Freelance photographer Michael Hughes started his practice of replacing the world's landmarks and iconic images with cheap souvenirs in 1998, accumulating over 100 images taken in 200 countries. Basically, you could call what he does manual photoshopping. What's funny about these fun images is they're more interesting than the typical images of the real things. Although, I hope Mr. Hughes did get shots sans the souvenirs too. See his entire...
I may behind in posting this video, but I'm gonna do it anyway, because I've fallen a little bit in love with it. The tune (superb in its own right) is Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie. The photography was done by Eyal Landesman and it was directed by Oren Lavie, Yuval & Merav Nathan. It's a stunning example of stop motion photography.
Digital Lighting School put together a list of 11 different lighting hacks that just might turn you into an okay photographer into a good or even great one. In case you missed them, they are:
- A Multi-Super-SB-Ring Light, made out of six speedlight flashes and a coffee can.
- Next, a Poor Man's Ring Flash, fashioned out of a used plastic milk jug.
- Or how about an inexpensive light tent?
- And the can't-get-much-simpler Party Bouncer Card...
Don’t you just LOVE Photojojo? No? Well, you will after this completely excellent tutorial showing us how to make our very own 3D cameras, using 2 disposable cameras and a bit of duct tape. Again, with many of jojo’s tuts, a bit of additional learnin’ is included, which makes them especially good for us!
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...
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!
So yesterday was the first day of my 8 week photography class, and the minute I walked into the room I felt like I arrived at the wrong party. The class is small, only about 10 students who all had their cameras out, sitting on the communal table. They were some serious cameras for a beginner digital photography class, and they made my little Canon A720 look like....well....crap. I immediately began trying to figure out a way to get my money...
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.
Melissa at Scrapbooks etc shares a technique of using ordinary packaging tape to make photo transfers. Very cool!
What you need to make them:
- A laser printer copy of a photo, preferably with one with high contrast
- Regular old packaging tape, or sheet laminate if using a large photo
- A basin of warm water
- A scissors
What you do to make them:
Click on this jump to see Melissa in action!
Delight.com's fun 2008 Holiday Gift Guide got us thinking about how to get through all the Holiday Gift Guides out there. So here's a comprehensive summary to the best 2008 Holiday Gift Guides we could find, organized by topic, just for you!
Use it as a "guide to gift guides", to help find what you're looking for. I've started with the obvious interests of Curbly readers. If you're looking for foo-foo-y girly gifts or a nice warm robe for Grandma, you'll need to do a little online research.
If you have other obvious categories you'd like to have reviewed, feel free to leave a comment for consideration.
That black and yellow Nikon strap that my wife insists must stay attached to our DSLR is the most uninspiring, and perhaps downright embarassing, photo ecoutrement I can imagine.
- Fabric of your choice
- Some paper
- A pen
- Sewing machine and thread
Simply use your old strap to make a pattern, cut and sew, and slip your old strap in...
Last winter, Polaroid announced its plans to stop produce its instant camera film. Bad news indeed, as such an aesthetic has become a mainstay in our contemporary culture, 'specially for those who grew up in the 1980s, as a Polaroid was many of our generation's first camera. Indeed, some have made careers in such a medium.
Thankfully, the digital age, which brought an end to the instant film technology in the first place, has redeemed itself...
This is the kind of stuff the internet is good for: Photocritic.org offers an absolutely incredible how-to for creating a macro photo lens out of a Pringles can. Not a focusing tube, not a light restricting snoot, but an actual lens for brilliant close-up photography. I guess the lack of lens makes the depth of field a sweet-spot/luck of the draw deal. Get it where it's best, and it's amazing. Via.
Photojojo’s Sky-Cam is just about he coolest unipod out there. And it’s DIY-able! But why oh why would you need your own sky-cam? Because it’s a great way to take group and crowd photos, as well as adding some interesting perspective to just about any other kind of shot. To make a sky-cam, you’ll need the following:
a small camera
a telescoping extension pole, 4 to 8 feet long and with a plastic threaded top
a 1/4" - 10 hangar bold
a drill and...
The always playful Photojojo has teamed up with Kodak for this fun tutorial: handmade magnetic photo bookmarks. Simply take a full body photo, print it and its mirror image, cut them out, glue the top and add magnets to the bottom for a photomagnet sandwich. Then, READ!
This DIY photowall is a mighty fine project indeed, as is Erin's update iink here. But what if you don't fancy the linear, geometric grouping? What if you need to funk up the angles a bit, avoiding any order of inspiration whatsover?
Just toss the wire and attach the bulldog clips directly to the wall with this tutorial from Photojojo.
Knowing is half the battle...and not paying for it is the other half. Be sure to peep thess FREE e-books on one of Curbly's fave media, photography. These ain't no one page folded booklet pdfs, these are BOOKS, and they're FREE, and they're GOOD.
"Pinhole cameras use a tiny hole instead of a lens to cast an often unpredictable image onto film. They're relatively simple to build, which makes them ideal DIY projects. To help you out, stock photo agency Corbis has commissioned a series of fanciful pinhole camera designs. Each camera comes as a pdf download that includes instructions to turn a simple sheet of paper into a real camera."
- Cereal box or other lightweight...
Adobe Photoshop is the premier photo-editing software, but it carries a heavy price tag for the casual user. Instructables user TechnoGeek95 offers several free alternatives to Photoshop to import, edit, stylize, and publish your photos. The tips highlight several (though mostly PC-only) freeware and online tools that get your photos looking sharp, organized, and viewable by all.