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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

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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

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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!

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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

p.s. Share your favorite photo goody from the Photojojo Shop today and get a little something special from us. Head here for more!


   
   
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


   
   
Be Mario — A Public Photo Experiment with Nerd Style

After a 10 hour video game binge, reality transforms into a Scott Pilgrim-esque fantasy.

Is that dinosaur shaped shrub Yoshi incarnate? If you stomp on this mushroom, will you have an instant 2 foot growth spurt?!

Redditor NullPoint84 took note. He hung a handmade Mario question block in public, stood by with camera in hand and invited anyone to reenact the Mario fist jump!

His public experiment resulted in a fantastic photo series of strangers caught mid-air.

Make your own and add a small trampoline for extra high jumps. Make a themed photobooth or fill one with chocolate coins for tasty motivation!

For more Mario inspiration, see Poster Child!

Be Mario — Real Life Video Gaming [via My Modern MET]

p.s. Our chums at Scoutmob are giving away Public Bikes for you to explore your city and snap photos!


   
   
3 Mind-Bending Time-Twisting Road Trip Photo Projects

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Ahh, road trips. Get out on the open road jamming to your favorite tunes with the wind in your hair, and time stands still.

Seriously, road trips can warp time! And we’ve got a few photo projects to prove it.

Next time you’re gonna hit the road, pack your camera and try one of these time-bending projects.

Read on to learn how to animate your road trip mascot, slow down your road trip buddy and add some magic to what you see out your window.

3 Time-Twisting Road Trip Photo Projects

p.s. We’re still looking for a kick-ass Photojojo Store Buyer! Inquire within.

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How to Walk Across a Photo — Multiple Exposure Magic!

Since the invention of photography, photo DIY-ers have hacked their way around its limits.

Not enough light? Ohai, here’s a mega powerful flash. Too far away? Let’s just whip up a longer focal length for ya.

Photo too still? Jeremy Blanchard found his way around that.

During an engagement shoot, he made this single image of his friends traveling across a photo! And he didn’t even use a pricey strobe.

In fact, you can make one of these at home with a photo editing program.

Jeremy wrote up a how-to. Here’s an abbreviation:

1) Take multiple shots of your friends walking across the frame.
2) Layer the photos into a single image in Photoshop.
3) Erase the surroundings leaving only the subjects. (Except on the main background.)
4) Lower the opacity on the ones that you want to appear lighter.

If you’re looking for more engagement photo ideas, you can always throw in a zombie.

Make Your Subjects Move with Multiple Exposures
[BTW, Jeremy's selling this print here!]


   

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