You need the best set of equipment and the most fashionable tool. But here’s the surprise: few professional photographers don’t rely on them. Instead, they tried and tested frugal hacks for their equipment.
Don’t waste your money on expensive protective lenses and bags, lighting kits and stabilizers. Instead, save for a good lens or essentials like filters. And until you save up, use these smart tricks to make it happen.
1. Use a balloon as a diffuser
Once the flash fires, it illuminates the entire room. But if you’re shooting a portrait, you’re likely to get harsh lighting on the subject’s face. The flash diffuser, as the name suggests, diffuses the light from the flash and distributes it evenly.
Instead of paying for a diffuser, the Koldunov brothers offer to take a white ball with them. Whenever you need a diffuser, blow up the balloon and hold it over the flare. It acts as a diffuser and works well in both portrait and landscape modes. Plus, when it’s deflated, it can sit in your pocket.
2. Old phone screens as polarizing filters
3. DIY camera stabilizer with gift bag
The human hand trembles when moving, resulting in shaky video. To avoid this, you will need a stabilizer, which can cost hundreds of dollars. Instead, try this cheap hack for smooth videos.
Take any old gift bag with a thick, stable base. The bag should be large enough to fit to the side. Cut a hole in the side of the bag so that the camera lens can protrude from the bag. Now put the camera in the bag with the protruding lens and start shooting.