4th of July is my favorite holiday, and it's the perfect time of year to host a party with friends, whether you're indoors or outdoors. What does every party need? A photo backdrop! Make a simple patriotic ribbon photo backdrop that looks like an American flag to celebrate the 4th of July and take memorable photos!
When it comes to people, it's what's on the inside that counts. When it comes to houses, the outside can be pretty impressive too! Here at Curbly we love a good-lookin' exterior, so we're sharing with you a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you love the look of a beautiful home. From mansions to tiny houses, old and new alike - we've got you covered.
I've been taking pictures of rooms for a long time, going all the way back to our very first Curbly room makeover project. Shudder. Some of those old photos make me wish the internet was like Snapchat ... swiftly-disappearing.
But the nice thing about old pictures (that I hate) is that they're a good way of measuring how far my photography skills have come, so I can really be proud of more recent photos I've created, like this:
These days, no party is complete without a photo booth. They're not only a fun addition to any shindig, but they're a great way to capture memories and they create the most meaningful party favors in the world.
While renting an old-timey booth or hiring a company to run one are both nice options, they cost a pretty penny. The reality is, creating a custom photo booth using the electronics most of us already have around the house (e.g. your computer, digital camera, printer, phone) isn't very complicated. In fact, it's relatively straightforward. And, when you combine the "photo taking device" with some custom photo props or easy DIY backgrounds, your photo booth becomes the life of the party.
Follow along as we share everything you need to know about creating a custom photo booth for the party of your dreams!
We all have a stack of family photos hidden away somewhere, or tucked inside an album or two. Perhaps you have a pile of photography prints, in plain sight, still waiting to be hung on the walls. I know I am guilty of this one. Maybe, like me though, you just haven't figured out the best way to display those piled up photos yet. Let's face it, the fridge just isn't what it used to be. So, it's time to give those photos the proper home they deserve, with this Curbly original roundup: 15 cool ways to display photography and family photos in your home.
First photo lollipops and now photo furniture?? It's a regular ol' photo transfer love fest up in here! And I'm totally diggin' it.
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.
I made something similar to this during my photo school days, but it used foamcore and double stick tape and was not nearly as cool (or sturdy). That said, I LOVE this idea for a simple and creative way to display photos, prints, and art -- for cheap!
Carl Kleiner is a commercial photographer based in Sweden whose portfolio is full of incredible imagery! Today, of course, we're highlighting this series of food sculptures he created and photographed. It's got just the right amount of whimsy to send you off into a new weekend!
Well, I know what I'm doing this weekend!
Man-gifts: leather, wood, bacon, and tools for the great outdoors (or life). We've rounded up 20 gifts that would make any dad proud. Happy Father's Day!
It was a warm Sunday morning in March, and Alicia, Ayla and I were sitting on the front steps enjoying the unseasonable sunshine and blowing bubbles. Watching your three-year-old squeal with glee as she chases luminescent soap spheres is about as good as it gets, and those moments get burned in your memory pretty easily.
But just then Alicia grabbed her iPhone and snapped a picture that I think will be iconic of Ayla's childhood. As they...
As a photography enthusiast, my display methods are pretty traditional. A perfectly processed photo (from Aspen Creek Photo), a Nielsen Bainbridge frame and I'm good to go. Of course there are many different ways besides the traditional method for displaying your photography. I've scoured the internet looking for the best of best. Here they are:
This first idea take traditional, small frames but
Matt from Wood&Faulk is kind of my hero. He's always making beautiful things from simple materials and, frankly, completely and utterly blowing my mind. Like this vintage-y camera case, for example. It's gorgeous! And so easy!
In solidarity with SOPA and PIPA protesters today, I thought I'd round up some classic images of protest. These black and white photographs couldn't have much better composition if they had been planned. As it was, they weren't. That spontaneity adds to their story. (All prints are available in a variety of sizes and prices, as well as on stretched canvas, at All Posters.)
The image pictured above of a man being arrested is from the LIFE archives. It was captured at the
Well, how about ten?
Using 'hand painted railway model figurines glued into place on real food', Seattle-based artist Chirstopher Boffoli's "Disparity" series 'highlights
A couple years ago, my photography mentor showed me a picture he took that looked like an oil painting in the Dutch Master vein. There was no fancy Photoshop manipulation. Just really beautiful, natural, evening light and great timing. Since seeing that picture, I've been a little obsessed with recreating the look. Some direction from my teacher and a lot of practice has me on the right track, according to said mentor.
I wish I could tell you it was very complicated, but it isn't. Here's the 411 on getting similar results:
I don't know what it's like where you live, but the weather here has been utterly schizophrenic lately. Take yesterday for example: highs in the 60s during the middle of the day, then snow by 8pm! Madness. To make it through Winter's last desperate attempts to bring me down, I'm focusing my thoughts on all the sunny days of Summer that lie ahead. And, what could be more suitable for such a daydream than a roundup of 5 totally gorgeous, modern swimming pools? Not much.
Here's some of what has been catching our attention lately:
The Flux chair (clipped by Designspark), goes from flat to ... not flat ten seconds.