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Create In-Camera White Balance Experiments

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Did you know that white balance is the quickest way to turn your camera into an InstaLomoCrosstography machine?

This tutorial is a fun, simple way to play with color a la Instagram or Lomography without any apps or chemicals!

All you need to do is take the correct white balance and set it to the “wrong” white balance to get sweet shifts in tones and colors.

We put together a guide on exactly what kind of color shifts you’ll get with each setting. No Android-based technology here. You can do it all with the settings your camera already has!

Create Sweet White Balance Experiments

p.s. We’re giving away an iPhone Lens Dial (our primo iPhoneography gizmo) today! Here’s how to enter.

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Craft 35mm Film Bows for Holiday Gifts
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Your stockings are hung, your halls are decked, and it’s time to wrap up all of those presents. But you’ve got a problem. You’re tired of boring old candy cane paper and ribbons.

We’ve got an answer for this holiday head-scratcher, the 35mm film bow!

Get excited to wrap, this DIY will you have your showing off your festive craftiness AND your love of photography at the same time. It’s nothing short of a holiday miracle!

Make Gift Bows Out of 35 mm Film

p.s. Get free 2-Day shipping for U.S. orders over $100 in the Photojojo Shop!

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DIY: Make Photo Gift Tags That’ll Make Even Santa Jealous

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Makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice. Adding photo gift tags makes everything nice!

What, you don’t remember that line?

Personalized photo gift tags makes exchanging gifts even more fun than it already is.

Trust us, this tutorial will have you singing along to your favorite Holiday tunes while adding style and personality to your gifts.

Forget the wrapping paper, this year we’re saving the tags!

How to Make Personalized Photo Gift Tags

p.s. Follow us on Facebook at 1PM EST today. We’ll be knocking dollars off our Phone Lens Series for every share. Lowest possible price is zero!

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DIY: How to Make a Photogram Wreath!

We spotted this fantastic Inkodye wreath project over at Design*Sponge, and we just had to share it with you guys!

If you haven’t heard of Inkodye, it’s fabric dye that’s light sensitive.

That means you can print photos onto fabric in all kinds of colors – blue, orange, red or mix them to make new colors! You can print photos onto scarves, dresses, bags, furniture, canvas, satin, even leather.

Here’s what you need:

  • Inkodye (light sensitive fabric dye)
  • A paintbrush
  • A plastic cup
  • Solid colored cotton fabric
  • Pine branches or a small wreath
  • Cardboard (the size of your fabric)
  • Thumbtacks
  • Laundry detergent

And here’s what you do!

1. Get your fabric ready

Cut your fabric to a size that will fit your wreath and pin it to your piece of cardboard in each corner. If you don’t have a wreath, you can use a few sprigs from a holiday tree to form a small wreath. You can also get creative with objects or make photo transparencies on your printer to create an image on the dye.

2. Prep your Inkodye

Shake your Inkodye bottle for 10 seconds, and then pour it into a plastic cup.

3. Paint the dye onto your fabric

In a dim place, use the brush to paint the Inkodye onto the fabric. It’s up to you what shape you want the dye to make. Just make sure it’s big enough to fit your wreath.

4. Lay down the wreath

Place the wreath onto the painted fabric while it’s still wet. Use your thumbtacks to pin down the parts of the pine branches that are sticking up. This will help you get a sharper, more detailed outline.

5. Expose it!

Take your fabric as is outside, and expose it to direct sunlight for 5 to 10 minutes. Your exposure time will depend on how strong the sunlight is, so gauge on how dark the dye is getting over time until it’s how you want it.

6. Wash it

To stop the dye from darkening more, wash it. Remove the wreath and wash the fabric with hot water and detergent two times (15 minutes by hand or in a washing machine). You can then dry it in a dryer or on a line. Fin! You have a lovely wreath photogram.

Thanks to Maxwell Tielman & Design*Sponge for this great project! See their full write-up.


   
   
DIY: Make Instagram Holiday Cards

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Holiday Cards + Instagram = HoliGram?!

No, not like Tupac’s hologram, silly.

We’re talking about Holiday-grams. Real life cards from your favorite ‘grams.

Make and send holiday cards from your favorite Instagram pics or pretty much any photo on your phone.

This guide has a card-making style for everyone, from the super app-savvy to the DIY-ers.

Making holiday cards has never been so instant … and awesome!

Make DIY Instagram Cards!

p.s. Come on a photo walk with us! We’ll be meeting this Sunday 12/2 at the Photojojo Secret Store in San Francisco with cider and cameras.

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DIY: Make Crazy Detailed Light Paintings with Photo Light Stencils

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Ever tried painting with light but got an amorphous blob instead of the heart you meant to draw? Us, too.

That’s why light stencils are so so so great!

Instead of free-hand drawing with an LED light, you’ll use a cardboard box with a shape inside of it to shoot super detailed light paintings.

You don’t even have to cut out a stencil!

Just print out an old photo or a silhouette and slide it into your homemade lightbox. Pop the flash a few times, and create surreal dreamscapes even Salvador Dali would be envious of.

What better way to take advantage of those daylight savings hours?

How to Make Photo Light Stencils

p.s. Make a light stencil photo, and share it with us on Twitter! We’ll spotlight 3 winners on the Photojojo Tumblr. Just 1) Follow us @photojojo and 2) Hashtag it #photojojodiy. We’ll pick winners Monday morning 11/26 PST!

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DIY: Keep Your Turkey Company with Beautiful Photo Place Holders

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The Holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s time to get crafty.

So what are you bringing to the table?

It may be all about the turkey, dressing and casseroles, but these handmade table place holders are sweeter than pumpkin pie.

This DIY tutorial incorporates some of our favorite things: photos (duh!), tiny pumpkins (yay!) and Thanksgiving (yum!).

They’ll make your dinner table look *awesome*, and they’ll show your loved ones how much they mean to you.

Now isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

Make Photo-rific Table Decor!

p.s. Today you can win a photo-licious Camera Cookie Cutter Set! Just follow our Pinterest to enter.

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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

p.s. In the spirit of Halloween, we’re giving away a Light Paint Can today! Give us a Like on Facebook to see how to enter.

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Make a DIY Sparkling Reflector

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The reflector is one of our favorite tools; simple, easy to use, and *shiny*.

This DIY has those same great features, with added sparkle!

We’re going to show you how to make your own disco-ball-esque reflector using mirrors. You can use this DIY reflector to make a cool grid of light to shine on your subjects or to ward off vampires.

If you <3 shiny things as much as we do, then you’ll love this DIY that will turn your plain old silver and white reflectors green with envy.

Make Your Own Reflector

p.s. Follow us on Twitter today! We’re letting you guys take over our stream today!! We’ll re-tweet the best photo stories you send us.

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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

p.s. Wanna build or spruce up your photography portfolio site? Our pals at Squarespace can help you make something awesome. Try it for free!

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