DIY Photo Reflector.

by Chris Gardner

DIY Photo Reflector.

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.

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The ONE piece of equipment you must have in your camera bag. And it's CHEAP!

by DIY Maven

The ONE piece of equipment you must have in your camera bag. And it's CHEAP!

A few weeks ago in photography class, we were talking about keeping our cameras 'safe' in inclement weather. A sly look came across my instructor's face as he reached for something out of his camera bag. As he pulled the object free he said something about it being an indispensable and cheap--if not FREE--addition our to photography equipment collections.

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How to make a photo kaleidoscope.

by DIY Maven

How to make a photo kaleidoscope.

(Get ready to have too much fun!) Fold Play shows how to make a photo kaleidoscope (either hex or oct), which just might be one of the coolest--and free--ways to display your photos ever. Make one or a dozen and you'll amaze not only your friends but yourself as well with your cleverness.

To make one, you'll need:

  • Photos of your choice 
  • An 8 1/2 x 11 piece of printer paper or lightweight card stock
  • A ruler
  • A boning tool (optional, but I'd...

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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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The DIY Light Table.

by Chris Gardner

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 DIY Photography Light Table - A 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...

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Art Prints from Photo Patterns

by DIY Maven

Art Prints from Photo Patterns

Gustavo Garcia's concept will allow us to create custom artwork using our personal photographs. That sounds like what tons of other websites do, but it isn't. The artwork is based on the patterns identified in the photos for a kind of pixel/Mondrian hybrid of sorts.

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Soap Bubble Photography

by DIY Maven

Soap Bubble Photography

The thing about taking a photography class is you're always looking for new and interesting images to capture. Generally, I'd rather not set up a shot so much as come upon a potential subject that strikes my fancy, but this technique of capturing 'light interference on soap film' just might make the set up worth the trouble.

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How to make an inexpensive, collapsible light box.

by DIY Maven

How to make an inexpensive, collapsible light box.

This weekend I finally decided to try my hand at making a light box. I liked a tutorial I found over at DPS where the maker used a box as his structure. It's a great, inexpensive way to make your own light box. Its downside, however, is that it's not collapsible. There was only one thing I could do: Grab a piece of paper and pencil and see if I could come up with a way to adapt the tutorial.

To make one you'll need:

  • cardboard
  • a utility...

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Print Original Artwork at Home...for cheap!

by DIY Maven

 

Print Original Artwork at Home...for cheap!

The website is called Image Revolver, and it's an outlet for artists to sell their work to the masses at very reasonable prices. The images themselves are high-resolution original works that you can print AT HOME. You choose from images sized small (8.5x11, 8 x 10), which cost 5 bucks,  medium (11x14, 11x17), which will set you back $8 and, and large (13x19), which clocks in at a only $10.

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Richard Nickel's Beautiful Abandoned Buildings

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Richard Nickel's Beautiful Abandoned Buildings

Photographer Ian Ference, who, in homage to fellow photographer and documentarian, goes by the name Richard Nickel, takes pictures of abandoned buildings in and around the New York area. The motto of his blog, The Kingston Lounge, is 'Great architecture has only two natural enemies: water, and stupid men.' Currently, Mr. Ference is offering eleven print for sale--which he considers among his best--through the Lounge. All the prints are...

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