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.
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!
We’ve all faced this dilemma in the morning as we stare inside our closets:
“Hmmm… what should I wear today?”
Unfortunately, this process often results in piles of clothes and shoes strewn all over the room and sometimes on the cat (so sorry, Stewart!).
There’s gotta be way to get dressed without making a mess, right?
There is: Making photographs! Who knew?
We combined the classic game of the “exquisite corpse” (think of it as a mix-and-match flip-book) with our toughest daily decision to make a handy outfit chooser.
Rock your own shoot, try your hand at some fashion photography, and use the results to craft a clothes planner that’s fashionable, fun, and hey, even functional!
Published on April 5, 2011 — See more Tutorials
Thauma-what? Sounds Greek to us…
Well, opa! it is. “Thauma” is Greek for magic, and “trope” means something that turns. So a thaumatrope is a magical turning object.
Now put some photography into the mix, and you get a magical turning animated object!
Yeah, you read right—animated!! Thaumatropes are an easy and fun way to create a simple animation without a whole lotta effort.
No need for shiny high-tech tools, it’s hand-made magic for the DIY-inclined.
(EXTRA BONUS!: The added joy of yelling “MAGIC” every time you take your thaumatrope for a spin.)
Published on March 7, 2011 — See more Tutorials
Been in a rectangular rut? Do perfectly parallel lines induce uncontrollable yawning?
Here’s a fix: film masks! It’s a quick and easy trick that transforms the shape of your photos (and more!!).
Photos come out of your camera looking like rectangles because the inside of your camera IS a rectangle.
The rectangle fad was great, but we’re ready for something a little less…right-angle-ish.
It was just a year ago that Polaroid’s certain doom lurked around dark corners.
Incredibly, we were rescued from the extinction of instant life as we knew it: The Impossible Project created their very own instant PX films! What made these films especially wonderful was that they could be used with the Polaroid cameras we already had at home.
With practice, we discovered a fantastic little secret about these PX films…something no integral Polaroid film could do before.
Their emulsion can be lifted and transferred onto paper! Transferring your photos is a fun, hands-on way to transform your instant images into painterly works of art.
We can literally take the image off the film, play with it in our hands, and then, put it back on something else.
Wanna learn how? Then check out:
Published on November 18, 2010 — See more Tutorials
All Hallow’s Eve: it’s the holiday that summons our creative jojo powers from the beyond.
That’s why we’re harnessing our Halloween-infused excitement into a truly awesome photo project that our pal Ken Setzer taught us: glow-in-the-dark photograms!
This mystifying project will transform your very own photos into spooky glow-in-the-dark wonders and will even get you back into the dark room…if you dare!
Mua ha ha. Ha.
Photographers. We’re a funny bunch.
If there’s one thing we love (besides taking pictures), it’s getting all photo-geeky with our friends, discussing everything from apertures to Zeiss lenses.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to carry all our awesome cameras with us for bragging rights 100% of the time.
Most days, we’re only armed with our cell phones to take pictures, and that doesn’t make us feel as cool as we know we truly are.
Fortunately, our pal Joey found a fun solution!
With his help, we’re going to show you how you can dress up your cell phone so you’ll never be caught without your favorite camera ever again!
We have some funny traditions here in the U.S., especially when it comes to the Fourth of July.
A typical Fourth goes like this:
1) Wake up. Go to beach or pool and acquire sunburn.
2) Eat an oblong food (i.e. hot dog, corn, popsicle, beer, etc).
3) Set things on fire and watch them explode.
Obviously, the best and most anticipated part of the day is #3!
But after the fireworks show, we’re left in an anticlimactic daze. Not to fret: we found the perfect solution…painting your photos with sparklers!
You don’t have to live in the U.S. to play with sparklers this weekend! All you need are friends, a camera, and a pack of sparklers for an evening full of oh-so sparkly play!
p.s. Want more? Check out our 11 Tips for Great Fireworks Photos!
p.p.s. Save the date! We’re having a lil’ photography movie night in SF on Thursday. Watch this space for details!
Have your photos been looking a bit flat? Desperate times call for desperate measures. Grab those scissors, it’s makeover time!
We’re gonna slice up your photos to assemble a feisty photo weave — a simple, handy way to make even the dullest photos pop.
Follow our simple steps and a winsome weave you’ll have in no time.
p.s. We’re hiring in San Francisco!
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