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Take that Frame Off-the-Wall and Frame Your Shots in Style
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One frame to frame them all!

Quick! Reach between the couch cusions, empty out the change jar, run down to the thrift store, and splurge on one fabulous frame to fancy up all your photos.

We were inspired to hit the streets, frame in hand, by the work of Geo Geller, who shoots with a frame in each of his shots.

So get into the right frame of mind and read our tips!

Our Off-the-Wall Guide for Fantastic Framing
(via reader Michael Galpert)

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Refractographs: How to Take Photos of Light Reflections
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Ya know somethin’? We love camera tossing. We love light painting.

But we’ve got a brand new favorite: refractographs!

They look super high-tech, but you just need a flashlight and a piece of clear glass or plastic to make ‘em happen.

Shine the light through the glass and take pictures of the patterns that come through!

Try it with marbles, Lite Brite pegs, hyperradial lighthouse-grade fresnel lenses or anything else you have lying around!

How to Make Refractographs

We’re giving away 10 Kodak cameras this week to celebrate our wizard new book!

It’s ridiculously easy to win. (Do it!)

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Photojojo! The Book
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Three years ago, we set out on a mission: to inspire your digital photos to be more than mere megapixels.

So we started a website, and sent out a newsletter. And then we sent out more newsletters. Then the Photojojo Shop was born (while we kept sending newsletters).

And now … WE HAVE A BOOK! You know — paper, ink, a table of contents. The whole shebang.

Complete with 192 full-color pages of our most popular photo projects (all souped up) plus tons of new ones, and some great ideas from the most talented folks we know.

It’s been a year in the works, and we can. not. wait. for you to see it.

Photojojo! The Book  Twitter It!
$21.99 at the Photojojo Shop & bookstores near you!

p.s. To celebrate our launch we’re giving away tonso stuff from the Photojojo Shop; Bottle Cap Tripods, Level Camera Cubes, Magnetic Photo Rope and ten copies of our book. All week long!

Just RT @photojojo … we’ll be picking winners until Friday.

AND we started a Photojojo Book Group on Flickr for everyone to share their first cuddly book moments.

Look! Below the jump! A sneak peek for you, darling reader: one of the projects from our super fantastic master work of literature (plus 3 more crafty tidbits). Enjoy.

Inside the Book: CD Jewel Case Mural

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Project 1976: Making a Photo History of the Year You Were Born
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Sveinn Birkir has been collecting images from 1976 to make a visual anthology of the year he was born.

Freaking rad!

Wanna make your own Project 1976? Search Flickr or Google Image Search for your birth year and see what comes up.

Look for events that happened and things that came out that year (cars, products, albums, movies). Who was on the cover of Time or Rolling Stone? Who died or was born that year?

Sprinkle in some family photos and show off your time capsule! Start a photoblog, or print the photos and stick ‘em on the wall.

Better yet, do this for a pal (or your kid, if you’ve got one of those) and make it into a book for their birthday. Better even than cupcakes, amigo.

Project 1976
via Kottke

p.s. We really wish our name was Sveinn.


   
   
11 Ways to Make Your Mom Really Happy This Mother’s Day
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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.

11 Ways to Make Your Mom Really Really Happy This Mother’s Day

p.s. Mother’s Day is May 10th this year. Get crackin’!

Photo credit: kjsydney

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Take a Picture of the Whole Entire Planet
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Got big plans for Earth Day?

Gonna build a windmill out of recycled soda cans? Or modify your car to run on potato peelings and hope?

Yeah, sure you are. How about something that’s simple enough to actually DO?

Something like taking a day-in-the-life portrait of the whole entire planet!

It’s easy, just take some photos of the world around you on Wednesday April 22nd. Send your best snap to the good folks at Earth Mosaic, and they’ll use it to create a giant photo mosaic of the Earth!

Then you can totally brag to your greener-than-thou friends about how you participated in a global art project on Earth Day and all they did was buy organic yams. Wusses.

Join The Earth Mosaic Project!

p.s. Been meaning to get your hands on a super fantastic Photojojo Gorillapod? Our friends at MCP Actions might be able to help you.


   
   
Using Old Photos to Tear the Fabric of Space-Time Itself
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Photojojo science update: we have learned of a way to tear holes in the space-time continuum and stare back into the mists of time.*

Being the existential daredevils that we are, we’re risking reality as we know it to share this discovery with all of you. Proceed with caution.

Step 1:
Find a very old photo of a street or landmark near where you live. (Try your local historical society or check the public library — many of them keep collections of historic photos).

Step 2:
Go to the exact place where the photo was taken.

Step 3:
Hold up the picture and match the view of bygone days to the ultra-futuristic scene in front of you.

Be warned: though you may peer into the window in the space-time continuum, do not fall through. The other side of the window is a nightmarish half-life of Morlocks, flux capacitors and Michael J. Fox.

Using Old Photos as a DIY Time Machine

*Yeah, we know that the last four times we tore holes in the space-time continuum we ended up destroying the known universe. We swear that won’t happen again this time. Probably.

p.s. Hey everybody, sorry about the broken link in Monday’s newsletter. Boy, are our faces red.

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Photojojo Presents… The Wrap-Around-the-Corner Frame!
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Introducing the Wrap-Around-the-Corner Frame, a modern geometrical marvel of rectangularity! You thought our magnetic photo rope was radical — well, the newest addition to our store is even more mind bending (and wall bending)!

The Wrap-Around-the-Corner frame is an all-in-one stack o’ frames that’s guaranteed to hug corners better than a Ferrari Enzo.

This puppy is truly a turning point in frame design, displaying up to 12 photos at a time whilst clinging to the corners of your wall.

Espresso stained wood keeps it classy, and ordinary frame brackets make it easy for the frame to grab your walls.

The All-New Wrap-Around-the-Corner Frame!

p.s. Wanna save some sweet sweet dollaroos? Get in our extra-special week-long promotion for the Wrap-Around-the-Corner frame! Find out more here.


   
   
Super-Secret Photo Projects Just for Kids! Back Off, Grownups.
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Attention adults:

This week’s Photojojo is for kids. If you know any kids, send it their way.

If you don’t know any kids, you’re out of luck for today. Or you can pretend to be 8 years old and see if that works for you. Either way, no grownups allowed.

Attention kids:

This newsletter is just for you. If you catch any grownups reading it, we give you permission to make them sit in the corner until they’ve learned their lesson.

Just because you’re shorter than adults doesn’t mean you can’t be just as good a photographer as them. In fact, being kid-sized lets you get shots they never could.

Prepare to discover your secret photographic superpowers, small one.

Super-Secret Photo Projects Just For Kids

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Pay It Forward: Portraits of Other Photographers
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We love hearing from our adoring faithful Photojojo fans. And what we’ve heard lately is that you kids love the photo projects, but you really love the short photo projects.

Good news, everyone! This project will only take you one day.

Here’s the plan:

  1. Find another photographer.
  2. Take a portrait of that person with whatever matters most to them, be it their family, their cat, or their first-edition copy of Molecular Quantum Mechanics.
  3. Give them a copy of their portrait, on one condition:
    they have to do the same for another photographer.

There you go: one day of shooting, and you’ve set the wheels in motion for an ongoing (possibly never-ending) project. Get everyone to post their photos online, and see how long you can keep the project rolling.

We’ve started a special forum thread just for all of you, so let’s see what you’ve got!

Pay It Forward Portrait Project

p.s. Thanks to Joel Weibner for tipping us off about John Michael Cooper’s original Pay It Forward project!

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