You remember that scene where Neo discovers he can dodge bullets, and the whole world slows down and he just sort of waves his arms, leans back, and the bullets whiz by him?
Anyway, that bullet-time scene required custom contraptions, millions of dollars, and a slew of cameras to pull off. And now you can do it at home.
Before you get too excited, you should know that it’s still pretty darn pricey. Like $5-8,000 pricey. But hey, it’s WAY cheaper than it costs to rent one of these time-slicing rigs ($100K/day), and it’s one of the few ways to live out your fantasies of being The One.
Check out the complete tutorial by the cats at the Graffiti Research Lab or just check out their homemade bullet-time video.
Published on January 17, 2008 — See more DIY
We’ve always wanted to live in a fish tank. There â€“ we said it!
So we have odd ambitions. At least with the DIY Fisheye Lens, we’re (kinda) there. With it, we can give our photos that wonderfully distorted “fisheye” perspective â€“ the one we’d like to think fish see everything from.
Best of all, we’re making the DIY Fisheye Lens with nothing more than some tape and a lens from a pair of old eyeglasses.
So join us in our blissful underwater world, by making your own!
(Put your fins together for Melissa Lawson, the wonderful creator of the DIY Fisheye Lens, who’s sharing it with us today!)
p.s. Something new we’ve been working on: CommandShift3.com.
One of our favorite words as photo-loving folk is the word “Bokeh.”
Not only is it fun to say, but “Bokeh” adds incredible depth and interest to our photos â€“ creating blurred, out-of-focus areas in them (“the Fuzzy”, we like to say) that can change a regular ol’ snapshot into a photograph.
We just found a tutorial that helps you shape the Fuzzy into different shapes â€“ stars, hearts, butterflies… Imagine how cool it is to see hearts appear in your portraits, almost magically!
It’s actually easier than you think â€“ simply make a fake lens hood from black construction paper, then cut a hole out of it in the shape you’d like. When light reaches your lens through the shaped hole, it’ll then take on that shape â€“ whether its a star or a heart or whatever!
We feel like a giant anvil just fell on us from the sky, ala a Looney Tunes cartoon â€“ we’re seeing stars everywhere with our photos now. We love it!
Published on December 1, 2007 — See more DIY
Boy, if we only knew what dogs went through.
Our canine compadres always seem to get the short end of the bone in life, so that’s why we’re inventing a Photojojo first: The Doggie-Cam.
By sticking a camera on our four-legged friend Molly, we’ll finally see the world as she sees it, and maybe then we’ll be able to sympathize. No more doggie disrespect!
Who knows, after this we might just start lobbying for dogs’ rights. Dogs deserve to vote, we think. And where’s all the doggie mayors? Well, we’ll change that. The 2008 presidential elections? We’re talkin’ third-party dog candidate, baby. Before you know it, dogs will be in positions of power everywhere — dogs could rule the world!
Whoa, Nelly. So we might not go that far. But sometimes, we think it’s worth it to look at life from the underdog’s point-of-view, and with the Doggie-Cam, now we can.
p.s. Help us out, Digg this tutorial!
(Thanks to reader Wayne Pyle for pointing us to what we should admit is the first doggie cam, and hooking us on this idea.)
Linus is sure somebody to sympathize with.
Brimming with childlike faith and optimism, his belief in the Great Pumpkin never falters — Every year Linus waits to catch a glimpse of the Great Pumpkin on Halloween, but every year he just misses it.
Man, we feel for him.
If pumpkin cheer is a bit elusive in your life right now, too, we’ve found the perfect something to make up for it — DIY Pumpkin Photo Holders. Putting ‘em together couldn’t be simpler:
Step 1: Get a pumpkin
Step 2: Pound some nails all around
Step 3: Thread string in-between
Step 4: Insert photos, show off!
Thanks to reader Camille for this great tip. That’s her photo up above too!
* Disclaimer: Will only appear in the most Sincere of Pumpkin Patches.
Our friend Judy runs a one-woman shop making the most beautiful handmade journals we’ve ever seen.
Naturally, when we saw the photographs she used for her covers, we ran straight to her apartment, video camera in hand.
So today we’ve got two special treats for you:
1) A how-to video of Judy showing you how you can make your own perfect-bound journal using two 4×6 photos for the cover, some paper, glue, and a few other tools.
2) Two special edition journals made with pages of sugarcane fiber and reclaimed paper by Judy herself. Created for writers, illustrators, artist and designers, her notebooks have unique features like an inner pocket for looseleaf notes and a spine that opens flat for writing or drawing across the pages. Exclusive designs on the Photojojo Store for a limited time. Buy now
p.s. Help us out, Digg this tutorial!
If you don’t have one of our snazzy Electric Pocket camera cases, chances are your digi-baby spends its life swaddled in black nylon and TKK zippers.
Not the most nurturing or colorful of environments for your little one, is it?
But don’t despair! If you’re feeling crafty, our friends at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own camera pouch from scratch. Well, from scraps. And they take you through it step-by-step, so even those of us who fear the needle can give it a go.
p.s. If you’re the sort that’s gonna be up early this morning (we’re gonna try), we recommend skipping the denim and using space-age reflective mylar instead.
Published on August 27, 2007 — See more DIY
What could be better than gazing longingly into a glass of white wine?
How about gazing into that same glass and seeing someone gazing right back at you? :)
That might sound a tad creepy now, but take a closer look at our awesome photo wine glass photo frames and pretty soon you’ll be scowling, growling, and grinning… whatever it takes to make the perfect cup-bottom portrait.
Wine glass photo frames are a cinch to make, but the amusement is endless. Read our tutorial to find out how!
p.s. Help spread the word: Digg this tutorial!
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So we were walking around Toys R Us the other day, something we do pretty frequently, and we discovered Crayola Color Wonder. It’s this new coloring book-like thing with markers that only work on special Crayola paper… paper that doesn’t let you color outside the lines.
That made us a little sad, especially coming from Crayola.
Coloring books are one of the great joys of childhood, and we think every child should have the opportunity to scribble outside the lines, on the lines, or even on the walls (just once.)
Luckily, you can still buy regular old-fashioned coloring books. Heck, you can even make your own! In fact, Photojojo friend Karina Benson has a great tutorial that shows you how to do just that in three simple steps!
Sound familiar? If you’ve taken digital video at the beach or anywhere on a windy day, you’ve probably dealt with sound cut-outs as wind whips past your camera’s built-in mic. Modern camcorders have had wind-dampening circuitry for ages. Alas, most digital cameras still don’t.
Thankfully, Stephen Uber sent a great DIY solution to the popphoto blog: Make a windscreen by taping the gauze-like padding of an adhesive bandage over your camera’s mic. (It’s usually a single pinhole on the front face of your camera.) Voila! Wind noise dramatically reduced.
(A perfect mod for the flip video so many of you told us you loved.)
Found a great camera hack recently, or come up with your own?
Published on June 26, 2007 — See more DIY
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