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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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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DIY PhotoPumpkin Carving Techniques.

by Chris Gardner

DIY PhotoPumpkin Carving Techniques.

I remember the first halloween that 'art' pumpkin carving books became widely available...everyone in my neighborhood carved the same three patterns...witch-on-a-broom profile, three ghosts with boo, or cutesy scarecrow face. So, while they weren't the old triangle-eyes and toothy smiles of yesteryear, the variety was as hollow as the pumpkins themselves.

Certainly, modern books have improved on the patterns, but sometimes, you just need a...

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How to Make a Magnetic Art/Photo Display

by DIY Maven

How to Make a Magnetic Art/Photo Display

Another installment in the art/photo display gallery here at Curbly is this option from Wendy at Wisdom of the Moon. 

Supplies she used:

a strip of flat metal with holes in it
metal primer
Paint
Clear protective enamel
screws
washers
magnets

What she did:

You can probably figure out, just by the list of materials, what Wendy did. Although she opted to paint the washers and metal strip, leaving them ‘raw’ for an industrial look would be a great-looking...

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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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    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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    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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    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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