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There are many ways to take a good photograph: positioning and lighting, compelling subject matter and decent equipment can all play a role. However, it's also possible to boost the quality of your photos via a few simple tricks. With that in mind, here are 21 camera hacks from the Lifehacker archives - from candid photography tips to cheap DIY accessories.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Cisco might have discontinued the Flip series of camcorders, but if you have one sitting around and want to use it for for than just quick video takes, Instructables user FlipVans1966 has a guide to getting more out of the camera.

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If you spend any time on video at your desk, either video-chatting with friends or recording work you may be doing so you can show other people, you know it can be difficult to get a camera in position while you work with your hands. This quick hack gives you a jig perfect for a web cam or a phone to keep it still and in one place while you're recording.

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Depth of field adaptors are devices you attach to your video camera to help provide the look and shallow depth of field capable with 35mm film. Generally these can get pretty pricey, but you can save a lot of money by building your own. It seems a little daunting but it's actually not as complicated as you might think.

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A macro lens can cost hundred of dollars, which you can save if you're handy with a soldering iron and aren't afraid to operate on the lens that came with your SLR camera. Even if you aren't, though, this DIY video is one of the most compelling and cinematic ones we've ever seen, so it's worth a look.

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Sometimes lighting conditions aren't the best when you're recording video or taking pictures, regardless of how great your camera is. One of the best ways to remedy this situation is with a camera-mounted LED light. Problem is, good ones cost a few hundred dollars. Fortunately, you can make one yourself for a lot less.

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So you've been thinking about getting a DSLR but you're not sure if you're ready to step up to a heavy-duty camera. If you don't have a friend who can teach you how it works, or you'd rather learn on your own, CameraSim can give you a pretty realistic account of what it's like to use a DSLR — but in your web browser.

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Your digital camera, whether built in to your mobile phone or a hefty DSLR, is an incredible creative tool. If you've only used it as it comes straight out of the box, however, you're only scratching the surface. Here are our top 10 photography hacks to supercharge your camera.