Photo Projects

Make a Photo-Roll Pencil Holder


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Your photographs are good at being held *in* things: albums, boxes, frames …

But are they good at holding things?

Put ’em to work! Transform your photos into a useful DIY photo-roll pencil holder.

It’ll brighten up your desk, and make daydreaming of summer days that much easier.

In just a few steps, you can roll your photographs into picture-perfect container.

Thanks to our pal Tali Schiffer who showed us how to make this one of a kind photo-roll box!

How to Make a Photo-Roll Pencil Holder

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Watch Daily Life Around the World via This Instagram Hack

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What’s better than reality TV? Real life!

Your preferred way of watching it? Your Instagram stream, obvi. Being able to watch what your friends are up to in real time is just plain magic.

This is Now is a site that live streams geotagged Instagram photos in 9 awesome cities around the world–Los Angeles, Stockholm, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, London, and Paris.

You can watch Instagrammers all over Tokyo have breakfast on a Sunday morning or see who’s in Vegas on a Saturday night!

We’ve been watching Olympians hang out in London! If you haven’t had the chance to hop around the world this summer, this is one great way to experience how other folks live.

This is Now, 9 Cities Instagrammed in Real Time

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The 2012 Olympics — 8 Fascinating & Inspirational Photo Projects



Watching the Olympics is crazy-inspiring. Olympians train every single day of their life to claim their title as #1 in the world!

You can relate. You’ve spent hours in marathon photo-editing sessions. You finished your 365 without missing a day. You’ve even buffed up your arm from carrying your gear.

And just to keep you going, we’ve rounded up eight absolutely awesome photo projects that were inspired by the 2012 Olympics.

From portraits of lost tourists to photos of abandoned Olympic sites and incredible snaps of Olympians at home, you’ll get pumped to start bench-pressing your camera bag honing your own photo skills.

8 Great Olympics Themed Photo Projects

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How to Make Glowing Photo Spheres


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We’ve seen record temperatures this summer. Sometimes, it’s just too hot to be outside!

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your living room (and air conditioner).

Learn how to turn your photos into glowing photo spheres!

You’ve seen those plain paper lanterns at the store, and now you can convert them to show off your own bright and colorful photographs.

And when the temperature drops, you can take your photo spheres out on the porch. Your neighbors will appreciate the view.

Make Photo Lanterns that Light Up the Night

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Scent-o-graphy: Add Aroma to your Photos!


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Did you know your nose has secret teleporting powers?

Think about your last trip to the beach: the salty scent of surf, your coconut-scented sunscreen, and the smokey smell of bonfires.

Just thinking of the smells makes you feel like you’re really there.

Now just imagine what adding scent to your photos will do for all those memories you caught on camera!

You can add smell to your photos at home in three DIY ways, and we’ll show you just how below.

Make Delightfully Fragrant Photos

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Giving Photos a Touch of Picasso — Deconstructed Buildings


Cubist, Inception-esque, so-freakin’-cool! Call it what you will.

Michael Jantzen’s digital deconstructions of houses and churches will make you look twice.

He collages Picasso-esque buildings by digitally breaking up buildings and rotating the pieces into a totally new structure.

It’s his way of seeing the world anew and pushing the limits of what’s possible. (Awesomely, he made it a reality with this real life deconstructed house!)

If you’re inspired by these deconstructed houses, try your hand at panography, make a digital Picasso, or take advantage of Photoshop CS6’s content-aware fill tool, which lets you pick up and move objects in photos super easily.

Michael Jantzen’s Deconstructed Buildings [via It’s Nice That]

Be a Part of The 100 Project — 100 Cameras, 100 People Between 1 & 100


If you give a one-year-old a camera, what would he photograph? The inside of his mouth? A binky? The world from 25 inches off the ground?

The 100 Project will show you. It’s the newest project from the folks who brought you the Disposable Memory Project. They’re sending 100 disposable cameras to 100 people from ages 1 to 100!

Each person will document a week of their life, answering questions like what’s life like through a 99-year-old’s eyes?

They’re on the search for people in every age group, so you can apply to be a part of it! Check out the 100 so far.

The one-year-old’s already published his photos, so the rest of us kiddos better catch up!

The 100 Project

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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#Instaxagram Portraits for Analog & Digital Lovers Alike


Friends get worried when they don’t see you with a camera in tow.

That never happens though because you can always be found with *at least* two. The perfect justification: Instaxgrams.

Kyle Steed’s Instaxgrams are portraits shot half on Instax and half on Instagram.

He starts by taking a photo with his Instax and then holding that print up in front of the same subject and shooting it with his phone.

You can try your own portraits, but don’t stop yourself there. Landscapes and still-lifes make excellent subjects, too.

The analog and digital sides of you will never have a tiff again!

TIP: This project works with *any* kind of camera. Just get a photo printed, and go back to the same spot.

INSPIRATION: Get inspiration at Dear Photograph. (Thanks @moraima_photo!) Or try it digitally. See our tutorial on See-Through Photo Gadgets.

Kyle Steed’s Instaxgrams
[Watch Kyle’s site for an Instagram photo book coming this year!]

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Prism Yard — A Place to Share & Browse Camera Collections


You consider your cameras family.

You remember the day each one came into your life, and you’ve shot handsome portraits of them all. Prism Yard totally gets it.

Prism Yard’s a collaborative gallery where photographers can share and browse photos of each others’ camera collections.

Consider it one part Tokyo Camera Style and one part Camerapedia.

The categories make it easy to find favorites, but it’s also rad for checking out how other photographers are outfitting the same cameras you have at home.

You might even find a few cameras you’ve never seen! omgcamerawishlist.

Share Your Camera Collection at Prism Yard [via KEH]

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