The Photography Cheat Sheet

We take a look at 5 of Sheldon Evans’ most inspired suggestions to help you achieve professional effects on a budget.

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South African photographer Sheldon Evans YouTube channel is packed full of photography tips and tricks. We’ve shortlisted 5 of his most inspired suggestions to help you achieve professional effects on a budget.

1. The Plastic Bag Softbox

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Using a plastic bag as a softbox provides soft lighting of your subject without requiring you to fork out on a pro softbox. A smart way to reduce glare and shine on the cheap.

2. The Towel Video Slider

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If you don’t have the cash for a camera slider, sliding a tea towel over a polished surface may provide you with the effect you desire.

3. The Computer ‘Bokeh’

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For the uninitiated, ‘bokeh’ refers to the out-of-focus areas of an image, often achieved by a macro lens. As demonstrated by Sheldon, using a computer backlight gets the desired effect for a fraction of the cost. (It needn’t be a MacBook.)

4. The CD Lens Flare

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What better use could there be for the obsolete Compact Disc? For a cheap, reliable lens flare effect, this works pretty well!

5. The Matchstick ‘Film Burn’ Effect

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The shortcut to film burn is in the matchbox in your cupboard. Take care when trying this at home!

Watch the full video below and check out the results Sheldon got from each technique:

For more hacks, tips and camera shenanigans, check out Sheldon’s YouTube channel.

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