Who 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!