7 Funky Photography Hacks

7 Funky Photography Hacks and Ideas to Try Out

First, watch this.

Some people just need to get over themselves.

We refer, of course, to the commenter who, in response to [THIS] piece on how to pull off some cool photography hacks, had to go all snooty and huff disparagingly about people who want their work to look “cliché” and “stupid.” Since there is justice in the world, he got piled on by several of the other commenters, whose taste for arrogance is evidently just as underdeveloped as ours.

Anyway, here’s the point: you can’t please everybody. Nevertheless, these seven cool photography hacks brought to you through the good offices of Michael Zhang and PetaPixel may (but only if you’re not snooty) considerably broaden your palette as a photographer.

Here they are, in the order in which he suggests them:photography hacks1

  1. Levitation

Give your model an umbrella or a handful of helium balloons, and have him/her jump off of a raised surface. Snap. Snap. Mary Poppins!

  1. Freelensingphotography hacks2

Detatch your lens from the camera body for strategically structured blurry effects.

  1. Light painting with stencils

Cut out interesting or fun shapes in the side of a cardboard box, use cellophane as a gel, place a light inside and, using a long exposure, create interesting effects by moving the box around in a darkened space.

  1. Polaroid collage

Take images of several portions of a subject and assemble them.photography hacks3

  1. photography hacks4Broken mirror

Break a mirror. (Did we need to say that?) Shoot photos of a subject as transformed into a cubist painting through the shattered surface.

  1. Colored lights

Create one or several tinted lights using hardware store lamps and colored cellophane, and light a subject from interesting angles.

  1. Hula hoop light painting

Tape some Christmas light LEDs to a hula hoop, set up your tripod, toss back a few beers, and let the magic happen.

As you can readily see even from these brief descriptions, these cool photography hacks will add dimensions of frolicsome fun to your artistic repertoire, and with the possible added benefit of causing your snooty colleagues to distance themselves from you. Yesss.

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