Take Your Photography to the Next Level: Top Photo Hacks

Photography is all about creativity, and there are certain tricks that can help make a good photo great. If you’re looking to get a little more out of your photography experience, give a few of these top photo hacks a try — you might be surprised at how much they’ll liven up your images.

Example of Rule of Thirds

Use the Rule of Thirds

It’s easy to forget that not every subject needs to be in the center of the frame. Painters, photographers and other artists have been using the rule of thirds for hundreds of years to make images more interesting. Divide your viewfinder up into a tic-tac-toe board of nine squares; some cameras will even overlay such a grid on the screen for you. Put your subject on one of the crosses where the lines intersect and let the use of negative space tell as much of the story as the subject itself.

Make a Homemade Flash Diffuser

On-camera flashes sometimes make a picture worse instead of better, particularly through red-eye and unflattering shadows. Diffusing the light from the flash makes the light less harsh and reduces red-eye and hard shadows. To make your own diffuser, cut a translucent white plastic bottle, such as a milk jug or similar, to fit over your camera’s built-in flash. It will spread the light out and give your photos a softer, more pleasing look.

Seeing Stars and Other Shapes

Bokeh is the term for the quality of blur in the out-of-focus parts of a photograph. Typically, bokeh is the same shape as the aperture of the lens, usually a rounded octagon or hexagon. If you’re handy with a hobby knife and some cardboard, however, you can make your own bokeh any shape you want. Cut a shape, such as a heart or a star, out of some cardboard, then tape the cardboard to the front of your lens. Any out-of-focus light sources in the photo will now be the shape you cut out.

Use these hacks to help make your pictures more interesting. Experimenting with your camera is a great way to learn its capabilities. Got a few favorite photo hacks of your own? Tell us all about them in the comments below.

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