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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

    02:19
  2. 02

    Build & Shoot: Soft Filters

    11:20
  3. 03

    Build & Shoot: Star Filters

    14:56
  4. 04

    Build & Shoot: Ethereal Filters

    21:53
  5. 05

    Build & Shoot: Sunglasses Filters

    14:55
  6. 06

    Build & Shoot: Half Double Exposure Filters

    12:04
  7. 07

    Build & Shoot: Heavy Stop ND Filters

    18:14
  8. 08

    Build & Shoot: Tilt and Shift Lenses

    09:19
  9. 09

    Build & Shoot: Bokeh Shapes

    20:32
  10. 10

    Build & Shoot: Coffee Cup Sleeve Lens Hood

    05:51
  11. 11

    Build & Shoot: Body Cap Pinhole

    17:16
  12. 12

    Build & Shoot: Mirror Under Lens

    05:17
  13. 13

    Build & Shoot: Reversible 50mm Lens Mount

    17:04
  14. 14

    Build & Shoot: Free-Lensing

    10:23
  15. 15

    Build & Shoot: Fisheye Lens

    20:14
  16. 16

    Build & Shoot: Bellows

    08:46
  17. 17

    Build & Shoot: Toilet Roll Macro Lens

    05:23
  18. 18

    Build & Shoot: PVC Extension Tube

    06:49
  19. 19

    Build & Shoot: Rail System

    18:45
  20. 20

    Build & Shoot: Macro Flash Brackets

    25:54
  21. 21

    Build & Shoot: Field Macro Light Box

    15:47
  22. 22

    Build & Shoot: Chip Can Macro Diffuser

    07:07
  23. 23

    Photo Review

    10:45

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

    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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