Inspiration

Peace, Love and Photo Curtains


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Gotta keep those good vibrations flowing, man.

Transport yourself and your living space back to the 1960’s with a beaded curtain inspired Photo Curtain.

It’s simple! Grab your favorite jpeg, a few supplies and string together a far out curtain of photographs.

Put on your rose colored sunglasses and paisley poncho and hop on the diy Photo Curtain train.

Craft a Photo Curtain of Your Very Own

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Turn Photos into Paper Flowers


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If romantic comedies have taught us anything it’s that getting a beautiful bouquet of flowers is pretty darn special.

Flowers brighten up your day, but they tend to do that one pesky little thing — dying once they’re cut.

Making flowers out of photographs is a fun and cheeky way of telling that special someone you are smitten.

Plus, these flowers will go on living as mini photographic reminders of beautiful things that have happened in your life.

Learn how to make a super fun and simple bouquet of photo flowers to cheer up your living space, a loved one, or a stranger on the street. (Because we’d all like to feel like we’re in a romantic comedy once in a while.)

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Sharon Montrose Answers What It’s Like to Photograph Lions and Other Incredible Animals

When was the last time you got to snuggle a wolf puppy at work?

Never? Us neither. Sharon Montrose, on the other hand, can raise her hand to that one (and we’re green with jelly).

Sharon’s the photographer behind The Animal Print Shop. You might’ve spotted her portraits of wide-eyed baby giraffes, raccoons looking smug, and baby bears being baby bears.

We asked about how she discovered her awesome talent for photographing animal personality and what working commercially is all about.

While wolf pups might not be next up on your model list, you’ll get inspired to sit your pet down for a session!

Sharon Montrose on Animal Photography
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Faces of Water — Making Photograms of Water


Moses Hacmon came up with one of the best photographic riddles we’ve ever heard.

How do you make a photogram of water if it’s clear? Light would just pass through it!

Moses spent years studying water and developed a photographic process that let him photograph the best part about water: its movement.

By working with a liquid film made up of nanoparticles, Moses is able to capture a moment in water’s movement. He layers this film over paper, and once water runs over it, the nanoparticles are absorbed into the paper, creating a negative image of the water’s flow.

The final image is a captivating still of the water’s twists and turns, overlaps, and shapes as it flows. You might even say you can see faces.

Moses’ most recent experiments include photographing what music looks like resonating through water. You can also help fundraise an exhibition.

More water play ideas: Aquatopiary Water Sculptures and Tim Tadder’s water wigs.

Faces of Water by Moses Hacmon via NotCot

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Perspective Play: 7 Photo Projects to Try


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Perspective tricks aren’t just for David Blane and circus folk.

Aside from fun house gimmicks, crafty photographers have discovered ways to turn perspective play into art.

We’ve rounded up seven of these how-dey-do-dat photo projects that will allow you to pull photographic rabbits out of hats (so to speak).

What better way to spend a day as you go upside down, get reflected, and lose yourself in these puzzling photographic adventures.

Create Your Own Photo Illusions

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Make Rad Abstract Photos From Milk and Food Coloring


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Picasso had his paint brush, Michelangelo had his marble, Escher had his sketchbook, and now you have a milk carton?

Strange as it may sound, you can make twisted tie-dye swirls and churning volcanos of color by simply mixing milk, soap, and a little food coloring.

This is the stuff of dreams if you are one of those photographic Jackson Pollocks who gets their jollies from abstract snaps.

Plus, you don’t need any fancy gear and all it costs is lunch money.

Poke your head in the pantry, swing by the fridge, check under the sink, and in minutes you’ll be making your own Moona Lisa.

Make a Modern Milksterpiece

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Face to GIF — The Fastest Way to Make a GIF on Your Laptop!

We’re avid Tumblr GIF-ers. We’ve done it all. Time-lapse GIFs, film scanner GIFs, wiggle GIFs.

So you can trust us when we say Face to GIF is the quickest way to make a GIF of your face.

It all happens in your browser. All you do is hit the “make a GIF” button, and it’ll record you via your computer’s webcam. Almost instantly, it’ll deliver a GIF of your face sitting behind the screen.

Now that you have the power of instant GIF-ing, you can shoot reaction GIFs (for forum and commenting fun), show Tumblr your pop n’ lock moves, and maybe even sit your favorite cat in front of the camera.

Life’s too short to not be making GIFs of your face… or pets, so have a blast.

Make a GIF of Your Face [via The Verge]

How to Shoot Portraits without People


Here’s a riddle! Or the toughest photo assignment ever.

How do you shoot a portrait without any people in it? Or a landscape without any land?

While thinking about how Ansel Adams might shoot that second one is fun, we’re totally enamored with Camilla Catrambone’s response to the first.

She shoots portraits of people not by having them sit for her but by laying out a person’s belongings and photographing that instead!

Camilla shows us her grandfather with an old rotary phone, a watch, a well-worn leather briefcase. Her grandmother — a red comb, a collection of silver spoons, a pearl necklace.

It’s the things we choose to surround ourselves with that tell the story of who we are.

Photographing a person’s possessions is a way of bringing that person to life. What a way to solve a riddle.

Also, see: Scanography — self portraits via scanner and What’s in your bag?

Portraits of My Family by Camilla Catrambone

How to Use Photography to Help in Natural Disasters — Operation Photo Rescue


UPDATE 5/22: Due to an overwhelming response, Operation Photo Rescue has closed their volunteer registration. Check back later! We’ll update when it opens again.

You’ve run through this fire drill a million times over: first, you grab the family cat, then your family photos.

Sadly, it doesn’t always work out that way. While many are grateful to survive a natural disaster, they’re still left devastated from the loss of everything they own.

The worst of it might just be the loss of irreplacable family photos.

Operation Photo Rescue is a league of photographers and graphic designers who set out to help survivors get their treasured memories back.

OPR’s first mission was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since then, they’ve restored 9,000+ photos in other disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

If you’re itching to help, OPR’s always looking for skilled photo restorers and fundraising.

You can help folks get back photos from their wedding day, that regal portrait of their great of grandpa, and snapshots of their daughter’s first birthday.

Won’t that feel awesome?

Operation Photo Rescue

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How Street Photography Can Turn into Astrophotography


Those Star Trek special effects guys are going to feel pret-ty foolish when they find out about Adam Kennedy.

Turns out you don’t need years of computer-generated image training to create breathtakingly detailed alien planets.

Adam finds his planets on the street! Fire hydrants, my friends.

He photographs, the rusted, peeling spheres that sit atop fire hydrants and edits them into wonderfully awe-inspiring habitats.

The best part about Adam’s planet project is that it started with a single imaginative thought.

It’s what inspires street art, photographers, and artists of every kind.

So the next time you think, hey that thing looks like that other thing, you know exactly what to do.

(Make art!)

Planets Made Out of Fire Hydrants

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