5 Photography Hacks Under One Dollar

Last Updated on November 7, 2016 by PixelPluck

5 Photography Hacks under One Dollar.

There are many tricks in photography which can help you to get awesome results. Here are 5 of them which you can try out today. All of these tricks and hacks are really simple and none are going to cost you more than one dollar at most. In-fact most of these are household items and you don’t even need to spend that one dollar. All under 1 Dollar.

1. Custom Bokeh Shapes
You need : Card-paper, Scissor, tape, disposable glass.
You can create your own bokeh shape in place of those round circles. You can create heart shapes, Christmas tree shape, squares or just any shape. All you need is a thick piece of card-paper, scissor, and disposable glass. For best results use a lens with large maximum aperture like 50mm f1.8 lens.

bokeh filter shapes

Cut the paper into round shape which should be slightly larger than the diameter of lens. Cut out a custom shape right in center of the card-paper. Now cut out the base of the disposable glass.

The glass should be just big enough to slide on your lens. Paste the cut-out of paper-card on the glass bottom and that’s all. Snap it on your lens, shoot and enjoy your custom bokeh shape. Use larger aperture value like f1.8 for better results.

custom bokeh shapes hack
custom bokeh shapes


2. Flash bounce card
You need : Playing card (Ace) , rubber-band.
You might loose your inbuilt bounce card on your external flash or your built-in flash may not have one. Bounce cards are very useful in directing the light in certain direction as well as bouncing them to get even flash effect. You may use a playing card and use rubber band to replace your small or lost bounce card.

using playing card as flash bouncer
Using playing card on Flash

3. Blurred background and Haze
You need : Transparent & Thin Plastic bag, rubber-bands.
Most of the amateurs and hobbyist rely on their kit lens and crave for some good blurred background in their portraits. Well you can very well buy the inexpensive 50mm f1.8 lens or just have some fun trying this trick. Crumple the plastic bag. Wrap it at the front of your lens. Use rubber band to fix it.

diy photography hacksTear it at the center using hand which will bring stretch marks and will produce a fading transition effect from blurred to sharp region. You can use two bags to achieve greater blur. The images will be different and interesting. This bokeh is called foreground bokeh.

4. Turkey pan as beauty dish

turkey pan as beauty dish photography hack

You need : Large turkey pan container / any container with aluminium foil, Scissor, tape, aluminium foil.
Beauty dish is extensively used by portrait photographers to get beautiful lighting effect on their subject. The intensity of light on subject is much higher than surrounding which makes it stand out. The silver color reflected adds to the effect. Just cut a whole at center in the turkey pan which should be large enough for a flash/bulb to be inserted. Add some aluminium foil in front so that the light is reflected back to pan. You may also use a compact disk for this. Assemble as shown below and voila. If you don’t have an external flash then you may use a light bulb or a fluorescent bulb. The quality and white-balance will depend upon the type of light source you choose. You can adjust them later in post processing but its always good to get things straight at shoot to minimize post processing requirements.


5. Shoot underwater
You need : Zip-lock bag and a point & shoot camera.

dslr camera in a zip lock bag

Ever imagined shooting underwater in a swimming pool? Or may be dropping a coin or anything  in a bucket full of water and shooting it from below? You can do these awesome shoots with your normal point and shoot, but yes there will be risk so try it out with care and at your own risk. (But risk is fun!). Just switch on your p&s and put it inside the zip-lock bag, close it. You can use another bigger ziplock bag for extra protection. Now start experimenting with underwater photography. Drop objects in the bucket and shoot from inside the water. Be creative and use external lighting like a table lamp if required to get faster shutter speed.




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