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Plan the Photog Party of the Century in 5 Easy Steps!

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We all do it – pass by the same awesome thing everyday and think, “Someday I’m gonna take a picture of that!”

It’s time to admit that our “Someday” list is growing and growing, Jack and the Beanstalk style (no end in sight!).

Instead of tackling that giant list on your own, turn your ‘someday list’ into a group effort by having the most-fun-you-ever-had-with-a-group-of-photog-nerds: a photo scavenger hunt.

Write out your shoot list, invite your peeps, and cue up some Andrew W.K. ’cause it’s time to party.

Plan an Epic Photo Scavenger Hunt Party

p.s. Andrew W.K. is on Twitter, and so are we. (a.k.a. All the cool kids are doin’ it.)

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Best Pet Portraits Ever: DIY Backdrops + Strategic Angles

Did you know cats spend 73% of their lives lying down? (That’s what we guesstimate at least.)

So if your cat – or dog, ferret or snake – spends its days lolling about your living room floor, why not turn that unused energy into creative ambition?

Theresa did. While others might’ve merely seen a cat sprawled on the ground, Theresa saw pure photographic potential.

Scissors and paper were all Theresa needed to create a fanciful underwater backdrop. Angling her camera from above, she was able to capture the best pet portrait ever: a scuba scene starring her beloved cat.

With what started as one incredible photo quickly turned into a whole new way of capturing her cat on camera.

Soon enough, her cat went form the laziest feline on the block to a balloon-wrangling, umbrella-dancing wonder.

Sure, Theresa’s cat was probably knocked out in half the shots, but if babies and kids can have dreams, pets can, too.

Make DIY Scenes for the Best Pet Portraits


   
   
Valentine’s Day: 5 Fun Ways to Share Your Love With Photos!

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Valentine’s Day: that special day each year when we get to show our cameras (or *cough* loved ones) how much we ♥ them.

Whether you have a valentine or not, it’s a great time to give love (and chocolate!) to your friends, GF/BF, family, or yourself. Just keep your hands off our Leica, she’s spoken for! ;)

With that in mind, what better time to round up some feel-good photo projects than Valentine’s Day?

We’ve whipped up a quick batch of our sweetest photo projects to shower your friends, loved ones, and walls with photo love!

Click on for secret valentine film rolls, origami photo hearts, color-me-in photography valentine cards, and even more (omg).

Five Fun Photo Projects That Help Spread The Love

p.s. Calling SF Bay Area photogs! We’re looking for a Product Photography Artist, inquire within.

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How to Fit 24 Hours into One Photo

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.

Chris Kotsiopoulus’ 24 Hour Photograph
[Take a look at his star-trail time lapse!]


   
   
See Through Your Kids’ Eyes, Wirelessly Upload from Their Camera to a Flickr Stream

The little ones in our lives are fascinating people.

They start out barely able to hold up their own head, and within a few months, they’re tearing up the rug.

It may not come as a surprise then that some kids are starting their photography lessons at the wee age of 3….like famed blogger Jason Kottke’s son Ollie!

Jason placed a digital camera in Ollie’s teeny 3 year-old hands to see what would happen.

The most awesomely clever part? He used an Eye-Fi memory card in Ollie’s camera to automatically and wirelessly upload Ollie’s photos from his camera to a Flickr account.

At any moment of the day, family and friends can take a look at his photo stream for an instant window into Ollie’s daily photo adventures.

It’s like seeing right through little Ollie’s eyes, and the photos themselves are adorable (the low-to-the-ground point of view) yet astonishing (portraits of his grandfather).

Connect with your little one through photography, and if you’re worried about your kid dropping the camera, second-hand cameras + kids = a match made in heaven.

How to Wirelessly Upload Kids’ Photos to Flickr

Photos by Ollie Kottke


   
   
Street Art Photobooths: Make Murals And Friends

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.)

Fabian David’s Street Art Photobooth


   
   
Pummelvision — The Reason You’ve Been Taking Snapshots All This Time

Ever wished you could rewind your entire life and watch it again?

Then you’ll love Pummelvision, the newest creation from Jake Lodwick, co-founder of Vimeo.

Two clicks, and Pummelvision grabs every photo long buried in your Flickr, Facebook, or Tumblr, and gives you a breathtakingly beautiful, painfully poignant, and utterly simple video summary of your life. It’s remarkable.

It’s just a few minutes, but we dare you not to be moved as you relive old apartments, boyfriends, girlfriends, just friends, jobs… You might even cry.

Pummelvision is the reason you’ve taken photos all these years. Go, go now.

Pummelvision
[Check out our Tumblr today for more from our Q&A with Jake.]

p.s. We didn’t include a sample video because Pummelvision is all about experiencing it for yourself (so do it!).

p.p.s. Today is the last day in the shop for free Priority shipping over $50! Just in time for X-mas.


   
   
Holiday Photos: The Top 10 Most-Fun-Ever Ideas

Rounding up your family for holiday-time photos is a feat intended only for the super-human (i.e. Elves at your local mall. They’re little, but mighty).

Obligatory sweaters are the least of it. You’ve been through creepy santas, herds of costumed dogs, and unfortunate awkward poses.

It hasn’t always been pretty, but this year, that’s all going to change!

2010 is THE year for the holiday photo you’ve always dreamed of, whether you’re sending them ‘cross country to friends and family or just want to grab a shot of everyone while they’re all in one spot.

No more awkward blank stares and no more heart-breaking sobbing children. It’s all uphill from here!

Top Ten Holiday Photo Ideas

p.s. We’re putting on a lil’ photo contest with our pals who run that lil’ conference called CES! You’ve got one week to enter!

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Re-Animation: Turn Found Photos into Mesmerizing Videos

Did you know you can make an animated video without picking up a camera?

Cassandra C. Jones creates mesmerizing animations using her method “Snap Motion Re-Animation.”

It started one day when she realized that if she collected enough photos of one thing, she could put those photos together in just the right sequence to make an animated movie.

Take a galloping horse: she was able to create a movie of a single galloping horse using photos of 12 different horses in mid-step. (She sifted through 5,000 photos to find ones that perfectly matched up!).

A few of her other animations include: 97 photos arranged to show snow melting in a person’s hand, 900 photos to show the moon waxing and waning across the screen, and 17 photos showing a car spinning while on fire.

With a whole lot of patience and an eye for movement, Cassandra has combined photo-hunting and animation into a whole new craft!

We’ll leave you with these two hypnotizing re-animation videos. May they inspire you to make your own: “After Muybridge” and “Stripes (Lightning Walk).”

Snap Motion Re-Animation
[Bonus! An awesome interview with more re-animation vids.]

p.s. Our pals Animoto make rad videos out of your uploaded photos, and they’re giving a free video (normally $3) to every Photojojo reader! Just use code “PHOTOJOJO” this week only. We even made our own video! Check it out: “A Day in the Life of Photojojo!”


   
   
How to Turn a Photo into 175 Hours of Solar Power

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Like Robin to Batman, your camera is your trusty sidekick, always by your side.

You’ve dreamed of the day you could help mankind with Photon (that’d be your camera’s superhero name). And, guess what? That day is finally here.

Simply upload a photo to Flickr through GE’s Ecomagination Photo Project site and tag with “Wind,” “Water,” or “Light.”

In turn, GE will donate:

  • 4.5kW hours of wind energy for every wind photo
  • 175 hours of solar power for every light photo
  • 480 gallons of drinking water for every water photo

(They’re working with three charities to make it all happen.)

Cool, right? Your photos combined will build wind turbines to power clinics in rural Peru, give families in East Timor solar-powered lanterns, and build wells to provide clean water.

In other words, it’s an easy breezy way to turn your photos into positive action. World, meet the best photog super action team this side of Gotham City: You (and Photon).

Upload a Photo, Help Mankind: GE’s Ecomagination Project

p.s. Check out the Ecomagination Flickr group with photos people have submitted so far!

Photo credit: Albert Valles, Xiahui, and Katie Kuberra.


   

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