Photography gear can get quite expensive. Even if you have a large budget there are so many different items that you’ll always have to decide what is a priority and what is not. Most enthusiasts want to put their money towards a quality camera body and lenses, and being able to save some money on other items is a big win.

Lighting is a critical element to photography, so it is no surprise that there are a lot of different accessories that can help to improve lighting in one way or another. This, of course, includes things like flashes, strobes, and other types of lights, but it also includes reflectors, diffusers, and other accessories that work with light in some way.

There are a lot of tutorials online that can help you to save some money by showing you how to create your own DIY versions of different pieces of gear. We’ve compiled this list of 25 DIY projects that relate specifically to lighting. The tutorials, articles, and videos showcased here are outstanding resources that can help you to get great results with your photos without the need to spend a lot on expensive equipment.

How to Make a DIY Light Panel or Scrim


DIY Light Panel

How to Build and Use a DIY Scrim

Scrim

How to Make Your Own Photo Light Box on a Budget

How to Make Your Own Photo Light Box on a Budget

Putting Together a Budget DIY Lighting System

Ultimate Photography Bundle

Lighting System

The Sun-Blaster: How to Build a Powerful DIY 1000W Equivalent LED Light for $40

Sun-Blaster

Super Bright LED Light Panel

LED Light Panel

How to Build a Globe Modifier for Under $25

How to Build a Globe Modifier for Under $25


Florescent Tube Light

Tube Light

How to Build a Killer 4-Foot Ring Light

Ring Light

Landscape Lightroom Presets

Uber Strong Ring Light for $25

Ring Light

DIY Spider Light for $40

Spider Light


How to Make a Pro-Looking “Icelight” for Less Than $30

Icelight

Make Your Own Light Sphere


Light Sphere


How to Make Your Own Softbox

How to Make Your Own Softbox

DIY Softbox

DIY Softbox

DIY Strobe Reflector

Strobe Reflector

DIY Beauty Dish

Beauty Dish

The $1 Beauty Dish


Beauty Dish

DIY Studio-Style Snoot

DIY Snout

Speedlight Snoot

Snoot

DIY Flash Diffuser

Diffuser

Create Your Own Diffusion Panels for Under $30

Create Your Own Diffusion Panels for Under $30

DIY Diffusion

DIY Diffusion

DIY Wind Proof Reflector

Wind Proof Reflector

How to Build and Use a DIY Reflector to Take Better Portraits

DIY Reflector

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