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DIY: How to Make a Waxed Canvas Camera Bag

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A night tour of Madame Tussauds is heck-of-scary, but here’s one thing more petrifying than that: damaged camera gear.

That same stuff Miss T uses will calm all your photo fears!

A DIY waxed camera bag will keep your lenses and camera bodies safe, sound, *and* dry.

Our buddy Allen Mowery put together this fantastic tutorial on how to make a water-resistant camera bag with grocery store wax, a messenger bag, and a camera bag insert.

The waxed canvas will add to that rugged mountain-man/lady look you pull off so well!

Make a DIY Waxed Camera Bag!

p.s. Today’s the last day to join Phoneography 101 before it starts mañana. Hop to it or you’ll have to wait until April!

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DIY: Craft Custom Rubber Stamps from Photos

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You’ve probably got a bag of them stashed away with old envelopes and Mr. Sketch markers.

Rubber stamps. The classic currency of Valentine’s Day and letters from your penpal.

Stamps don’t have to be boring or cheesy. They can be classy, and they can even be art.

Especially if you design them from your very own photos!

Follow along with our DIY stamp project as we take you from the pixel to the pad without breaking a sweat.

Make a Custom Photo Stamp!

p.s. Need Photoshop skillz? creativeLIVE is hosting a week of Photoshop classes. You can take over 40 different online classes taught by pros for free!

p.p.s. Happy V-Day! Sign up for Phoneography 101 and add your sweetheart (or pal) on us. TODAY ONLY!

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DIY: Steel Wool Lightpainting for Under $10

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Johnny Cash famously once sung, “Love is a burning thing.”

Whether you’re in a committed relationship, a fledgling romance or recently unattached this Valentine’s Day, one thing is certain: love is like a flame.

To honor the fires of love, Mike Benson of Wed Over Heels is showing us how to light paint with steel wool to visually ignite the frame!

This stunning effect costs less than $10 in supplies and requires no Photoshop or post-processing.

With the right precautions, you and few friends can certainly pull it off and keep your eyebrows. (Be sure to read the Safety Notice in the tutorial!)

How to Lightpaint with Steel Wool

p.s. Heads up! creativeLIVE has a free live online course to brush up on your digital photog skillz. Everything from the nitty-gritty to pro tips!

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How to Turn Your Phone Into a DIY Photo Projector for $1

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Slide projectors are great but outdated. And digital projectors cost a bundle. What’s a photographer to do when they’re looking for a bigger picture?

We’ll show you how to turn your phone into a photo projector for just $1.

Yep, for a buck you can have Instagram on overdrive and Flickr living large.

The project is so easy, you might even have time to sneak in a cat video or two.

Make a DIY Projector for $1

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DIY Photo Stands: How to Train Your Photojojo Dinos

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You just got your Photojojo package (yay!). And what’s this? A stowaway-a-saurus!

Learn how to train your newly found dino friends to sit, stay, and speak–er– hold a photo!

Gather up those stowaways and put them to good use by turning them into photo holders.

In a few easy steps, you can turn your dino collection in to a dino photo collection! (ooooh ahhhhhh)

*Don’t worry, no dinosaurs were hurt in the making of this tutorial.

Turn Your Dinos into Roaring Photo Stands

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Create In-Camera White Balance Experiments

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Did you know that white balance is the quickest way to turn your camera into an InstaLomoCrosstography machine?

This tutorial is a fun, simple way to play with color a la Instagram or Lomography without any apps or chemicals!

All you need to do is take the correct white balance and set it to the “wrong” white balance to get sweet shifts in tones and colors.

We put together a guide on exactly what kind of color shifts you’ll get with each setting. No Android-based technology here. You can do it all with the settings your camera already has!

Create Sweet White Balance Experiments

p.s. We’re giving away an iPhone Lens Dial (our primo iPhoneography gizmo) today! Here’s how to enter.

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Make a DIY Zoetrope with Your Phone

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Back when Zeppelins were zipping around and petticoats were all the rage, the zoetrope was the closest you could get to catching a movie.

If you suppose this little gizmo went out with the steam engine, think again.

Our DIY tutorial gives the zoetrope a 21st century makeover by using the panorama function of a phone.

Yes, with just a few shutter clicks and scissor snips you can create your very own stop motion movie machine.

Sound fun? Well full speed ahead on the zoetrope express!

Make a Zoetrope with Your Phone!

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Make A Film Canister Bracelet

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What’s your photo sign? Black and white? Maybe you’re a die-hard Fuji fan. Or it’s Kodak Portra that really makes you swoon.

This DIY film canister bracelet will tell your new photo friends what your favorites are! They won’t even have to ask.

With a little plying, you’ll be able to recycle your film canisters into jelly-worthy cuffs.

We can see it now. New friendships blooming over your shared love of grain!

Make A Film Canister Bracelet

p.s. Having trouble finding time to learn more about photography in your packed scheddy? Check out our pals at the New York Institute of Photography! They have primo classes you can take from anywhere on your own time.

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Let Auld Projects Be Forgot: Photo Ideas For The New Year!

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The New Year’s almost here! You know what that means: resolutions.

Time to tackle all of those photo troubles you had this past year.

  • Lose some weight: “Listen, Mr. 70-200mm, you’re a few lens elements too heavy.”
  • Eat healthier: Nom, memory cards.
  • Save more money: Uh, oh. Better switch hobbies.

Instead, try these three time-travelling projects! The Film Negative Time Capsule, Recreate a Photo, and the Reverse 365 will help you look back on years past and look forward on the year ahead!

Photo Projects for the New Year!

p.s. Wanna be our friend? Check the box, yes or no.

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Craft 35mm Film Bows for Holiday Gifts
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Your stockings are hung, your halls are decked, and it’s time to wrap up all of those presents. But you’ve got a problem. You’re tired of boring old candy cane paper and ribbons.

We’ve got an answer for this holiday head-scratcher, the 35mm film bow!

Get excited to wrap, this DIY will you have your showing off your festive craftiness AND your love of photography at the same time. It’s nothing short of a holiday miracle!

Make Gift Bows Out of 35 mm Film

p.s. Get free 2-Day shipping for U.S. orders over $100 in the Photojojo Shop!

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