Photo Projects

How to Shoot Underwater Photos with a Vintage Camera

Is that cool looking vintage camera you found at the local flea really fulfilling its destiny by merely sitting on your shelf?

Your old timey cam can still give you some awesome through-the-viewfinder (TTV) shots, even if it’s broken!

We’re taking TTV one step further by dipping that ‘ol camera into the water. All your photog friends will wonder how you got these sweet vintage style underwater shots. Read on to learn how!

How to Create Coloring Book Pages Using Your Very Own Photos!

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Imagine a world where you can color on your friend’s faces and not get in trouble for it.

Now you can by making your own coloring book out of photos!

With a little help from your photo editor, you’ll be able to turn your very own snaps into a stack of ready-to-be-colored in images.

You may not be able to control the color of your photos while you’re taking pics, but with our coloring book tutorial, you’ll have the power to make your photos any little color you want.

Also, your friends will thank you for not taking a sharpie to their face in real life.

Create Coloring Book Pages Using Photos!

p.s. We’re on Facebook! (Along with yer dad and dentist) Follow us for uh-mazing extras.

Create Psychedelic Photos with a Teleidoscope

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Is real life bumming you out? Does everything around you seem too random and organic?

Then go on a teleidoscope trip and bring back some pictures!

Using a cheap kids’ teleidoscope (a type of kaleidoscope that turns whatever you look at into a pattern) and a camera, you can enter a mind-bending geometric dreamscape and have the photos to prove it.

Now that otherwise regular ‘ol photo is a limitless sea of hexagons and triangles!

Create Psychedelic Photos with a Teleidoscope

p.s. Heard of our pals Artsy Couture? They print and mount your snaps onto beautiful solid wood blocks called Gallery Blocks. We think you might like ’em! READ MORE

Plan the Photog Party of the Century in 5 Easy Steps!

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We all do it – pass by the same awesome thing everyday and think, “Someday I’m gonna take a picture of that!”

It’s time to admit that our “Someday” list is growing and growing, Jack and the Beanstalk style (no end in sight!).

Instead of tackling that giant list on your own, turn your ‘someday list’ into a group effort by having the most-fun-you-ever-had-with-a-group-of-photog-nerds: a photo scavenger hunt.

Write out your shoot list, invite your peeps, and cue up some Andrew W.K. ’cause it’s time to party.

Plan an Epic Photo Scavenger Hunt Party

p.s. Andrew W.K. is on Twitter, and so are we. (a.k.a. All the cool kids are doin’ it.)

Best Pet Portraits Ever: DIY Backdrops + Strategic Angles

Did you know cats spend 73% of their lives lying down? (That’s what we guesstimate at least.)

So if your cat – or dog, ferret or snake – spends its days lolling about your living room floor, why not turn that unused energy into creative ambition?

Theresa did. While others might’ve merely seen a cat sprawled on the ground, Theresa saw pure photographic potential.

Scissors and paper were all Theresa needed to create a fanciful underwater backdrop. Angling her camera from above, she was able to capture the best pet portrait ever: a scuba scene starring her beloved cat.

With what started as one incredible photo quickly turned into a whole new way of capturing her cat on camera.

Soon enough, her cat went form the laziest feline on the block to a balloon-wrangling, umbrella-dancing wonder.

Sure, Theresa’s cat was probably knocked out in half the shots, but if babies and kids can have dreams, pets can, too.

Make DIY Scenes for the Best Pet Portraits

Valentine’s Day: 5 Fun Ways to Share Your Love With Photos!

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Valentine’s Day: that special day each year when we get to show our cameras (or *cough* loved ones) how much we ♥ them.

Whether you have a valentine or not, it’s a great time to give love (and chocolate!) to your friends, GF/BF, family, or yourself. Just keep your hands off our Leica, she’s spoken for! ;)

With that in mind, what better time to round up some feel-good photo projects than Valentine’s Day?

We’ve whipped up a quick batch of our sweetest photo projects to shower your friends, loved ones, and walls with photo love!

Click on for secret valentine film rolls, origami photo hearts, color-me-in photography valentine cards, and even more (omg).

Five Fun Photo Projects That Help Spread The Love

p.s. Calling SF Bay Area photogs! We’re looking for a Product Photography Artist, inquire within.

How to Fit 24 Hours into One Photo

We’re convinced some photographers are born with a rather rare yet want-worthy gene.

…A mysterious code of DNA that inspires impossible-to-accomplish projects and an anti-impossible mechanism to carry them through.

Chris Kotsiopoulos is one of these photographers; his most recent endeavor: is it possible to capture a 24-hour day in one photograph?

500+ photos, 30 hours, and one 12V battery later, he discovered it was! See the impressive result.

Chris shot through day and night (Yup, he stayed up all night.), capturing the arch of the sun’s rise and fall and an epic 11 hour startrail with twilight hours to fill in the space between day and night.

Over a 12 hour period, he then composed the hundreds of photos into one endless panorama a la “little planet.” (Click the link below for his full description.)

Lesson learned: the next time an impossible-sounding project pops into your head, don’t write it off! Where there’s a will, there’s a way…or a mutated gene.

Chris Kotsiopoulus’ 24 Hour Photograph
[Take a look at his star-trail time lapse!]

See Through Your Kids’ Eyes, Wirelessly Upload from Their Camera to a Flickr Stream

The little ones in our lives are fascinating people.

They start out barely able to hold up their own head, and within a few months, they’re tearing up the rug.

It may not come as a surprise then that some kids are starting their photography lessons at the wee age of 3….like famed blogger Jason Kottke’s son Ollie!

Jason placed a digital camera in Ollie’s teeny 3 year-old hands to see what would happen.

The most awesomely clever part? He used an Eye-Fi memory card in Ollie’s camera to automatically and wirelessly upload Ollie’s photos from his camera to a Flickr account.

At any moment of the day, family and friends can take a look at his photo stream for an instant window into Ollie’s daily photo adventures.

It’s like seeing right through little Ollie’s eyes, and the photos themselves are adorable (the low-to-the-ground point of view) yet astonishing (portraits of his grandfather).

Connect with your little one through photography, and if you’re worried about your kid dropping the camera, second-hand cameras + kids = a match made in heaven.

How to Wirelessly Upload Kids’ Photos to Flickr

Photos by Ollie Kottke

Street Art Photobooths: Make Murals And Friends

Street artists are an elusive group; put a can of paint in their hand, and they’ll mural-ize a wall without making a peep or leaving a trace.

Not so with French photobooth street artist Fabian David.

He ditched the dark alleyways and cleverly misspelled monikers for a more open approach: he decorated the streets of Lyon, France with a live street art photobooth!

Using a digital camera and printer, he captured over 100 lucky people who happened to walk by, from kids to hip French youth and old folks (who we must say have some pretty slick sunglasses).

He promptly printed and slapped their photos onto a brick wall, resulting in an epic get-to-know-your-neighbor photo mural. It’s kind of like a facebook for the town, which = undeniably awesome.

Get your street art vibe on by inviting friends over to make a photobooth collage in your room or organize one with your local cafe. (Bonus: you won’t even have to run from the cops.)

Fabian David’s Street Art Photobooth

Pummelvision — The Reason You’ve Been Taking Snapshots All This Time

Ever wished you could rewind your entire life and watch it again?

Then you’ll love Pummelvision, the newest creation from Jake Lodwick, co-founder of Vimeo.

Two clicks, and Pummelvision grabs every photo long buried in your Flickr, Facebook, or Tumblr, and gives you a breathtakingly beautiful, painfully poignant, and utterly simple video summary of your life. It’s remarkable.

It’s just a few minutes, but we dare you not to be moved as you relive old apartments, boyfriends, girlfriends, just friends, jobs… You might even cry.

Pummelvision is the reason you’ve taken photos all these years. Go, go now.

[Check out our Tumblr today for more from our Q&A with Jake.]

p.s. We didn’t include a sample video because Pummelvision is all about experiencing it for yourself (so do it!).

p.p.s. Today is the last day in the shop for free Priority shipping over $50! Just in time for X-mas.