The shutterbug in you wants the best equipment and fanciest tools. But here’s a surprise: several professional photographers don’t rely on them. Instead, they have tried-and-tested frugal hacks for their equipment.
Don’t waste your money on expensive lens protectors and bags, lighting kits, and stabilizers. Instead, save up for a good lens or essentials like filters. And until you save up, use these smart tricks to make do.
1. Use a Balloon as a Flash Diffuser
Once the flash pops, it lights up the whole room. But if you’re taking a portrait, you will likely get harsh lighting on the subject’s face. A flash diffuser, as the name suggests, diffuses the light from the flash and spreads it evenly.
Instead of paying for a diffuser, The Koldunov brothers suggest carrying a white balloon with you. Whenever you need a diffuser, blow up the balloon and hold it over the flash. It acts like a diffuser, and works well in both portrait and landscape modes. Plus, once it’s deflated, it can sit in your pocket.