10 Photography Hacks

As the golden adage goes, if you can MacGyver something together why buy an accessory? All you have to do is invest a little time and a few raw materials that you’ll probably find gathering dust somewhere in your home. Confused as to what are we referring to? DIY photography hacks:

The creative team at DigitalRev came up with this very interesting set of hacks. A word of caution though, not all of them are for the soft-hearted. You may have to use stuff you normally don’t associate with photography—like old stockings, toilet paper tubes, and even Vaseline!

1. Tripod Sling

Attach two key-rings to your tripod using cable-ties on on each end. Take a strap from a shoulder bag. Attach one end to each loop / ring. There you go! Your DIY tripod sling is ready.

tripod sling

DIY Tripod Sling

2. Vaseline Soft Focus

Take a photo frame, minus the photo and the back cover. Apply some Vaseline to the glass. Shoot through it. Vaseline soft focus!

soft focus vaseline

Vaseline Soft Focus

3. Soft Filter

This one needs, well, a tight. Wrap one around your camera and you have yourself a variable soft filter. Variable? Yes. To use the variable feature just pull it tight to make it less soft.

soft filter using tights

Granny tights Soft Filter: Any takers?

4. String Pod

This one’s relatively cheap if you can find a way to attach a string to the bottom of your camera. The tension created by the string—attached to the bottom of the camera and held tight using your feet—and the camera strap makes a handy pod.

DIY String pod

String Pod

5. Corn Stabilizer

Fill a resealable bag with corn kernels and zip it tight. You have yourself a corn stabilizer.

DIY camera stabilizer

Corn Stabilizer

6. Toilet Paper Roll Macro

You will need to master a lot of courage to try the next hack. Take an empty toilet paper tube and some black tape. Tape one end of the toilet paper tube and attach it to the reverse of the lens. Tape the other end to the lens mount on the camera. You have yourself a cheap macro lens!

DIY Macro extension tube

Toilet Paper Roll Macro

7. Strap Filter

This is a cheap alternative for a graduated neutral density filter. Use your camera strap to cover up the sky. Expose for the ground. Remove the strap at the last moment.

cheap trick for HDR

Strap Filter

8. Custom Bokeh Shapes

If you’re bored with the simple bokeh shapes that your lens produces, create custom bokeh shapes.

DIY - Bokeh kit


9. Pinhole Bodycap

Pinhole cameras are such intriguing things. Less fuss and more enjoyment. To make one for yourself, punch a small hole in your camera body cap and attach the cap to your camera. Make a small leaf shutter and there you go. Your pinhole camera is ready.

Pinhole bodycap

Pinhole Bodycap

10. Beauty Dish

Cute a hole in a pie plate so you can fit it around your speed light, and you’ve got yourself a DIY beauty dish!

DIY photography hacks

Beauty Dish

So which hack is your favorite? And which do you find absolutely deplorable?

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10 responses to “10 Photography Hacks”

  1. Seppo Hovila says:

    All are tops!

  2. Mike Penney says:

    The pie pan reflector with a touch of diffuser from roscoe or similar would be pretty good… but the pan would probably block the focus assist… might screw up the exposure on some ttl systems…

    And your reflections would be bigger… not so good on a camera mounted flash (e.g. eyeglasses).

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  4. The beauty dish is so funny, but I will definitely try it next time. I have also tried the string pod before when I forgot to bring my tripod and it totally works! Everything seems to be helpful except for the corn stabilizer. 

  5. Brilliant photography and I like this! I am going to buy DSLR in the next week. I am very much happy to find your website is full of informative and teach me photography as a beginner.

  6. bill says:

    This is so funny, thanks!

  7. professional thesis writers says:

    Hahahahh, this article is so funny, really! All these tips with that pictures made me laugh. But i`m not sure i have to use some of them lol. The one about soft filter… I just imagined myself with that tights on the head haha. Thanks! You made my day.

  8. Happy Chick says:

    to use some of them lol. The one about soft filter… I just imagined myself with that tights on the head haha. Thanks! You made my day

  9. Wendy says:

    I don’t need a tripod sling. I just use its grip as a hook and hook it on the backside of my camera bag’s strap (I wear it across the body).

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