DIY Flash Diffuser From an Airsickness Bag.

by Chris Gardner

DIY Flash Diffuser From an Airsickness Bag.

Hate the In-The-Cave look of flash photography? The answer lies in the airline Barf Bag. "Yes, that’s right… Those cute lil’ white plastic bags that the airlines keep tucked away in the back of every seat are absolutely perfect for diffusing the harsh beam of a direct flash. Just one barf bag (a/k/a: “flight discomfort bag”) stuck onto the top of a flash head will mellow...

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How to Make a DIY Camera Stand

by Chris Gardner

Tripods can shoot just about every angle but one: straight down. Its very design demands that the legs will get in the way. Attaching the tripod to the ceiling or the camera to a boom stand is an option, but the thought of dangling a camera in such a way is frightening. Plus, if you’d like to use the camera for animation, keeping the camera still is essential. Professional camera stands are great, but are quite expensive.

How to Make a DIY Camera Stand

So, here goes: A DIY...

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Awesome DIY Projects from Recycled Disposable Cameras.

by Chris Gardner

Photo labs have boxes of disposable cameras, waiting to be recycled. If you ask nicely, and they'll share them by the dozens. Check out the ideas below for some clever and amazing projects for the sake of art and recycling.

  • Create a Ring Flash: This Instructable shows you how to make a DIY ring flash from six disposable camera flashes and a couple metal bowls. The project requires a bit of electronics knowledge, but the results look awesome.
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Valentine's Day Photo Ideas.

by Chris Gardner

From Photojojo:

"Here it is almost Valentine’s Day, and once again you’re searching for that grand romantic gesture (GRG).How, you ask yourself, how can I impress my one and only Schmoopy armed with only a camera and my boundless creativity?

Not to worry dear chum, Photojojo’s got your back.

We’ve got some great ideas to save the day and leave your S.O. positively chuffed. (Plus a little something for the anti-Valentines among us.)"

Valentine's Day Photo Ideas.

Idea 1: A Day...

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How to Draw with Light.

by Chris Gardner

As seen in the famous "Centaur" photograph of Picasso, or the current (and excellent) crop of Sprint commercials, the combination of a controllable light source and some long exposure photography can lead to some amazing artwork. Check out the fabulous work of the Japanese collective PikaPika here (Flickr) and here (animation).

How to Draw with Light.

Thankfully, Lori and Stuart  from LightDoodles.com are offering some help. Though they don't detail the exposure settings...

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How To Make a Macro Photography Focusing Rail.

by Chris Gardner
More and more digital point-and-shoot cameras are coming with digital macro features, and close-up lenses for digital SLR cameras have become plenty affordable. When working with such a process, the distance between the lense and the object is essential for proper focus and clarity. Photographer Ken Stewart states, "I found myself wanting a macro focusing rail so I could smoothly and precisely vary the distance between my camera and the subject...

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Mug Shot Art

by DIY Maven

Mug Shot Art

Graphic designer Mark Michaelson has spent a decade collecting old mug shots from the 1870's to 1970's. His collection consists of tens of thousands of small-time criminals, who he has dubbed the ‘Least Wanted.’ Although Michaelson knows little to nothing about the photos’ subjects, their expressions prompt our imaginations to dream up scenarios that might have gotten them into such circumstances. Currently, Mark’s exhibit ‘A Century of American...

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The Impressionistic Photography of Chuck Staley.

by DIY Maven

The Impressionistic Photography of Chuck Staley.

Digital medium has made us a little obsessed with visual clarity. Yet as we compare our megapixels, artist Chuck Staley has discovered that true clarity comes from our emotions. Using pixels rather than paints, Chuck converts his original photographs into impressionistic paintings. Drenched in color, we don’t exactly know what the original images look like, but we certainly know what they feel like. In this latest installment of Curbly’s Artist...

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How to make a light reflector for 5 bucks.

by DIY Maven

How to make a light reflector for 5 bucks.

Tim on Sublime Light shares his DIY light reflector. The minimal supplies include:

  • A piece of cardboard (a cut-up box will do nicely)
  • Aluminum foil for a silver reflector OR
  • White paper for a white reflector
  • Adhesive, Tim suggests the spray-can kind

The process of putting your new reflector is so simple, you might not even need a how-to, but just to be thorough, check out Tim’s quick tutorial.

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11 Cool Photo Crafts.

by Chris Gardner

Making stuff is always way more fun when you're using the images of your friends and family as source material. Here's eleven clever projects that allow you to use your own digital photos to create beautiful artwork and fun crafts.

11 Cool Photo Crafts.
  • KidGrid: DIY Photo blocks
  • Customized party gear
  • Make photo magnets
  • Personalized mini-stickers
  • Custom coloring books
  • Create your own pop art
  • DIY Photo mobile
  • Bookplate stickers
  • Personalized baby books & scrapbooks
  • Photo puzzle

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How To Add Custom Shaped Bokeh to Your Photos.

by Chris Gardner

Blurred lights in photo backgrounds are quite appealing...but doncha think a heart or star shaped blur would be even better?

Enter the Bokeh: "an adaptation from a a Japanese word meaning blur. In photography this term is used to describe the quality of the areas in the picture which are not in focus."

These would look killer in photos with holiday lights! 

How To Add Custom Shaped Bokeh to Your Photos.

Easy. fun. and completely DIYable with this tutorial from DIYPhotography!

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Polaroid Photography of Grant Hamilton.

by Chris Gardner

There's something about the Polaroid that still works despite its outdated technology, like Tetris or black and white films. Perhaps its the square ratio, the (near) instant output, or that useful little strip of white along the bottom...

Artist Grant Hamilton clearly still believes in the medium, and to marvelous effect....

Polaroid Photography of Grant Hamilton.

Check out Grant's Work:

sxseventy, JPG Magazine, Polanoir, Flickr.

Via Materialicious.

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How to Save Money on Portrait Lighting

by DIY Maven

How to Save Money on Portrait Lighting

My new favorite photography guru, Erin Manning, has a great tip on saving money on those pricey light reflectors. She suggests making a trip to the drug store or hardware store and picking up a car reflector. You know, one of these shiny things people prop inside their cars to keep out the sun? Here's the illuminating video.

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Ten Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photos

by Chris Gardner

Digital Photography School suggests taking tons of photos to increase your chances of getting that perfect shot. Try these ten tiips to add a bit of diversity as you fill up your memory card.

Ten Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photos

1. Shoot your subject at different focal lengths
2. Shoot your subject from different angles

3. Shoot using different formats

4. Avoid the Group Shot Blink
5. Use continuous exposure modes

6. Move your Subject around
7. Try Exposure Bracketing
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Twelve Essential Photographic Rules.

by Chris Gardner

Photo masters PopPhoto offers twelve essential photographic rules to keep in your head, which can "get you out of a jam and help you get good shots when nothing else will."

 

Twelve Essential Photographic Rules.
 

 

1. Sunny 16

2. Moony 11, 8, and 5.6

3. Camera Shake 

4. Anatomical Gray

5. Depth of Field

6. Largest Digital Print

7. Exposure

8. Quick Flash-fill

9. Flash range

10. Megapixel Multiplier

11. Action Stopping

12. Sunset 

Image Courtesy of Retrothing.typepad.com

Via

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Photography Lighting

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

I'm wanting to post my upholstery "how-to's" and I want them to look "clean" and crisp and professional.  Does anyone know where I can find easy to understand information on lighting the area I'm photographing as well as taking professional looking photographs of the finished product.  I have a great photoprapher, but he is going to get expensive every time I need to get a piece of furniture photographed.  I would like this to be

 something I can...

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Make Your Own Photo Journals and Notebooks.

by Chris Gardner

The World's best Photography Blog offers tips and a video from Judy on how to make your own handmade Photo journal or notebook.

Make Your Own Photo Journals and Notebooks.
 Materials:

  1. Two Photographs printed at 4×6 or larger
  2. 50-75 sheets of paper (same size as your photos)
  3. White glue (or Elmer’s Glue)
  4. Scissors
  5. A Brush
  6. Two clothespins, binder clips, or pegs
  7. A small sheet of construction paper or craft paper (for the spine)
  8. Wax paper
Read the instructions, and watch the video, here!

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DIY Light Box for Digital Photography.

by Chris Gardner

I thought I might take some sharp looking photos for my test tube vases.  First, I tried lighting them directly with the light reflector I bought to expose silkscreens, but it was too harsh. A quick internet search taught me that a "light box" or "light tent" provides the desired results. A little more searching provided this, which is a cool idea, but I didn’t have a clear storage bin. I did, however, notice a great deal of cardboard boxes in a...

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