Want to make a photography gift this holiday season instead of buying one? The video above offers 6 fun ideas for easy DIY photo gifts you can try your hand at. Each product is a different way to share your photography with someone.
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Want to make some business cards for your photography business that stand out from among traditional cards? Try making some in the style of 35mm film slides. Last week we shared photographer Lars Swanson’s beautiful slide cards, and this week we have a step-by-step look at how you can make something similar.
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.
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.
The bean bag is a tool that photographers sometimes use to stabilize their camera. Plop it down on a fixed platform, and the bag can do wonders for achieving sharper shots. Instead of buying a bean bag for a marked up price, you can easily create a do-it-yourself version at home. After all, it’s just some beans in a bag… Digital Camera World has a step-by-step tutorial on how you can create one using some lentils and a pair of unwanted jeans.
What’s great about using a pair of jeans, beside the fact that denim is a very durable material, is that you can cut out the crotch section — a bit strange, we know — in order to give your bean bag a built-in zipper. This makes filling the bag a breeze, and allows you to quickly change the number of beans inside to make the bag softer or firmer.
Reduce camera shake with a bag of lentils [Digital Camera World]
For a fun weekend craft, try sculpting your own camera using a chunk of oven bake clay. Philippine based-photo enthusiast Astilla created the sculpture above, and writes,
Mold a piece of clay into a rectangle for the body. Then make all the necessary parts such as the lens, the viewfinder, the winding knobs on top and Fritz the Blitz flash (It’s good to have picture references ready just in case!).
Attach all the parts on your rectangular camera body and use your sculpting tools to make sure it attaches well. Fill in details using a pointed sculpting tool to draw necessary lines on parts and poking a hole through the viewfinder.
5 minutes in a toaster oven will harden the sculpture, after which you can decorate it with acrylic paint (be sure to let it cool first). This could make for a neat decorative piece for your desk or shelf, or a personal gift for a fellow photo enthusiast (make their favorite camera!).
Crafty Tipster: Oven Bake Cameras [Lomography]
Are you looking for creative ways to decorate your walls and display numerous photos without making it look like your crazy great-aunt’s hallway? Now you can with this ingenious DIY project!
While I would love to take credit for this idea, it is really my wife’s brainchild. Apparently a desire to decorate the walls, the concept of saving money while using up junk in one’s basement to make the house look pretty, combined with time spent surfing the web will generate exceptionally creative ideas like this. (Yes, there are others who have done similar. However, that was only discovered after the original brainchild was birthed.) So, let’s get started, shall we?