Photography Hacks When You Don’t Have Equipment

With some materials you have at home, you can create super-legal effects in your photos and make success on social networks. You look at those famous Instagram profiles, and you are eager to take cool photos to win a lot of followers and get likes, but you do not have much talent for photography? In that case, you could hire a professional photographer to make your Instagram stand out, or you could take a course in photography and image editing, so you would produce your own photos yourself. This, of course, if you have budget and time available.

If your situation is not so permissive, do not give up! It’s possible to get cool and full-effect photos with the help of simple materials you have in your home. With a little training, you’ll soon get the hang of the tricks and you’ll be able to make beautiful photos and amazing videos on social networks. Check out the tips and try to do in your house:

1. Lighting with the plastic bag
If you’ve ever taken photos with a professional photographer, you should have noticed that they usually use large umbrellas with the white interior or then a pedestal with a white interior box attached to it. These devices are called softbox and have the function of creating a soft and diffused light in the scene to be photographed, avoiding those shadows that spoil the homemade photos.
If you are not in the mood to buy a photo-only softbox or any smart lighting systems to leverage your Instagram, try the bag trick: just fill a white plastic bag with air, tie a knot in the straps, and position it in front of the camera flash. This will provide incredible lighting for your photo, leaving it with professional effect.
2. Towel as a camera holder for videos
Do you know when you try to record a video with the camera in horizontal motion, but you end up moving too much and the images are shaken? Be aware that you can easily solve this problem with a towel.
Simply spread a towel on a flat surface, like a desk, and place the camera on top of it. Then you should drag the towel to make the camera move sideways without running the risk of shaking up and down. This trick also serves to take panoramic photos.
3. Bokeh? Just use the computer!
“Bokeh” is a Japanese term used in photography that refers to the distortion of a photo area while the main object remains focused. In general, the area that is distorted is the background of the image, leaving the person or object in the picture highlighted, quite clearly.You need to know the technique and use the right lenses to produce a bokeh, but that does not mean you can not handle it at home. To do this, you need to find a blurry image to use in the background of your photo and open it on your computer in full-screen mode. Then place the object to be photographed in front of the computer screen, position your camera, avoiding grabbing the keyboard and other objects from the environment and click. You can even make the latest cutouts with an image-editing program.
4. Flare with CD
Do you know when the photos have circular or hexagonal spots of light? This is called the flare effect. In the past, the flare was once considered a defect, but today it is valued by photographers for making the image more colorful and warmer colors.If you do not know the technique to reproduce this effect, you can resort to a “fake” flare to enhance your photos. To do this, simply position the back of a CD or DVD just below the camera lens and move it to direct the reflection of the light on the object being photographed.
5. Burned movie? No, it’s just a matchstick!
Do you remember the spots that appeared in old photographs when the movie burned? At the time this was considered a disaster, today, however, that “defect” has become charmed, and you can play it at home. To do this, simply light the matchstick or a cigarette lighter and position it in front of the camera, between the lens and the object to be photographed – of course, it is not worth covering the whole object with fire! The idea is to leave the flame on the sides of your photo, to give only a faint burnt film effect on the image. It does not hurt to warn: when you try this trick, be very careful not to burn your fingers and not cause any accidents in your house.
With these simple tips, you will be able to produce beautiful photos with a professional effect. So get to work. Good luck and good photos.