As soon as the ball drops and you’re done kissing your sweetheart, you are probably already wondering: What in the world am I gonna do in 2013?
How about starting one of these seven photo projects with the New Year? Project 365 is a classic choice, but you might want to peruse these twists on that classic long term photo project as well.
Find something just right for you this year, no matter what sort of commitment you’re looking for. Take a peek at these ideas and select the perfect one to help your creative juices flow like champagne on New Year’s Eve.
New Years means three things: dancing, champagne, and lots of photos to record the blurry memories.
If it weren’t for your trusty flash, those photos would turn out just as blurry!
Have no fear fellow party monsters because we’ve put together a guide to flash photography guaranteed to keep your photos sharp as a tack and shiny as a disco ball.
Check out these 7 simple tips, and by midnight we’ll have you ready to kiss blurry goodbye.
The New Year’s almost here! You know what that means: resolutions.
Time to tackle all of those photo troubles you had this past year.
Instead, try these three time-travelling projects! The Film Negative Time Capsule, Recreate a Photo, and the Reverse 365 will help you look back on years past and look forward on the year ahead!
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!
So you’re 90% sure you’re getting an iPhone 5 this year.
Maybe it’s the wishlist you e-mailed out to your family or all the circled photos of iPhone 5s you left around the house.
Now that you’re going to have that fancy camera, new A6 processor and all, you’re going to want to build up your iPhoneography camera bag.
Think of it as an arsenal of photo tools that’ll help you take full advantage of the camera you’ll use the most!
p.s. Spend at least $50 in the shop today and we’ll throw in a surprise with your order. It could be anything from Magnetic Photo Rope to our Wide/Macro Phone Lenses!
Your camera’s just as badass as you are in the kitchen.
With your sleeves rolled up, you can both take on a little batter, and you can both definitely take on some cocoa dusted Belgian chocolate anything.
With this mid-holiday season insanity, there’s nothing that sounds better than taking a little break from it all with your camera in one hand and a spatula in the other (okay, maybe not at the same time).
Here’s a little roundup on tips for shooting in the kitchen, camera gadgets for better photos, and an extra-special section down ‘low on edible photographs and cameras. Yep, you heard us.
Photos and cameras you can eat. Go. read. now. ↓
1. Tips for Taking Better Food Photos:
Your two main perpetrators are 1) not having enough light and 2) having the wrong white balance.
To combat the the low light issue:
To combat the white balance issue, try these white balance settings:
Onward! Here are a few guides full of really handy tips for shooting in the kitchen and hey, even at the table.
2. Gadgets for Better Food Photos:
There might be a couple reasons why you have a camera in the kitchen. Y’know, besides proving to everyone that you look really good in an apron.
It might be to document the process (maybe you have a blog!) or you’re simply a foodie that appreciates what goes into making something that looks as good as it tastes.
These gadgets are not only the extra hand you’ll need if you’re playing with flour, kneading dough, or whisking eggs, but they’ll help you get better shots, too!
3. Blogs & Photographers That’ll Inspire You:
You’ll love these guys if you don’t already.
4. Camera Geek Wares for Your Kitchen:
Your kitchen’s the one room in your house that’s missing that photo geekery you’re so well-known for! There’s a chance you didn’t know some of this stuff even existed.
A kitchen timer that looks like a lens and camera bag that you can use as a lunch cooler? Totes.
The f/60 Lens Kitchen Timer — A timer that looks like a lens.
Camera Cookie Cutters — For true photo geeks. Rangefinder, TLR & SLR shapes!
Ceramic Lens Mugs — For the classy coffee drinker. Ceramic with fine lens detailing.
Lens Shot Glasses — That bread pudding could do with a little shot of a brandy, and so could you.
The Egg Carton Film Case — This thing is made to keep your 35mm rolls of film fresh in the fridge. Just make sure your roomie doesn’t try to make a scramble with ‘em.
The Camera Cooler Bag — This is a camera bag that can double as a cooler bag!
5. Photos & Cameras You Can Actually Eat!:
Yes, finally! Here are all the delicious photos and cameras that will happily digest in your tummy.
Gingerbread cameras — Our DIY tutorial for making TLRs and even a Mamiya from cookie dough!
Instagram chocolate — Cocoagraph will turn your phone photos into chocolate.
Photo cupcakes — Printable icing sheets means you can print a photo onto icing and eat your own face.
Camera cookies — Cookies that look like cameras. Glass free!
Photo lollipops — Same idea as the cupcakes. Lick.
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!
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:
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.
Maybe it’s your mom that’s always asking for prints to hang up in the family room. Or your high school friends who want copies of all the great photos you shot at your last party.
The point? Peeps want your pix!
The best gift you could give your family and friends has been right under your nose this whole time. Here are a few ideas for giving your photos in gifty ways.
1. USBs – Tiny & Reusable
This one’s perfect if you’re sharing lots of photos. If you don’t have photos to share from a particular get together, pile together photos of the two of you. Ahhh, memories! It’ll hit ‘em right in the heart.
2. Mailable Photos
Snail mail is the best. You totally get that rush when you find a letter with your name on it. You can give your friend 2x that rush by not only mailing them something, but making it a photo they’ll love, too.
3. A Camera with Your Photos on It
This one gets brownie points because it’ll give them a chance to take their own photos! You can go two routes with this one: digital or film.
Since you can’t just plop any photo onto a film camera, you’ll need to get a little craftier. You can shoot a roll that spells out a message or photograph places you’ve been together.
We like the Ultra Wide & Slim 35mm camera for this because it’s affordable and super lightweight.
Digital’s a goodie, too, because you can fill up a memory card with photos of the two of you and put it in the camera for your friend to find.
These three mini digital cameras are affordable options if you’re not looking to get your friend a DSLR or a point-and-shoot: the Classic Mini Digital Camera, the Nanoblock Camera (rad for Lego lovers), and the Zumi Triple Plus.
4. Prints, Delivered in an Album or Photo Box
We love the idea of curating a small gallery of your favorite photos as a gift. Instead of simply handing them over, place your bundle of prints in a photo box or album.
The box itself doesn’t have to be exclusively for photos. You can hand pick one or break out your DIY chops. You could even place the photos inside a rad camera case.
5. Hang-Ready Prints
It’s twelve drummers drumming time! That’s right, we have come to the end. Welcome to our third and final Holiday Gift Guide of 20Dozen.
We may not have swans a swimming, but we’re pretty sure you’re gonna want to gift your friends our lenses a leaping and our camera bag in a pear tree (minus the tree and the leaps).
OH, and don’t forget, we’ll getcha free priority shipping on orders over $50.
USA shipping deadlines: Tues, Dec 18 ~ (FREE) Priority; Tues, Dec 18 ~ UPS Ground
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