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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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5 Fantastic DIY Ways To Take Your Cell Photos Off-Screen


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We’ll admit it, we’re obsessed with iPhoneography.

We take our cell phone lenses everywhere we go, we share our photos in real time, we even dress up our phones to look like our favorite cameras!

We thought it was about time that we started taking our photos out of our phones and sharing them with the material world.

Today we’re showing you how you can make your own phone photo stickers, magnets, photobooth-style strips, lamps, and more with your iPhone photos using your household inkjet printer!

Use Your Cell Phone Shots To Make DIY Projects!

p.s. The awesome folks at Easy Canvas Prints (wizards at turning your photos into awesome canvas prints) are *giving away* free canvas prints on our Facebook page today!

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How To Make Photo Transparencies with Impossible Project Instant Film!


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If you know us, you know we love instant film. A lot.

So, when we heard Impossible Project would be releasing two new & improved instant films, we jumped at the chance to give ’em a whirl.

First we met PX 680: A film that produces beautifully saturated prints that practically ooze with color.

Second, Black Frame PX 600 silver shade: A black and white film with sleek black frames for a classic, gallery-ready look.

Both films are so easy to use and versatile, your camera might write you a love letter for feeding it so well.

Plus: While experimenting, we found a technique that’ll let you transform your new black frame images into photo transparencies!

It’s simple, fun, and takes less than five minutes. We were so impressed with the results, we had to share.

How-To: Make Instant Transparencies
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Photo Science: How 5 Photo Techniques Work & How You Can Play With Them!


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Ever wonder how your camera works?

…If instant photos are actually made of something other than magic?

We sure as heck do!

In fact, we think the science of photography is half of the reason that being a photographer is so freakin’ cool.

While photography usually feels like magic, it’s actually very scientific and mathematical. (We even know the ISO of the human eye!)

We’re going to show you some of our favorite basic photography techniques, what makes them tick, and how you can try them all yourself for a hands-on view of how all your favorite photo stuff works!

5 Ways to Play with Photo Science

p.s. We’re searching for a few fabulous photogs to take photos for the shop! Got what it takes?

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Turn Your Photos into Mosaic Easter Eggs!


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Whether Easter inspires Donny Darko nightmares or delightful memories of Peeps o’ yesteryear, it’s an egg-straordinary holiday that calls for some celebratory photo fun.

No, we’re not talkin’ about the awkward Easter family portraits, or having your picture taken with the Easter bunny.

We’re talkin’ about using your own fantastic photos to spruce up an Easter egg—mosaic-style!

This DIY gives you the chance to showcase your pics while making your eggs look pretty, and you don’t have to deal with any messy dyes or markers.

The Peeps approve.

Make a Photo Mosaic Egg

p.s. Our pals at Artsy Couture turn your photos into rad Gallery Blocks. They’re beautiful solid wood blocks with your very own photos mounted onto them!

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Reuse Your Old Camera Strap to Make a DIY Shoulder Bag


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Hey, you got a new camera strap! Wow, that looks really good on you.

So what are you gonna do with your old one? What?! No way, you can’t just let it lie around in a drawer.

Tell you what. Dig out that old tote bag and put the strap on that. Oh you know — the bag you never use because the handles are too short.

It’ll be easy. Just put an eyelet in each side of the bag and attach the camera strap to those.

Here, look, we’ll show you how. C’mon, it’s gonna look great!

Reuse Your Old Camera Strap on a Shoulder Bag

p.s. Know what else you could do with that tote bag? Turn it into a stealth camera bag. READ MORE

How-To: Turn Digital Photos into Artistic Sunprints!


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Boy, do we love digital photos.

They’re easy to make, and we can take hundreds of pictures every day without wasting a single roll of film.

Yet after hours of photo-editing and Instagramming from our phones, sometimes we’re left yearning for some old fashioned hands-on photographic fun.

So, imagine how happy we were to discover a super fun, easy, and chemical-free method that you can use to transform your digital pictures into homemade photo sunprints!

While we’d love to spend lots of time in darkrooms printing all our photos, this method let’s us get into some analog printing fun while playing with our digital-based creations.

Make Sunprints from Digital Photos!

p.s. Tumblr isn’t what we drink out of or how we do gymnastics. It’s where you should follow us.
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Make a Photorealistic Gadget Pouch


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Marsupials are jerks.*

Look at ’em, with their beady little eyes, lording it over us because they’ve got pouches. “Look at us,” they say, “our young don’t even have to walk because we’ve got these rad pouches.”

We found the cure to pouch envy.

It’s an amazing way to turn photos into pouches. All you need is some easy-to-find photo fabric and some glue: you don’t even need to sew.

These are just like the pouches you see in hip shops that look like cassette tapes, tacos or PB&J sandwiches. You can make your pouch look like any object you can find!

Now we can carry anything: cameras, credit cards, spare batteries, tiny fetal marsupials…Take that, smug koalas of the world.

How To Make a Pouch That Looks Like Anything

p.s. Facebook called. It said you should probably “like” us.

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Scissor & Fold Photos into Origami-like Ornaments!


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In preparation for holiday celebrations sweeping the nations, may we present:

Ornamentation!

With some simple perforations (and no lamentations) your festive decorations will garner adulation!

To feel the elation, click this link for the demonstration.

Origami Photo Ornaments in 5 Minutes! Squee!

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Photo Secrets: Show Off Your Photos Using Materials You Can Find for Free!


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We LOVE mail.

Sending and receiving packages, mailing out photo postcards, and even that newfangled electronic “e-mail” stuff.

We love sending you emails packed with the coolest photo stuff, but we extra-specially love when you write us back!

Recently we’ve gotten a few emails asking for tips on what to do with all those extra photos you have around your house.

The thought of our photo friends being tucked away in a dark closet or between book pages for such a long time makes us sad!

In an effort to fix this photo nightmare ASAP, we’re going to let you in on two of our easiest, cost-free, and most creative ways to display your snapshots in DIY style.

How to Make Photo Displays Out of Free Materials!

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