Nowadays lots of effects are achieved after the fact using digital photo manipulation. Why not try and use a practical effect? Want some dreamy, hazy images? Use a sandwich bag. You can even use colored markers to create your own filters.
A bit of Vaseline in front of your lens can give your photos an older look, reminiscent of older cameras. Don't go spreading the stuff on your lens right away, though. Make sure you use a cheap filter fitted to your camera to protect it.
Stabilization is essential when taking good photos. Image stabilization lenses do exist, but they're quite expensive. This DIY guide will help you keep your camera steady with a simple trip to the hardware store and a tennis ball.
6. Make You Own Macro Tilt Shift Lens From Headphones
Tilt-shift photography is a neat effect which is often used to simulate miniature scenes. Lenses for this kind of effect can be pretty pricey but, fear not, we've got a much cheaper solution for you right here. All you need are some old headphones and an old lens.
This one is as simple as cutting out the kinds of shapes you want for the effect. "Bokeh" refers to the aesthetic quality of the blur in the out of focus parts of a photograph. Using the right kinds of lenses or filters, you can shape the blur to your liking. Here's how to do it on the cheap.
Macro lenses are neat but very pricey. A lot of people can't rationalize spending a large amount on something they're likely only going to use a couple of times a year. Here's an ingenious way around that.
Lighting is essential for photography and there's all sorts of equipment out there to help you properly light your shot. If you don't have the cash to pick yourself up an actual lightbox, this guide has got you covered.
A ring flash is used to evenly distribute light with the goal of eliminating as much shadow as possible from your photo. They were originally invented for use in dental photography. Here you can learn how to make one with a tupperware bowl and some aluminum foil.
You can throw down a bunch of money for a camera case or you can use this handy guide to create something that's uniquely you. If you have some felt, wool and a sewing machine, this lovely case can be yours.
If you'd like to have some epic-looking, panorama, time lapse photography and you've got a GoPro, we've got a neat way to steady your camera and keep everything nice and smooth. Strap your GoPro to an egg-timer! It sounds crazy, but the effect is great.
Tired of losing lens caps? Have we got an awesome solution for you. Use Legos to keep that lens cap with you at all times. Not only will you never lose another lens cap, but you'll also be the coolest photographer on the block. Pun intended!