When you read this article I am about 100 percent sure that you'll go 'wow, thats cool'. There are some weird but cool photography tricks that i am sure will be very useful and will surely help aspiring photograpers to save some money! I came across this cool article in!


 Use a lamp instead of a tripod!

DSLR screwed onto a lamp as a tripod in a pinch.


Want to take a group photo but don’t have a place to set the camera?  Just whip the lamp shade off a lamp and screw your camera onto the lampshade-holder. The thread size of the bolt on a lamp shade is exactly the same size as the filter thread used on tripods, so your camera will easily attach. 


Day to night in a flash

Turn your flash to FULL power and expose for the flash instead of the ambient light.


Sometimes you’re out shooting portraits on a bright sunny day and the light just looks too natural.  This happens mostly when shooting a wedding or engagement when you're shooting at a park or other outdoor location and you'll get bored with the same lighting in every shot. What you can do is to turn up the power on my flash to the max.  This will, obviously, make the subject extremely bright. If you change your camera settings to expose for the subject, it will make the background look extremely dark because the flash didn’t hit it.  This makes it look like it’s night time even if it’s the middle of the day.


Take your lens off for macro photography

Backward lens for shooting macro


This is the coolest camera trick I’ve seen in a long time.  If you take off your lens and hold it in front of the camera, you get a macro lens!

There are four things you need to know about using this trick:

  • Your camera won’t take a picture with the lens off unless you’re in manual mode.  
  • The best focal length seems to be around 50mm, so either a 50mm prime or an 18-55mm kit lens would be perfect!
  • Obviously, you lose autofocus since your lens isn’t attached to the camera.  Focus is achieved by simply moving closer to or                                further away from the subject, and
  • The camera can’t open up the aperture, so you’ll do it with your hand.  On the back of the lens (the side you mount on the camera), move          the little plastic slider piece that controls the aperture.  If you look in the lens while doing it, you’ll see the hole open up.


Delete tourists from your travel photos

This little technique makes it EASY to get rid of the tourists in your travel shots!


This is an awesome trick for travel photographers.  Sometimes you’re at an amazing location, but there are people in the way of your shot.  If you want to take a picture of a landmark and people are in your shot, you will likely spend the rest of your adult life cloning people out of the shot unless you try this technique.

Step 1: Set your camera on a tripod.

Step 2: Take a picture about every 10 seconds until you have about 15 shots, depending on how fast people are walking around.

Step 3: Open all the images in Photoshop by going to File > Scripts > Statistics.   Choose “median” and select the files you took (you can get a somewhat similar effect in recent versions of Photoshop Elements by going to Enhance > Photomerge > Scene Cleaner).

Step 4: Photoshop finds what is different in the photos and simply removes it!  Since the people moved around, it fills the area where someone was standing with part of another photo where no one was there.


Reflector as studio backdrop

Sometimes when we shoot outdoor portraits, you see a pose or an expression for the model that makes you wish you were in the studio so I could photograph them on a white background.  Sometimes a white background is the best way to focus all attention in the photo on the model, and it gives the photo a bright and clean look.  When in this situation, grab a simple $25 reflector and use it as a studio backdrop on the spot! The trick for making this technique work is to use positive exposure compensation.  The camera will try and dim down the white background to a dull gray because it thinks the white is overexposed.  About 1 stop of exposure compensation will make the reflector background look bright white. 


Insulation reflector board


Circular reflectors are excellent for improving the lighting in your outdoor portraits.  By holding them to reflect the sun’s light, you can fill in shadows and put beautiful highlights on the face of the person you’re shooting.  However, most circular reflectors only work for a head-and-shoulders shot and only for one person.  You can purchase a large full-body reflector, but they usually cost around $70.

The back side is white.

Best thing is to simply purchase insulation board for $5 and then cover the back and edges with white duct tape.  You’ll find insulation board with reflective silver backing at any home improvement store.  It comes in several sizes.  I chose one that is 4 feet (1.2 meters) in height. This simple solution gives you a very large reflector that is lightweight, and you can use one side to reflect silver and the other side to reflect white.  Awesome right? You can also use this as a way to put a little wind in the hair of my models when I’m shooting someone with long hair.  Just have an assistant fan up and down with the reflector board and it gives just the right amount of wind to give the hair some bounce without blowing the models away.


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