Nowadays all of us are in a world where photography is always present anywhere and any time of our lives, we seek to communicate our feelings, sensations and thoughts with a photograph. With instagram, this has become a trend and everyone has a profile on that social network and this makes it difficult to create original, fresh and different pictures.

Taking pictures is easy, making a good photo is not, so you have to make it clear that if you are one of those people who gets their attention or are passionate about the world of photography and has acquired an SLR, we congratulate you on taking that step forward in this hobby that will offer you a lot of joy but also some headaches and a hole in your pocket for being expensive.

However this is not cause for pause, luckily with the new wave of recycling and reusing everyday household objects, there is much we can do with little money and get original and beautiful professional photographs.

Below we give you several tips and tricks to get good shots, spending as little as possible of your money:

1. Photograph of dreams: Creates a distorted and fanciful hallucinatory effect using some Vaseline on the camera lens, the grease causes the light to be scattered doing a effect of nebula that make the photos something out of a dream. Many will argue “Vaseline on my camera?, never.” Think it’s a bad idea, but with due care is a harmless technique, if you use a cell phone cam with the help of a swab you can smear vaseline on the protective glass, if you use a SLR camera you must put vaseline on the filter paper protector or a film between the lens and the fat, NEVER PUT VASELINE DIRECTLY TO THE LENS.

2. A homemade tripod: If you do not have to pay for a professional camera tripod, do not worry, you can improvise a bag with seeds and use it perfectly as a tripod, it may not be regulated but works perfect if you want to take pictures on fixed surfaces as in the window of a car or on uneven surfaces, is a good option for safari or urban picture.

 

3. Bokeh of special figures: First of all a “bokeh” is a technique which makes a strong blur where we took the opportunity to emphasize a specific object, usually to do this effect all the lights that are in the picture tend to blur and look round but with this trick we can do that take other special forms, in order to achieve this we will need to make a ring the size of the lens with black cardstock as if it were a kind of cover after that we proceed to cut the figures you want to reflect on the photo on the cover of the ring, at the end we proceed to focus on the subject you want to and take the picture.

 

Depending on the shape of your ring, the light of the image will take the form similar to your bokeh.

4. Uses a cup of coffee or cardboard as a lens hood: This tool is very important when shooting outdoors, this prevents the sun beat directly to the lens and have reflections and glare that disturb your images.

5. Takes advantage of Pringles cans: Fortunately these potato chips have given us a good solution for a home snoot, for those who do not know what a snoot, is an accessory tubelike that fits the camera flash to control the direction of light, illuminating the goal and darkening the background. Although its function is very simple, this accessory is usually very expensive, but these Pringles cans work perfectly because of its metallic interior that reflects light outside.

6. Circular Flash with a container of salad: This accessory has a similar function to the snoot as to concentrate light, this tool works if you want to take close-up portraits or photomicrographs, provides a concentrated but soft light and in the portraits leaves a circular eye effect. The process is simple and very low cost, you need a plastic bowl with a lid, it is important that the cover is translucent to pass more light, the more flexible and thinner the material will be easier being able to cut and handle. Apart from the salad bowl we will need a padded envelope, foil and a cardboard cylinder the size of the lens.

Taking the cardboard cylinder, we will cut a hole in the lid and the container, they must be well aligned, then make a hole in the side of the bowl to connect the flash, then we will cover the inside of container and the envelope in aluminum foil to bounce the light, and finally we cover the outside of the cardboard cylinder with foil, assemble the envelope, the cylinder, the lid and we are done.

 

What do you think about this post? Tell us and stay tuned for the next week we will come with the second part, with more interesting tricks to take photos like a pro using household things …