If you find yourself often shooting in cold weather and having to take your right hand glove off to operate your camera, you might want to check out Freehands gloves. These are special gloves that have thumb and index finger tips that fold back, allowing you to adjust your camera settings without having to expose the useless parts of your hand to the cold. They range from $18 to $80 and can be ordered directly from the Freehands website.
Freehands (via PhotoWalkPro)
Sharan pinhole cameras are Japanese-made cardboard camera kits that you buy and build yourself. All the parts are pre-cut, and can be assembled using tape in about 1 to 2 hours with the help of step-by-step instructions. The STD35 is a standard 35mm pinhole camera, while the Wide-35 allows you to take panoramic photos.
It’s a little to late to get this card in time for Valentine’s Day this year, but maybe this can give you some inspiration if you’re looking to create one by hand for a special photography-lover in your life. This “We Just Click” card sells for $4.50 from dudeandchick‘s Etsy store.
Do you know of any other photography-theme Valentine’s Day cards? Link us to them in the comments!
Julie Lewis saves the 35mm film of Hollywood movies from destruction after they’re done running in theaters by upcycling them into unique handbags and wallets. The 100% polyester films are sometimes from a mix of different movies, or sometimes from the same popular film (e.g. “Twilight”).
We’ve featured a Brownie camera clock in the past, but that one was a custom-made gift. Minnesota-based artist Debra Dresler converts vintage cameras into clocks as well, but makes them available for purchase. You can buy this clock made from a Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model camera for $165 over at UncommonGoods.
Beth Blafka (known as bethtastic on Etsy) makes hand casted resin bangles that look like old film negatives. Each one is hand made — and therefore unique — and costs $65 from her store. At this price it’s a fashion accessory that fits between the focal length gel bracelets ($10) and the cuffs created from old lenses ($201) that we featured before.
old film negative hand cast resin bangle, bracelet (via KEH Camera Blog)
Ordinary DSLR cameras too big and bulky for you? Check out the CHOBi CAM ONE, a DSLR-style toy camera the size of an eraser that actually has lenses you can swap in and out. It shoots 1600×1200 still photos and VGA video at 30 frames per second.
The “Photo Hanger” is a mini steel wire paperclip shaped like a miniature clothes hanger, and can be a neat way to display photographs your wall when combined with pushpins. You can also hang some string across your room or wall, and hang the photos up like you would hang clothes on a clothes line. Novelty and awesomeness, however, comes at a price — for $9.50 you get only 7 of these sweet clips over at arango.
Photo Hangers (via Wired)
Erin Paysse sells one-of-a-kind pinhole cameras created by upcycling vintage hardback books. Each camera has a magnetic shutter and is designed to take standard 35mm film.
The camera comes with it’s own set of instructions on how to load, shoot, and remove film, approximate exposure times, number of turns to advance each frame, as well as sample photos taken from some of my many cameras. Each camera takes very different pictures, so get ready to experiment with this incredible camera!
Each camera costs about $200 and can be purchased through Paysse’s Etsy store.
Photo-opoly is a Monopoly clone in which you use 22 of your own photographs for “property”. An fun idea might be to print out your friend’s photographs, customize the game with them, and give it to them as an awesome photo gift. You can pick one up for $27 over on Amazon.