Instead of moaning and groaning about the exorbitant costs of professional lighting and special effects equipment, why not find ways to create the same types of images using common household items? In this brief tutorial, photographer Markus Berger demonstrates how to hack seven refined photo techniques using cheap, everyday items:
7 Creative Photography Ideas Using Household Items
1. Re-purpose your drink sleeve as a lens case. Although a dedicated lens case is always the best option for protecting your lenses, use a drink coozie if you’re desperate!
2. Use a black tile and tablet to enrich your product photography. The black tile will create an awesome reflection of the product and tablets are great for light painting.
3. Shoot through a glass ball for unique portraits. You can even flip the final image to really make things interesting.
4. Lighter + aerosol spray = flamethrower. Don’t even pretend like you don’t want to try it…
5. Create interesting image blur by shooting through tights. Cut up some lightly-colored pantyhose or tights, stretch the material over the front of your lens, and attach it there with a rubber band. Say hello to interesting image blur!
6. Reflect light with a mirror. Just try not to blind your subject.
7. Cheap fluorescent tube light bulbs make for lovely portraits. Have the subject hold the bulb themselves or come up with some other creative way to frame the subject in the circle.
We want to hear from you! Have you ever used any of these hacks? Which hacks worked for you and which didn’t? Do you know of any other useful hacks that can be accomplished with common household items?
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