And now for a non-dictionary of photo terms:
Tilt-shift: not the crazy-legged move we bust on the dance floor.
Selective focus: not the clever strategy used against parents.
Maybe we’re better off referencing our pal Bhautik’s incredible guide to tilt-shift and DIY lenses! It’ll teach you all sorts about tilt-shift, like -
What the heck is a tilt-shift lens anyway? (A lens that can tilt and shift its planes to focus selectively and make the subjects in your photos look miniature, too!)
Isn’t tilt-shift only for 19th Century men with pointy mustaches, cloaks, and large, fancy cameras? (No! Anyone with an SLR can do it!)
Can’t I just fuzzy out parts of my photos using Photoshop? (Yes, but the real thing is so much more fun. PLUS, you can make videos, like this miniaturized San Francisco vid!)
Where do I get one? (Make your own, it’s easy! 3 tutorials teach you how to make your own plunger- and bendy-cams for about $10!)
Now, select your focus and tilt n’ shift til the cows (photos) come home!
p.s. Bhautik is a Research Engineer at Industrial Light & Magic (Lucasfilm!!) and the guy who wrote those amazingly popular plunger-cam tutorials!
p.p.s. The Selective-Focus guide is also available in print via Magcloud.
Photo credits: Bhautik Joshi
Ah, the sun! The big, bright strobe-light in the sky!
We love our reliable ‘ol pal, but with so many new gadgets popping up, we’d be fools not to take advantage of their photo-gramming capabilities!
We’re talkin’ laptopograms.
Aditya Mandayam developed this exciting new way of making prints: press photo-paper against your laptop screen, flash the screen, and dip the paper in developer, stop, and fix.
If you don’t have a laptop, TVs, iPhones, iPads, and other illuminating gadgets work, too! What we love the most about laptopography is that it’s wide open for experimentation.
Curate a show of Facebook profiles, hold a photo-shoot of your friends via Skype, make prints of your camera-phone photos, or create photos from a paused Youtube vid!
Yup, it’s official. Digital asked analog to marry it, and they’re running off to Vegas.
p.s. Our pals at CanvasPop turn your most kick-ass photos into canvas art! PJ readers get a $25 gift card! Use code PJJlove to redeem.
Photo Credit: Madmolecule for black and white girl; Aditya for all others
The scene: 9 am, you wake up. Your room is eerily silent. You sense something’s off, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.
You run to your computer. Photoshop is gone! All that’s left is your scanner, camera, and film. WHAT DO YOU DO?
Create art IN your camera!
Martin Wilson did, and the results are incredible: each contact sheet is a self-contained work of art, made of cleverly-composed patterns and words.
It’s not easy — every time he picks up his camera, he has to know precisely what each frame should look like before he shoots it — a single roll can take months to shoot. But the product: a Contact Sheet Masterpiece, with nary a cursor in sight.
With a little patience and a pint of planning, may we all aspire to the Martinistic school of contact!
p.s. Our BFFL’s at MOO are giving PJ readers 25% off their Mosaic Frames! Check. it. out.
Standing in single file lines, cleaning lunch trays, and turning in essays every week? Booooooring.
Us? We’d rather relive the fun parts of high school (like that time we stuck our face in the copy machine and made MILLIONS of copies).
Russian duo Timur Akhmetov and Yulia Yukashova agree, so they created an online gallery called Face Your Pockets.
The instructions are simple: place your face along with the objects in your bag or pockets onto a scanner bed and scan away. They call it scanography.
The results are like those of an anthropological study!
Who’d have thought that a body’s most essential belongings could say so much? Who are these people who cart Kermit dolls, sequins, and plastic animals in their purses?… Because we’d kind of like to meet them!
p.s. [UPDATE: This promo is over!] CanvasPop prints your photos to canvas, and Photojojo readers get $25 off any order through Monday! (Use code photojojo7y11b)
Would it be dramatic of us to say our font choice is a privileged glimpse into our soul?
Yes. Yes, it would.
But, we can all agree that choosing a font is pretty important.
It’s kind of like picking out a car or choosing an outfit for a first date (so, we’ll be staying faaaar away from Comic Sans AKA the poofy bride dress of fonts).
Lucky for us, two camera-happy brothers at HandMadeFont took on the challenge of merging the two things we love to stare at all day long: photos and fonts.
Maksim and Vladmir had the brilliant idea to cut letters out of bread, toast those letters, photograph them, and make them into a font!
BUT THEY DIDN’T STOP THERE. These crafty bros went onto photograph and font-ify caviar, shattered glass, smoke, and donuts! (and more!)
p.p.s. Check out our pals Carbonmade, they make creating a gorgeous photo portfolio EASY.
What would you do with a Yale MFA in photography, a job as a private eye, and a passion for alien landscapes?
We’d probably watch Planet of the Apes and then take a really long nap.
Not Allison Davies! She packed her photo-bag and embarked on a quest for the true land of the Apes: the deserts of Arizona.
12 years later, Allison debuted Outerland, an astonishing assortment of images taken on “whoa”-inducing sci-fi film locations all over the world.
A look through Outerland will take you to Argentina, Iceland, and California….or is that Endor, Tattooine, and Vulcan?
Wanna organize your own sci-fi photo safari through Avatar, 12 Monkeys, Gattaca, Children of Men, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and more? Use our Sci-fi Shooting Locations Google Map to get there!
Are you tired of counting to three with your finger on the shutter, only to receive meek grins and stiff shoulders?
Well we’ve found just the thing to get your portraiture out of the dark ages: The Chalkboard Speech Bubble. It’s a security blanket for the photo fearing and inspiration for the photo fearless — a true savior indeed.
A chasm between. An awkward lean. Arms draped around shoulders… loosely.
While most photographers sweat to make their subjects appear casual, their camera invisible, Richard Renaldi went another way.
He approaches strangers of all walks of life, and he asks them to touch each other.
Viewing the photos without knowing his setup, one can’t quite guess why they’re wrong or what’s going on, but there’s an inescapable mystery to them. In a country where physical touch is taboo, his project is daring.
And you thought taking ordinary portraits of strangers was hard!
p.s. Seen something we should write up? Tell us!
Atlanta photog Jason Travis approached attractive young people and asked them to hand over their bags and man-purses. Instead of slapping him, they complied.
Jason put a new spin on the purse-flotsam photo with two secret ingredients:
#1: A meticulous grid layout that lends the project an air of sculpture.
Inspired to photograph your own carry-alongs? There’s no better place to begin than the “What’s In Your Bag” pool on Flickr.
p.s. Have you seen these fun videos we made for our friends at Sony? Learn how to turn a panorama into a lampshade, paint with light, play party games with your camera, take better photos in the dark, and make simple frames from cardboard boxes!
Published on April 12, 2010 — See more Photo Projects
The trouble with photographers like Simon Hoegsberg is that it’s difficult to choose only one of his projects to tell you about.
To create We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence, he stood on a railroad bridge in Berlin for 20 days, photographing strangers.
The result: a print 30 inches high, and 100 METERS wide. Gasp.
He captured 178 people in all, each experiencing a beautifully simple moment of their lives, completely unaware.
Thanks, Simon, for reminding us that sometimes you don’t need to go far for inspiration, you just need to wait.
p.s. Calling all SF Bay Area Photojojo fans! We need your smiling faces for a wacky photo session at Photojojo HQ this Thursday. Find out more!
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