Create Your Own "Bokeh" Photographs

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Here's a cool trick you can try out with your SLR camera. All you need is a large aperture lens (ex: 50mm / F1.8) and a sheet of opaque paper or cardboard. The out-of-focus dots that you see in the image are known as "Bokeh," a term which is derived from the Japanese word meaning "blur."

1) Create a fake lens hood with the paperboard by cutting out a hole in the shape of your choice.

2) Place the hood over the lens and see how it looks through the viewfinder.

3) Set your camera to its lowest aperture value or bulb exposure. Have fun!

Shut Up and Take My Money: Instagram Mini-Projector

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Projecteo is a tiny Instagram projector that uses wheels of 35mm slide film which can hold up to nine photos. Designed by creative digital agency Mint Digital, the matchbox-sized device is powered by LED to blow up your Instagrams as large as 2 1/2 feet wide in a pitch black room. Slide film wheels can be custom ordered online, which will then be "melted" on to single frames of Kodak 35mm film, processed in full color and shipped to your house.

Not Instagram Filter Icons

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Does anyone know the original photographer of this set?

How To Instantly Africanize Your Landscape Photo

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Redditor ProfessorLaser makes a clever point about the ultimate cliche of African landscape photography:

1) Select a base image
2) Cut and paste in a picture of a giraffe
3) Darken base image by increasing saturation level
4) Darken the giraffe by increasing shadow level.

A Rare Total Solar Eclipse Takes Over the Night Skies in Australia

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Photographed by former NASA photographer Ben Cooper in Queensland, Australia.

Meanwhile in Japan of the Day

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Omote 3D Shashin Kan is the world's first 3D portrait studio that uses a handheld scanner to produce a three-dimensional scale model of your entire body, which is then sculpted into a intricate plastic figurine. Created by Japanese advertising and branding company PARTY and located in Tokyo's youthful Harajuku neighborhood, the studio offers three different sizes for your luxurious mini-me sculpture: 3.9 inches (¥21,000 / $258), 5.9-inches (¥32,000 / $394) and 7.8-inches (¥42,000 / $517). It's hard to call it a downside, but 3D printing isn't exactly a instantly gratifying process and the models take about a month to complete.



Meanwhile in (X) of the Day is a feature series bringing you the latest buzz from all over the continents with a special focus on non-English speaking parts of the world.

A Draining Sink is Staring into Your Soul

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Original image submitted by Redditor Liammm.