Photography is one of our favorite pastimes here at DIY Projects. The trick to taking a good photo isn’t necessarily your fancy equipment. Did you know years ago people used to make their photography equipment out of cardboard and some tubing? It isn’t terribly difficult to make your own dark room developing solution, either. Do you think you have what it takes to properly photograph like a starving artist? Check out some of these awesome DIY tips and tricks to help you build your own custom photography kits. Your friends will certainly be jealous of your low-budget gear.
1. Studio Quality Product Photography With a $12 Set Up
Check out this awesome set-up made for relatively cheap to help you with your product photography.
Be sure to stock up on aluminium foil for this hack!
2. Dual Speedlight Mount For Universal Softbox Mount
Did you ever want to make your own speedlight mount but couldn’t figure out how? Check out this awesome do-it-yourself tutorial with the full instructions below. So cool!
3. DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere
Check out this interesting way to diffuse your light by using some bubble wrap! See the link below for the full instructions. This idea is so clever. Who would have thought (besides being insanely fun to pop) bubble wrap had so many uses!
4. Dreamy Vaseline Filter For Blurry Effect
All you need is a a rubber band to hold the cling wrap tight on the lens hood and some Vaseline (smear liberally).
5. Collapsible Light Box For Those Short On Space And Cash
Don’t have the time to make your own lightbox? Here’s a fairly inexpensive one available on amazon!
6. Laser Lens Smartphone Macro Rig
Most people don’t realize the power that they have been carrying around in their pockets. Smartphones have really amazing camera properties, however, they lack in one department – Macro photography. Why? It isn’t in high demand especially for the type of user that generally has a smartphone. The average person wouldn’t really need to know what a macro lens does.
7. How To Build a Matchbox Pinhole Camera
We’ve always found matchbox pinhole cameras to be really neat. Building them can be kind of tricky, however, by following this straightforward tutorial you should have no trouble at all.
Ready to see how it works? Check out the full tutorial for more.
8. Create A Tilt Shift Lens
Did you ever want to create a blurred background effect like the filters you commonly use on all your favorite apps? Here is a quick DIY tip to try out. It involves dissecting your lens so it isn’t a project for the inexperienced camera op.
“Keep in mind that the mechanism on old 50mm lenses goes deeper than modern crop-factored lenses, so if you are building one on your own, watch the lens-to-mirror distance carefully.” —diyphotography.net
What will your photos look like? Freakin amazing! Take a look here:
9. DIY Photography Hacks: Make A Softbox With Cardboard For Creative Lighting Effects
This project is super simple and requires some household items that you probably won’t have to take a trip to the store for. Want to know more? Check out this awesome tutorial.
10. Make A Macro Studio With Paper and Table Lamps
No macro studio at your disposal? No problem. Try all of these awesome photo hacks from digitalcameraworld. The definition in these photographs is pretty astonishing.
11. Reduce Your Camera Shake With a Bag of Lentils And A Pair of Jeans
Every photographers nightmare is camera shake. It’s completely inevitable in certain circumstances without having a reliable tripod for stabilization purposes. Check out this super awesome camera hack for getting rid of camera shake with some lentils.
Thanks for checking our our post on DIY Photography Hacks! Know a great photo hack that we missed? Share it in the comments section below. Let us know how these projects worked out for you! We want to know what projects to make more of – so your feedback most certainly matters.