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
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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.
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.
Cubist, Inception-esque, so-freakin’-cool! Call it what you will.
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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Published on April 20, 2012 — See more Photo Projects
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.
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.
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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!
You’re ravenous. A most delectable grilled cheese sits before you, melty sides catching your eye.
It’s too beautiful to eat without photographing first!
On February 24th at 12pm EST, you’ll discover you’re not the only one. It’s a global day of photographing your food!
The Meal is calling all foodie photographers to participate in a global food photo exhibit. Your simultaneously shot photos will be collected and shown at The Brooklyn Art Library on March 31st.
It’s for a good cause, too! The Meal has partnered with Action Against Hunger, a non-profit who battles hunger around the world.
It all comes full-circle: your hunger-induced photo helps end hunger for others. Not even scarfing down a grilled cheese sandwich could beat that satisfaction.
Heads up! If you do submit, that means they can use your photo for promotional reasons. However, they’ll never sell your photo for profit. Read the deets on the Project Agreement!
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