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Money Saving Photography Hacks Using 6 Ikea Products

By Hanssie on September 11th 2015

ikea-photography-hacksWho doesn’t love Ikea? You can eat dubious looking meatballs, furnish your entire living room for $100, and walk out with a $1 ice cream cone. Then you go home and have to sort through 6,000 pieces of boards, dowels, screws, doohickeys and thingamabobs to build an end table that every college student and young married couple also owns in the same black, white, or wood finish.

If you’ve ever spent time at Ikea, leisurely strolling through its departments, you might find some items that make good photography accessories. In the following video, Shootr shared 6 Ikea items you can use in your photography, but I’ll bet there are many, many more. Don’t worry, all six of these items require little more than taking it out of the packaging – no screwdrivers, Allen Wrenches or picture-only instruction manuals needed.

One item that I would’ve never thought of is using the Drona storage box as a laptop hood! When I bought my Mac Book Pro, they asked if I wanted the glossy screen or matte screen. I asked what the difference was, and the Geniuses told me it reduces glare when you work outside. My response, “Nah, I never work outside on my laptop.” So now, every time I’m outside with my laptop, I remember that conversation and kick myself for not getting the matte screen.

If you’re a fan of the cheap photography hacks, we recently asked 16 photographers to share their favorite photography tricks and accessories under $30 (read the article here). Of course, it goes to show once again that you don’t have to have the most expensive stuff to make great images (that doesn’t mean the Profoto B2’s aren’t on my Christmas list…)

What is your favorite photo accessory hack? Comment below and let us know!

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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 Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Justin Eid

    Wow.. never looked at IKEA that way.. I will have to keep an eye out now!

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  2. Marshall Barth

    Gee, now we just need to get an IKEA in this tiny little burg :{))) (a man whom is on foot.)

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  3. Sean Gannon

    Lovely video. Love the black box at the end!

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  4. bastiaan van Dijk

    Genius! love ikea!

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  5. Pierre-Yves Roth

    That beauty bowl is a great idea

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  6. Antony Gomes

    Thanks for sharing our video!

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  8. Dalibor Tomic

    Cool :)

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  9. Anders Madsen

    I’ve used “INNAREN”, an extremely cheap shower curtain, as an expendable scrim more than once – it’s pretty neutral in color and works well when diffusing sunlight coming through windows where no usable curtains are available.

    All you need is a couple of A-clamps and you are good to go, provided there already is a curtain rod of sorts – if not, two lightstands will do the trick since the shower curtain is so light that it can be stretched out between the stands without a crossbar.

    I NEVER thought of using the Drona storage box as a laptop shade and I even have four of them in my studio!

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    • Hanssie

      That’s awesome. I’m making a trip to Ikea this weekend and looking with new eyes :)

      As for the Drona – Right? Mind blown!

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