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DIY: Craft Awesome Geometric Photo Mosaics!


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4×6, 5×7, 8×10: ahh, the sacred sizes of photo prints.

Well, not anymore: Photo, meet Mr. Scissor.

Yup, for this DIY, we’re giving you permission to cut up your fave photograph.

*Gasp!*

But don’t worry, this tutorial isn’t out to hurt your precious photo. We’re gonna show you how cutting your pic up can turn it into a one-of-a-kind photo art piece that you’ll want to display on your wall.

It’s time to think outside the standard ol’ print size.

Make Geometric Art With Your Pics + Scissors!

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Make an Easy DIY Wall Clock from Photos


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Let’s be honest: you’re only excited to look at a clock when you’re waiting for it signal the end of a long day. And those clocks usually aren’t much to look at.

This DIY will make you happy to see what time it is, at any time of the day. Make a clock that uses your fabulous framed photos for each hour.

It’s an easy project that we think you’ll have a fantastic time with.

Digital clocks will be wishing they were analog!

Make A Clock Using Photo Frames

p.s. Our pals at Lensbaby make this *amazing* lens called The Muse. You can squeeze and bend it to move around your photo’s sweet spot of focus!

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Alternative Prom Photography — Ideas & Tips for Truly Great Prom Photos


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Prom photo-ops have traditionally come in two flavors.

1) A camera-wielding parent on the front porch 2) The dude your high school hired arranging your arms into awkward poses.

You can shoot a mean photo, so why not try your hand at playing photographer for the night? For a kickstart, we put together a guide for prom photos that are as cool and fun as you are.

Learn how to levitate in photos or how to make your own photobooth for a post-prom party.

You only get to go to prom once (or twice, if you’re cool like that). So make photos that’ll wow your date and will be awesome to look at years later!

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Wearable Photos: A DIY guide


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Ever had the urge to wrap your body in photographs? Yes? Well, today, all of your dreams can come true!

Follow this guide to learn how to turn your photos into wearable photo fabric — that’s right fabric.

Use our Photo Fabric Dye Kit and the power of the sun to permanently print images onto most fabrics. This process is quick, easy, and works like magic.

You’ll be draped in photos in no time.

Make Wearable Photos

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Two Awesome & Creative Ways to Turn Your Photos into Sculpture


Paint and clay are some artist’s medium of choice. Yours? Photos!

Artists Nerhol and Michael Mapes collaged photos into sculptural masterpieces that’ll inspire you to try something similar with your own photos!

Nerhol (duo Ryuta and Yoshihisa) makes 3D paper-cut portraits. They start by shooting lots of portraits of one person in three minutes.

After printing and piling the photos into a stack, they cut through the stack to reveal all of the layers of photos below for a three-dimensional image.

Michael Mapes’ take on photo sculptures involves cutting up a single image and putting it back together like a mosaic.

The twist is that each piece of the photo is different — some are cut into circles, squares, put into bottles or under magnifiers. The final image looks like a rad display that you might see at a museum.

Get inspired by checking out these two projects below.

Nerhol’s Paper Cut Portraits [via It’s Nice That]

Michael Mapes’ Specimen Photo Mosaics [via This is Colossal]

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Worldwide Pinhole Day, 5 Amazing Cameras to Inspire You + Tips


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Every year, a strange and wonderful phenomenon takes place. *Every* object around you transforms into a camera.

No kidding. One time, we saw a refrigerator take a picture of an egg. Then the egg snapped a picture of a bell pepper. Before the bell pepper could take a picture, someone ate it!

Let Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day redefine your idea of what a camera can be. It’s happening this year on April 29th!

From your own fist to a saltine cracker, we’ve rounded up astounding pinhole cameras with tips for your own camera creations.

5 Incredible Pinhole Cameras

p.s. Our pals at Betabrand rawk! Submit a pic to their Model Citizen photo uploader for deals on their new women’s line. READ MORE

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

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