Replacing World Landmarks with Cheap Souvenirs

by DIY Maven

Replacing World Landmarks with Cheap Souvenirs

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...

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11 DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers

by DIY Maven

11 DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers

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...

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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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Intro to Digital Photography: Class #1 (Am I already behind?)

by DIY Maven

created on: 01/07/09

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...

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How to make a photo transfer with packaging tape.

by DIY Maven

created on: 12/10/08

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!

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Curbly's Guide to 2008 Holiday Gift Guides

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/20/08

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. 

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How To: Make a Crafty Camera Strap.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Crafty Camera Strap.

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.

Now THIS, on the other hand, makes me want to shoot the entire world.

Materials

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Some paper
  • A pen
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread

Simply use your old strap to make a pattern, cut and sew, and slip your old strap in...

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Poladroid: Give Your Photos an Instant Polaroid Effect!

by Chris Gardner

Poladroid: Give Your Photos an Instant Polaroid Effect!

created on: 11/06/08

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...

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How To: Turn a Pringles Can into a Macro Photography Tube.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Turn a Pringles Can into a Macro Photography Tube.

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.

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DIY Sky-Cam Unipod

by DIY Maven

DIY Sky-Cam Unipod

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...

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A Twist on the Photo Wall: Bulldog Clips.

by Chris Gardner

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.

Materials:

  • A whole mess o’ photos
  • Assorted bulldog clips and/or binder clips
  • A hammer
  • Small nails or...
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    8 Free Photography eBooks

    by Chris Gardner

    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.

    1. Tinker Tubes - Personal Lighting Systems by Dean Collins

    2. Lighting 101 by David Hobby

    3. JPG Magazine by 8020 Publishing

    4. The Image-Space Tips and Tricks collection by Joe Barrett

    5. Wedding...

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    Print Your Own Free Pinhole Cameras.

    by Chris Gardner

    "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."

    Print Your Own Free Pinhole Cameras.

    Materials

    • Cereal box or other lightweight...

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    Edit and Finalize your Photos with Free Alternatives to Photoshop.

    by Chris Gardner

    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.

     

    Edit and Finalize your Photos with Free Alternatives to Photoshop.
    Among the options:

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