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!


How to Get Super Slow-Motion Effects with Any Camera

Of all the motions in the book, slow motion is the one that really gets your photo mojo (jojo?) going.

But woe is you — the price tag on a high speed camera averages about $100,000 (ohai Phantom Flex).

Will you ever get to play with slo-mo effects? Oh heck yes, you will!

Twixtor is a simple After Effects/Final Cut Pro plugin that will make your video look like it was shot at incredible 1000fps levels. It adds frames instead of merely slowing down your footage.

In other words, you’ll get epic montages that capture every gorgeous detail you’d otherwise miss in normal-time. Even super ordinary actions look phenomenal at 1000+fps.

Twixtor’s paving the road to making this creative effect available to more folks (not just ones with tons of moola), and we think that’s pretty rad.

A few not-to-be-missed samples of Twixtor in action: BMXer on a Canon 7D, roof jumping on a Canon T2i, puddles on a T2i, and a fire-breather on a 7D*.

[FYI Twixtor runs around $300-$500, thousands cheaper than a fancy camera, but another alternative are speed adjustment tools like Time Warp which comes with After Effects, as seen here.]

Get Rad Slo-Mo Effects via Twixtor

p.s. We’re headed to Hong Kong! Know any cool camera shops we should visit? (Or anything else amazing we should see?) Tell us!

*Videos via kottke, fstoppers

Create Psychedelic Photos with a Teleidoscope

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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!

Create Psychedelic Photos with a Teleidoscope

p.s. Heard of our pals Artsy Couture? They print and mount your snaps onto beautiful solid wood blocks called Gallery Blocks. We think you might like ’em! READ MORE

Introducing — Camera Lingo Necklaces

Dropping camera lingo is the secret nod among photo nerds worldwide.

JPEG, CR2, NEF. Y’know what we mean. 3-letter acronyms are your vocab of choice.

Now you can show you’re in the know with Camera Lingo Necklaces. These precision laser-cut acrylic necklaces come in 4 elite styles: a no-flash icon, JPEG, CR2 (Canon RAW), and NEF (Nikon RAW).

If you’re a natural light purist, the no-flash icon is for you. If JPEG is your fav format, bear it on your chest. Want to show your Canon or Nikon loyalty? CR2 or NEF will be your choice!

Sharp cut angles, vibrant color, and elite photo status all rolled into one.

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$20 each at the Photojojo Shop

p.s. We’re going to Hong Kong! Know any cool camera stores in the area? What should we see? E-mail us!

Make a Daily Outfit Chooser with Photos, Art, & Scissors

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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!

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10 Totally New Ways to Play with Instagram

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Instagram is your life.

It’s what you think about when you get up in the morning (Instagram delish breakfast), while you’re at work (Instagram new plastic dino), and when you’re out with friends (Instagram buddy’s craaazy new tat).

You’re not alone.

Instagram fans all over the world are right there with you, Instagramming their day to day every step of the way.

All kinds of new Instagram adaptations have popped up from web viewers to prints, stickers, iPad apps, magic photobooths, and even sites that exclusively stream photos of Instagrammed cats (favorite!!).

We’ve rounded up the 10 most useful, fun, and sometimes totally weird yet AMAZING new ways to use Instagram. BTW Download Instagram here!

10 New Ways to Use Instagram

Photo: Hatchcraft’s Boo Box frame

NEW Fuji Instant Camera: The Instax Mini 50s in *Piano Black*

If only we hopped a bullet train to Japan and snagged a batch of Fuji’s *newest* instant cameras right off the assembly line.

We didn’t. We flew them in instead! (Air mail = so convenient.)

Here are 3 rare and specially imported Instax goodies just for you:

  • Smarter, slimmer, and shinier, the Instax Mini 50s instant camera in sleek Piano Black
  • The Instax Mini 25s instant camera, the 50s camera’s little brother
  • A hip little photo album designed to fit your treasured Instax mini photos

PLUS!! We put our crafty heads together and made a mini book with 20 Totally Fantastic Ways to Use Your Instant Photos. The first 100 folks to buy an Instax Camera *today* get a mini book for free! (See a sneak peek below!)

Instax Mini 50s Instant Camera

Sleeker, smarter, and even shinier, Fuji’s newest Instax Mini camera is the best yet.

At 2″ thick, its square body is extra compact, fitting nicely in your hand and in your bag, too.

Plus, a load of shooting features like smart flash and light/dark settings will give you gorgeously vibrant and crisp shots.

Instax Mini 50s Piano Black
Camera and 2 Packs of Film for $149

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Instax Mini 25s Instant Camera

Because one Instax Mini is never enough, here’s a favorite that’ll surely satisfy your instant camera addiction.

You’ll get every feature you never knew you wanted in an instant camera but won’t be able to live without once you get a taste.

Switch between landscape and portrait mode with a single button, get well-lit shots with the smart flash, and take close ups with the close-up lens AND MORE!

Instax Mini 25s Camera
Camera and Film for $140

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Instax Mini Photo Album

Presenting a photo album exclusively made to fit your uniquely shaped Instant Mini prints.

Because your mini prints are just *that* special.

Designed in Korea, this fun-to-hold plush canvas photo album looks just as modern as your Instax camera and can pack 64 of your favorite prints.

Instax Mini Print Album
$20 each in The Photojojo Shop

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Here’s a sneak peek of the Photojojo mini book we whipped up just for you!
(Included in the first 100 orders of Instax Mini cameras.)

Top 20 Ultimate Ways to Use a Disposable Camera


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When it comes to photography, we like to root for the little guy.

He’s the picture taker that works hard, is easy going and is always around when you need him.

Yep, we’re talking about one of our old favorites: the disposable camera.

While we love adding filters to our phone pics and making masterpieces with our DSLRs, there’s something magical about disposable cameras we can’t forget…

They’re cheap, fun to play with and can do almost anything!

Here’s our top 20 list of didn’t-know-you-could-do-that ways to use, abuse, modify, and make the most of your disposable camera!

Top 20 Creative Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

The Pop-Up Flash Bounce – Perfect Lighting with Your Camera’s Own Flash!

Your pop-up flash’s measly spurt of light and shadowy results haven’t impressed you, but an external flash and fancy light kits are too pricy.

Well, the Pop-Up Flash Bounce is guaranteed to make your on-camera flash your new BFF.

This ultra affordable gizmo improves your pop-up flash’s lighting abilities by bouncing it off the ceiling. The result?

…Photos bathed in even, shadow-free natural light that’ll rival an external flash any day.

At last, you have the perfect balance between too little light and too much hard flash!

Lighting bolt, welcome to the family.

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$30 each at the Photojojo Shop

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