50 Camera Hacks Will Turn You Into A Pro Photographer
1) Get the Perfect Underwater Shot
To take pictures underwater without getting your camera wet, place it inside of a fish tank. Then, simply place the fish tank in the water without entirely submerging it for a perfect picture every time.
2) Plastic Bag Softbox
To create a softer effect with your camera, place the flash inside of a medium-size plastic shopping bag. This provides a layer of diffusing material and gives your photos a softbox effect. The material of the bag softens the light and makes the lighting look more natural.
3) It’s Okay to Add Light Using Regular Bulbs
The biggest thing to remember when using regular light bulbs to help light your photos is to try and match the color of the light coming in from other sources. The best bulbs to use at home are those that are balanced for daylight. You can find a variety of LED bulbs for this purpose.
4) Take the Perfect Overhead Instagram Shot
To get a great overhead shot for your Instagram, tape a piece of folded cardboard to the ceiling above you using painter’s tape. Then, download a self-timer app to your smartphone and place the phone on the cardboard shelf to take some awesome overhead photos.
5) Remove Unwanted Bystanders
To take unobstructed photos of popular tourist attractions, setup your camera on a tripod. Take a photo every 10 to 20 seconds until you are sure you have a photo of every part of the landmark or scene unobstructed. Then, remove unwanted bystanders using Photoshop.
6) DIY Macro Lens
For an easy-to-make macro lens attachment for a camera with a small lens, you need a 50mm lens, a toilet paper roll, and some duct tape. Tape the 50mm lens to the toilet paper roll, and insert the camera lens into the assembled items.
7) How to Create a Fake Bokeh
To create a fake bokeh for your photos background, pull up a bokeh wallpaper on your desktop or laptop monitor. Then, take a photo of your subject matter in front of the monitor screen. This should give the illusion of a bokeh background for your photo.
8) Create Your Own Gobos
Gobos are cutouts that allow you to create specific patterns by cutting out the desired shapes in a piece of cardboard. One such affect is to cut out gobos in the shape of various windows to give you shadows reminiscent of a window when taking a photo.
9) Bokeh Fun
When trying to create a bokeh affect with your photo backgrounds, you can place a piece of cardboard over the lens with the desired shape cut out of the center. This should make any light sources in your camera’s frame take on the shape you cut out.
10) Use Sparklers to Create a Ring-of-Fire Effect
If you need a ring-of-fire effect, tape some sparklers to some wire formed in a circle. Then, light the sparklers and shoot away with your camera. Make sure to zoom in close for a blurred affect.
11) Create Hazy Photos Using Just a Sandwich Bag
Give your photos a hazy look using a simple sandwich bag. To achieve a hazy effect, wrap the sandwich bag around the camera lens and rip a hole in the bottom so that the majority of the lens sticks out. The pieces of bag visible in the lens appear out of focus, creating a haze effect.
12) Create a Rain Guard for Your Camera
An old CD case makes a perfect protector for your camera lens in the rain. Start by cutting a hole in the bottom of the case large enough to allow you to insert your lens. Next tape a plastic cover to the makeshift rain guard to keep the rest of your camera dry.
13) Catch Highspeed Drops Using a Few Simple Items
Trying to capture drops and their subsequent splash in a bowl? Set up a speedlight set to trigger from the on-camera flash pointed at what you are trying to take a picture of. When the camera lens takes the picture, the speedlight allows you to catch the fast-moving drops on film.
14) Shower Curtain Softbox
Soften light for a large area by using a shower curtain to help diffuse the light. Simply hang the shower curtain on a clothing rack and turn on a bright light on the other side. Your photos should come out looking great with just the right amount of light.
15) Create a Color Filter
Use clear tape and colored markers to create an easy-to-make color filter for your camera. Tape over the top of the lens. Color the tape with the marker of the desired color. The colors should show up on any photos you take.
16) Easy Light Creation
Use a white piece of material to create reflective light. Simply hold or place the white material below the subject of the photograph, and the reflective light should help with lighting. This method is even affective on overcast days with little sunlight.
17) Easily Create Hair Movement Using a Hair Dryer
To create hair movement when taking a selfie, use a hair dryer blowing on the cool setting. This should allow you to get just the right amount of hair movement for the perfect picture with your phone. You can even use this with a camera set on a timer.
18) DIY Reflector
To create more light in close-up shots, use a piece of white paper. As a matter of fact, the photo subject can hold the piece of white paper, leaving the photographer’s hands free for taking the picture. Just make sure to hold the paper with both hands to keep it stationary.
19) Use a Glass or Jar for a Quick Filter
Place a jar or glass over the camera lens to impart a smoky look to your photos. You can also use a colored glass or jar to give your photos a surreal, colored look.
20) Use a Tablet to Create a Cool Background
Use a tablet to create a cool light-painted background for your photos. Simply pull up a graphic with the colors you want to use and slowly drag it across the background of the photo to get a cool light effect.
21) Easy Way to Create Film Burn
Use a match as an easy and cheap way to create a film burn effect with your photography. Hold a lit match in front of the camera lens when taking your photo. The camera should focus on the subject and blur the match flame.
22) How to Create Flashlight Lens Flare
Shining the light from a flashlight onto the lens of your camera allows you to easily create lens flare in your photos. Simply hold the flashlight off to the side of the camera lens when taking a picture. Make sure not to point the light of the flashlight directly into the lens.
23) Create a Pinhole Body Cap
Take pinhole photos by drilling a hole into a body cap for your camera. Once the hole is drilled, place a piece of tape over the hole and make a pinhole in the tape. Place the body cap on the camera and take pinhole photos.
24) Make a Camera Filter Using an Embroidery Hoop and Some Thread
Attach some thread to an embroidery hoop to give your photos a smoky look. The camera should blur out the threads, creating the illusion of smoke or fog.
25) Sifter Shadow Hack
Cast a netlike shadow over your photos by using an ordinary kitchen sifter. Shine a light source through the sifter to cast the shadow onto the desired surface.
26) Insulation Board Reflectors
Insulation with a reflective backing is another way to add reflected light to your photos. Simply redirect the sunlight using the reflective surface for an instant light source.
27) Use a Tennis Ball to Stabilize Your Camera
Attach a tennis ball to the bottom of your camera to act as a counterweight. Cheaper than a more expensive stabilization lens, the tennis ball attaches to the camera via the threaded hole on the bottom of the camera using a threaded bolt attached to the tennis ball.
28) Use a Mirror for Reflected Light
Add some reflective light to your next photo shoot using a medium-sized mirror. Simply redirect the sun onto a flat surface in the area of the photo. This can give you some much-needed light in an otherwise dark photo.
29) Create Vignette Using Vaseline
Soften your pictures by applying Vaseline to a filter on your camera lens. The Vaseline should filter out some of the incoming light creating what is called a vignette effect. Make sure not to apply the Vaseline directly to the glass of the lens to avoid damaging your camera.
30) Make a Pinhole Camera
Make a pinhole in a piece of thin cardboard. Place the cardboard and pinhole in front of the lens of your cell phone camera. The pinhole should give a pinhole effect to any photos taken with your phone.
31) DIY-Colored Lens Filters
Make a template of the size of your camera lens using a piece of paper. Lay out and trace the template onto a piece of clear plastic, and cut out the shape. Color the template in the pattern and color you want. Place on your camera lens when taking photos to give them a colorful look.
32) Use a Prism for a Reflective Background
Place a prism in front of your camera lens to create a reflective background for your photos. The easiest thing to use is a short triangle prism. You can find prisms online, at local retail stores, and at craft stores.
33) Create a Colorful Camera Filter
For an easy-to-make colored filter, use colored wool, an embroidery hoop, and a hot glue gun. Attach the wool to the embroidery hoop using the hot glue. Poke a large hole in the center of the wool to take the picture through.
34) Easy-to-Create Shoot-Through Effect
To get a cool shoot-through effect, wrap gauze around your camera lens. The camera should focus on the subject of the shot while the gauze remains blurry, giving the photo a smoky or hazy look. You can also soften the whole photo by covering the entire lens with a thin gauze material.
35) Use Props for Wildlife Photography
Avoid having to use often dangerous and unpredictable wildlife in a photo by using plastic props instead. This is especially effective when taking silhouette photos. Simply place the props on a semi-transparent surface and take a photo underneath.
36) Create a Softening Affect Using a Window
When photographing a subject, have them stand behind a clear glass door or window for a softening effect. Just make sure there is plenty of light, and avoid using the camera flash. Otherwise, the flash will reflect off of the glass and show up in the photograph.
37) Use a Black Tile
Use a reflective black tile for the ultimate product shot. Place the object you want to photograph on the tile and shoot straight on. You can also use a black backdrop for an even more stark effect.
38) Camera Stabilizer
Make a camera stabilizing bag using an old pair of cutoff jeans and some lentils. Sew the legs openings and the top of the cutoff jeans closed. Poor lentils into the sewn-up jeans, and zip it closed. The lentil-filled bag should help stabilize your camera.
39) Create a DIY Light Hood
Using the protective ring around that hot beverage you buy at the local Starbucks, craft a makeshift light hood for your camera lens. Simply insert the hood into the outer edge around your camera lens. This allows you to take darker photos by cutting out some of the incoming light.