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6 MORE Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

by DIY Maven

6 MORE Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

Last week I posted 6 ways to use your digital camera for DIY, however, if you include the GREAT TIPS in the comments section of the post, it was more like 12 ways. With such a wonderful response, I thought I'd add a few more ways I use my digi for DIY. 

1. You can get some wonderful design ideas from public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and, yes, even bars, where proprietors are used to camera flashes. (I'm often inspired by their...

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6 Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

by DIY Maven

created on: 01/07/09

Anecdote: When MWT and I first started dating, I assisted him in changing the brakes on one of his old beaters. I've forgotten which one. It could have been 'Herb', the 1964 Chevelle handed down from his grandfather, or the '76 Nova that he bought from his family's barber, or the rusty/orange GMC 10 pickup of an unknown year affectionately referred to as 'The Unit'. Whichever it was, when the tire was off and the parts were scattered across the garage floor, we realized we didn't pay close enough attention to how we dismantled the thing. We were in quite the pickle. We decided

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How to: Photograph Holiday Light Displays

by Chris Gardner

On Friday, I'm headed to the infamous Dyker Heights Light Display in Brooklyn, and will be taking my new Nikon D90 in tow.

But, no matter how carried away these holidaysters get - one Clark Griswold-disciple reportedly pays more than $5,000 in electricity each season - there's still a whole lotta black, and very little light, making for some tough shutterbugging.

How to: Photograph Holiday Light Displays

Thankfully, plenty of master photographers have already thought through the...

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Make Your Own Pixelated Portrait from Paint Chips.

by Chris Gardner

Make Your Own Pixelated Portrait from Paint Chips.

Earlier this month, Apartment Therapy Chicago featured a home with a pixelated portrait of Lincoln, which the owners created "by pixelating a photo and boiling it down to 9 shades of gray (both done in Photoshop). [Then they] built the canvas, gridded it off in 2 inch squares, and mixed the different shades of paint. At that point it basically became a paint by number."

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Then, some clever AT reader took the approach, and recreated the aesthetic...

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8 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes.

by Chris Gardner

You know all those little things that you see need done, but whiz by simply don't have the time to accomplish them?

8 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes.

Unfortunately, they actually make your life slower and less productive, which is something for which we definately don't have time. Dumb Little Man states, "If we don’t know what we’ve got, where it is, and how to find it, we run into serious problems, lowered productivity and raised stress levels." So, check out their eight tips to...

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How to make moving pictures, Harry Potter style!

by DIY Maven

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Have you heard? The latest Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, opens today, and Photojojo is celebrating in the most magical way. They show us how to make moving pictures, just like in The Daily Prophet. For you Muggles, that's the newspaper that serves as the vehicle for the Minestry of Magic to disseminate its agenda, which should not be confused with The Quibbler, the wizarding world's equivalent of The National Enquirer, which actually reports a factual story now and then. (TMI?) Anyhoo, the photographs in the newspapers move like short films that are on a loop. They're very cool, and now, thanks to jojo's tute, we can make them! This is what you'll need to do it:

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Intro to Digital Photography: Week 2 (Messing round with f-stops)

by DIY Maven

created on: 01/14/09

First, an update. Okay, so after being totally intimidated last week, I decided to do some research  and take the plunge. Ultimately, this review prompted me to settle on the Canon G10, which has become my Red Rider B-B gun of sorts. I would have slept with it the first night after I brought it home if I knew I wouldn’t roll over and break it. But I digress.

This week in class we focused on being out of focus. More specifically depth of field...

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How To Make a Macro Photography Focusing Rail.

by Chris Gardner
More and more digital point-and-shoot cameras are coming with digital macro features, and close-up lenses for digital SLR cameras have become plenty affordable. When working with such a process, the distance between the lense and the object is essential for proper focus and clarity. Photographer Ken Stewart states, "I found myself wanting a macro focusing rail so I could smoothly and precisely vary the distance between my camera and the subject...

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11 Cool Photo Crafts.

by Chris Gardner

Making stuff is always way more fun when you're using the images of your friends and family as source material. Here's eleven clever projects that allow you to use your own digital photos to create beautiful artwork and fun crafts.

11 Cool Photo Crafts.
  • KidGrid: DIY Photo blocks
  • Customized party gear
  • Make photo magnets
  • Personalized mini-stickers
  • Custom coloring books
  • Create your own pop art
  • DIY Photo mobile
  • Bookplate stickers
  • Personalized baby books & scrapbooks
  • Photo puzzle

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Ten Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photos

by Chris Gardner

Digital Photography School suggests taking tons of photos to increase your chances of getting that perfect shot. Try these ten tiips to add a bit of diversity as you fill up your memory card.

Ten Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photos

1. Shoot your subject at different focal lengths
2. Shoot your subject from different angles

3. Shoot using different formats

4. Avoid the Group Shot Blink
5. Use continuous exposure modes

6. Move your Subject around
7. Try Exposure Bracketing
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Gots to Getcha a GorillaPod.

by Chris Gardner

Imagine this: 

You're about to complete the ultimate Curbly How-To DIY post, and you think, "Man! Wouldn't it be sweet if I could hang my camera from the ceiling, and take a photo of me actually working on it?!"

Or, you're planning to scale Mt. Rainier, and you know you'll want a photo of you and your backpacking buddies, but there's no way you're gonna lug a tripod in your pack for 14,410 feet.

Or, if you're not totally allergic to all things furry...

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