13 PHOTOGRAPHIC ACCESSORIES YOU HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE AND YOU DIDN’T KNOW

If you complain because your pocket is not enough to buy accessories for your camera and achieve creative effects, do not go, today I bring you a lot of photographic accessories that you surely have in your home, even if you do not know. Do you want to know what they are?

  1. Stabilizer
  2. Anti humidity
  3. Parasol
  4. Flash snoot
  5. Camera case
  6. White background
  7. Fog effect
  8. Diffusers
  9. Reflectors
  10. Dawn dew
  11. Bokeh effect
  12. Colored gels
  13. Infinite background

1. STABILIZER

Do you have a sack of seeds of those that get hot or cool and you wear it when something hurts? Well then you have a stabilizer or a tripod substitute for special occasions. Mine is in my back right now . Well, okay, I take it off to take the picture and illustrate the example.

It is known as Bean Bag (bean bag) and can be filled with seeds, legumes or even salt. If you do not have one, you can do it very easily (if you are interested in a bricotutorial , such as the one I wrote to build a light box, do not forget to tell me in the comments ).

What is it for? Well, when you don’t have a tripod and you have to rest your camera on an uneven surface, for when you want to shoot at ground level but you don’t want to rest your camera on it or it is not stable, when you need to sting or contrapicado on a stable surface. Also for wildlife photography or even macro.

2. MOISTURE

Do you know those white little bags with black letters that come in shoe boxes and many items? Surely you’ve thrown a few in the trash. Well, they do not come on a whim in your shoe boxes, but because they are anti-humidity. And just as they have been in charge of absorbing the moisture of your new and brand new shoes, they can also prevent the appearance of fungus in your equipment. Keep them all and leave them in the backpack with your camera and lenses. And replenish them from time to time.

Protecting your equipment from moisture

Although they can be bought, if you don’t have any, while you wear shoes or buy some other item that brings them, you can make another device that also works well. Empty a tea bag and fill it with rice. You already have your anti-humidity accessory.

3. PARASOL

Do you have a paper cup ? Yes, of those who end up hanging around the cupboards behind a birthday, a barbecue or a picnic. Yes, one of those. Well, with that and some scissors or a cutter you already have a parasol. And to show a button.

4. SNOOT FOR THE FLASH

If you have a pot of Pringles potatoes you have a snoot for your external flash. You may not know what it is. You see, it is an accessory to direct the light of the external flash that comes in handy, for example, when making dramatic portraits.

When you eat the potatoes, clean it (obviously), trim the base and stick it to your flash with bodybuilding tape (or not). You already have your snoot . In the following video you have a tutorial to make the complicated  version (in fact, it is also very easy) that includes the honeycomb grid. This serves to highlight the lighting of the hair, illuminate the background or highlight an object over the rest, backlight.

And if you want more ideas to create dramatic portraits with impressive shadows using objects around your house, don’t miss this video, which is in English but you don’t need to understand what it says, but what you see .

5. CAMERA CASE FOR RAIN AND OTHER SPLASHES

As scary as adverse weather conditions give you, they are a great opportunity to achieve stunning photographs. As they say out there … in bad weather, good photos;).

We also know that, when taking rain photography, water is a great enemy of the camera and that it must be protected. But how?

Do you have a shower cap like those in hotels, for example? Well, you already have a case. You are also worth the hermetic bags for frozen, which recognizes that you use it for many more things . Well, this function also works for you. You just have to make a hole for the target to pass and that’s it.

A little more sophisticated  is the option to recycle a raincoat. If you have any very old, broken or that is small, before throwing it in the trash, see if the camera enters the widest part of the sleeve. If so, cut the sleeve and insert the camera by inserting the lens through the hole of the wrists and adjusting it with the rubber.

6. LUMINOUS WHITE BACKGROUND

This may not be a very everyday object but if you have children and you are interested in education or alternative pedagogies, surely you know what a light table is and you may have one at home.

Well, in addition to as an educational resource, it will also serve as a photographic accessory to illuminate backgrounds (of size provided, of course). If you want an example, you can see the following image. The floor of the clinic is a light table . That’s the way it is. With a little editing you make it snow white.

7. FOG EFFECT

I’ve been chasing the fog for a long time but, under different circumstances, I don’t succeed. So I set out to use one of these days the trick of Vaseline.

If you want to try it like me, look for a filter that you don’t use much or that you don’t have special affection for and put it in the camera. Then smear the edges with petroleum jelly and you will see how you get the fog effect.

8. HOMEMADE DIFFUSERS

With a white curtain you can blur the hard light that enters through the window and turn it into a pleasant diffused light. It also serves a white tissue paper glued to the glass.

Let’s see an example of what a tissue paper can do on the window pane, same photo, same moment with the only difference that in the left image it has been taken with the paper and the right one without it. One light is better than another. No, they are different, everything will depend on what you want to convey with your photo.

Left soft light with diffuser tissue paper, hard light right, without the paper.

Tissue paper stuck in the window can also help you achieve a bright white background for small objects. As if it were a light box.

9. HOME REFLECTORS

And since we talk about diffusers, let’s also talk about reflectors.  For sure house you have any of these objects.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Car sunshade
  • Tetrabrick (for macro)
  • White wall
  • White cardboard

Well, all of them can help you to reflect the light to illuminate your motive and / or fill in unwanted shadows.

10. DAWN DEW

Do you love those pictures of plants with dew drops? You can emulate dew in your home with a simple sprayer. As simple as that. And without having to get up early .

11. BOKEH EFFECT

With a black cardboard you can make the shapes you want for your bokeh and achieve a stunning photograph. And if you want to try it at home and you lack background lights, look for the Christmas lights you saved after the holidays.

12. COLORED GELS

If you have an external flash and want to give it a glass, try the colored gels, you can make them with plastic folders of translucent colors, or even with cellophane paper.

13. INFINITE BACKGROUND

A roll of paper or cardboard can serve as an infinite background. We better see it with an image. It is only for you to see the example, taking care of the white balance and with the edition, you can turn it into a completely white background. The important thing is that you see that the cut line between the bottom and the floor is not visible.

All these are ideas, but if you prefer to buy another type of cheap accessories that you have not found here do not miss this article with accessories of less than 20 euros or this one where you will find accessories to give your camera a lot of life for less than 40 euros.

Finally, I leave you a video with five very simple tricks to take very creative photos with homemade objects. Enjoy it, but above all, put into practice some of the ideas you just discovered! And if you have any other tricks, share it with us in the comments, we would love to meet you.

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