For this year's Curbly Halloween Challenge, we came up with a simple, classic costume that you can pull together in only a few hours. We made a life-size couple's photo booth costume that is as easy to do as it is charming. Read on to find out how.
Okay, you guys. This is just plain cool! Think of all the different images you could turn into candy. THEN... think of all the different occasions you could use said candy! You've got party favors for your next, oh, ten parties covered with these bad boys.
How To: Set Up a DIY Photo Booth Using Your Computer (Free Software Download Included)
In the spirit of the new year, we're taking a look back at some of some favorites from the archives. Because old acquaintance should not be forgotten, we're bringing some inspired projects back to mind. Today, take a look at a DIY photo booth that is sure to be a hit at any 2012 bash!
There is something so classic about Polaroid pictures. And mini polaroids? Be still my heart! Here's one easy way make your pictures even more memorable.
This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.
This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album--all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children--furry or otherwise.
Here’s some of the things you’ll need to make one:
- Medium weight poster board
- Card stock, two different colors
- 1/4” wide elastic or ribbon
- Small hole punch
- Decorative brad
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Flat-bed cutter, optional but very handy
A little strange, a lotta fun, these animal photo holders are a snap to make, thanks to Ohdeedoh for deciphering PhotoJoJo's ready-made variety. They're also a fraction of the cost of the latter too!
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.
Thankfully, plenty of master photographers have already thought through the...
From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint 'em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print 'em, trace 'em, cut and frame!
• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones
• Black construction paper
• An assortment of picture frames
At the rate folks are cranking out DIY photostudio equipment (here, here, here, and here), it's entirely possible to create a fully functioning and incredibly lit studio shopping only at home improvement and craft store.
So, add this one to the list. A DIY collapsable photo reflector that looks identical to those sold commercially. Whether its reflectivity is as awesome isn't clear, but I can't imagine that shininess is for naught.
Bigger, sharper, and more refined. We continue to push our digital cameras to get closer and more detailed macro photos our of projects, food, families, and great vintage finds. Captain Molo shows us how to make a macro lens snoot for super close up images and crazy detail out of preground glass lens and a cardboard tube.
It's true...everyone loves blocks. Still. Always have, always will.
So, Photojojo came up with a tutorial to create a set of blocks you'll never be embarrassed to leave out when company comes over.
Viewing slides, tracing artwork, exposing photo emulsion for screenprinting, as a background for photography special effects...I can think of myriad reasons one could use a light table. And, with these instructions from DIYPhotography, it's a totally reasonable weekend project.
"The idea behind the light table is simple. Things look really great if the light is passing through them. As opposed to light being reflected off them. This is why...
The very best DIY projects feature photos of the making process...but what if the step requires two hands? Where's the tripod supposed to go. In your head?
Yes, actually. This instructable offers a design that helps your audience see what you see.A "tripod" that rests in your teeth.
Of course, this only works with the lightest of camera, but still, cool, right?
Upon visiting my local FreeGeek space, I noted the bubbling pile of e-scrap...techno goodies that will never be much use for a frankensteined personal computer. Did I see a potential resource of microchips, LEDs, and switches? Of course, but I wouldn't know what to do with 'em. So, instead, I started slicing, and came up with this very easy, customizable, and essentially cost-free picture frame.
Oo, oo, oo. You gotta love the possibilities opened by the battery operated LED tea light. Case in point: these photo lanterns from Ivy Kanaley from a A Field Journal.
- Store bought lanterns (glass votives are an alternative)
- Spray adhesive (suitable for paper and glass)
- Digital images
- Battery operated tea lights
- Scissors/Paper cutter
Handmade. Graphic. Photography. Useful. This DIY perpetual photo calendar really does have it all. Make one yourself with this tutorial from Sandy at Photojojo.
1. Find the numbers and shoot em.
2. Make prints.
3. Clip 'em together.
4. Use it!
The wealth of online stitching software should inspire any digital camera owner into creating their own panoramic photos. To ensure that these turn out as best they can, a specialty panoramic tripod head does the trick. But don't rush to the photoshop to get one for hundreds of dollars...instead, head to the hardware store with a Hamilton.
These re-stickable photo frames from Photojojo are so clever I can hardly stand it. Made of premium, pliable vinyl--just like those fancy wall decals--the frames not only stick to walls but to windows too. (I wonder how they'd look on a window framing a photo transfer? Hmmmm.) A set of 8 will set you back 20 big ones--or 2 for 36.