40+ Genius Camera Hacks That Will Greatly Improve Your Photography Skills In Less Than 3 Minutes

Professional photography gear costs thousands of dollars but you can take stunning pictures by spending only a fraction of the cost. If you have the time and the patience, and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, then simple DIY hacks can achieve similar results to spending big bucks on advanced kits.

To make you a better photographer, A&D has collected some of the best DIY camera solutions that were tested to work. From softening the pop-up flash to transforming a 50mm lens into a macro one, these genius tips and tricks will definitely take your pictures to another level. Remember, photography is a playground and there aren’t any right or wrong ways to approach it. If it works, it works. Continue scrolling to learn the DIY hacks and vote for your favorite ones!

01. Use Tinfoil To Create A Wall Of Bokeh


02. Use A Sifter For A Genius Shadow Hack

Christina Key

03. Use A Fishtank To Get That Underwater Shot


04. Use A Piece Of Cloth And A Cardboard To Create A Portable And Inexpensive Seamless Background System

Taylor Mathis

05. Use A Plastic Bag For A Softbox Effect

Sheldon Evans

06. Remove Tourists From Your Pictures Using These Simple Steps


07. Use A Towel As Video Slider

Sheldon Evans

08. Get That Perfect Top-Down Photo For Your Instagram


09. Manipulate Visual Perception Using Forced Perspectives


10. Don’t Be Afraid To Add Lights With Regular Bulbs


11. Cut Out A Heart Shape In A Cardboard For A Heart-Shaped Bokeh


12. Easy Macro Lens Hack


13. Use Your Sunglasses As A Filter


14. Instant Fake Macro Bokeh

Sheldon Evans

15. Use A Plastic Bag Smeared With Vaseline For A Soft-Focus Lens Effect


16. Use A CD To Create Lens Flares

Sheldon Evans

17. Create A Sparkling Ring Of Fire


18. Add Steam With Regular Appliances


19. Cut Different Shapes In A Cardboard For A Window Shadow

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20. Cut Out Your Own Bokeh Shapes


21. Use A Sandwich Bag To Create Hazy Photos

Jesse David McGrady

22. Create A Different Self Portrait Using Lace

Maddie Lullaby

23. Create An Arty Filter With Colored Plastic Bags


24. Reduce Camera Shake With A Bag Of Lentils


25. Use A Coffee Hood As Lens Cap

Peter McKinnon

26. Blank CD Case Is The Perfect Rain Guard For Your Lens


27. Create A Softbox Using A Shower Curtain


28. Colorful Filter

Olivier Schmitt

29. Get A Black Tile For Product Photography


30. Use White Sheet As A Reflector Reflector

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31. Use Windows For A Softening Effect

Jessica Kobeissi

32. You Only Need A Few Simple Items To Capture Highspeed Drops


33. Use A Hair Dryer To Get A Stand Out Selfie


34. Use Plastic Props To Create ‘Wildlife Photography’ At Home

Satyajit Sardar

35. Use A Short Triangular Prism To Reflect Background

Mathieu Stern

36. Create A Camera Filter For Funky And Colorful Photos


37. Use Glasses To Add ‘Filters’


38. Create Your Own Color Lens Filters


39. Use Cloth To Achieve The Soft-Focus Lens Effect


40. Lighting Trick

Jwalt Photography

41. Mimic Film Burn With A Matchstick

Sheldon Evans

42. Lightpainted Background


43. Use Torches To Add Lens Flare

Peter McKinnon

44. Turn Your Smartphone Into A Pinhole Using Cardboard


45. Add Vaseline To Create Vignette


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