Top Best Photography Tricks You Didn’t Know Existed
No Tripod? Use a Lamp!
Did it ever happen to you that you want to take a photo but don’t have a place to set the camera? Just grab your nearest lamp shade off a lamp and screw your camera onto the lampshade-holder. It’s that easy and simple and you won’t have to spend ridiculously high amount of money on a tripod.
Did you know that the thread size of the bolt on a lamp shade is exactly the same size as the filter thread used on tripods? I didn’t know about this until my friend told me all about it and I was so excited that I had to share it with you guys!
Hotshoe Pez Dispenser for Kids
Taking pictures of kids may be an incredibly tedious task. They find EVERYTHING interesting except the camera so they don’t even bother looking at it. I’ve photographed kids before and I noticed that the easiest and best way to get good pictures from kids is to bride them.
The best solution that I’ve found is buying a simple PEZ dispenser on the hotshoe of your camera. The base of the PEZ dispenser is slightly wider than a standard hotshoe. However, you’ll be just fine by trimming it just slightly with a kitchen knife before you start the photoshoot.
Now that you have the kids focused and ready to have their picture taken, you can periodically reward them for doing a great job with a yummy treat.
Day to Night in a Flash
Improvephotography.com says: “Sometimes you’re out shooting portraits on a bright sunny day and the light just looks too… natural. I often find this is the case when shooting a wedding or engagement when I’m shooting at a park or other outdoor location and I get bored with the same lighting in every shot.
One trick that I really enjoy is to turn up the power on my flash to the max. This will, obviously, make the subject extremely bright. If you change your camera settings to expose for the subject, it will make the background look extremely dark because the flash didn’t hit it”.
Remove the Lens for Macro
If you take off your lens and hold it in front of the camera, you get a macro lens!
Shaped Bokeh Out of Paper
There is a really simple way that you can change the shape of the light bursts in your bokeh. The only thing you have to do is cut out a piece of black paper about the size of the front element on your lens. Then, use a sharp tool (like a kitchen knife) to cut a shape on in the middle of the paper. The shape should be the size of a U.S. nickel.
Camera Strap GND Filter
I love using this simple trick. Whenever you are shooting landscapes, the sky is often much brighter than the rest of the landscape so you need something to darken down. A graduated neutral density filter does exactly that.