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7 Household Items That Add Creative Flare To Your Images

By Chris Nachtwey on July 7th 2014

There is nothing better than spicing up your images with some do it yourself tools! It’s even cooler when the tools are simple items you most likely already have in your home. A few months ago, I shared a great video by the guys over at COOPH that had seven DIY photography hacks to help you save some money and bump up your creativity.


In the video below, the guys at COOPH are at it again! This time,  showing us seven household items you can use to add some creative flare to your images.

The Three Ideas I Loved The Most

Black Tile




The black tile idea is great for products. It’s not all that expensive at your local hardware store, and creates an awesome reflection of the product you are shooting.

Glass Ball




The glass ball is an awesome idea! By shooting through the ball, you get an awesome reverse view of your subject in the background. I totally want to try this out during my next wedding or engagement session for a fun and creative image!




I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I have never thought of using a mirror to reflect light. I use them all the time when a bride is getting ready for that nice reflection image, but never thought of using one as a way to reflect some hard light on a portrait subject! So simple and cheap!



I loved all seven of these ideas. As photographers, we are always looking for ways to spice up our images, and what better way then to use the items we most likely already have lying around the house? Big shout out to COOPH for creating this video and giving all of us some awesome ideas to try out!.


Images captured via screen grab.



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Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Nice article.

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  2. Megan Williams

    I love the stocking idea and the tube light. I just have to figure out where I can find a glass ball

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  3. Michael Moe

    thanks for sharing!

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  4. Chuck Eggen

    Love this article and all the ideas. Articles like this help inspire. May not use all or any of them but they get the creativity moving.

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  5. Maribeth Castaneda

    Can’t wait… need to grab my cam and try these tips… Cool! Thanks…

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  6. Tiffany Bonnell

    love the crystal ball idea, definately food for thought

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  7. Phil Bautista

    The lighter-aerosol combination looks cool…until your model burns your hair off.

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  8. Dick Raymond

    Awesome! That gives me some new ideas! :)

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  9. Andrew Welch

    How do you power the bulb? I have searched and searched and all I can find is electrician level hacks. If you go to the hardware store and purchase the bulb, where do you go from there?

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    I need to do it…
    Nice ideas.

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    the glass-ball is really the coolest

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  12. Genard Williams

    Very insightful! I plan to try most of these out.

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  13. Anthony McFarlane

    Great ideas. I worry about people playing with fire…

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  14. Ralph Hightower

    The crystal ball looks cool!

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  15. Shai Bachar

    Very inspirational!

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