When you were small, you got to read books full of big, beautiful pictures.
But as you grew bigger, the pictures grew smaller. Eventually, words replaced them altogether.
If the rise of the graphic novel is any indication, we still like our stories better with pictures.
Here’s a fun project that marries our love of words and photography: Go through your photos and find an event with lots of shots (your friends hanging out, a party, a vacation, whatever.) Now pick five photos, give or take, that tell a story when put in sequence. Ideally, it should make sense without any words.
Your story may be true or made up, silly or serious. The point is to look at your photos as narrative building blocks. To put a new spin on it, next time you’re out with your camera, consider how the photos you’re shooting would look in sequence. Or start with a plot and take the photos necessary to illustrate it.
Published on July 24, 2006 — See more Photo Projects
We love putting photos on stuff. Now if only dining room tables, tiles, backpacks, and notebooks would fit in our inkjet…
Behold, the Blender Pen.
It won’t exactly let you cram a backpack into your inkjet, but it’s close enough. Thanks to the miracle of modern science, and powerful-yet-safe-if-used-correctly solvents, all you need for quick-and-dirty photo transfers is a photocopy of your image and a $4 blender pen.
A blender pen transfer works great on all kinds of fabrics, tile, paper, wood, copper, linoleum, and a variety of other materials. And it won’t leave that plastic texture that old inkjet transfers sometimes did.
Cheap, fun, and easy–our favorite words.
If you like Hockney, you’ll love this.
Do you ever look up at the sky, a towering office building, or an expansive landscape and wish your photos could capture everything you can see with your eyes? We do.
Our pal Mareen does this neat thing she calls panography. Taking dozens of photos of a scene, she assembles a patchwork of images that more accurately represents what your eyes see when you’re not looking through a viewfinder.
Call it super wide-angle panorama or call it panography, we think it’s awesome.
Read on to learn how you can make one yourself!
Postcards are a lost art.
If you’re like most people, during your last trip you either: a) Dashed off a quick “Wish you were here” on a cheesy card you found at the airport, or b) bought a stack of beautiful cards but forgot all about them until you got home, or c) forgot about postcards altogether.
Hey, it’s okay. Vacations are stressful.
But who says that you can only send postcards when you’re away from home? You’ve got great photos, and it’s a simple task to turn them into postcards.
Take our advice: Spend 10 minutes today to scroll through your photos and pick three that make you smile. Print ‘em out, follow our instructions, and send off some beautiful just-thinking-of-you postcards. You’ll make the world a brighter place for a few of your favorite people.
Published on July 14, 2006 — See more DIY
Your candid snapshots of friends mid-sentence just scream to be vandalized with suggestive speech bubbles, while pics of Fido beg for anthropomorphic embellishment (via thought bubble.)
Bubblesnaps to the rescue! Just upload a picture, add thought or speech bubbles, and email your creation to friends. They can even respond in kind, triggering a visual meets verbal tete-a-tete.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But which thousand? With Bubblesnaps, you get to decide!
Published on July 10, 2006 — See more Websites
We’ve seen your vacation albums.
You and your brother/mother/significant other, squinting in the sun and staring glumly at the camera, pleading for it to go off.
What if we told you that there’s a magic word that will make any posed photograph leap off the page? Four magic letters that will bring a smile to the most tightly pursed lips?
The project’s curator puts it simply, “It’s been a long time since any of us jumped for anything… jumping makes people smile.”
When we were in college, we wanted to build something we dubbed the anti-peephole lens. See, you’d position it on top of the peephole outside your pal’s door, enabling you to see inside. Just imagine the practical jokes!
We have no idea if the anti-peephole is possible, but if you know, please email us!
In the meantime, here’s a peephole-related project that gives you a wide-angle lens for your digital camera.
Wide-angle lenses are really fun, but they can cost hundreds (assuming you can even get one for your camera.) This project is super simple and only sets you back $11!
Published on July 3, 2006 — See more DIY
In fact, ever since Taoist monks created fireworks, cultures around the globe have used them to ward off evil spirits, pray for happiness, celebrate birth, death, weddings, the new year… just about anything.
Consider it a basic truth of the human condition: we like things that go boom.
And for almost as long as fireworks have been around, photographers have been taking dark and blurry photos of them.
But listen up: Firecracker photography may seem difficult, but follow some simple rules and you’re virtually guaranteed good results.
Published on June 30, 2006 — See more Guides
If you’ve admired the lo-fi beauty of your bud’s Holga shots but dread returning to the pre-digital dark ages, we’ve got the answer.
Craig Strong invented the Lensbaby to give his snazzy digital SLR shots an aesthetic similar to a Holga’s. The tiny lens fits most popular camera bodies, and it’s decidedly old-fashioned: no auto-focus, no light-metering on many modern cameras, no zoom, no camera-selectable aperture.
Instead, your $150 buys unadulterated photographic fun–a cool effect reminiscent of a Holga or a tilt-shift lens, but totally unique.
It’s all about the D&B. (Dark and blurry.) If you’re a grad student in photography, D&B is your recipe for success. If you’re trying to shoot a concert, however, chances are D&B is just the best you can do.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Follow a few simple guidelines (“High ISO is your friend”, “Rapidly changing lights mean that your light meter is worthless–shoot in manual”) and your concert photos will sing. (Sorry!)
Our friend Haje points us to two guides on taking fantastic concert photographs, one geared toward small venues and one he wrote for larger venues.
(See the bottom of this post or our Flickr group for some fantastic concert photography.)
Published on June 23, 2006 — See more Guides
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