A reflector and a flag are useful pieces of kit you should have in your kit. In this video, photographer Alastair Bird shows you how to make your own 2-in-1 reflector and flag. The white side works as a reflector to give you a nice, soft fill light, and you can use the black side as a flag. It’s cheap, easy to build, and it fits in your car along with all the gear you carry to a shoot.
We’ve recently given you five ideas for using V-flats in the studio. And if you’d like to make your own V-flats on the cheap and make them portable, Bruce Allen and Tina Leu have a solution. In this video, they’ll show you how to make simple, foldable V-flats that can fit in your car. They don’t require too much time to make, and you can get all the materials for two V-flats for under $100.
We’ve seen, made and wrote about many cheap DIY projects. This time, Alex of I did a thing has come up with five hilarious, tongue-in-cheek “hacks” perfect for every cheapskate videographer or photographer. It doesn’t get cheaper than this, and all you need to do is raid your fridge. Or your neighbor’s home.
From time to time, we get to see DIY photography ideas that are so funny, yet so brilliant. Using a beer helmet as a speedlight holder is definitely one of them. A Japanese photographer who goes by the nickname @nishihiro0312 uses this cheap party helmet to light his images, and he mounts speedlights and even diffusers onto it.
GorillaPod is a handy little tripod that can make your life easier on various occasions. And in this video, COOPH has an idea for making your own. You most likely already have all these items and tools at home. But even if you don’t, it will cost you a couple of bucks to get them and make your own DIY GorillaPod.
It often takes only a bit of creativity and some household items to make something awesome for your photo or video work. After all, that’s what probably brought you to this blog in the first place, right? In this video, Kyle and Jamie of Field of View and Michael Lohrum of DIYCameraGuy team up to bring you 11 simple DIY tricks you can do to improve your photos and videos.
You already have most of these items and home, and if you don’t: they’re cheap and easy to find. So, it’s practically effortless to pull these tricks off, yet you can achieve some pretty creative effects. Take a look.
Controlling and modifying light is a lot of what photography with studio lights and battery powered strobes are about. Especially when it comes to portraits, I like to work with my lighting setups so they add something that is not perfect or flat.
Twisting and turning your lights to make use of the edges is one very effective way of doing that. Breaking up the light with a scrim, gobo or something else is also very rewarding.
This DIY project is all about a cheap prism from a LED Disco Party Bulb that I found for under 10 EUR/USD.
I love low angle photography! It brings fresh and unusual angles that makes your pictures stand out. You can buy Platypod for this purpose but I didn’t want to spend $100 on a chunky piece of metal. This site have many suggestions for do-it-yourself low angle stands including a frying pan. Good luck taking it on your trip. Here is a super low angle solution under $20. In addition, in my opinion, it is more stable, probably lighter and more compact then Platypod.
If you want to take some underwater shots and buying a professional housing would exceed your budget, is Alex of I did a thing has some good news for you. He has built a simple periscope that not only costs around $10 to make, but it also requires almost no time. So if you’re looking for a simple, quick and super-cheap DIY project, take a look at this one.
Mainly, I do photography for fun, and I like experimenting with random stuff to get unusual effects in my photos. For my birthday last year, a got a brilliant shiny cosmetic purse from a friend. It instantly became my favorite traveling companion, but I also immediately saw the potential for using it in my photos.
There have been a few occasions this year that I have used this little purse for photography, combining it with the LED flashlight on my smartphone. And I must say: I’m surprised by the funky lighting effects you can achieve with just two everyday items!