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You Only Need 5 Things to Make Your Own Home Studio
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Photography doesn’t have to be all about fancy gadgets and technology. (Though sometimes it’s more fun that way.)

Like a master chef or Jackie Chan in a bar fight, it’s all about knowing what to do with whatever you have on hand.

If you just want some great-looking product shots for your Etsy shop, or tutorial photos for that Instructable you’re writing, you only need a simple home studio.

If you’ve got a tripod, a flash and a window, you’re more than halfway there already. Read on for how to make an inexpensive, so-simple-it’s-practically-zen photo setup.

The 5 Things You Need to Make a Studio

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Make a DIY Photo Flip-Flap — Hipper Than Your Average Photo Album

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Move over humdrum photo albums, cuz we got a new photo case in town.

It’s the fantastic photo flip-flap!

A cheap and simple way to display your photos in neat-o book form, the flip-flap is named for the unique noise it makes when you open it!

Flip flaps are neat because you can see all the photos in the book at once instead of flipping through page by page by page, as is the case with regular ol’ photo albums.

Why go out and get some generic photo album when you can make your own that just requires some scrap paper, some folding, and some adhesive?

Make a Photo Flip-Flap Album

p.s. We’re hiring! Seeking web developers, product specialists, photogs, and writers. Exciting, no?

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Make the World’s Smallest Photo Postcard

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Of all the technological advancements of the 20th century, our favorite is the ability to click a device named after a rodent (mouse!) and have our inner most thoughts shot through space, right into the computers of our dearest friends and family.

We wonder, is it possible to one-up that?

It is! Ain’t no biggie. Actually, it’s very tiny. Introducing the world’s smallest photo postcard.

You can turn your photos into 1″x1/2″ confetti-sized wonders that you can even write on and mail to your favorite people. Our pal, artist and founder of the World’s Smallest Post Service Lea Redmond will show you how!

Download the template, insert your photos, sign and deliver. Your delighted friends will wonder if the world has gone mad or if it just accidentally stood under an electromagnetic shrink ray.

Make and Send the World’s Tiniest Photo Postcard

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How to Shoot Underwater Photos with a Vintage Camera

Is that cool looking vintage camera you found at the local flea really fulfilling its destiny by merely sitting on your shelf?

Your old timey cam can still give you some awesome through-the-viewfinder (TTV) shots, even if it’s broken!

We’re taking TTV one step further by dipping that ‘ol camera into the water. All your photog friends will wonder how you got these sweet vintage style underwater shots. Read on to learn how!


   
   
How to Create Coloring Book Pages Using Your Very Own Photos!

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Imagine a world where you can color on your friend’s faces and not get in trouble for it.

Now you can by making your own coloring book out of photos!

With a little help from your photo editor, you’ll be able to turn your very own snaps into a stack of ready-to-be-colored in images.

You may not be able to control the color of your photos while you’re taking pics, but with our coloring book tutorial, you’ll have the power to make your photos any little color you want.

Also, your friends will thank you for not taking a sharpie to their face in real life.

Create Coloring Book Pages Using Photos!

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Turn Your Photos into Mosaic Easter Eggs!

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Whether Easter inspires Donny Darko nightmares or delightful memories of Peeps o’ yesteryear, it’s an egg-straordinary holiday that calls for some celebratory photo fun.

No, we’re not talkin’ about the awkward Easter family portraits, or having your picture taken with the Easter bunny.

We’re talkin’ about using your own fantastic photos to spruce up an Easter egg—mosaic-style!

This DIY gives you the chance to showcase your pics while making your eggs look pretty, and you don’t have to deal with any messy dyes or markers.

The Peeps approve.

Make a Photo Mosaic Egg

p.s. Our pals at Artsy Couture turn your photos into rad Gallery Blocks. They’re beautiful solid wood blocks with your very own photos mounted onto them!

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Top 20 Ultimate Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

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When it comes to photography, we like to root for the little guy.

He’s the picture taker that works hard, is easy going and is always around when you need him.

Yep, we’re talking about one of our old favorites: the disposable camera.

While we love adding filters to our phone pics and making masterpieces with our DSLRs, there’s something magical about disposable cameras we can’t forget…

They’re cheap, fun to play with and can do almost anything!

Here’s our top 20 list of didn’t-know-you-could-do-that ways to use, abuse, modify, and make the most of your disposable camera!

Top 20 Creative Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

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Reuse Your Old Camera Strap to Make a DIY Shoulder Bag

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Hey, you got a new camera strap! Wow, that looks really good on you.

So what are you gonna do with your old one? What?! No way, you can’t just let it lie around in a drawer.

Tell you what. Dig out that old tote bag and put the strap on that. Oh you know — the bag you never use because the handles are too short.

It’ll be easy. Just put an eyelet in each side of the bag and attach the camera strap to those.

Here, look, we’ll show you how. C’mon, it’s gonna look great!

Reuse Your Old Camera Strap on a Shoulder Bag

p.s. Know what else you could do with that tote bag? Turn it into a stealth camera bag.

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Turn Your Laptop into a Photo Light Box

Could you pick your laptop out of a lineup?

We’ll be honest, we probably couldn’t.

While we love computing at the local cafe, (our fav place to tweet) we can’t help but notice that everyone else sipping cocoa seems to have the exact same aluminum “book.”

That’s why we transformed the light-up logo on our laptop into a 35mm slide viewer.

This quickie project not only makes your laptop stand out in a sea of computer clones but also shows off your photo + DIY skills to your co-workers and cafe cohorts.

  1. Gather your laptop, a 35mm film slide or negative, black tape*, and scissors.
  2. If it’s a slide, remove the film from its slide mount.
  3. Stick the film over your laptop’s light-up logo by taping it along one edge. Make a neat border around all sides of the film with the tape.
  4. When you’re done, peel the tape off the laptop (all together with the film attached) and use scissors to refine your edges. (We made ours into the shape of a slide, but you can make it any shape you want – even a camera!)
  5. Once you’re happy with your shape, re-attach the tape with film to your laptop’s light-up logo.

VoilĂ ! A laptop that shows off your DIY photography talents in less than 10 minutes.

*We used electrical tape. If you’re worried about tape residue, test a small area first.

Make a Slide Viewer with Your Laptop


   
   
How-To: Turn Digital Photos into Artistic Sunprints!

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Boy, do we love digital photos.

They’re easy to make, and we can take hundreds of pictures every day without wasting a single roll of film.

Yet after hours of photo-editing and Instagramming from our phones, sometimes we’re left yearning for some old fashioned hands-on photographic fun.

So, imagine how happy we were to discover a super fun, easy, and chemical-free method that you can use to transform your digital pictures into homemade photo sunprints!

While we’d love to spend lots of time in darkrooms printing all our photos, this method let’s us get into some analog printing fun while playing with our digital-based creations.

Make Sunprints from Digital Photos!

p.s. Tumblr isn’t what we drink out of or how we do gymnastics. It’s where you should follow us.

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