Do you remember the first time you held a camera?
Pushing on a button somehow procured a preserved rectangular memory that you could hold in your hand.
From that day on you never looked back…mostly because you were too busy looking into the viewfinder.
World Photography Day is tomorrow, August 19th, and it’s the perfect day to show your camera some love!
Whether your preferred camera is plastic, pinhole, or also known as your phone, we’ve collected the most inspiring ideas and even a photo themed mixtape to celebrate your very own photo day at home.
Hats off to you, Mr. Daguerre.
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Feature image: Sherman Geronimo-Tan
Whether you’re team Daguerre or team Talbot, both declared these two photographic techniques in 1839.
It was in that year that the French government announced photography on August 19th as “a gift to the free world.” And they were so right!
If you look to the right here, you can see one of Daguerre’s first photos which features a person standing on the sidewalk. Look closely. You’ll find him (or her?)!
Here are a just few to get you kickstarted:
- Pete Eckert: A blind photographer who didn’t give up on his camera despite losing his sense of sight.
- JR: The Banksy of the photo world, JR is the 2011 TED Prize Winner and a photographer activist who’s turned the world’s streets into a photo gallery.
- Yowayowa Camera Woman: Natsumi took the Project 365 concept one step further by capturing herself levitating in daily self portraits.
- Vivian Maeir: Most knew Vivian as a nanny, but since John Maloof accidentally discovered 30,000 of her negatives –which revealed an incredible body of work– she’ll now forever be remembered as a legendary street photographer.
Off the Wall Projects
- Launch a camera into the atmosphere. Try a remote control helicopter or a helium balloon or you can plain just toss your camera into the air. Here’s our how-to on camera-tossing (photo on the right).
- Stick your vintage camera underwater. For serious. If you’re worried about it getting damaged, you can wrap it in a plastic bag or use a broken camera. You only need the viewfinder on a TLR to work in order to do this project.
- Shoot a photo for 24 hours straight. Chris stayed up 24 hours to make a single photo! While 24 hours might be a wee bit extreme, see how long of an exposure you can make. We heard pinhole cameras, lightpainting, and time-lapses are good for that.
- Hack a disposable camera. 20 ways to smack, tape, and hack a disposable camera into making awesome photos.
- Attach a camera to a [fill in the blank]. People are trying all kinds of things these days. From sky divers to hula hoops to skateboards to seagulls and shark-braving poles. Or how about rigging your Hasselblad to your bike? If you don’t have a Go-Pro, try an old point-and-shoot and a cheap weather proof case.
Throw a party or stay in and read!
Party! Party! Party!
- Throw a photo movie party! And don’t forget the popcorn. Don’t know what to watch? Well, we conveniently threw together this ultimate movie roundup of 50 photo movies every photo fan should see.
- Three words: photo scavenger hunt. Make a list, pitch your friends against each other, and give away sweet photo prizes.
Or chill out at home…
- Read up! Here’s our guide to photography literature that’ll get you thinking.
- Lay back and listen to our photo themed mixtape. Part 1 of our photo mixtape and part 2.
Share your photos
Share your photo talents with the world. The internet’s pretty good for that. Upload your photos to Flickr, and add them to the Photojojo Flickr group. Caption your photo with “World Photo Day” so we know you’re celebrating!
You can even take your photos into real life (!!!!) by printing them out and creating an impromptu living room gallery. Invite friends over and get swanky with some wine/grape juice and cheese.
Take Your Photo Obsession Further
- Go hardcore! Get a photo tattoo. We’ve seen apertures, props, and cameras.
- If you’re not into permanent ink, try one of Tatt.ly’s temporary photo tattoos.
- Take your camera with you to the photo lab in the sky. Paa Joe made a coffin that looks just like a Nikon camera.
- Show off your flowetry with a rap about your favorite camera, like Joey Lawrence did.
Photo credit: Sherman Geronimo-Tan for feature image, Louis Daguerre for daguerrotype, Natsumi Hayashi for floating photo, Sam DeLong for camera toss, Courtney Carmody reading girl, and Hillary Hartley for photo wall