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Best DIY Photography Projects 2015

By Hanssie on December 28th 2015

Hooray for DIY! If you’re the type that would rather craft it out, spend your weekends at Home Depot, and knee deep in your garage with a drill, then this article is for you. Over the last year, we’ve posted more than a few DIY projects on SLR Lounge – from camera sliders to beauty dishes to V-flats; you name it, there is a photography hack do-it-yourself alternative.

Being that it is the end of the year, and we are wavering somewhere between reflecting, deep in thought on the past and finishing up the season of your favorite Netflix show in your pj’s on the couch, here is a look back at some of our most popular DIY projects posted in 2015. If you want to see the catalog of all the DIY posts we’ve posted on the site, click here.

For now, here are the top ten DIY posts of the year.

1. $50 DIY CONTINUOUS LIGHTING SET-UP FOR GREAT PORTRAITS | AARON NACE

For only about $50, you can make a 3-light setup for portraits. Toss in a dark backdrop, some C-Stands, some gaffers tape and voila – an instant studio.

Check out the article here.

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2. POSSIBLY THE BEST DIY BEAUTY DISH THERE IS

Technically this was published in 2014 and missed the 2015 mark by two weeks, but it is still one of the best DIY beauty dishes I’ve seen. It looks very professional and is only about $20 to make. It requires a little more elbow grease than some other projects you might see. The results are worth it, though.

Read the entire article here.

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3. BRILLIANT DIY V-FLATS WITH CUSTOMIZABLE CATCHLIGHTS

This little shoot-through system with built-in catchlights will help you create a studio anywhere. It’s made from inexpensive foam board and tape, so it won’t cost too much more than your latte.

See how to build it here.

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4. DIGITAL REV’S 10 FREE DIY PHOTOGRAPHY HACKS

This DIY project is actually 10 different DIY projects (or more like hacks). These projects by Digital Rev are not pretty, but they will get the job done. Using items like toilet paper rolls and duct tape, these won’t yield the most professional looking equipment, but the results are pretty darn good.

Check out the video with all ten hacks here.

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5. 5 INEXPENSIVE & CREATIVE DIY LIGHTING SETUPS TO HELP YOU SAVE MONEY 

This is another one from Digital Rev and has 5 DIY lighting setups for you to try. And again, these projects are dirt cheap and not pretty. But if you have that empty Pringles can and need a snoot, this video will teach you how to make one.

Read the rest here.

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6. DIY: MAKE THE ‘COOLEST’ LIGHT MODIFIER WITH ONLY $5 WORTH OF CRAFT SUPPLIES

The following DIY light modifier may be deemed the coolest, but it also involves glitter – which is a really good and really bad thing all at the same time. If you have $5, you can make a project reminiscent of something you made in kindergarten art class, but now it can be useful as a glitter reflector or one of many other creative effects for your photography.

The video can be found here.

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7. DIY SUN-BLASTER | BUILD YOUR OWN 1000W EQUIVALENT LED FLASHLIGHT

This “phenomenally bright” 1000 Watt Equivalent  LED flashlight is as portable as it is powerful. For only $50, you can make this dimmable light good for indoor and outdoor use.

Get the supply list and instructions here.

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8. EASYCHROME: A DIY AEROCHROME-EMULATING, COLOR-INFRARED POINT & SHOOT CAMERA

The Easychrome is a DIY color-infrared, LO-FI point & shoot camera that emulates the look of Aerochrome Film. Much more than a mere shift in hue or a digital manipulation, the Easychrome renders reflected infrared light in sizzurp-stained shades of purple, pink and red.

Here’s how to make one yourself.

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9. INEXPENSIVE PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY | DIY SHOOTING TABLE

If you shoot product photography, you’ll need a specialized table that will help you control reflections and get your modifiers in really close. The build is fairly simple, inexpensive and yields a highly effective product.

Watch the video tutorial here.

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10. A PORTABLE, DIY SOLUTION TO ORGANIZE ALL YOUR BATTERY CHARGERS

For about $113, you can build a board to organize and hang all of your battery chargers in one place. No more digging through all the desk drawers and fumbling to find outlets while on location. It’s all in one, portable, stress-free location.

Save some sanity by making one of your own here.

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Have you built any of these projects? How have they worked out for you? Do you have any DIY projects you’ve created that helps you with your photography? Comment below!

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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3 Comments

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  1. Cary McCaughey

    Some sweet stuff here! :-D

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  2. Gabriel Rodriguez

    Gracias, Hanssie!

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  3. Joseph Ford

    Lovely ideas this year, I love the DIY beauty dish.

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