34 DIY Photography Hacks

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Love having the best camera equipment to shoot those amazing photos of all the things you see and make? We do, too, but buying photo equipment can require a full time job just to pay for your gear. Never fear, you can DIY your way into some cool homemade photo gear that is inexpensive, but pretty awesome. From lighting to props and stands, even filters, you can make instead of spending a fortune on these cool DIY photography hacks. We also share some cool tips and tricks for taking the best photos. Complete with step by step tutorials and instructions, you’ll be set and have some money left over to go on that vacation and take some awesome photos while there, of course.

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DIY Photography Hacks

1. Low Light Food Photography

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DIY Photography Hacks - Low Light Food Photography - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

Ever had trouble shooting in low light? Dealing with shots that are limited as far as lighting goes definitely poses it challenges. Get great low light photos by trying this trick.

2. Plastic Technique

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DIY Photography Hacks - Plastic Technique - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

Love the look of a soft focus lens but think you can’t afford one? Turns out you can get the same effect for free with this awesome DIY photo hack.

3. Convert DSLR To A Pinhole Camera

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DIY Photography Hacks - Convert DSLR To A Pinhole Camera - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

Pinhole cameras took some of the most interesting photos, don’t you think? If you want this vintage look, you can convert your DSLR camera to shoot like one. Learn how with this step by step tutorial for making a pinhole camera with a modern twist.

4. Collapsible Light Box

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DIY Photography Hacks - Collapsible Light Box - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

Good photo lighting is too expensive for my budget, but good photography requires good light. Learn how to make a cheap, collapsible and super portable DIY light box with this tutorial complete with photo instructions.

5. Use A Fishtank To Get That Underwater Shot

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DIY Photography Hacks - Use A Fishtank To Get That Underwater Shot - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

Shooting underwater or rather hoping to, but don’t have all the pricey gear that requires? Use an old fishtank and get some really amazing underwater photos on the cheap.

6. DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect

freepeople

DIY Photography Hacks - DIY Prism Filter Photo Effect - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

7. Use Your Sunglasses As A Filter

boredpanda

DIY Photography Hacks - Use Your Sunglasses As A Filter - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

8. Boost Your Flash With Foam and Velcro

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DIY Photography Hacks - Boost Your Flash With Foam and Velcro - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

9. Bounce the Flash

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DIY Photography Hacks - Bounce the Flash - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

10. Use Trees

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DIY Photography Hacks - Use Trees - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

11. Create Your Own Heart-Shaped Bokeh

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DIY Photography Hacks - Create Your Own Heart-Shaped Bokeh - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

12. DIY Photography Reflector Board

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DIY Photography Hacks - DIY Photography Reflector Board - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

13. Fireworks Filter

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DIY Photography Hacks - Fireworks Filter - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

14. Add Steam With Regular Appliances

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DIY Photography Hacks - Add Steam With Regular Appliances - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

15. DIY Ground Pod

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DIY Photography Hacks - DIY Ground Pod - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

16. Reduce Camera Shake

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DIY Photography Hacks - Reduce Camera Shake - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

17. Soft-Focus Lens Effects

freepeople

DIY Photography Hacks - Soft-Focus Lens Effects - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

18. Use A Sifter For A Genius Shadow Hack

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DIY Photography Hacks - Use A Sifter For A Genius Shadow Hack - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

19. Add a DIY Umbrella Holder to Your Tripod

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DIY Photography Hacks - Add a DIY Umbrella Holder to Your Tripod - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

20. DIY Camera Filter – Photography Hack

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DIY Photography Hacks - DIY Camera Filter – Photography Hack - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

21. Smartphone Tripod

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DIY Photography Hacks - Smartphone Tripod – Photography Hack - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

22. Build Your Own Camera Guard

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DIY Photography Hacks - Build Your Own Camera Guard - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

23. DIY Lightsphere

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DIY Photography Hacks - DIY Lightsphere - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

24. Do Wildlife Photography At Home

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DIY Photography Hacks - Do Wildlife Photography At Home - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

25. Turkey Pan Beauty Dish

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DIY Photography Hacks - Turkey Pan Beauty Dish - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

26. Colored Lens Filter DIY

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DIY Photography Hacks - Colored Lens Filter DIY - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

27. Make a Lightbox Using a Window and Paper

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DIY Photography Hacks - Make a Lightbox Using a Window and Paper - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

28. DIY Macro Diffuser

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DIY Photography Hacks - DIY Macro Diffuser - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

29. Cool Bokeh Filters

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DIY Photography Hacks - Cool Bokeh Filters - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

30. DIY Light Table

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DIY Photography Hacks - DIY Light Table - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

31. DIY Soft Box

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DIY Photography Hacks - DIY Soft Box - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

32. Fluorescent Tube Light Beauty Light Thingy

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DIY Photography Hacks - Fluorescent Tube Light Beauty Light Thingy - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

33. Learn to Shoot in Manual Mode

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DIY Photography Hacks - Learn to Shoot in Manual Mode - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

34. Wallpaper Photography Hack

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DIY Photography Hacks - Wallpaper Photography Hack - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

DIY Photography Hacks - Easy Ways to Make Photo Equipment and Props | Photo and Lighting, Backdrops | Projects for Shooting Best Photos

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