If you’d like to take “lo-fi” photographs with your DSLR, but don’t want to spend money on a pricey specialty lens just for this purpose, you’re in luck. In this tutorial I’ll be showing you a simple “mod” with which you can get a similar effect for no money at all! You’ll need a piece of scotch tape, scissors and a lens.
If your wall needs decorating and you have a lot of time on your hands (and we mean a lot), you can try making a giant calendar for you wall with photos. All you need to do is go photo-hunting for numbers, days of the week, and filler squares. Then print out the photos as squares and arrange them on your wall based on the current month.
While shooting the images and printing them out is a lot of work (and a lot of fun), updating the calendar every month is what will be extremely time-consuming in the long run. However, if you’re up for it, this is a fun and creative way to spice up your wall with photo awesomeness.
(via KEH Blog)
Image credit: Calendar from Calendar Project by Caro’s Lines
Now that you’re older and not playing with stuffed animals any more, you’re probably not keeping coins in a piggy bank either. Instead, you can save up for your next camera or lens with this awesome “piggy bank” that look like a Canon 350D with an 24-105mm L lens attached. Coins are inserted through a slit in the lens, and can fill up the camera body as well. it’s available for about $23 over at 100milligrams.
Pummelvision is a neat little website that aims to help you see your life flash before your eyes by taking your Flickr, Facebook, and Tumblr photos, combining them into a rapid-fire slideshow set to music. Once the video is done the service uploads it to Vimeo or YouTube for you. The above is an example Pummelvision video created with the photos of Justin Ouellette of chromogenic (we interviewed him a while back).
Pummelvision (via Lifehacker)
Wanna give a unique present this Christmas? If you have two portraits of a particular friend (head-on and profile), Sculpteo can turn them into a miniature figure that resemble the “big head mode” from GoldenEye on the N64. Only the head is created from photos — you’ll need to describe the clothing and accessories you want to see on the figure (might we suggest a DSLR as an accessory?). A 7cm figure will cost you $75, while a 10cm one sets you back $130.
Customized figures, avatars, mini-you (via Wired)
How far can you go in protecting your gear before people start thinking you have serious issues? We’re not exactly sure, but the guy in the photo above probably crossed that line quite a few filters ago. Thankfully (or sadly, depending on how you see it) the guy isn’t actually an uber-paranoid photographer, but just someone from the BorrowLenses team having a little fun.
Want something fancy to prop up your growing collection of photography books? These snazzy vintage camera bookends sell for $50 on Amazon, and could also make a fun gift for your favorite photography-enthusiast bookworm.
Vintage Camera Bookends (via MCP Actions)
PhotoWeeklyOnline came up with this awesomely geeky periodic table of photography elements. You can also view a larger JPG version, or download a high-res PDF to print the thing out for your wall.
If you think the Japanese come up with the strangest product ideas, it’s because they do. The Fuvi Chocolate camera is designed for people who want to look like they’re shooting with a chocolate bar, with dark, vanilla, and strawberry as the possible flavors. Sadly, what’s gained in looks is lost in specs — the camera only boasts a 0.3 megapixel sensor and is limited to onboard memory (i.e. it doesn’t use a memory card). If you’re a chocolate lover and need this camera on your keychain now after seeing it, it’ll be available in Japan starting in January 2011 for ¥ 2,730 (~$33).
Chocolate Camera (via Crave)
If the first level of photo-geekiness is wearing USB cufflinks, and the second level is wearing camera cufflinks, then these mode dial cufflinks must be level three. Boy are these geeky. You can pick them for $50 on Amazon.
Camera Mode Dial Cufflinks Fun Cuff Links (via mcp actions)
P.S. The Canon 5D Mk 2 and 7D mode dial lock upgrade we mentioned yesterday will be available in the US starting December 6, 2010.