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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!

How to Take Awesome Prom 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.

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Make a 3D Photo Booth for GIF-y Memories

The typical photo booth experience goes something like this: press button, contort your otherwise beautiful face into odd shapes, and wait.

You know exactly what’ll pop out. But what if the booth spit out something totally unexpected?

Like a Kit Kat bar? Or a THREE-DEE photo!!

That’s exactly what the Protobooth delivers.

Design firm, Digital Kitchen, made a DIY 3D photo booth out of three Canon 5D MarkIIs and four Macbook Pros.

With a little hackery know-how, they shot animated photo booth photos that wiggle to-and-fro and make you feel like you’re really there … all over again! (See their behind-the-scenes.)

To make your own 3D setup with stuff you already own, check out our 3D how-to. No hackery needed!

Protobooth: A 3-D Photo Booth
[See all the photos] via KEH

BONUS!: For more 3D ideas, check out How to Shoot the Galaxy in 3D.
If 3D isn’t your thing, check out the Photo Booth Locator to find photo booths anywhere in the world.


   
   
#From Where I Stand, Skyscraper Edition

You’ve taken #From Where I Stand shots in a snowy field, in line at the market, on 8 mile hikes and down alleyways in far-off countries.

The last frontier? The ledge of your town’s highest skyscraper.

Sounds scary, but once you scale your way up and point your camera down, you’ll fall in love with what you see.

Dennis Maitland can attest to it. He’s been documenting his rooftop adventures in Detroit by photographing his feet over ledges.

The result is an awesome collection of aerial views with a touch of self-portrait.

#Fromwhereistand → #Fromwheremyfeetdangle.

Dennis Maitland’s Skyscraper Self-Portraits
via Fubiz

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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!

Make Photo Wrapping Paper

p.s. The Photojojo Store is still shipping for Christmas! Orders placed today over $100 get free UPS 2-day delivery just in time for Santa. So come on over!

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Help Portrait: Take Portraits & Give Them, Too!

Superheroes were never paid for their humanitarian efforts. Come to think of it, they kinda just did all their do-goodin’ for free!

Maybe it’s because there’s something intrinsically awesome about helping others. It just makes you feel good.

On December 10th, you can take part in Help Portrait by giving a portrait to someone in need!

With the forthcoming Christmas tree installations and mall traffic, give a portrait to restore dignity, bring smiles and even remind people, many of whom have forgotten, how beautiful they are.

How to Give a Portrait to Someone in Need

Photo: Dallas, TX Help Portrait

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How Cameras & Toys Change Kids’ Lives

We’ve all been there: not having the words to express what we feel. Kids in war zones know this too well.

Brian McCarty had a thought: what if cameras were the key to teaching kids how to tell their stories?

He traveled to Jerusalem, the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to find out.

Brian asked kids to draw what they’ve seen, and then recreated the scenes in a photograph with toys. He found that a combination of play and art therapy was a powerful and life changing way to give kids a voice.

Photographers often turn to their camera when words just won’t do. Turns out kids are no different.

Wanna get involved? Watch a short video at the Kickstarter link below!

War Toys: A Therapeutic Photo Project

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7 Photo-Worthy Costume Ideas to Inspire Your Halloween Attire!

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Bored with pre-packaged costume sets?

Tired of putting together rushed, ho-hum outfits right before hitting up that Halloween shindig?

Well, it’s time to get excited, stop procrastinating, and grab that glue gun cuz have we got the round-up for you!

Get inspired and delighted with 7 photo-inspired costumes ideas that include: cunning grayscale attire, the pixelation of a person, and a wicked pair of interactive paper iris glasses!

Make this year’s Halloween costume truly photo-worthy —and maybe contest-winning, too!

7 Rad Photo-Themed Costume Ideas!

p.s. Like us on Facebook today! We’re giving away a Double Exposure Digi Camera!!

Main GIF: Grayscale – BoingBoing, Pixel guy – Joe Nicosia, and Glasses – art.makes.

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How to Photograph the Galaxy…in 3D!

The minute Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic takes off, you’ll be first in line. Where else can you get a better photo of the Milky Way than in space?

‘Til then, you’ll have to bring the stars down to Earth.

That’s what Ignacio Torres did in his photo project Stellar! He simulated an awesomely convincing galaxy with confetti, dust, and a 3-D camera (that’s where the wiggle GIF comes in!).

The combination of floating people and sparkling clouds is supreme space eye candy.

Here’s how to make your own — Have your friends jump and throw the flour and confetti at the same time. The flash will get the confetti to sparkle like stars and catch your friend floating in space! Meanwhile, the 3-D camera (see our DIY version) gives your galaxy the depth that makes it look real.

Your friends will officially be the first space tourists, and they won’t even have to buy a $2million ticket. Rawk.

Stellar — Ignacio Torres’ Galactic GIFs


   

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