Here’s a fantastic project/gift idea for those of you who are both tech-savvy and artsy: make a custom snow globe of your house. The process involves capturing photographs of the house from all sides, turning the images into a 3D model of the home using a 3D modeling program (e.g. Google Sketchup), turning the 3D model into a physical object using a 3D printing service (e.g. Shapeways), and then sticking the object into a custom snow globe kit. Qarl has published a step-by-step tutorial on the process.
the weather outside is frightful (via Boing Boing)
If you thought our Leica iPhone skins are geeky, check out this new case made by the Japanese brand Gizmon. It gives your iPhone a fake rangefinder-style body that isn’t entirely useless: the case’s shutter button actually takes pictures and the optical viewfinder can be used to compose shots. Additional features include a lens mount, a tripod socket, and camera strap holes.
Photographer and craftaholic Parul Arora sells beautiful Polaroid picture ceramic coasters through her Etsy shop justnoey for about $12 each. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also try buying some blank white ceramic coasters and making your own, though transferring your photos onto the tiles might be a bit difficult. One option might be to glue a print onto the tile and then paint over it with Mod Podge to seal it.
justnoey on Etsy (via The Style Files)
Want to turn your room into giant camera obscura? Photographer Justin Quinnell (whose work we featured back in June) has created a Camera Obscura Kit that makes the conversion easy. Each kit contains a projection lens, a mount template, velcro tape, a projection sheet, and a handheld screen. They cost £25 apiece over on Quinnell’s website.
Camera Obscura Kit (via phototuts+)
This giant film roll packs a roll of toilet paper instead of photographic film. It’s refillable, and can be placed on a table (dispensing TP through the top) or mounted on a wall (with the TP coming out the side). They come in red, yellow, and green, and cost $17 apiece over at Brando.
100 Film Paper Towel Box (via Unplggd via Jim Golstein)
Udi over at DIYPhotography has announced a cookie cutter set you can use to make camera shaped cookies. Each set contains 3 cutters shaped like three types of cameras — SLR, TLR, and Rangefinder — and costs $18.
Camera Cookie Cutters [DIYPhotography Store]
Holga is selling an iPhone Lens Filter Kit that packs 9 separate “retro” filters into a single accessory using a rotary dial. While the design itself is pretty clever, the resulting photographs are a bit… strange. They sell for $25 over in the Holga store.
Holga iPhone Lens Filter Kit (via Boing Boing via Gizmodo)
Miniature Moments is a new service that uses 3D printing to turn photographs into 3D resin “miniatures”. The small passport photo-sized creations measure 46mm x 37mm, and don’t look very impressive until they’re held up to light. Once it’s illuminated from behind, then it turns into a highly detailed photograph that resembles developed film.
“Airframe”, designed by Korean designer James Kim, is a picture frame shaped like an airplane window.
Whether you are a seasoned traveler or new to the skies you can always have a lofty window seat view with this portal overlooking aerial views from your memorable vacation.
They come in sets of 3, which cost $47 each over in the designboom shop.
Airframe by James Kim (via @Photojojo)
Glow Graffiti is an aerosol can-style light painting tool similar to the one by artist Aïssa Logerot that we featured back in September. It’s powered by a UV light rather than the interchangeable LED lights used by Logerot, but the Glow Graffiti comes with a special UV-sensitive backdrop on which paintings are visible for around 30 seconds (the kit contains letter stencils too). You can pick up a set for $39 from Photojojo or Amazon (it’s prime eligible).
Glow Graffiti Toolset (via PhotoWeeklyOnline)