Photo Projects

Make a 3D Photo Booth for GIF-y Memories

The typical photo booth experience goes something like this: press button, contort your otherwise beautiful face into odd shapes, and wait.

You know exactly what’ll pop out. But what if the booth spit out something totally unexpected?

Like a Kit Kat bar? Or a THREE-DEE photo!!

That’s exactly what the Protobooth delivers.

Design firm, Digital Kitchen, made a DIY 3D photo booth out of three Canon 5D MarkIIs and four Macbook Pros.

With a little hackery know-how, they shot animated photo booth photos that wiggle to-and-fro and make you feel like you’re really there … all over again! (See their behind-the-scenes.)

To make your own 3D setup with stuff you already own, check out our 3D how-to. No hackery needed!

Protobooth: A 3-D Photo Booth
[See all the photos] via KEH

BONUS!: For more 3D ideas, check out How to Shoot the Galaxy in 3D.
If 3D isn’t your thing, check out the Photo Booth Locator to find photo booths anywhere in the world.

How to Be Part of a Global Food Photo Exhibit (Help End Hunger, Too)

You’re ravenous. A most delectable grilled cheese sits before you, melty sides catching your eye.

It’s too beautiful to eat without photographing first!

On February 24th at 12pm EST, you’ll discover you’re not the only one. It’s a global day of photographing your food!

The Meal is calling all foodie photographers to participate in a global food photo exhibit. Your simultaneously shot photos will be collected and shown at The Brooklyn Art Library on March 31st.

It’s for a good cause, too! The Meal has partnered with Action Against Hunger, a non-profit who battles hunger around the world.

It all comes full-circle: your hunger-induced photo helps end hunger for others. Not even scarfing down a grilled cheese sandwich could beat that satisfaction.

The Meal: Documenting a Global Snack

Heads up! If you do submit, that means they can use your photo for promotional reasons. However, they’ll never sell your photo for profit. Read the deets on the Project Agreement!

#From Where I Stand, Skyscraper Edition

You’ve taken #From Where I Stand shots in a snowy field, in line at the market, on 8 mile hikes and down alleyways in far-off countries.

The last frontier? The ledge of your town’s highest skyscraper.

Sounds scary, but once you scale your way up and point your camera down, you’ll fall in love with what you see.

Dennis Maitland can attest to it. He’s been documenting his rooftop adventures in Detroit by photographing his feet over ledges.

The result is an awesome collection of aerial views with a touch of self-portrait.

#Fromwhereistand → #Fromwheremyfeetdangle.

Dennis Maitland’s Skyscraper Self-Portraits
via Fubiz

p.s. Looking for unique ways to print your photos? Our pals at Nations Photo Lab have great new prices on their solid wood Gallery Blocks!

Turn Your Photos into Beautiful Glass Etchings!


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Before printers spewed out photos on paper, photos were printed on glass!

Sure, that sounds like the kind of thing your Uncle Buck would make up, but we’re telling you, it’s totally true.

Just to prove it, here’s a tutorial on how to put your own photos on glass with etching!

It’s a different technique than 19th century photographers used and is as easy as old school iron-on transfers.

The results? They’ll put you on par with the most bad ass of our photo fore-fathers.

Etch Any Photo Onto Glass


Help Portrait: Take Portraits & Give Them, Too!

Superheroes were never paid for their humanitarian efforts. Come to think of it, they kinda just did all their do-goodin’ for free!

Maybe it’s because there’s something intrinsically awesome about helping others. It just makes you feel good.

On December 10th, you can take part in Help Portrait by giving a portrait to someone in need!

With the forthcoming Christmas tree installations and mall traffic, give a portrait to restore dignity, bring smiles and even remind people, many of whom have forgotten, how beautiful they are.

How to Give a Portrait to Someone in Need

Photo: Dallas, TX Help Portrait

Photo Food Tags: A Thanksgiving DIY Project

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Thanksgiving at your house. You know how it goes.

Poppa Bob has to have rolls with real butter, Uncle Dave made a vegan pecan pie, Cousin Michelle brought vegetarian green bean casserole.

You’ve got enough on your plate! Try photo food tags this year, a clever photo project for easily identifying dishes.

Pre-empt any unseemly food confusion with your camera, a few slices of cheese and a set of alphabet cookie cutters!

Make DIY Photo Food Tags

p.s. We’re on Twitter tweeting all kinds of amazing photo stuff everyday, like these absolutely amazing photo recreations. Don’t miss out!

How Cameras & Toys Change Kids’ Lives

We’ve all been there: not having the words to express what we feel. Kids in war zones know this too well.

Brian McCarty had a thought: what if cameras were the key to teaching kids how to tell their stories?

He traveled to Jerusalem, the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to find out.

Brian asked kids to draw what they’ve seen, and then recreated the scenes in a photograph with toys. He found that a combination of play and art therapy was a powerful and life changing way to give kids a voice.

Photographers often turn to their camera when words just won’t do. Turns out kids are no different.

Wanna get involved? Watch a short video at the Kickstarter link below!

War Toys: A Therapeutic Photo Project

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One Day On Earth — Take a Collective Snapshot of Earth on 11-11-11!

What if everyone on Earth took a photo at the same exact moment?

It would be the most thorough snapshot of mankind itself! On 10-10-10, One Day on Earth got pretty darn close to accomplishing just that.

The One Day on Earth project asked people all over the world to take a photo or film footage of the most important thing to them on October 10, 2010.

They were able to reach out to a wide array of people all over the world through 60 non-profits and the United Nations.

The resulting footage is an exciting peek into what matters to who around the world: everything from each other to science to politics to the environment.

They’re now turning the 3000 hours of footage into a feature film, for which you can see a trailer of. They’ve also created a searchable online archive!

There’ll be another day of shooting on 11-11-11 this year, so click on to see how you can take part in a collective snapshot of Earth!

One Day On Earth – Take a Snapshot of Earth! [via Good]

How to Use Your Photo Powers for Good! (P.S. Come Photo Booth with Us!)

Tests, leukemia and bone marrow are scary words, but they don’t have to be!

You can actually use your photo talents to turn those words into something good!

When we found out that our very own Amit (founder of Photojojo) has leukemia and needs a bone marrow donor to cure it, our first thought was, How can we help?

The answer is getting more people — especially South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis, Nepali etc) — in the bone marrow registry!

People + Party + Photobooth. You thinking what we’re thinking?

Tomorrow in San Francisco we’ll be taking part à la photo booth in BYOSA: A Swabbing Party for Amit, and we want you to come. A bone marrow test is merely a swab of the cheek, and that simple act could save someone’s life.

If you can’t make it, you can still help Amit & others cure their leukemia (for real!):

Save Lives, Throw a Photo Booth Party! Tweet This
[Read more about the S.F. event. Thanks to Dan Cohen & Natalie Galatzer!]

Amit Gupta Needs You — Join the Bone Marrow Registry

How to Photograph the Galaxy…in 3D!

The minute Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic takes off, you’ll be first in line. Where else can you get a better photo of the Milky Way than in space?

‘Til then, you’ll have to bring the stars down to Earth.

That’s what Ignacio Torres did in his photo project Stellar! He simulated an awesomely convincing galaxy with confetti, dust, and a 3-D camera (that’s where the wiggle GIF comes in!).

The combination of floating people and sparkling clouds is supreme space eye candy.

Here’s how to make your own — Have your friends jump and throw the flour and confetti at the same time. The flash will get the confetti to sparkle like stars and catch your friend floating in space! Meanwhile, the 3-D camera (see our DIY version) gives your galaxy the depth that makes it look real.

Your friends will officially be the first space tourists, and they won’t even have to buy a $2million ticket. Rawk.

Stellar — Ignacio Torres’ Galactic GIFs