Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Viddy: The ‘World’s Cutest’ Medium Format and 35mm DIY Pinhole Camera

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DIY paper pinhole cameras aren’t a new idea, but a new creation called Viddy thinks it can stand head and shoulders above the crowd by sheer ‘cuteness.’ Seriously, the camera has dubbed itself the ‘world’s cutest’ medium format and 35mm pinhole camera, and it’s so easy to put together, it might even entice some newbies to give pinhole photography a shot. Read more…

DIY: Upcycle an Old Book Into a Neat Photo Album in a Few Easy Steps

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Much as it pains me to encourage anyone to destroy a book, if you have a second copy of something or an old book you know you’ll never flip through again, this neat little Photo Album DIY from Photojojo is worth putting on your crafts to-do list. Read more…

Quick DIY: How to Make a Pinhole Camera from a Pringles Can

This adorable young photographer’s name is Fresley, and for a recent science experiment she decided to show YouTube how to turn a Pringles can into a pinhole camera in just over 8 minutes. Read more…

Create a Photo Map to Remember Your Travels Around the World

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Want a crafty way to show off your travel photos? Try creating a personalized photo map, with states, provinces, or countries in the map replaced with pictures showing you in those locations.
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Use Beach Glass as an Awesome Medium for Photo Transfers

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One of our popular posts back in 2011 was a quick video tutorial on how you can use Mod Podge to transfer photographs onto blocks of wood (we also shared a text-based tutorial earlier this year).

If you thought that was cool, get this: you can also do the same type of photo transfer onto pieces of beach glass!
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Creating a Dryad Costume for a Fantasy Photo Shoot on a Shoestring Budget

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When I started planning a series titled DreamWorld, one of the first characters that came to me was a dryad: a nature spirit representing our connection with nature. I saw her as a strong, benevolent queen, keeping watch over the woodland creatures and protecting them. The first concept I came up with that made my heart pitter-patter with excitement was the idea of building a huge crown for her from sticks and branches. I had no idea how I was going to accomplish this, but I had a vision. And I have learned over the years that having a vision will pave the way to making it a reality, regardless of if I know how that will come about.
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Paper-Kit Helps You Turn Portrait Photos Into 3D Paper Heads

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If you’re looking for a fun and cheap gag gift that’s somewhat photography related, check out Paper-Kit. It’s a simple, and easy-to-use web app that lets you turn your portrait photos (probably better described as mug shots) into nifty 3D heads that you print, cut, and assemble yourself.
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Make Your Own DIY Christmas Gift Bows Using Strips of 35mm Film

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With Christmas just around the corner, here’s a clever DIY craft idea for adding some photographic cheer to your gift giving this year: adorn your presents with gift bows made out of 35mm film strips.
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How to Transfer a Photograph Onto Glass Using Contact Paper

About a year ago, we shared a neat DIY method of transferring black-and-white photos onto blocks of wood. A very similar technique can be used for displaying your photos on glass. Inspired Ideas writes that all you need are a toner-based print of your photo (e.g. using a copier or laser printer) and some clear contact paper.

Sticking the contact paper to your print will transfer the toner from your ordinary paper to the sticky transparent film. The next step is to soak the two connected sheets in water, which softens up the white paper and allows it to be rubbed off. What you’re left with is a piece of wet transparent contact paper that features your photo. Let it dry to restore its stickiness, and then attach the resulting “sticker” to whatever you’d like to show off your photo on (e.g. glass jars, candle holders, windows etc.)

Making Memory Candles [Inspired Ideas via Photojojo]

Art vs. Craft: The Nature of Professional Assignment Photography

A brief exchange during a passing conversation a few days ago got me thinking. Someone said something about how lucky I was to make a living as an artist. I immediately corrected them; while immensely thankful for my career, a job where I get to wake up every day and make images, I felt obligated to point out that most of the time I am not, in fact, an artist at all.

At best, assignment photographers are craftsmen, not artists, solving other people’s problems and putting other people’s ideas into effect in the most timely and cost-effective way possible; to think otherwise is delusional.
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