7 DIY Lighting Devices To Enhance Your Photography When In Quarantine

With nearly half the population of the world under some sort of order to stay at home, art has evolved to accommodate “quarantine content.” Instagram is abuzz with a global outburst of digital imagery capturing the pandemic. Quarantined users are trying to capture this seemingly apocalyptic lockdown, from once-bustling streets now rendered empty to cautious shoppers in supermarkets. Of course, pets being adorable as always! Whether you call it Dalgona coffee or something else, you know that Instagram is full of snapshots of quarantined masses and their kitchen conquests. Here’s how you can up your quarantine photography game using DIY lighting devices without spending a dime!

DIY lighting devices

Lighting devices range from softboxes, strobes, umbrellas, and even reflectors. Proper lighting can make or break your photograph. So, fellow folks in lockdown, you don’t need any fancy equipment to make your photographs worthy of the gram. We bring you these DIY lighting devices to make your photos stand out. 

Hack #1: Make a beauty dish

DIY Lighting Devices
DIY Lighting Devices

·       What is it

A flash modifier to help you set up better lighting. It uses a reflector to distribute light at a focal point.

·       Why you need it

With a lot of photography now confined indoors, this is a way to introduce even lighting to your photos. It also highlights angles and creates proper contrast.

·       What you need

Paper plates, toothpicks, scissors

With your newly designed beauty dish, the light will bounce off from the front circle and fall on the larger paper plate that is present behind. Here, it will bounce towards the object of importance. You can now ensure that the beam of light reaching your subject is not as harsh as a direct, harsh flash. 

Hack #2: Make a reflector with just tin foil and cardboard

DIY Lighting Devices
DIY Lighting Devices

·       What is it

A reflector is a tool to help you manipulate the lighting. It provides another surface for the light to bounce from and redirects it to the subject.

·       Why you need it

A very useful accessory for creating soft, flattering lights. It lifts shadows and can accentuate your subject. They are great for taking photos in the sunlight. With the right window and reflector, you can make your perfect set up for taking still life portraits.

·       What you need

Cardboard, Aluminium foil, Tape

By carefully taping the aluminum foil on the cardboard piece, you can get your own reflector. Avoid getting any wrinkles as they can alter the light the subject will receive. Your DIY reflector is now ready to take photos!

Hack #3: Converting an old cardboard box into a speed light softbox

DIY Lighting Devices
DIY Lighting Devices

·       What is it

A speed light is like an add on flash. It emits a short burst of light, and you can control the intensity of the light. A softbox allows you to diffuse the light into an even beam. Thus, it is advantageous over flash, which gives a harsh, high-contrast light.

·       Why you need it

Speed light can act as a fill light in outdoor or low light indoor situations. By adjusting the position of the softbox, you can reduce shadows. 

·       What you need

Cardboard box, Aluminium foil, Greaseproof paper, Tape

Your DIY softbox is ready! Since you are the master of your softbox, you can choose to make it as large or as small, depending on your requirements. Keep in mind that a larger softbox would make the light softer, but at the same time, it would reduce the light from reaching the subject.

Hack #4: Make a window diffuser

DIY lighting devices
DIY Lighting Devices

·       What is it

A diffuser is a material placed between the source of light and the object which scatters the light to make it softer. 

·       Why you need it

Direct sunlight is often very overpowering and is sometimes uneven. 

·       What you need

A roll of baking parchment paper, Insulation tape

The size of the baking parchment required depends on the size of your window. You can adjust the size depending on the brightness of the sun. By taping the translucent paper in place, the paper can now create softer lights and diffuse shadows.

You can combine your window diffuser with the DIY reflector to get the perfect shot.

Hack #5: Build your own light tent

DIY lighting devices
DIY Lighting Devices

·       What is it

A light tent is a good way to start with product photography. It is essentially a cube covered with thin fabric, which creates a diffused lighting environment inside.

·       Why you need it

The easiest solution to getting even lighting at a close range. It also creates a clean backdrop. When doing indoor photography using ambient lighting, a light tent eliminates hot spots that may appear.

·       What you need

Cardboard box, White fabric, Anglepoise lamp, White paper, Tape, Scissors

A white backdrop creates a sleek image, but you can experiment with colored papers too!

Hack #6: Straw Flash Grid

DIY lighting devices
DIY Lighting Devices

·       What is it

A flash grid is an insert that goes in front of your reflector. It has a number of fine openings that basically direct the light into a straight line towards the subject.

·       Why you need it

A flash grid will give you more control of your light and, at the same time, allow you to place emphasis on your subject.

·       What you need

Straws, Knife, Ruler, Cardboard

With your DIY straw flash grid, you can precisely focus light. 

Hack #7: Ring Light

DIY lighting devices
DIY Lighting Devices

·       What is it

A ring light is a tool commonly used for beauty shots and portraits. 

·       Why you need it

Ring lights create a lively sparkle on the subject’s eyes. The diffused light helps in eliminating shadows. It also creates an even soft glow on the face.

·       What you need

Wax, Foil, Zip ties, LED string light, Tape, Scissors

Add a touch of glam to your selfies with your DIY ring light!

Use these hacks to be more productive and improve your photography at home. So shutterbugs, capture the quarantine! Photography is an art, embrace it. Pick up your cameras, get a little fancy with the way you capture things, and you are all set to create a stellar social media profile with these simple yet creative DIY photography hacks! It doesn’t have to be something too special either. Just surf the web a little to learn how to go about these DIY lighting devices and get into your photography mode today! Let’s take some advantage of the quarantine, shall we?

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