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How To Make A DIY Light Modifier

Learn how to manipulate light and shadows using just a sheet of cardboard!

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A photography hobby can be expensive but our friends COOPH have put a new tutorial together that will not only save you money, it will also help you capture awesome portraits. 

In the tutorial, you'll learn how to create a DIY light modifier that you can use to create interesting shadow patterns and add entirely new dimensions to your photography.

It’s cheap, easy to do and highly effective so there's no reason why you shouldn't have a go! It only takes a few adjustments of a piece of cardboard to open up a whole new world of variations and possibilities.


How To Make A DIY Light Modifier: Ruler and pencil


What You Need: 


How To Make The Light Modifier: 

  • Mark out lines at several points down the card and then cut out the lines at even intervals.
  • Remove every second strip you have marked out. 
  • Simple! 


How To Use The DIY Light Modifier:

Turn on the lights you're using, hold up and position your light modifier then capture your images. You can move the modifier's position or even bend it slightly to change the lighting effect you create. 


How To Make A DIY Light Modifier: Portrait with light modifier


If you want to have a go at even more DIY photography projects, have a read of this: How To Make A DIY Beauty Dish For Photography or how about some DIY smartphone photography tips

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