One of the things I love to do in my free time is ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) projects. I love a good DIY project because many times it saves me some money and I love to find ways to create my own tools to get the job done. Not to mention that most of time, DIY projects are just plain fun. The crew over at COOPH has put together a great video below highlighting seven fun and creative DIY projects you can easily do on your own to help your photography.

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Highlights

All the hacks are great! Below are the four that I thought were the absolute best.

#1 Timelapse Rig

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I honestly would have never thought of this idea. It is ingenious! The egg timer creates such a fun and simple timelapse motion controller. I’m totally trying this one out!

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#3 Vaseline Vignette

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The vaseline vignette is not a new trick, but the guys do a great job of showing you how to do it correctly.

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#7 Cardboard Bokeh Shapes

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This trick is simple and can really make for some fun and creative bokeh in your portraits.

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#5 Welding Glass ND Filter

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The welding glass ND filter is such a fun and simple DIY tool. It is inexpensive and allows you to blur water and clouds easily. Only caveat is you will have to convert your image to black and white in post due to the color cast from the welding glass. I explain in depth, in a previous article, how to use welding glass to create long exposure images in the middle of the day.

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Thoughts

I personally loved all of these DIY projects. While some of the hacks might not look the prettiest, they sure do get the job done.  I can honestly say I love the egg timer for a cheap timelapse motion controller, I have to try that one out. I also will have to remember to throw some vaseline in my bag for my next portrait session.  Go have fun trying these tricks out – that’s why we all got into photography in the first place, right? To have fun and be creative. You don’t always need to spend a lot of money on gear to create great images!

What DIY hacks do you use? Share them with us in the comments below! We love hearing from our readers!

Via:cooph.com