Capturing photographs is a brilliant way to spend your time. (Obviously we're a little biased!) But one of the downsides is that kit can be expensive. We've got some great money saving cheats and tips to help you save those pennies, and still have fun creating some awesome photography!

Make your own lightbox

Did you know that you can make your own lightbox using just some window light and greaseproof paper? Neither did we–well, not until last week, anyway–and it works really well. All you need to do is tape a large piece of greaseproof paper to a window, set up your subject in front of it and get shooting! Flowers and slices of fruit work really well for this. If you don't have someone on hand to hold your subject in place for you, stick it to the paper using some tape.

Make your own flash bounce card

Most modern flashes come with a bounce card built in, but if yours doesn't it's simple to make one yourself. All you need is some white card. Cut a rectangle of card that is slightly wider than the flash, and attach it to the strobe using a rubber band. Easy! 


Make your own digital pinhole lens

Ever fancied trying out pinhole photography, but you're not sure about investing time and money into experimenting with the traditional film method? You don't have to, with our tips you can create a pinhole lens for your DSLR. Check out our guide here.

Use sticky back plastic as a backdrop

It's not only the gear that can mount up in price, but also the props and backdrops as well. A cheap and easy way to get lots of different textured backdrops for still life is to use sticky back plastic or self adhesive film from DIY stores. There are lots of different effects you can get, we used a wood effect one in the image below. 

Make your own macro diffuser

When shooting macro photography, lighting your subject can be tricky. A cheap (and tasty) way to create a macro diffuser is by using a Pringles tube. All you need to do is cut a hole towards the bottom of the tube the right size for your flash. Then, tape a circle of greaseproof paper to the lid of the tube and ta-da! There you have a cheap and very effective macro diffuser.

Quick tips

  • Need a white backdrop? Just use a white bed sheet. 
  • A black scarf can also make a really neat backdrop, and absorbs light really well. 
  • In need of a reflector? Cover a piece of card with some tin foil. 
  • Kitchen roll can be used to diffuse light as well as greaseproof paper.

Why not try out some of these hacks for yourself? We want to see what you come up with over on our social channels! Tag us @Triggertrap and #Triggertrap to make sure we see it.