3 of me weaing mask; flashlight swirled behind;
flashed in 3 positions, each time with a
different-colored, translucent-plastic gel
held in front of open lens


(see also Photography for photographing polymer, as well as cameras, scanning, etc., and repetition of the info below)

Photography can be used in many ways with polymer clay as well. Any of your photographs can be used to make "transfers" onto clay...there are lots of ways of doing this, and some of the techniques allow them to be applied to other surfaces as well like cardstock, metal, glass, wood, etc.
...(non-densely-saturated areas of the photos will be transparent in the final result, or they can be made opaque, whichever you choose.)
In order to be transferred, photographs must be handled one of several ways:
....transferred into digital format and put in a computer by scanning, or captured from any image on the internet or e-mail (which is otherwise copyright free)... these will be ink jet-printed onto certain papers for transferring with various media.
.........(slides are more of a problem but there are devices for scanning slides into a computer... also, though you would lose some detail, slides could also be projected onto a screen then photographed with a digital camera to capture the image digitally).
....non-digital images can be transferred directly such as photocopies of photos, drawings, text, whatever (must use toner-based copiers), and also those images already available on slick papers like photos in magazine and brochures.
...the photos can be manipulated in various ways before transferring... and/or after transferring and applying, they can be embellished in many ways with clay or other media
........for example, it might be fun to scan in one of your photos, then turn it into a black and white "sketch" in the computer, or use one of the other distortion methods available in most photoediting software; if b&w, these could be first colored with colored pencils, etc., before transferring as well . . or a sheet of metallic leaf could be placed behind (a transparent) transfer image before application, etc.,etc. . . .after reducing the size of some photos, they could be made into pages of little books or used as greeting cards . .in other words, the possibilities are endless!
(...see Transfers page for all the transfer methods
....many other pages here at GlassAttic will deal with other ways to play with transfers
....... for example, some of the framing techniques will be on the Frames page under "Pins & Pendants" ...books & bookmarks will be in Books,Covers ...greeting cards in Cards.... etc.. )
...(see also Translucents-Glow-in-the-Dark Clays for glow-in-the-dark clay info (transparent transfers can be very cool on GITD clay), and also for info on photographing clay or other items under black light)

You can use your own photos as a pattern for creating clay "paintings" and scenes in various ways:
...polymer clay or liquid clay thinned with Diluent, etc., can yield thin-to-thick polymer pastes and paints, which can then be applied to clay or other canvases with brushes, fingers, palette knives, or other tools
.... or puzzle-piece clay images can be created fitting together pieces of flat clay (of diff. colors, and maybe textures) into a final picture which is the same as the original photo
...or photos can be used a patterns for "bas relief" or onlay
(.....see Paints, and Onlay, and Sculpting-gen > Bas Relief for more info)

...landscape and other " canes" can be created of your own photographic images
(see Canes-instr. > Landscapes)

...also, most? photos --at least those printed on "yearly school photo" paper-- can also be baked in an oven with polymer clay without becoming transfers, and not be damaged