7 camera hacks that you might not have heard of

Getting to know your camera is just one, albeit important step to mastering photography. Even if you go over the booklet covering what your camera can do, there are still other tricks to try. Here are 7 camera hacks that you might not have heard of.
Camera hacks can make it easy to create the type of photos you want. You can try all of these out, or focus on one until you get the hang of it before trying another hack. Check out these hacks you might not know about.
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1. Packing tape
Cut packing tape into a half inch strip that is three inches long. If you have a screen that can flip out, place the tip of the tape on the backside, and fold it into a nice little tab. This works great for photographers and videographers who want to shoot scene from their view, then take shots of themselves.
2. Macro lens
You can make your own macro lens by reversing the lens you already have. There are several ways to do this. One way is to use a toilet paper roll. Make four small cuts along one end of the roll, so that is will fit over the lens. Hold the toilet paper roll side where the lens would go on the camera and shoot for macro photography.
4. Plastic bag
If you haven't already, try taking pictures while its raining. To avoid ruining your camera, enclose it in a plastic bag. Put on the lens hood and place the plastic bag over the hood and camera. Wrap a rubber band around the bag so it stays on the camera. Tear or cut a hole where the lens is and start taking your rain shots.
5. USB drive save
Many photographers use USB drives to save their photos on, and sometimes when cables for those drives are needed they disappear. You can always tie it to something near your computer, so the cables are always there when you need to upload pictures from your USB drive to your computer
6. Balloon
You can use a balloon in place of a flash diffuser for portrait photography. A white balloon will create soft light, ideal for portraits. Keep one with you when shooting portraits.
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7. Old phone screen
You can use an old cell phone screen as a polarizing filter. Take an old phone apart to use the screen as a filter on your camera. This screen will filter out glare, bringing out more colors in your shot. Try out different angles to get the best color and filter effects.

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