Try This at Home: 35 Awesome DIY Photography Hacks

Published June 18th, 2014 - by Marc AndrePin It

If you have been hesitant to buy the gear or accessories that you want because of the cost, perhaps you could save some money by going the DIY route. While photography gear can be quite expensive there are some inexpensive hacks that can give you similar results in some cases. Fortunately there are plenty of creative photographers who have shared their own DIY hacks and creations with the rest of us through blog posts and tutorials.

In this post you’ll find tutorials and guides for 35 different DIY projects and hacks that can not only save you some money, but also get the great results that you’re after. These hacks cover everything from lighting, to lenses, to soft boxes, to tripods, and much more. Some of them are more involved and complex than others, but I’m sure you will find at least a few that interest you.

If you’re interested in trying some of these hacks for yourself you may want to bookmark this page for future reference, or follow the Pinterest board that I’ve set up that includes every item from this article.

For more DIY ideas please see these posts:

Make a Lightbox Using a Window and Paper

Make a Lightbox Using a Window and Paper

DIY Tilt Shift Lens

DIY Tilt Shift Lens

DIY Ring Flash

DIY Ring Flash

Cool Bokeh Filters

Cool Bokeh Filters

Business Card Party Bouncer

Business Card Party Bouncer

Turkey Pan Beauty Dish

Turkey Pan Beauty Dish

$1 Beauty Dish

$1 Beauty Dish

Inexpensive Light Tent

Inexpensive Light Tent

Milk Carton Flash Diffuser

Milk Carton Flash Diffuser

DIY Soft Box

DIY Soft Box

CD Case Rain Guard

CD Case Rain Guard

Collapsible Light Box

Collapsible Light Box

DIY Macro Studio

DIY Macro Studio

DIY Reflector

DIY Reflector

DIY Reflector Board

DIY Reflector Board

Boost Your Flash with Foam and Velcro

Boost Your Flash with Foam and Velcro

How to Make a Pinhole Camera from Your DSLR

How to Make a Pinhole Camera from Your DSLR

Use a Fish Tank as an Underwater Housing for Your Camera

Use a Fish Tank as an Underwater Housing for Your Camera

Make a Powerful Macro Lens with an Empty Toilet Paper Tube

Make a Powerful Macro Lens with an Empty Toilet Paper Tube<

DIY Macro Diffuser

DIY Macro Diffuser

Capture Light-Painted Orbs with Common Household Items

Capture Light-Painted Orbs with Common Household Items

Spring Clamp Flash Holder

Spring Clamp Flash Holder

DIY Light Table

DIY Light Table

DIY Flash Grid

DIY Flash Grid

Vintage-Style Photos with Vaseline

Vintage-Style Photos with Vaseline

DIY Tripod Holder

DIY Tripod Holder

Smartphone Tripod

Smartphone Tripod

Jump Rope Pistol Grip

Jump Rope Pistol Grip

Fluorescent Tube Light Beauty Light Thingy

Fluorescent Tube Light Beauty Light Thingy

DIY Groundpod

DIY Groundpod

Tripod-Mounted Umbrella Holder

Tripod-Mounted Umbrella Holder

Easy DIY Lens Hood

Easy DIY Lens Hood

Build Your Own Infrared Camera

Build Your Own Infrared Camera

Hazy and Ethereal Photos with a Sandwich Bag and Colored Markers

Hazy and Ethereal Photos with a Sandwich Bag and Colored Markers

DIY Wind-Proof” Reflector

DIY Wind-Proof

Essentials for Lightroom - Free Presets

About the Author: Marc Andre

Marc Andre Marc is the editor of PhotographyPla.net. He enjoys travel and nature photography, and manages the products for photographers that are available at PhotographyPla.net

  • diyphoto

    Hi Marc,
    Great list, Thanks for listing 3 of my DIY projects (Moshe from DiyPhotographyStuff.info)

    • photographyplanet

      Moshe,
      You’re welcome! Thanks for providing some creative ideas and guides for us.