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Great ideas to save you money - This article contains a couple of money-saving tips. Feel free to submit any of your own!

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Welcome to the area for those who grew up watching Blue Peter. It's here were we'll find ways of making things from household items such as old washing up bottles, sticky back plastic and cardboard boxes to save you forking out loads of cash on the real thing.

Handy reflector
Nothing beats the tin foil sheet that you'd normally wrap the turkey up in to throw masses of light back into the subject.

Items needed

  • Glue or double sided sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Tin foil
  • Dry sponge/soft cloth
  • Black insulation tape (optional)

1 Cut out a piece of cardboard box that's about 30in square. Use an old box that your computer or TV came in or take a trip to the supermarket and pick up a discarded box.

2 Lay it down on a flat surface (table or floor) and apply the glue or tape. If you decide to use spray mount make sure you cover the surface that you're working on and open a window if you're indoors, to avoid harmful fumes.

3 Carefully roll the tin foil out and lay it flat over the glued cardboard.

4 Use a sponge or cloth to smooth the tin foil over the card and press it down onto the glue.

5 Trim off any access foil with the scissors.

6 You may want to apply black insulation tape around the edges to make the whole thing look more attractive.

Battery/film holder
Money saving photography tipsIf you have your transparency films commercially developed and mounted they usually come back in a plastic container. Don't throw this away if you transfer the slides into sheets or projector magazines.
These are perfect for holding batteries or 35mm films out of their tubs.
Each side of the container will keep six AA batteries upright or two unwrapped 35mm films. Stick a label on top so you know what each pack contains. You'll be all organised and save space at the same time.

Have you got a money saving tip you'd like to share with ePHOTOzine readers?
E-mail your ideas to articles@ephotozine.com and, where possible, include photos.

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