DIY Photography Hacks: make colour lighting gels from candy wrappers

DIY Photography Hacks: make colour lighting gels from candy wrappers

In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we show you how to re-use your candy wrappers as colour lighting gels for fun, creative camera effects.

DIY Photography Hacks: use candles for sultry low-light portraits

DIY Photography Hacks: use candles for sultry low-light portraits

As our DIY Photography Hacks series continues, we show you a simple technique for using common household candles as your chief light source for dramatic low-light portraits.

DIY Photography Hacks: kill lens flare with simple black card

How to make a DIY photography lens hood: step 2

In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we show you how a piece of black card can be used as a powerful lens hood that eliminates lens flare.

DIY Photography Hacks: capture light-painted orbs with common household items

DIY Photography Hacks: capture light-painted orbs with common household items

Painting with light is one of the more satisfying sub-genres of night photography, producing amazing pictures that look almost like clever Photoshop effects. But it can sometimes seem daunting with the fancy torches and light sources. In this light painting tutorial we offer a fresh DIY photography approach to add to your book of night photography ideas. Follow our 8 step tutorial below and learn how to capture light-painted orbs using nothing more than some fairy lights, rope and a few more common household items.

DIY Christmas (Photography) Hacks: framing photos for a personal touch

DIY Christmas (Photography) Hacks: framing photos for a personal touch

We’ve showed you how to make a lot of nifty gadgets in our DIY Photography Hacks series, so naturally, with Christmas just weeks away, we thought we’d extend the DIY ethos to the festive season and suggest a simple – yet classy – DIY Christmas hack you can use when stumped for gift ideas this year.

DIY Photography Hacks: make custom bokeh shapes and get creative with blur

How to make a bokeh portrait

Get creative with your photography and learn how to make your own custom bokeh shapes by making your own template at home. Our latest DIY Photography Hacks series post shows you a quick and inexpensive way to produce fun and exciting background blur effects.   The word ‘bokeh’ comes from the Japanese word ‘boke’ meaning blur… Continue reading

DIY Photography: Homemade Autochrome Camera

DIY photography: Lego camera

If you really want to get experimental with photography, you could always try what photographer Dominique Vankan did and build yourself a custom large format camera. What were his building blocks of choice? His somewhat questionable choices were LEGO, cardboard, and duct tape.

DIY Photography Hacks: 4 inexpensive ways to keep your camera dry

4 inexpensive ways to keep your camera dry: make a DIY rain guard

Whether you’re shooting in the rain or taking pictures of the sea, water can cause all sorts of problems for your camera. In our latest DIY Photography Hacks series post we show you 4 simple ways you can keep your camera dry and keep on shooting through any adverse conditions. First we offer two DIY options, and then we suggest two budget camera accessories that can also do the job at little cost. We’ve also included a short video of all these bad weather photography tips in action.

Pictures of ferns: master your plant photography skills with this one subject

Pictures of ferns: master your plant photography skills with this one subject

You don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy pictures of ferns. The ancient plants are strikingly beautiful and a wonder to photograph. Our easy to follow tutorial shows how it’s done.

DIY Photography Hacks: make a lightbox using a window and paper

DIY Photography Hacks: make a lightbox using a window and paper - step 6

In the latest installment of our DIY Photography Hacks series, we show you a very simple way to make a lightbox for your still life photography by hanging common greaseproof paper from a window.