera accessories is an easy way to add to your creative photography arsenal.

Instead of buying a commercial flash diffuser, why not create your own with DIY light modifier?

Try cutting up a clear plastic milk bottle or using bubble wrap in front of your flashgun to soften the light.

Kitchen foil makes a cheap and cheerful reflector for portraits and macro photography, while an iPad or laptop screen can be used as a constant light source for still-life set-ups.

You can get more ambitious with DIY photography hacks too, such as turning your DSLR into a pinhole camera, making your own ringflash and building a bicycle camera mount.

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5. Start a photography project

Setting yourself a goal and parameters to work within is a great way to sharpen your eye for a picture, and by starting a photography project you’ll force yourself to make the best of your current camera gear.

You could try the classic 365 photo project, taking one photo a day for a year. Perhaps restrict yourself to a single lens or focal length on a zoom.

How about choosing a theme: a specific colour, emotion, location or camera effect?

Having a project in mind when you’re out with your camera will give your photography focus.

6. Study the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson

It’s a cliché to bring up Henri Cartier-Bresson when talking about how to make the most of minimal camera kit, but there’s no escaping the fact that the ‘father of photojournalism’ created some the most iconic images of the 20th century using just one 35mm camera and a single 50mm lens.

Too much equipment can be a distraction, and studying the way Cartier-Bresson constructed his images and developed a sense of when to press the shutter when all the elements moved into place, well, that can make a bigger difference to the progression of your photography than an armful of new lenses.


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