Snap! it!

Every second Friday of the month you’ll be given a Snap! photo assignment which we are going to post on Facebook! (Which means you need to LIKE The Lab Works).

Why Snap!…because it’s easy, (a snap) fun and gets you out and shooting.

The images that arise from these Snap! assignments are meant to be seen! By you, by everyone. Why? Because it’s cool. Everyone gets to see your prowess behind the lens.

There are 7 Dos and Dont’s to follow if you want to Snap!

1. Don’t use your DSLR.  Or…  use it ?!?  (see #6)

2. Do shoot from the hip. (see #3.)

3. Don’t over-compose. Don’t think too much.  “Spur of the Moment”.

4. Do use a point and shoot camera. Digital, smartphones and film. (what’s film???)

5. Do use apps like a SlowShutter , Decim8 and Instagram on your smartphones. Experiment. Pile on the filters. The more the better.

6. Do break the rules.

7. Always have your camera ready to leap into action. Life happens…. Snap! it.

So now that you have all these cool shots, get an insta-folio album published too. (insta-folio? is that a word?)

10 to 15 – 5×5 pages with coil binding, only $9.99

16 to 20 – 5×5 pages with coil binding, only $12.99


**Order on-line using ROES and type the word Snap! in the special instructions box for your images to be bound and priced accordingly.


















What’s hot? Smart phones that take outlandishly great pictures! Old is new and new is old as smart phone apps like Instagram are becoming the “new vintage”. However, in this brave new world the question is begged, “how to accommodate the medium of analogue photography in the digital realm?”.  Artist Susan Dobson sees an “evolving dialogue between these two worlds in which her search is for ‘a place where you can employ new technologies while still acknowledging a material past’” (Border Crossings 119.3.30 (2011):89. Print.) While the beauty of apps and the instant pleasure of image taking is irresistible, can we take it farther than a 1 second viewing with friends on social media platforms? What about considering these images as printable art? Can we bridge the gap between worlds and suspend the history we make? Yes. iphones creates a 14.5mb file when uncompressed. BlackBerry 9mb. ipods, a little over 1mb. However, easily create frame worthy prints and canvas mounted wall prints with larger files. We’ve shown what we’ve done with images using an Instagram image from ipod. These files comfortably to 5×5″ without resolution loss.

14.5 MB file from Apple iphone







The Indian Ocean off the coast of Bali


"Film Strip" ipod images courtesy of Gil Ragot of The Lab Works.

Each image size is 5×5″. Total artwork sized approx 22×5.5″