Photo Projects

10 DIY Photo Filters on the Cheap


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Back before Snapseed and Instagram, photographers used lens filters to add snazzy effects to their snapshots.

But filters can cost you a pretty penny, and you’re quite happy keeping your pennies, thankyouverymuch.

Well, we’ve got you covered because we’ve rounded up 10 DIY photo filters that won’t cost you.

In fact, most of these things are probably just lying around the house!

So follow along with our roundup as we accentuate the analogue and re-imagine the digital.

10 DIY Photo Filters to Try!

p.s. Our pals at Mosaic make some seriously beautiful photobooks you can create right from your iPhone! Take a look-see here.

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DIY: How to Make Photo Lollipops


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Aaah Fall, how we’ve missed you!

The cooler air, colorful leaves, and pumpkin-spiced latte photos?

Yup! That’s right.

This tutorial will show you how to turn your photographs into tasty candied treats in any flavor you like for Halloween or for general eating pleasure.

In under an hour, your images will taste as good as they look.

Now isn’t that sweet?!

How to Make Photo Lollipops

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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


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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Sometimes, it’s just too cold to be outside!

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

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 starts to warm up, you can take your photo spheres out on the porch. Your neighbors will appreciate the view.

Why it’s cool:

ingred-sm It doesn’t take much to transform ordinary paper lanterns into pieces that will make your room shine.

These photo spheres look great in the daylight, and even better at night!

You can bask in the glow of your very own photos. What could be better?

Ingredients:

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  • Photos to print
  • Printer
  • 11×17 copy paper
  • 12″ Paper Lantern
  • Gel Medium
  • Sponge Brush
  • Tape
  • Xacto knife
  • Cutting Surface
  • Sphere template (optional)

STEP 1: Size It Up

paint-smMeasure the surface you want to cover and determine how big you need to print your images.

We printed four 11×17’s to wrap around our 12″ diameter lantern.

We found a good price on lanterns at World Market, but you can find them at Target, Michael’s, and a variety of online vendors. The bulb kit is usually sold separately, so make sure to pick that up as well.

Step 2: Print It Out:

paint-sm After sizing your images in Photoshop or another editing program, print them out.

We printed on regular copy paper. We found it to be easier to wrap around the sphere.

Photo paper will work, too. You might need a little extra glue. Keep in mind the thickness of the paper will affect the translucency of the sphere when lit. Photo paper will give off a more subdued light.

Step 3: Cut It Up

paint-smYou’ll need to make vertical slits on your photo in order to get it onto the sphere. Here are your two options.

You can use the sphere template to cut an elliptical pattern. Size this template to fit your photos. Use photoshop to crop it to 11″x17″ before you print. This method will keep the overlapping paper parts to a minimum.

TIP: Make sure the length of your template covers the entire sphere before cutting. You also want to make sure not to cut all the way through. You want your center “equator” to stay in tact, and use the strips to be able to bend around the thinner parts of the sphere.
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The other option is to cut straight lines vertically along your photo, again leaving the center in tact. This is the easier version, but will have more overlap at the top and bottom.

These overlapping sections are apparent in the final product, but can also produce cool effects.

Step 4: Stick it Down

paint-smStart by taping down the “equator” of your first section to hold it in place.

Coat the backside of the image with gel medium and press into place. Gel medium is a glue like paste available at any art supply store. It’s a lot like modge podge, but has a nice clean finish when it dries.

Tuck the corners over the inside edge of the lantern. You may want a little extra gel/glue here to secure them.

Step 5: Do it Again

paint-sm Repeat the previous step for each section of the photo.

Overlap each strip slightly to create a continuous image. Tuck the edges, and keep going.

TIP: Work in sections vertically across your lantern, i.e. glue the top of the first strip, then the bottom of that same strip, before moving on to the next section.

Step 6: Seal it Up:

paint-sm This step is optional, but can help give your lantern a nice, finished look.

After each section is in place, brush a thin layer of gel medium over the photo, sealing in any cracks and smoothing out areas on your sphere.

TIP: You can use your hand on the inside of the lantern to press out any parts that may have been crinkled in the process.

Step 7: Dry it out:

paint-sm Let it dry completely before hanging it.

Depending on how much gel medium was used, this can take from one hour to several hours.

Step 8: Hang it up!

paint-sm Follow the instructions that came with your lantern for connecting the bulb and socket.

Pick your favorite place and hang up your glowing photo creation.

Enjoy your photos in all of their glory!

Why Stop There?

  • Make a string of these beauties using paper lantern Christmas lights.
  • Make glowing portraits. Put a face on one orb, torso on another, legs and feet on a third.
  • Try printing photos on transparencies to make other worldly glowing orbs.

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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