Archive for the ‘Photography Hacks’ Category

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Adding ‘Dual LCD’ to Your Camera

Inspired by the Samsung TL225/ST550, NoahW has a neat idea on how he can save over $300 by adding the ‘dual LCD’ to his existing digital camera

Hack your Canon DIGIC II Cameras

Ever wanted to shoot RAW and having a DOF-calculator in your Canon point-and-shoot digital cameras? or do you want to play games with your Canon cameras?


Now you can have those cool features including Live histogram (RGB, blended, luminance and for each RGB channel), Zebra mode (blinking highlights and shadows), Battery indicator, Scripts execution (exposure/focus/… bracketing, intervalometer and more), File browser, Text reader, Calendar and many more with the CHDK firmware.

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Hack: Make Your Own Image Stabilizer for $1

Can’t afford an expensive lens with Image Stabilizer (IS) or Vibration Reduction (VR)? This instructional video shows you how to build your own stabilizer in 5 minutes for less than $1. It is super light weight and folds up small enough to fit in your pocket.

DIY: DSLR Pop-up Flash Diffuser

Having a DSLR with a built-in pop-up flash is great when you want to travel light and do not want to carry your large hot shoe flash around. The problem is these flashes tend to make harsh shadows on your subjects, and to overcome this many people use Gary Fong Puffer Pop-Up Flash Diffuser which available for around $24 at Amazon.

But why spend $24 if you could make your own Pop-up flash diffuser from vacuum bag, a film canister or even a tissue?


DIY: Photography Light Box for Under $40

Here’s a tutorial on how you can make a light box or doing still life and product type photography using everyday materials for under $40.


What you need are (5) White Foam Core Board, (1) Roll of Carpet Tape – Two Sided, (1) Roll of Packing Tape, (3) Yards of Thin White Fabric – nearly sheer, Box Cutter, Scissors, and (3) Pieces of Poster Board.


DIY: Cheap Macro Lens

Raviv has done a nice video showing yout how to add a DIY macro lens to any amateur digital camera using a regular binoculars and a masking tape.

DIY: Infrared Filter

Learn how to make an infrared filter for your point-and-shoot digital camera.

DIY: Making a Snoot for Your Flash

Author: Leann Wrightsman

This step-by-step guide will show you how to make a snoot for your flash easily using items you may even have around the house. You can use your snoot to get a nice narrow light pattern, customizable by squeezing the snoot;

© Leann Wrightsman

STEP 1: Get gaffer’s tape and foam paper.
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DIY: Cheap Tripod Video Guide

Here’s a nice trick for all amateur photographer on a budget for making a cheap tripod using a ‘bean bag’. I’ve tried it myself and I must say that it works like a charm.

DIY: Make a Better Bounce Card

Learn how to make a better bounce card for your camera flash.

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