Kids, home ec has never been this cool.
Use your sewing skills to give your photos some pizazz with colorful embroidery thread and you can bet that your granny will be proud of every stitch.
Embroidery gives your photos an extra kick of creativity. Plus, they make great DIY gifts and are the epitome of nana chic.
Sew, are we doing this or what?
Skimming through your Instagram feed, you expect the usual crop of selfies, cats, lunches and babies. You don’t expect are exploding refrigerators.
… Unless you follow our pal, Okay Samurai.
He uses Adobe After Effects to add special effects to his Instagram videos.
Okay Samurai (aka Dave) put together a guide so that you too can use After Effects to make a fridge explode.
It requires a few more steps than editing on the phone, but it turns out it’s simpler than you’d think!
With Dave’s step by step guidance and a free 30-day trial of AE up for grabs, now is the perfect time to pick up a new skill and spice up your Instagram feed.
If celebrity gossip, comic books or certain shades of monochrome are higher on your reading list than classic literature, no need to feel bad. Just grab your camera and library card and listen up!
In a few quick steps we will show you how to use your photography skillz to hide your favorite (if slightly embarrassing) reads in plain sight.
These photo magazine/book holders will make your shelf look perfectly respectable while your secrets are still just a quick reach away.
Go put on your dark coat and sunglasses – we are going undercover!
We found it! The photo gizmo with the highest usefulness to square-inch ratio. The Glif is a tiny little thing, with a trillion useful uses.
It’s a pocketable phone stand and tripod mount that’ll prop up absolutely any phone, cased or uncased, at any angle.
Prop your phone vertically or horizontally or mount it to a tripod.
Record shake-free videos. Combine it with a self-timer app for flawless selfies and big group photos. Or, just keep your phone at the perfect angle to watch a movie.
This handy gadget adjusts to hold your iPhone in an Otterbox case, your friend’s phone nekked, your mom’s Android … Glif’s usefulness knows no bounds.
Published on January 20, 2014 — See more Buy This
Using Stop Motion
So we asked him … AND HE TOLD US!
It turns out he doesn’t use any fancy apps or software or even voodoo. He just uses Vine, his phone and know-how.
He was kind enough to share his know-how with us and you too!
Matt gave us step by step instructions on how to make an apple disappear into a tabletop (and how to pull it back out again). No magic required.
The Power Boost Keychain
A smartphone with no battery power is like bread with no butter. Inedible. Also, you can’t take pictures with it. Boo.
With the Power Boost Keychain in your pocket, you’ll always have the power you need to photograph all that you behold. Yay!
No plug? No prob. It’s a backup battery ready to give your iPhone or Android a 30% boost.
All the cables are built right in, so you’ve always got the right connector to give your phone a charge.
And since it lives on your keychain, it’s always ready to replenish your picture-taking power.
Now someone invent a butter keychain, plz.
This is the year you get organized. You’re gonna need a notebook for to-do’s and goal lists.
But not just any ol’ notebook … a fun photo notebook with pix on the cover that move when you shake ‘em!
Keep organized and show off your happy snaps at the same time by giving any notebook a makeover using photos, confetti and a bit of cellophane.
Say no to boring this year and shake things up with a fun new notebook covered in photos (that move around).
with the Nifty MiniDrive
Stacks on stacks of bulky external hard drives are so 2013.
Meet the bulk-free Nifty MiniDrive! It’ll hold a microSD card flush inside your Macbook, adding simple, fast, nearly invisible extra storage space for your photos and other files.
Just slip in a microSD card (up to 64GB!) and stick it into your computer.
MicroSD cards are virtually impossible to destroy. They’ll survive big fall, into a puddle, under a ladder, next to a black cat. Dry it off, and it’s good to go.
If you’re sick of lugging around a fragile external hard drive that’s just adding bulk to your laptop bag, or you’ve never backed up your photos at all (gasp!) grab a light-as-about-three-feathers Nifty MiniDrive.
Published on January 6, 2014 — See more Buy This
Happy 2014! The future is now.
We love Januaries. They’re a great time to look back at the amazingness of the previous year, and make resolutions for the new one.
We’ve done our fair share of looking back, poring over every “Best Photos of the Year!” list we could find on these here internets.
Then, we resolved to let all the great shots we just saw inspire us to improve our photo skills in 2014.
We’ve compiled a handy list of the top of the tops: our favorite “best photo” lists and what we’ve learned from them.
Hey plant murderers, listen up.
You have officially killed your last plant because we are about to show you how to make a photo cactus garden that requires absolutely no attention.
Go put away that watering can and please stop singing to your sad looking ferns. Making a flat pack cactus garden is as simple as snapping a few photos and snipping some card board.
If you are space challenged or just have a black thumb, flat pack cacti pricks – we mean ticks – all the boxes.
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