Human minds have a fleeting memory, thus, to help preserve special moments and some other unexpected ones taking photographs is probably the best option. Even those who are shy and usually hide when a friend takes the camera out is overtaken by an urge to take a picture when something touches their heart. And once you start taking photos, you want to do better. “If only I had better equipment…”, isn’t this a line of thought that every budding photographer’s mind takes? But not every one of us, have the ability to afford them. So here are a few inexpensive photography hacks that will have even seasoned campaigners fooled.
Make your own Light Box
All you need for this is a sheet of paper and tape. First, tape the sheet of paper to a window and then place your subject before it. Put your camera on Av mode and set the Exposure Compensation to +1 or +2 and you are ready to shoot. This way you’ll be saving thousands in exchange of a few loose bucks for tape and a sheet of paper.
Make Custom Bokeh Shapes
This is a hack for the proud owners of a DSLR camera and people interested in Bokeh photography.
- A piece of black paper
- A pair of scissors
- Duct tape
- Craft knife to make different shapes
Make a round tube with the black paper and then connect it to the Lens of your camera. On the other free end, attach a piece of paper with a cut of a shape of your choice. Then using a low aperture setting shoot in manual mode facing your light source, through the cut-out. You will need to adjust the focus ring to get the desired Bokeh effect. This way you will be saving around 3,000 bucks.
Hazy photos with a sandwich bag
This is about the easiest way and probably the most pleasurable way of adding another special effect to your photos. It involves eating and then some working! So, after you have finished off your sandwich, do not throw the bag away, rather, attach it to your camera lens in a way that some parts of the lens are obstructed by the bag and now go about clicking those aesthetically hazy photos.
Soft Focus Lens Effect
Cut a square of clear plastic, add Vaseline on the outer parts of it and attach it to your camera lens with a rubber band. This can also be achieved by using a piece of gauze. Cut the center of the fabric with a pair of scissors and attach it to your lenses. Let the loose ends of the fabric fall over the lens. Thus, you will achieve the soft-focus lens effect.
Shadow effect with a Tea Strainer
This innovative hack can be achieved by using the old tea strainer lying about your kitchen. This is perfect if using the natural light streaming in through a window is on your mind. The light should be strong enough to get shadows on the object you will be shooting and bring out beautiful patterns on it.
Armed with these hacks, you will be able to produce pictures good enough to grace the glossy pages of a magazine. Go on, take help of these hacks and see how good your photos look and your popularity soar. After all, everyone is grateful to have a friend who is smart around a camera.
Written By: Utsha Roy
“An aspiring photographer, Utsha Roy travels the world taking pictures and writing stories of the people she met. She I believe that everyone is in this world to tell great stories and it is a duty to make them as colorful and vivid as possible.”