"PHEW THAT WAS CLOSE"
With all the available and trending gadgets to help make your photo session a breeze, new accessories make things easier but also comes at a cost. So keep your wallet fat (or thin if you carry plastic) and use standard household objects and fashion accessories that you most likely have lying around the house. We will use these to make brilliant light modifiers and get comparable results.
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DIY Hack 1. Bubble wrap
Bubble wrap shaped into a cone and placed around your flashgun can turn bright, harsh light into a much softer flash for portraits, at a fraction of the cost of a commercially produced light modifier. Pretty neat ehh?
DIY Hack 2. Aluminium foil
Foil has so many great uses that it ought to be a staple item in your home on par with toilet paper. For photography purposes, it makes an excellent reflector. Place it on the ground under drooping flowers and you can get beautifully sun-bounced macro pictures.
DIY Hack 3. Sunglasses
Tinted sunglasses with a gradient color can make a great alternative to a grad filter for landscape photography, helping you bring out the color in the sky without underexposing the foreground.
DIY Hack 4. Pillowcase
A white pillowcase in front of a lamp can create an elegant, diffused light for your home studio. If you prefer natural light sources for indoor shoots, you can cover your window(s) with a white bed sheet to diffuse the light as well.
Disclaimer: Please check with your sufficient other before tearing up the bed room as this could cause signs of aggression.
DIY Hack 5. Pantyhose.
Commercial filter systems are great, but sometimes you just want that slightly different effect that a .6 grad won’t give you. If you have a filter holder, try removing the filters it came with and instead suspend an old pantyhose or a thin silk scarf on to it to get soft-focus portraits and dreamy, tinted landscapes.