LEARN TO BE CREATIVE
There are a lot of technique and hacks out there about photography. Mostly using the most common things that we can use in everyday life. Some prefer nature, synthetic products, school supplies, films and other materials that can rarely be seen.
Using these materials are somewhat called alternative. This is relying on something else rather than using whats normally there and random. An example is blurring the sides of your lenses. This could give the image a blurred surrounding without affecting the sharpness of the subject.
Another one is applying films over the lenses rather than using the cameras options or changing the theme. This will give you an idea which material gives you the best result in your experiment. For more info, you can watch the video below for more tricks and bytes.