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Common things with uncommon uses

Don't throw out that milk jug. It may help your photography.


TENNIS BALLS, MILK JUGS, FOAM PIPE INSULATION AND MORE

Common, everyday items that don’t cost an arm and a leg can be used ingeniously in place of many more costly photographic accessories.

An ordinary item that is not usually associated with photography can sometimes be used to solve a problem or to take the place of gear you forgot to bring or just don’t have. Some of these items can mean the difference between a good and a great picture, and a few may even become a regular part of your equipment.

YOU MAY HAVE A TIP OF YOUR OWN

If you have found an uncommon use for a common item in your photography, we invite you to share it with our visitors. If you can send a picture that shows how it works, all the better. And we'll be sure to mention your name as the originator of the idea and to credit you with the photograph.

CHECK OUT OUR UNCOMMON USES TIPS

In the meantime, have a look through our tips for common things with uncommon uses in this section, like our handy tip for a milk jug light diffuser.

Click on the links at the page bottom below. We hope you'll find information that helps you to make uncommonly-good pictures using regular, everyday items.


 
Further information...
Tennis balls
Milk jug light diffuser
Reflectors are everywhere
Foam pipe insulation
Candle putty
Masking Tape
100 uses for plastic bags
Step right up
White styrofoam panels
Makeshift ambient light meter