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10 Great DIY Photography Projects To Get Stuck In To At Home

While you're in lockdown you may not be able to purchase the kit you need for some of the techniques you want to try. So, we've rounded up some of our best DIY articles to help you create what you need.

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As it's difficult to leave the house at the minute for anything other than essentials like food, you may find yourself wanting to try a new technique but not being able to because you don't have a specific piece of kit or an accessory. Well don't despair just yet - it might be possible for you to make what you need using things you already have in your home. 

Basic household objects can be used to create excellent makeshift kit so here we've rounded up all our best DIY articles that will give you something creative to do and also enable you to try new photography techniques. Online retailers like Amazon are still shipping so if you need anything, you could still get it. 


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10 Handy DIY Photography Tricks & Hacks 

DIY filter

This article features 10 ideas for creating your own photography kit. From making fun-shaped bokeh to getting creative with a magnifying glass and making your own bean bag to balance your camera on, there are a wide range of options here - there should be at last one you can have a go at. You can use coloured plastic folders or sweet wrappers to create really easy filters, too!

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Good Photography On A Budget: Making And Using DIY Lenses

Hobbo camera setup

Recently ePz member Cyril Hobbins (Hobbo) took a look at how you can make DIY lenses on a tight budget. If you're an established photographer with a variety of kit around, this is something you should definitely check out. The results he achieved photographing macro subjects really are stunning. Cyril uses a vintage slide projector lens, and a vintage 8mm cine lens for his creations, which he mounts onto a Panasonic Lumix camera. 

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8 DIY Photo Filters You Can Make From Home

8 DIY Photo Filters

You can completely change the look and feel of an image by applying a filter, and here, our friends at COOPH have been looking at 8 different ideas for filters that you can make yourself at home. From a fake tilt-shift filter to a bubble filter, lens-flare filter to a tinsel filter, have a watch of their informative video to see how to make them. 

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How To Make A DIY Light Box For Photography

DIY lightbox

This tutorial is a great one if you photograph a lot of things to sell on ebay - or are looking to sell kit on that you don't use any more here in our classified ads section. using a large cardboard box and some white paper, you can create a professional-looking setup that gives a great end result. This informative video will show you how. 

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Make A Simple DIY Stabiliser For A Smartphone

DIY Stabiliser

If you're keen on vlogging your experiences during isolation, then this homemade stabiliser might come in handy at short notice. Using elastic bands, a screwdriver and a hammer, it can be created with things from your toolbox. 

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Essential Items For Creating Your Own DIY Photography Studio

Lens aperture

If you've thought about creating a DIY photography studio then there are some common household items that you can gather to help you acheive your goal. Things like a clothes rack to hold your background (this could be as simple as an ironed sheet) and a shower cap to act as a makeshift diffuser for a flash will come in-handy. 

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Make A DIY Beauty Dish 

DIY beauty dish

If you want to photograph some portraits of other members of your household during lockdown, this beauty dish creation tutorial could come in very handy. It'll create more flattering lighting for your subject and is simple to construct. 

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5 DIY Photography Hacks That Are Cool, Creative And Clever

portrait prop

From using a sweet wrapper to create a coloured flash to using a vape pen to add smoke to an image, this tutorial is packed with fun and creative ideas which can be acheived using things found around the home.

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8 DIY Photo Hacks Using Cardboard

DIY stencil

Who knew that a simple piece of cardboard could be so versatile? Here COOPH share 8 ways that you can use cardboard to get creative with your photos, from creating bokeh to making an extension tube, the possibilities are endless.

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Make A Smartphone Tripod On A Budget

DIY smartphone tripod

If you don't have a tripod but you want to set your smartphone up either to vlog or take photos, maybe you could create one from things you have in your garage. This video tutorial shows you how to make it - the flexible legs allow you to attach it to railings or branches for different angles, too. 

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