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DIY Photography: Lens Attachments, Filters & Creative Effects

with Mike Hagen

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About The Class

Save Money and Be Creative at the Same time

You don’t need to buy every lens or filter for your camera in order to create impactful images. Mike Hagen is back with his DIY series to explore the hacks you can take to play with different looks when shooting. He’ll explore ways to create tilt shifts, bokeh backgrounds, lightboxes for macro field work, and star filters. 
  • You’ll learn how to make: 
  • Soft filters for photographing portraits or flowers 
  • Neutral density filters for long exposures 
  • Different fine art backgrounds like bokeh, haze and tilt-shift 
  • An inexpensive macro lens and macro diffuser 
Capture different looks by using items you can find around your house or at the local hardware store. Mike Hagen will have you expanding your camera bag and your portfolio so you can spend more time being creative and less time spending money. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Build & Shoot: Soft Filters

  3. 03

    Build & Shoot: Star Filters

  4. 04

    Build & Shoot: Ethereal Filters

  5. 05

    Build & Shoot: Sunglasses Filters

  6. 06

    Build & Shoot: Half Double Exposure Filters

  7. 07

    Build & Shoot: Heavy Stop ND Filters

  8. 08

    Build & Shoot: Tilt and Shift Lenses

  9. 09

    Build & Shoot: Bokeh Shapes

  10. 10

    Build & Shoot: Coffee Cup Sleeve Lens Hood

  11. 11

    Build & Shoot: Body Cap Pinhole

  12. 12

    Build & Shoot: Mirror Under Lens

  13. 13

    Build & Shoot: Reversible 50mm Lens Mount

  14. 14

    Build & Shoot: Free-Lensing

  15. 15

    Build & Shoot: Fisheye Lens

  16. 16

    Build & Shoot: Bellows

  17. 17

    Build & Shoot: Toilet Roll Macro Lens

  18. 18

    Build & Shoot: PVC Extension Tube

  19. 19

    Build & Shoot: Rail System

  20. 20

    Build & Shoot: Macro Flash Brackets

  21. 21

    Build & Shoot: Field Macro Light Box

  22. 22

    Build & Shoot: Chip Can Macro Diffuser

  23. 23

    Photo Review


Meet Your Expert

Mike Hagen

Mike Hagen is a professional photographer, author, and workshop leader. He's taught hundreds of workshops and thousands of students over the years on just about all photo topics including camera gear, studio lighting, Photoshop®, Lightroom®, landscape, travel, and digital workflow. ... read more

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  • user-ee46bd

    May 2017

    Love it!! Very creative and full of inspiration. Mike Hagen explains the different effects in a great way, he is precise yet easy-going so he makes learning fun. I recommend this class to all who wants to take their creative photography to the next level without spending money on expensive accessories.

  • Fotomaker


    April 2017

    Mike has an easy-going, pleasant & fun personality. He explains things clearly. Rolls with whatever happens. And, he's very good about answering audience questions in an understandable, positively reinforcing and non-judgemental way (which can be rare for some established pro photographers...).

  • Kelly Youngblood

    Kelly Youngblood

    April 2017

    I am so glad that I stumbled upon this website. It has me excited to keep going further in my photography abilities. I can't wait to be able to watch more classes. Thank you so much for this, I am going to stay up all night checking out how to do this way of shooting different ways. DYI I love this lesson.

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