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DIY: Photo Finds

March 31, 2010

Want to have some gorgeous photography like this to display in your home?

Well, it’s $214.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond.  Yep.  $214.99.  But with a little ingenuity, you can recreate this for cheap, PLUS feel a bit more original.

You can always try taking your own photographs of arched doorways with a basic digital camera.  Some photo stores also let you rent high-end artist’s cameras and tripods, which guarantees that even the most amateur photographer will come away with great shots.

If you’re not a photography whiz though, there are also plenty of websites that sell work by artists.  Etsy is one of the best artisans sites out there, and you can buy photography for as little as $1.

Another easy trick for photo finds is looking at photos already on the internet.  As long as you keep an eye on the resolution, you can take any photo to a camera store and get gorgeous enlarged prints.  You can buy images from Crestock for as little as $5-$10, and they also have a free image you can download every day.  If you have some patience, you may also find some good photos from sites like Flickr and Google ImagesMorgueFile also has a good assortment of non-copyrighted images.  The images below are similar to the arched doorways in the Bed Bath & Beyond print, but they’re only $5-$15 from Crestock:

If you have Photoshop or another image-editing program, you can make these black and white and really recreate the Bed Bath & Beyond version.  And they are inexpensive, so you can then splurge more on frames.

Don’t give in to overpaying for an unoriginal print from a store–it’s not too hard to find free or inexpensive images and photography online that are much more personal and unique.  Plus, when your friends ask where you got these amazing photos, do you really want to answer Bed Bath & Beyond?  I don’t think so.

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