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DIY: Create Photographs Using Plant Matter!


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It’s the perfect time of year to take a break from editing at your computer. Take a stroll outside and breathe in the budding aroma of flowers.

Unbeknown to most folks, those pretty flowers harness the power to produce a stellar photograph! An anthotype to be exact — a photo print made with plant matter.

Spinach, daisies, wine, strawberries, onions, and other plants are all light sensitive. If you leave them out in the sun long enough, you’ll have your very own plant prints, just like that.

Not only do plants feed us and give us shelter, but they make photos for us, too! Is there anything these guys can’t do?

How to Make Photo Prints with Plants

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DIY: Make Easy Photo Transfers on Wood


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Phone transfers, data transfers, and work transfers: meh.

Photo transfers? Now we’re talking!

Well, how ’bout photo transfers on wood?

Yup, it’s possible, with the combined magical abilities of a laser printer and gel medium.

Wow your pals with our tutorial that’ll guide you through it all, no knocking on wood needed.

Transfer Your Fave Photo Onto Wood!

p.s. Our friends at Moo love photographers and are offering free shipping on their Luxe Cards! READ MORE

DIY — Make Photos at Home with a Quickie Darkroom


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You have a leftover box of photo paper from Photo 101, and it’s been taunting you from your shelf.

You could swear you once heard it wimper into the cold, dark night, “Make photos with me!” But, alas, you have no dark room or chemicals with which to make prints!

Good news: you can still make photos with it.

You don’t even need chemicals or an enlarger.

It’s the same concept as sun printing with a surprise appearance by analog’s bizzaro world counterpart: digital!

(All thanks to our pal Mike Dunckley for sharing his photos and showing us how.)

Make Photos at Home without Chemicals

p.s. Our phoneography blog, We Love Phoneography, is having a contest today! Check it out to try your luck to possibly win a Wood Camera iPhone Case or Cell Lenses.
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DIY: Turn Digital Photos into Vintage-like Prints with Mulberry Paper


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What is it that makes vintage photos so inherently beautiful? It may very well be that they’ve been loved for so many years.

And while we’d like to wait around to watch our photos get lovelier and lovelier by the year, it’d take forevs. That’s why we dug our pal Helen Stead‘s idea so much!

She prints photos on mulberry paper, a translucent paper made from the bark of mulberry trees.

It’s the paper’s fabric-like texture that turns your normally crisp digital photos into stunningly soft, muted visions of yesteryear.

Thanks, mulberry paper, for saving us the 50 year waiting period.

Make Vintage Style Prints with Mulberry Paper

p.s. We’re hiring a full-time buyer (a.ka. a treasure hunter!) to join our team in San Francisco. Could it be you? READ MORE

The DIY Stone Photo Holder: Make a Rad Photo Display for Under $5


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Pet rocks were the best: your mom didn’t get mad at you if you forgot to feed them, they didn’t chew on your favorite sneakers, and they didn’t need to be house-trained.

What’s just as easy to handle and shows off your favorite snaps?

Why, stone photo holders of course!

Yup, stones aren’t just for throwing, skipping, or keeping as pets—they also help make some rad photo holders.

Your ol’ pebble pets are getting upgraded to photo rock star status with this easy DIY.

Show Off Your Pics with DIY Stone Photo Holders

p.s. The first Hey, Hot Shot! competition of 2012 is open. Get your hot shots in by March 14th to win over $10K in prizes!

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DIY: Make a Scratch-Off Photo Valentine



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Scratch-off cards sure know how to take you on an emotional roller coaster. First you’re filled with gleeful anticipation and then, womp-womp. It’s a dud!

Lucky for us, our buddy Brit showed us a sure way to always get a winning scratch-off.

She taught us how to turn Polaroids (or any photo) into the best scratch-off card ever.

You can make your own easy scratch-offs using dish soap and acrylic paint. It’s really that easy.

Give one of these away to your crush or BFF for Valentine’s Day! They’ll totally be impressed by your crafty photo skills, and who knows…maybe you’ll really hit the ultimate jackpot: true love. Awww.

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DIY: Make a Scarf Camera Strap
(It’s Chilly Out There!)



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What’s incredibly soft, keeps you warm, and spends its days around your neck?

A) Your cat, Harold. B) A plush dolphin travel neck pillow. C) Solid gold bling. D) Your new favorite DIY camera strap.

If you answered D, you win! Because that’s what this tutorial is all about: how to make a DIY scarf camera strap.

It’s the warmest, most colorful and winter-friendly strap your camera’s ever met.

Our pal Stacie Grissom just so happens to be a leading authority on scarf camera straps. That’s why we asked her to put together this how-to just for you.

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Turn Your Photos into Beautiful Glass Etchings!


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Before printers spewed out photos on paper, photos were printed on glass!

Sure, that sounds like the kind of thing your Uncle Buck would make up, but we’re telling you, it’s totally true.

Just to prove it, here’s a tutorial on how to put your own photos on glass with etching!

It’s a different technique than 19th century photographers used and is as easy as old school iron-on transfers.

The results? They’ll put you on par with the most bad ass of our photo fore-fathers.

Etch Any Photo Onto Glass

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How to Make Gingerbread Cameras


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Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”. Well this year, we’re making the cameras.

Forget about gingerbread men, women, and houses. Our pals Doug and Jenny got into the holiday spirit by making gingerbread cameras!

They showed us just how they did it, so you can make one at home, too.

Make a TLR, rangefinder or a Hasselblad. You can have any camera on your wish list!

Make Gingerbread Cameras

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DIY Photo Wrapping Paper — Wrap Gifts in Your Very Own Photos!


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Reindeer and Santa Claus wrapping paper = snoozefest!

Switch things up this year with your very own DIY photographic wrapping paper.

It’s a gift in and of itself — especially if it’s got your beautiful mug on it.

Your friends and family will def want to save your crafty wrapping. Maybe they’ll even regift it!
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