How to Build a Low Budget Photography Set

For my latest project, “we are the dead,” I decided to build a room in which to shoot my pictures. I had absolutely no idea how to do this, but there were some facts I needed to consider.

How to Light a Big Budget Photo with $5 Lights

I have a client who builds amazing luxury apartment complexes all over California, and Im their pool guy. I know it sounds funny, but they call me whenever they need exterior images and pool images (they call another photog to do the interiors of the model apartments). This is one of the delivered photos of […]

How to Make a DIY Mottled Backdrop for Just $30

For those of us born in the 1970s and 80s, this new phenomenon of mottled, cloudy backdrops appearing in modern portraits is an odd one. You see, back when we were kids, we had horrendously cheesy family and school portraits taken in front of these bizarrely arranged patterns, so to us, its pretty weird to […]

The Best Camera Kit You Can Get with a $500 Budget

Finding a $500 camera setup that can deliver stunning portraits as well as a wide range of other types of photography was a challenge, to say the least! First and foremost I had to put together some bare minimum requirements/standards.

The Pine Cone: Natures Memory Card Holder and Display

Every year, a pine tree close to our house produces the most perfect cones, and I often pick up a handful of them on my way home. The cones are undeniably beautiful, but not of much practical use. Or so I thought, until one day it hit me that a cone would make a rather […]

The $10 Backdrop: Cheap vs Expensive Seamless for Portraits

Photography. Its expensive. And who really has the money to buy all the name brand photo gear? I certainly dont. With that said, expensive equipment does NOT make the photograph — the photographer does, which is why I am exploring various non-photography-specific gear and using it for my photography. Lets take seamless background paper for […]

How to Turn House Lights Into Cheap DIY Light Modifiers

There is an almost endless supply of lighting modifiers available on the market right now, some are cheap and some of the better ones are certainly a lot more expensive. But does cost directly relate to quality? Well, a lot of the time yes it does if you’re referring to build quality. In general, the […]

The Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Lens is a Bokeh Beast That Costs Just $170

TheSainsonic Kamlan 50mm f/1. 1 is a lens you can buy for just $170 for mirrorless cameras (Sony E, Canon EOS-M, Micro Four Thirds, and Fujifilm X) that delivers some beautiful bokeh. Here’s a 10-minute video byKai Wong that shows what this lens can do.

How to Create a DIY Car Camera Rig on the Cheap

Action shots of cars in movement are often taken with a car rig  basically a long pole that is attached to the car, with a camera mounted on the end. A professional car rig can cost in the thousands, but this 13 minute video from Practical Photography will teach you to make your own for […]

How an $80 1000mm Lens Performs on a $1,400 Sony a6500 Camera

Let’s say you spent pretty much all of your camera budget on a shiny new $1,400 Sony a6500 mirrorless camera, yet you want a super telephoto lens for getting way up close to subjects. Here’s a thrifty option you could consider: buy a cheapo 500mm lens, Sony adapter, and 2x teleconverter for just $80. That’s […]

How to Shoot Pro Portraits in Everyday Places

My name is Nick Fancher and I’m a portrait and commercial photographer who specializes in lighting, specifically with the use of small flash in unconventional locations. Ive written a few books on the subject, the latest of which is Studio Anywhere 2.

This Photographer Uses Clever Tricks to Shoot Striking Portraits

If you want ideas for getting creative with portrait photography while on a shoestring budget, check out the work of the Mexican photographer Omahi. In addition to sharing his imaginative work, Omahi also shows behind-the-scenes photos of how they’re made.

Jeremy Cowart Drew and Printed a DIY Photo Backdrop in 30 Minutes

High-end photo backdrops can cost over $1,000 apiece. When photographer Jeremy Cowart couldn’t find a backdrop he needed a few days ago, he had an idea: Cowart drew his own backdrop on an iPad Pro and printed it out at 40×80 inches on a $4,000 professional Canon printer.

A Shoestring Photography Hardware and Software Setup

Camera and lenses aren’t the only photographic essentials that cost money. A decent machine with plenty of RAM and fast storage (preferably SSD) and rather expensive serious photography software are must-haves, too.

A $60 DIY Photo Ceiling Rail Lighting System

What started off as a quick lighting test in my garage has turned into a full investigation and installation of my own DIY photography ceiling rail system. My shooting space measures 7×10 feet (2x3m) — not a great space for shooting portraits.

5 Basic Tips for Starting a Fashion Portfolio

When youre just starting out, building a fashion photography portfolio can be quite a daunting task. Having to organize and prepare shoots can be difficult, especially if you have no budget. These are my tips for shooting on a shoestring when youre just starting: #1.

How to Take Macro Photos on a Budget

Want to get started in macro photography but don’t have much to spend? There are ways to jump into the niche using mostly the gear you already have (assuming you don’t have a dedicated macro lens).

Amazon Has $14 AmazonBasics Canon and Nikon Camera Batteries

Did you know that you can buy AmazonBasics-branded batteries for certain Canon and Nikon cameras on Amazon? They’re significantly cheaper than their Canon and Nikon-branded counterparts. AmazonBasics is Amazon’s private-label product line — you can find all kinds of electronics accessories at great prices.

High Magnification at a Low Price: How I Built a Super Macro Rig for $230

Last year, I bought a macro lens for the summer. Just a normal one with 1x magnification. I fell into a beautiful and mesmerizing world of minuscule flowers and bugs. I found that in macro photography, you don’t have to travel to beautiful places to take beautiful photos — you can just walk around in […]

Photo Studio Polyboards and Thrifty Alternatives

Nearly every professional studio Ive ever used has these “polyboards” and youve probably even seen them yourself but may not have known what theyre used for. Polyboards are polystyrene boards that usually measure 4 feet wide by 8 feet high and are normally 2 inches thick.