Want to give your photography a shot in the arm but don't want to spend a cent? No problem! Here are seven simple tricks that only use household objects to make your pictures better.

Some are for hardware—say, using tights and rubber bands to create new filters—while others are to do with scene-setting, like using a black tile for product shots or a tablet for free light painting. And then there's a personal favorite: using a beer cozy as a lens protector. Seriously, try it. [Cooph]