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DIY: Geometric Wall Décor

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What do the Pythagorean Theorum, protractors and high school students scratching their heads all have in common? Geometry!

Geometry isn’t always fun, but when you combine (or add) it with photos, the results are just fantastic.

Hang your photos in triangles for to create totally fun geometric wall décor that’ll really (math) class up your walls.

Even those of us who are less than stellar at geometry, need not fear. This project is easy as 3.14.

Create Your Own Geometric Wall Décor

Picture Pumpkins: Give Your Halloween Memories a Gourdy Glow

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We’ve all been there.

You’ve braved the pumpkin’s innards and spent hours etching its Titian-hued flesh.

Then, the neighbor’s cat dashes by the window (or was that a ghost?) and suddenly you’ve lopped the smirk right off of Jack O. Lantern’s face.

It’s time to defy the exacting standards of our annual October undertaking and replace them with a more photo-realistic (because we’re using a real picture!) and totally classy (because we’re framing it!) pumpkin.

It’s a gourd revolution!

Make a Simple Picture Pumpkin

DIY: Fringed Photo Cupcake Toppers

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There is only one thing better than a cupcake with sprinkles… a cupcake with sprinkles AND a personalized cupcake topper. That’s a fact.

Yes friends, store bought toppers are like, so 2001.

We’ll show you how you can turn your photos into fun fringed cupcake toppers.

Dig out the scissors, print out some photos, frost and sprinkle your cupcakes, and let’s get fringing!

Learn How to Make Fringed Photo Cupcake Toppers

Photo Magnetism: Super Simple Photo Magnets

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Simple is the name of the game with these photo magnets.

Using only a few ingredients you can turn small photos into awesome pieces of refrigerator art.

They are fun to make, easy on the brain and cute as all get out. Once you make the first one you’ll want to start an assembly line of relaxation. A very productive assembly line of relaxation.

Simple, short and sweet. Score!

Make Super Simple Photo Magnets

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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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

Why It’s Cool:

Trying these trick shots will activate your imagination and teach you new photo skills.

They’re a fun way to spend time with your photo friends and offer a chance to spice up your feed.

While these pics will leave others wondering how you pulled them off, they are surprisingly easy to accomplish and don’t require a bunch of special gear.

#1 Change Your Perspective

What you’ll need: Where there’s a wall there’s a way to pull off this inception esque pic. Also a friend or two.

How to do it: The hardest part of this shot is figuring out how the final product will look.

While setting up, just imagine the wall you are standing against is the ground and the ground will look like a wall.

Lay with your back or side on the ground and put your feet against the wall.

The photographer sets up with the bottom of the frame lined up with your feet.

Try and look natural and imagine that gravity is pulling you towards the wall.

Wha-La, You just showed gravity what’s up!

#2 Upside-Down Face

beforeWhat you’ll need: A white sheet, googly eyes, a scarf, some tiny little glasses and a hat are fun add-ons but not strictly necessary

hint: you can find doll glasses at craft/toy stores and make a tiny hat from construction paper

How to do it: Stick your googly eyes on your subjects chin just above their mouth.

Have them lie down with their head off the edge of a bed and their chin in the air.

Place any glasses, hats or wigs on their chinny chin.

You can cover their nose with a scarf and a wrap a white sheet around their neck and chest to highlight the face sprouting from their chin.

Now grab a camera and get your friends chin face to practice its Blue Steel.

#3 Mirror Mirror

beforeWhat you’ll need: Two mirrors

How to do it: This classic mirror trick is the ultimate photocopier.

Simply place two mirrors facing one another and setup your subject in between the two.

The toughest part of is keeping your camera out of the frame.

Shooting from over the top of the rear mirror is a good technique.

Also, setting the mirrors at a slight angle creates an interesting mirrored hallway look that lets you shoot in from the side.

This is also a great way to create a bizzaro selfie by putting the camera at chest level and snapping yourself.

#4 Shadow Play

beforeWhat you’ll need: The setting sun, photo editing software

How to do it: When the light gets low, grab your cammy and head outside for some shadow snaps with a twist.

First find a heavily trafficked area like a running path or a park where you can catch people in action.

Now let the asphalt be your canvas, centering on shadows stretching from people’s feet.

Once you’re done capturing people’s dark side, open your pictures in a photo editor and rotate them 180 degreees.

Check out this tutorial for few (thrity to be exact) more ways to shoot your shadow!

#5 Symmetry Scavenger Hunt

beforeWhat you’ll need: Bright lights reflecting from a mirrored surface

How to do it: Bright flashy lights and smooth reflections float your boat? Then try out this symmetrical scavenger hunt.

Suggested topics include the moon reflected by a smooth pond, traffic lights mirrored in a car hood, or passing pedestrians doubled in a puddle.

Our example, shows hanging lights in a hotel lobby reflected by the gloss of a piano.

To capture perfect symmetry try shooting from a low angle and put the line dividing the reflection in the middle of your shot.

No fancy equipment needed for this project, in fact, your phone might be your best bet for catching reflections on the fly like in our example photo.

#6 Water Drop Wormhole

beforeWhat you’ll need: A poster, two chairs, two cotton t-shirts, a large bowl, a water pitcher, clothespins, a tripod, DSLR with flash

How to do it: Set up two chairs with their backs facing one another.

Attach your poster upside down along one side of the chair backs.

Clothespins a t-shirt over the chairs, and ball up the another t-shirt on top.

Fill up your water pitcher and place a bowl underneath the shirts to catch the water.

Pour water on the shirts and use the falling stream to focus.

Once the steady stream of water slows down to a drip start snapping pics.

Make sure you have a high ISO, a fast shutter speed, and if the room is dim you may need to use your flash.

Notice that your upside down poster appears right side up in the water drop wormhole!

#7 Clone Yourself

beforeWhat you’ll need: A phone, the app Split Pic 2.0 free for iOS or Android

How to do it: The app Split Pic 2.0 makes it super easy to create photo clones of yourself with nothing but your phone.

Launch the app and choose a layout.

You can have a friend model or snap yourself using the timer.

Split Pic divides your screen into panels and you take a new shot for each section. Just make sure to keep the camera steady.

Once you finish with the sections you can move and zoom each panel to line things up.

There’s a handy tool to blur the lines between sections and an assortment of filters.

Now you know the basics, get creative! Put your head on your cats body, make your shadow into a ghost, or show the different stages of getting dressed for dinner.

You can also try cloning in super-mega-high-def with your DSLR!

Taking It Further

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


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