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DIY Photography Equipment List

OK, so anyone who has ever ventured in doing some photography work realizes that whether you’re in at as a hobby or looking to work at it in a professional capacity, photography can be quite expensive.

Naturally you need a camera, film/memory card, batteries to power your unit and the absolute basics. And even these alone will likely run your at least $500 minimum. And that doesn’t even include all the other things you’ll need to invest in for portrait photos and any other spot of shooting you may wish to undertake.

So, here’s a list of photography tools you can make on your own or make use of other objects to provide the same effect.


Head to the craft store and pick up solid white foam board. You can also spray paint it with metallic silver or gold for additional color options. You can also buy a car window visor and use that.

Lens Cleaner

Don’t pay extra for a “photo specific” cleaner. Get yourself a travel-size spray cleaner of eye glasses. It will probably cost you a ton less.


You can buy muslin from a fabric shop and dye it however you choose. Or, you can use heavy, lager blankets or think sheets.

Backdrop stands

Get some PVC pipe (very cheap) and put one together on your own.

Diffusers and Gels

As mentioned in earlier posts, white medicine bottles and color copies on transparencies can fulfill both these needs effectively and for much less than the typical retail price.

Happy shooting!


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