Since the dawn of time people have doodled: caves, note pads, post-its.
Even your friend’s cast has enjoyed being a doodler’s canvas.
Now our photos want to get in on the fun! You can spruce up your friend’s wardrobe, hand tint your black and white photos, and even add a frame right onto your print.
We’ll show you all you need to know to create epic photo-meets-imagination images with just a print and a pen.
The Banksy of the photo world wants you to be in his next project!
Inside Out is a photo project that asks anyone to upload their portrait with their personal story.
After uploading, your photo’s then mailed to you as a poster that you can post in public*.
The goal? To give individuals a voice and unveil the untold stories of people around the world. Awareness and mutual respect are the aim!
8,000 photographers from everywhere have already posted their own portraits and awesome/inspiring/fascinating stories which you can browse in the online gallery.
Watch JR's short vid about the project.][
*No defacing necessary. Prop it in a window or tie it to a fence, bench or balcony.
In Photo 101 the third thing they teach you, after “remove your lens cap” and “this is a shutter button,” is to keep shadows out of your photos.
In Photojojo’s Photo 1-0-FUN, shadows are chillin’ at the cool kids’ table.
The secret to success is in knowing how to work with them. Our list-o-awesome shadow ideas can help you get started.
Learn how to make your shadows multi-colored, transform teeny props into massive monsters, or create a cinematic scene with dramatic light.
Unless you’re a Vampire, grab your shadow and head towards the light!
You’re ready to frame your shot. Lifting your camera to face, you see nothing.
Blinded for just a moment, you’ve left your lenscap on (again!). What a relief to see that glorious image through your viewfinder.
It makes you wonder what you would do if that moment of blindness lasted longer than a few seconds. Would you give up photography all together?
Pete Eckert is a blind photographer who didn’t.
Amazingly, he embraced the craft even more so after becoming blind, shooting ethereal double exposures and vivid light paintings with his Mamiyaflex TLR.
He visualizes the image he wants to create in his mind and uses his senses of sound, touch, and memory to make a photograph. (Watch this 4 minute documentary to see how he frames his shots!)
He explains, “Sound gives an image just like light gives an image…My work is a byproduct of learning how to see again using sound.”
Who’d have thought the impossible was actually possible? Thanks to Pete, we’ll never forget it.
Published on February 7, 2011 — See more Inspiration
We’re convinced some photographers are born with a rather rare yet want-worthy gene.
…A mysterious code of DNA that inspires impossible-to-accomplish projects and an anti-impossible mechanism to carry them through.
Chris Kotsiopoulos is one of these photographers; his most recent endeavor: is it possible to capture a 24-hour day in one photograph?
500+ photos, 30 hours, and one 12V battery later, he discovered it was! See the impressive result.
Chris shot through day and night (Yup, he stayed up all night.), capturing the arch of the sun’s rise and fall and an epic 11 hour startrail with twilight hours to fill in the space between day and night.
Over a 12 hour period, he then composed the hundreds of photos into one endless panorama a la “little planet.” (Click the link below for his full description.)
Lesson learned: the next time an impossible-sounding project pops into your head, don’t write it off! Where there’s a will, there’s a way…or a mutated gene.
Street artists are an elusive group; put a can of paint in their hand, and they’ll mural-ize a wall without making a peep or leaving a trace.
Not so with French photobooth street artist Fabian David.
He ditched the dark alleyways and cleverly misspelled monikers for a more open approach: he decorated the streets of Lyon, France with a live street art photobooth!
Using a digital camera and printer, he captured over 100 lucky people who happened to walk by, from kids to hip French youth and old folks (who we must say have some pretty slick sunglasses).
He promptly printed and slapped their photos onto a brick wall, resulting in an epic get-to-know-your-neighbor photo mural. It’s kind of like a facebook for the town, which = undeniably awesome.
Get your street art vibe on by inviting friends over to make a photobooth collage in your room or organize one with your local cafe. (Bonus: you won’t even have to run from the cops.)
Some street artists think they’re sooo hot just because their work is billboard-size big.
Tiny is where it’s at.
Our new fave Slinkachu’s street art is tiny. How tiny? Put it this way: the guy graffiti tags snails.
After making a teeny tableaux of itty-bitty model people, he leaves them on the street for anybody to find. But first he takes rad macro photos so the wee little scene is never really lost.
If you prefer staying indoors, photograph tiny people in clever food-scapes, like Mini Miam did. Now all you need is a tag name!
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Published on November 29, 2010 — See more Inspiration
We had always pictured ghosts as levitating hole-punched bed sheets, but apparently, we were wrong. Ghosts come in all shapes and sizes!
Some are transparent and grumpy, some jolly and made of marshmallow. Others float and induce sadistic sneezing sessions.
…Like the spooky figures in Ujin Lee and Tom Edward’s “Dust” series. Their powdery explosions take the form of ghostly figures photographed in eerie locations, like abandoned playgrounds and empty museum halls.
Another photographer, Marie Hanhnhon Nguyen, experiments with flour, creating images of floating clouds and phantom-like human figures.
The flour envelops her subjects in a white transparent glow, giving the photos a deliciously haunting mood.
If you’re inspired to try your own powdery phantom photos, we rounded up a few more projects to whet your appetite!:
Frolicking about the garden chasing butterflies and bubbles with camera in hand…
An outsider might call this a case of fallen-and-bumped-your-head, but we call it a great time!
Richard Heeks, better known as The Bubble Master (and who we posted about on our Tumblr recently!), introduced us to these three sure fire ways to capture incredible photos of bubbles.
1) Make your bubble look like a planet
2) Capture the pop
3) Shoot your self portrait in a bubble (and other reflections!)
Bubbles. Who’da thought? They’ve only been floating in front of our noses all these years.
Lately we’ve been seeing lots of cheap (and free!) books around town.
Sure, some of those books might be filled with boring old words, but after some careful investigation, we’ve also discovered that many of these books are full of fantastic photos!
So we wondered: How often do super great photos go unnoticed just because they’re tucked away inside of books?
If there’s photo injustice anywhere, we’re hot on the case.
Naturally, we found a way to flip photo injustice around on itself.
Ready? Get your (so called) “junky” books out (and put away your most treasured texts), we’re gonna teach ya…
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