We love Halloween.
The costumes, the candy, the parties: we love it all. What other holiday is completely devoted to making you feel like you never have to grow up?
And what better way to celebrate your arrested development than plunging your hand into a pumpkin, scooping out its guts, and carving scary faces on it?
We’ll tell you what better way: carving your own scary photos onto that pumpkin instead of the usual triangle eyes and pointy teeth. All you need is a scary picture and a little know-how. Read on for the full details on how to make your own photo pumpkins.
p.s. New contest! Submit your macro and zoom photos for a chance to win free rental lenses! Enter here by Sunday, October 26!
Published on October 21, 2008 — See more DIY
It’s purple. It’s solar-powered. And we’ve got one right here at the Photojojo Workatorium.
What could it be? Why, it’s a super-duper GPS camera bike with special Flickr sauce!
It has a built-in camera mounted on the handlebars that takes pictures as you ride, then automatically geotags and uploads them to its very own Flickr stream.
The only downside to this brilliant bike is that only 20 of them were made, and most of them are already in the clutches of the digerati.
So, how can you get your mitts on one? Choose one of the following:
If you answered B or C, we like you. If you answered A, we raise a suspicious eyebrow at you and move the bike to extra-extra-secret coordinates.
Published on October 16, 2008 — See more DIY
We’ve been hearing a lot about the R-Strap lately, but we thought, “Really? It’s just a camera strap. What’s the big deal?”
Turns out it’s a really smart design. The strap hangs diagonally across your chest like a messenger bag, so:
The smart bit is the little slider attachment that allows you to glide the camera up the strap to your eye so you can take a picture. The camera moves, but the strap doesn’t. See it in action here.
It’s really clever, and we’re kind of kicking ourselves for not thinking of it first.
Added bonus! For all of our thrifty brethren out there, we’re including a couple of ways to make one yourself. Either way, your neck will thank you.
p.s. For every pink-themed photo added to the Pink 2008 Flickr group this month, Yahoo! will donate 1 euro to breast cancer charities. Add your picture and make a difference!
Photo credit: iBallz
On July 2, 1982, “Lawnchair Larry” Walters strapped himself into a lawnchair tied to 45 helium-filled weather balloons, and floated away into the sky.
14 hours later, after disrupting flight paths at LAX and blacking out a Long Beach neighborhood by floating into some power lines, he shot the balloons with a pellet gun and returned unharmed to terra firma.
Don’t do what Larry did.
If you really want to see the view from on high, do what David Trawin did instead: hang a camera from a bunch of balloons and send it aloft to take pictures for you.
Read on for full instructions on how to make an aerial balloon camera rig, in Part Three of our continuing quest to get our cameras higher and higher into the air.*
*What will be next? Dirigibles? Trained eagles? Sending candygrams to the Air Force until they let us borrow a fighter jet?
Published on September 22, 2008 — See more DIY
OK, hands up if you want to print your own T-shirts but can’t be bothered with all the equipment that silkscreening requires.
Jeebus, that’s a lot of hands. Well, we’ve found a way to mimic screenprinting that takes half the time and only requires some freezer paper and fabric paint.
It’s so easy you may find yourself printing photos on everything:
Let the printing obsession commence!
p.s. If you want to try your hand at genuine silkscreening, here’s a simplified version.
p.p.s. Amit will be at Photokina next week hunting down fun photo gear. If you’re there and want to meet up, drop him a line!
Published on September 18, 2008 — See more DIY
Sure, you can press a button and take a mini motion picture.
But what about the well-loved, handheld, movie-in-your-pocket flip book? Our favorite form of animation, the flip book is the original, prehistoric movie. We’ve doodled thousands of stick figures in the corners of our notebooks. It’s time for photos.
Then we stumbled across The Curious Blog’s beautiful, handmade flip book.
We had to try it ourselves.
We’re flippin’ out over the final product: a squat little choppy movie, our DIY photo flip book will make your thumbs sore from showing it off to all your photo-loving friends.
At 7’6″, Yao Ming is one of the tallest Olympians, one of the most revered basketball players across the world, and we’re willing to bet, were there an Olympic competition for aerial photography, he’d score heads above the rest.
Puns aside, getting a camera up into the air is no small (or short) feat. We’re not all tall like Yao Ming, and we don’t always have access to a kite or a plane… Plus, tripods and professional monopods are expensive and weigh about a gajillion pounds.
So, we made our own Photojojo Sky-Cam, just for you and just in time for your own photography Olympics.
Transform your group shots, crowd shots, your super-secret, Bond-ian spy shots into “how’d-you-do-that,” Andreas Gursky-like works of high art.
The smell of the road, the wind at your back, infinity miles per gallon…
Riding your bike sure is sweet. But you know what would make it even sweeter? The tried-and-tested, make-it-yourself, $10 + 10 minutes Photojojo BikeCam!
Just don’t assemble it while moving. And stop at all red lights. And stop signs. And use your hand signals. And wear a helmet, for pete’s sake. Your brain’s in there.
Read on to find out how…
p.s. WeSay is running a photo contest — submit election-related photos by the end of the week and they’ll be featured on the homepage of their national website. The winner’s photo will be shown as the ‘hero shot’! Submit your entry on WeSay.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s guest time here at Photojojo!
Please give a rousing Photojojo welcome to… all the way from Rochester, New York… our buddies from Kodak!
Photojojo: Hi Kodak, welcome to the show. And what do you have for us today?
Kodak: Well Photojojo, we’ve got a DIY bookmark you can make from your photos! When it’s done, it looks like you’ve got a person sticking out of your book.
Photojojo: Wow, okay, that sounds cool.
Kodak: Also, it has magnets.
Photojojo: AWESOME! We are so in!
So, without further ado, let’s…
p.s. Wanna help out with the Photojojo Book? Send us your picture by July 18th and we might put you in the book! Click here to see what kinds of pictures we need.
The white walls in your place have begun to loom, haven’t they?
Glaring down at you, bare as the Gobi Desert when the camels are on holiday.
And hark! That box of photos in the closet that you’ve been meaning to organize is starting to whisper to you. “Put me up,” the photos mutter. “Show me off!”
Of course, hearing these things means you are probably insane. But before the funny farm comes to take you away, you might as well sort out your wall and photo problem.
Grab a handful of bulldog clips and a few nails and put up some pictures. That’ll show those imaginary voices who’s boss.
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