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Ever wonder how photographers achieve certain lighting effects? Want to be able to accomplish the same desired result without spending a fortune? Well here are some inexpensive DIY tips that can help!
- Materials Used:
- Canon Rebel T3i
- Canon 430EX Flash
- Coffee filters
- Cupcake liners
- Transparent colored plates
- A Business Card
- Rubber Bands
Studio flashes evenly light the subject up, (see example below) but require a lot of money to purchase and a lot of time to set up properly. The built in flash on most cameras tries hard to light a subject, and it usually shows… in only one portion of the picture, resulting in an area washed out in white (also called a hot-spot) Detachable flashes are usually a good interim between studio and built-in flashes, but can get pricey as well.
Coffee filter light dampener
This particular DIY add on is great for portraits. It helps soften the entire shot, giving the subject an even, smooth look. This is especially useful in softening the harshness of incandescent/ indoor lighting.
Bonus, while experimenting with the coffee filters, I decided to try out white cupcake liners. These proved to work just about as well, which is great for non coffee drinkers or those like me who use a Keurig coffee maker.
Leave about 1 inch or so between the flash and filter. Use a rubber band to hold in place
Business card reflector
As the fall holidays quickly approach, If your family is anything like mine, that means countless family photos are abound. This DIY light reflector is a quick solution to minimize the hot spots and harsh shadows that direct flashes cause.
In addition to the example from the link, I personally used an external flash and rubber banded a business card to achieve the same look.
Cellophane color filter
Finally add a vibrant colorful touch to any photo with these DIY color filters! Perhaps try a soft fall hue like orange or yellow or maybe even adding some Christmas cheer by throwing in some red and green!
Finally, while I love the idea of using colored cellophane, there was none to be found in any local supermarket. I accomplished my color effects by using transparent plastic appetizer plates.
After creating your favorite DIY piece, you can also try shedding a little bit of light on your wardrobe with this delightful Shutter Speed necklace! This adorable accessory will go great with any camera strap and can be effortlessly thrown on, perfect for the photographer on the go!