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Ya know what we like best about Teh Intertubes? The pictures.
No, wait, scratch that — the FREE pictures.
Now that the Library of Congress and NASA and the New York Public Library all have their collections online, there are more copyright-free pictures around than you can shake a stick at.
What to do with all those free pictures?
- Cover your ceiling with photos from the Hubble telescope.
- Frame some vintage portraits and tell people they’re your relatives.
- Make DIY greeting cards and you’ll never have to give Hallmark another dime!
- Beautify your abode’s blankest, bleakest, boring-est white walls.
- Heck, sleep in a big pile of prints if it makes ya happy!
Keep reading for where to find the greatest photos on the web, and what to do with ‘em when you find them.
Photo mags: stylish, stirring, spendy.
Unless you know where to look, that is.
Get all the art rags you could want online without dropping a single ducat!
We’ve been dredging The Internets and rounding up 10 of our favorite webmags.
Get inspired, see what’s new, or submit your work and start building a name for yourself; just start reading!
Does your mom want jewelry for Mother’s Day? Nah. Bath salts? Nope. A pet tarantula? Probably not.
What she really wants is time with you! (Also possibly lunch.)
Your mom sounds nice. So we’ve got 11 different ways to make her happy on Mother’s Day!
We’ve got ideas for photos to take, things to make, and things you can do together.
You’re a good kid.
p.s. Mother’s Day is May 10th this year. Get crackin’!
Photo credit: kjsydney
O pinhole photography, we love you so.
Ever since our first oatmeal box pinhole camera in 5th grade, we have adored you. Your artsy images, your depth-of-field — our wee hearts go pitter-pat, o pinhole.
If you haven’t tried pinhole photography for yourself, now’s the time: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is this Sunday, April 26th!
We’ve got everything you need to get ready for the big day: photos to get you inspired, ways to make your own camera (or where to buy one) and crazy DIY cameras that other folks have made. Let’s go!
p.s. We hear Mom’s Day is coming up again. Order by Tuesday April 28th if you want to surprise her with an awesome Custom-Made Photo Bag!
Wait! Don’t change the channel yet!
We promise you that business cards don’t have to be stuffy, expensive or soul-crushingly dull, especially photographers’ cards.
In fact, your cards should be more creative than anybody’s, especially when the economy’s gone all pear-shaped. An artistic card will make people remember you/ think you’re awesome/ give you money.
Want proof? OK! We’ve found 12 smart, well-designed cards that deserve a place of honor in any art buyer’s contact list.
Photo credit: dailypoetics
People say that art is a great investment.
Well yeah, for people who are already rich. We are fabulous, yes, but rich? Not so much.
What to do if you want art on your walls that’s not your own? Search the web for an artistic windfall?
No, silly! Get Photojojo to do it for you! We’ve been combing the market and found 20 great photographers you can afford, even on a wee skimpy budget. Most of them sell prints for $25 or less.
So give your piggy-bank a friendly pat and put him back on the shelf. The little guy can remain happily unbroken.
p.s. At PMA this week? If you wanna meet up with the Photojojo crew, drop us a line!
If you wanted to break into a new industry, who would you ask? Somebody who knows all about it, right?
Well, that’s why we got Jason Geil ( whose photos have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone Magazine) to give us some real-world tips about how to get started in professional photojournalism.
If you already make loads of money as a professional photographer, this article isn’t for you (although we still love you).
This article is for those of you trying to hone your photography skills enough to break into the field of photojournalism. Maybe you’re not planning to quit your day-job, but a little extra income from your photography each month wouldn’t hurt either.
We’ve got nine tips to help you get your news photos out of your camera and into the public eye. Next stop: Pulitzer Prize!
p.s. Photojojo (whoa, that’s us!) is looking for a part-time intern to wrangle our bits and bytes. If you’re a super enthusiastic code juggler who wants to help raise Photojojo’s level of programmatic amazingness, give us a yell!
Photo credit: Spc. Karah Cohen, U.S. Army
New Year’s Day brought crummy news: JPG Magazine is calling it quits.
The good news: last-minute efforts to save the business mean the site will be live for a few more days. That’s just enough time to check out some of their greatest hits and download their back issues in PDF.
Here’s a smattering of our all-time favorites to get you started:
- Ryan Schude’s massive productions
- An alphabet in the sky
- Ten tips for taking night photos
- An abandoned island city in Japan
- How to package prints for sale
- A review of the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim camera
- Sleeping in the airport
- Aerial photos of salt mines and tailings
Thanks to everybody at JPG for the great work you’ve done over the last two years. What’ll we do without you?
Get it while it lasts!
From editor-in-chief Laura Brunow Miner.
All in one handy zip file, thanks to Derek Steen.
Keep up on the efforts to help JPG stay afloat!
p.s. There’s hope that JPG could be acquired and carry on. Our fingers and toes are crossed.
We didn’t do any of our resolutions from last year, did you?
The problem is, we always pick stuff we ought to do, not stuff we want to do.
Here’s the thing- if it’s not fun, you won’t stick with it. Our advice is, pick ONE resolution that really sounds awesome, and do that one. Why commit to a whole bunch of things that you don’t want to do?
Need help picking that single resolution? Have a look through our humungous list of 22 photo possibilities* for the upcoming year.
(Although one resolution is the strict limit, we invite you to dabble frivolously, irresponsibly and noncommittally with anything else on this list.)
*Three more than last year! Holy mackerel!
Photo credit: wÅ‚odi.
Here at Photojojo, we’ve dallied with all the major winter holidays. Chrismukkawanzaa, St. Bodagisil’s Day, The Feast of a Thousand Hams… you name it, we’ve tried it.
But Festivus is our favorite.
As many of you know, Festivus was popularized 11 years ago by an episode of “Seinfeld” and is now celebrated by discerning holiday-makers around the globe. Unbeknownst to many, Festivus was in fact started in the 1960s by the father of a future Seinfeld writer.
Festivus (long may it live) has three fine traditions:
- The Festivus Pole
- The Airing of Grievances
- The Feats of Strength
One of these traditions is a bit difficult for us, but we’re leading up to that. If you want to learn how to celebrate the finest winter holiday the Photojojo way (i.e. with cameras, photos and a double helping of silly), keep reading.
Photo credit: Mark Demeny