7 Simple DIY Photography Tips and Tricks Using Only Household Items

The team over at COOPH today shared an insightful video that describes 7 DIY photography tips that use nothing more than items you have lying around the house. From can koozies to tights, a number of unusual household products make a cameo and help you add a unique, homemade element to your photo game.

The above video runs through the seven tips in just two and a half minutes, so it’s an extremely quick watch full of fun tricks you’ll definitely want to put on this weekend’s photography to-do list.

Below we’ve included a number of the final images so you can see the kinds of results you can expect to get with some practice:











Image credits: Photographs provided by COOPH and used with permission.

  • srood

    its look like some leica T owners go bankrupt otherwise you don’t see them in the DIY space :D

  • Dylan Cyr

    “Grab your grandmother’s glass ball”… yes because all our grandmothers have those lying around. Also with the tablet idea, there’s WAY more to that photo than they are letting on. In the final product the lines are perfectly straight, there’s no way that was done by holding a tablet by hand and walking. Also, it has to be a long exposure, so the lighting on the monkey figure must have been reduced a lot.

  • Dream Art’s

    Actually it’s possible to make straight line but it ask a great mastering of your tools… Not sure if this boy has enoug experience to make it.
    But anyway. The point is you can do it in light painting :)
    (look for Eric Paré, Vincent Bruno, Julien Breton, Marko93 light painting work, you will be stunning by all of this talented people)

    By the way, about the monkey statue, just adjust your shutter/ISO right… and lightroom will done the rest.

  • Amber Smith

    Looking for the “cheap tube light fixture” and I can’t seem to find it. What brand is this?

  • Jeffrey Howarth

    Tell us about the tubelight. How does that work?

  • joshsouzaphotos

    GE Circlite / Circline Fluorescent Ballast Adapter and Lampholder google that.. it at least allows you to screw it into a normal socket.

  • aloryandaneaglet

    i’m not getting how it’s plugged in? i’ve seen the bulb adaptors but the one in the pic doesn’t seem to be attached to any sort of power source.

  • joshsouzaphotos

    Pretty sure they just have black tape over the power connector and you just don’t see a cable…

  • aloryandaneaglet

    i’m sure you are right but i still can’t find anything that has a fluorescent connector with just a cord. all i’m coming up with makes it adapt to a regular bulb socket which still has to be plugged into something…… still googling…..

  • joshsouzaphotos

    and you likely won’t… most of these people do DIY cables , and unless you know electrical … I wouldn’t mess with it.

  • aloryandaneaglet

    i have an electrician friend down the street. i’ve messaged him about helping with a cheap hack because this is one of the better ideas for a cheap ring light i’ve seen.

  • joshsouzaphotos

    Google “tubelight as a ring light” you should be able to find something there ;)

  • Mitch Frink

    how did you power the tube?

  • Dylan Cyr

    The odds of getting lines that mechanically straight by HOLDING a tablet, while WALKING are nearly zero. Things like that are the reason why camera stabilizers and rail systems even exist, if it were easy, that market simply would not be necessary. I know some people do amazing things with light painting, I’ve experimented a bit myself, but doing such precisely smooth lines is difficult on the edge of impossibility. Not only would he need to keep his movement on the y and z axis at 0, he would also need to keep his movement along the x axis at a constant rate.

    I only wanted to point out that it’s not as simple as his video would suggest.

  • yamaha83

    i didnt watch the video, but the monkey is on a atable, why not just slide the tablet across the table behind the monkey?

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Yup, I was thinking the same thing.

  • Peng Tuck Kwok

    It’s not that hard to wire these kind of things. Just read up a little on basics and you’re good to go :D

  • Larry Kleinke

    Just a long commercial for the Leica T it seems.

  • Tzctplus -

    Then you should, it would explain why somebody would be sceptic. ..

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  • AliNoorani

    it takes some monkey business :)

  • gregorymbehrens

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    Joshua just got an almost new white Kia Rio Hatchback only from working
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  • Amanda

    what iPad app was he using?