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Home Made Tripod


I've shared this nifty little trick before - a home made tripod. It sounds impossible, but actually it's really practical and much easier than lugging the real thing around with you if it's not needed! Check out this articlefor more information on how to create it!

Home Made Reflector


Reflectors can be pretty expensive from time to time. I've been lucky to pick up a couple cheaply on Ebay and they serve the purpose but if you really want to save, then why not try making your own? This article shows you how with just three materials and the video below also provides further guidance - check it out here. The below video is also really useful for this as well..



Paper Lens Hood


Lens hoods are really useful, but I tend to use mine more of a protector for my lens than anything else. So if you're looking at  buying one and you're not sure where to look then why not try making one yourself first? This website allows you to find your camera make, and print off your own! It doesn't get much more useful than that...


Flash Diffuser


Camera shops will charge you a fair bit for a bit of plastic that will diffuse your flash. That's a great quick, easy solution. However if you've got the time to make something for yourself, it's quick and easy - and free! Cartons - transluscent - work well for this occasion. Simply slice the bottom off of a milk carton and attach the base to the flash gun. Sellotape is helpful here. If you want it more diffused, then just add a few more layers. It doesn't look that attractive - but it serves a purpose!

If you have any great DIY Photography tools that you'd love to share then why not drop a link or comment at the bottom of this article for the next Artists Toolbox Week! :w00t:



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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That tripod is so badass! I must make one!!!! :heart:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I especially like the Tri-Pod! The idea will come in handy I am sure :heart:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely!
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:iconwdwparksgal:
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
I have tried "leaning" my camera on a tiny tri-pod on my chest but that does NOT work! Have used the small, portable tri-pod on trash cans, which have had some success. The one you showed seems like it work well!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the helpful tips~
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   General Artist
:la: Oh that's awesome! :la: 
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013   General Artist
:heart: 
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love what you have written here, super helpful for those who knows not much the important of these importance of say...the reflector!!

Thank you for your wonderful information 
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Too awesome. Got my mum to be my reflector today, holding up a long sheet of tin foil...thanks for the tips and inspiration! :giggle:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D awesome!
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1001G Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
:iconchickendanceplz:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:w00t:
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
These are actually pretty cool XD :)
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D i thought so!
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:iconhemamal:
Hemamal Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is extremely help. I'm trying to get my first 'real' camera, it's nice to know ways to save money. Camera's are expensive!!
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good luck!
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:iconhemamal:
Hemamal Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmouselemur:
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I'm sure gonna try out some of these things :D
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good luck!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Want to do stereo photography? What, no tripod with special camera rack for sliding the camera sideways between shots? Hold the camera vertically to your master eye and take a shot, then shuffle or sway slightly sideays without moving anything above waist level, set trhe middle autofocus point to the same place in the picture that it occupied for the first shot and shoot again. The problems to beat are tilting the camera in the wrong direction or raising or lowering it between shots. If the tilt is not 'forward/back' this probl;em can be fixed in photoshop. If the height difference problem is small that can usually be fixed too; but practice makes perfect. It is possible to take pairs that are nearly spot on. recent examples [taken after quite a lot of practice!] can be see here: aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… .
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the great tips! :)
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maytel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Hi! as a person that knows nothing of Photography, what does the hood do?
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooo good question! I tend to use mine to protect the lens if I drop it :D but basically the hood helps block out unwanted light :nod:
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maytel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Oh Okay :D
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:la: Thank you!
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's awesome!
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Thanks Cher! :)
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
;)
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deshrubber Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: For a reflector, I use a car window sun shade. I got one with a metallic side and a white side for about $8 at an auto parts store.
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a GREAT idea!
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:icondeshrubber:
deshrubber Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The price was good considering that I don't use it very often.
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cloduy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for this!
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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vanmall Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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3wyl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article. :la:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks again!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive:
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great finds. Thanks a lot !
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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