DIW-ine Photography Hacks

Hi WeWiners!


Kbear here, on the topic of photography hacks!

If you’re into your photo-taking at all; you’ve probably heard of all those genius ideas out there on how to use your camera (or iPhone) to it’s full advantage without spending a pretty penny.

The internet is home to some great photography tips and tricks, but the question is: have you had a chance to try any out?

Cheap Soft Box Alternative

I mean…. there are some WHACKY ideas out there…. and I hope to try them all! But first I wanted to have a little go at my own DIW-ine ideas. And of course, it must involve wine. Because. Wine.

Hey, What’s a bit of creativity without your own input?

The Photography Philosophy

Some days it’s just important to remember why you take photos. Is it simply because you enjoy  being behind the camera? You want to create tangible memories to hold onto? Or maybe you just love the creativity involved!

If it’s the latter, then you’re probably a bit like me. I love to put my own spin on things, even if they don’t quite work out sometimes(!)

flash diffuser ideas (1)

Why Try a Photography Hack?

Finding different processes to create the same result helps to add dimension to your work. So I’ve been looking at a few mad photography hacks that supposedly return the results you would achieve with professional equipment…. Only using everyday objects.

Hmmmm…. I wonder what we could use here at WeWine? (Hint – everyday object = w.i…. g.l…….s). 😉

I’m a bit of a believer in the saying ‘use it up, wear it out, make it do or do with out’. With that said…. I am terrible at it. But getting creative always helps!


Photography – What am I Using?

(What I’m drinking: Bubbly, Beer, Red and White Wine)

I’m using a Nikon D80 with a 35mm Nikkor prime lens (because primes are prime). That’s all… in terms of actual photography equipment.

.. So, my lack of extras is the reason I thought I would try a photography hack or two instead.

I’ve been meaning to get a soft box for my external flash for a little while; but that’s easier said than done (hey, if you’re looking for Christmas present ideas for me then it will certainly go down well)!

The list of other photography items I would love is endless…. and then there’s the dream camera on top! (Nikon D810). Well, my humble little Nikon D80 serves me well thank you.

Photography Hack of the Week:

Use a Wine Glass (complete with wine) as a Flash Diffuser

Voila: Instagram in a Wine Glass

Simply hold your (full) glass of wine up to the flash and snap away.

White wine is the most obvious choice for a filter since it does give a lovely warm tone to the image without blocking too much of the flash. We used Australian Sauvignon Blanc. The image below have been taken using the exact same settings on the camera.

ISO 600, F3.5, Shutter 1/40, Flash 1/32, WB4200.


Without White Wine Filter:

Photography Flash Hacks


With White Wine Filter:

Photography Flash Wine



We did try it with an English Ale. Too warm, and far too opaque if using the same settings as above:

Photography Flash Beer


It got a little more interesting when we increased the flash:

Beer Flash Filter _DSC0205

WeWine Tip: It’s a good idea to use your built in flash on a manual setting. Too powerful a flash will result in far too strong an effect from the wine (as you will see further down). Too Weak a flash and there won’t be enough light in the frame to have any real effect on the overall image.

I would be interested to try it with a Desperado or a Sol! Or alternatively, cool down the colour temp. Adjusting the white balance could have counteracted the warm tone:

Alex Bear

Abear being too cool for school here. Definitely too cool a colour temp 😉


Red Wine did noooooo work. But it was tasty. And I had a lovely subject:

Red Wine Filter


And finally… Champers

Without Champagne Filter:



With Champagne Filter:






Uhhh With: a bit too much champagne (on the filter)



Without again:



Hmmmmm.. I think we started to lose it here… pretty Shaybear though!


Do bear in mind that the more wine you drink, the less able you will become to take photos to any great degree.

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And remember, drink in moderation – with some olives if you have any.

I would love to know what your photography hacks are guys, please let us know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to try them out.


Much love,





kbear WeWine


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