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A Dose of Fresh Portrait Perspective

We’ve seen more than our share of portraits taken at arm’s length, in the mirror, and those showing only an eye and its corresponding brow.

But we fell in love with this four-part polaroid portrait by Melissa Brown.

Here in NYC, the weather gods will treat us to a balmy weekend in the mid-70s. If you’re similarly blessed (heck, even if you’re not) we implore you: stow your mittens and mufflers, grab your camera, and set out into the great outdoors in search of adventure.

When you do, we hope Melissa’s summery portrait inspires you to look around you with a fresh pair of eyes.

Take note of the vibrant colors and the change in sunlight this time of year, explore new angles, take photographic risks, experiment, and above all, have fun. You’ve been waiting all winter for this.

Melissa’s Portrait on Flickr

p.s. Watch out, Melissa!

p.p.s. Our spiffy DIY Photo Block Kit is now available at Elsewares, a great store featuring work by independent artists and designers. Check it out!

Monsterpod sale — just a couple days left! Our favorite stick-to-anything, gravity-defying Monsterpod tripods, $35 $29 this week only!

(Bonus: Add any other photo goodies and still pay just $5 shipping for US orders!)

Turn an Etch-a-Sketch into a Kitschy Picture Frame in Just a Few Minutes

With just two dials and some aluminum powder, George Vlosich III creates works of art with Ohio Art’s classic baby boom toy, the Etch A Sketch.

For those of us, however, who can only manage a really nice set of stairs, we have a solution.

Our Etch A Sketch Picture Frame tutorial will show you how to turn an ordinary Etch A Sketch into a kitschy picture frame in no time flat. We’ll even show you how to transform your photos so they’ll look like you spent hours twiddling those white knobs to scratch ’em out.

Read on to learn how!

p.s. A reminder: We’re looking for awesome photo submissions for an upcoming photo notebook tutorial. Submit your photos to our Flickr group!

Gravity-defying tripods on sale! It’s our birthday this month, so we’ve lowered the price on our stick-to-anything Monsterpod tripods.  $35 $29 this week only!

(Bonus: Add any other photo goodies and pay no xtra shipping for US orders!)

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5 Great Photo Projects for Parties — Use Your Camera To Make New Friends

It’s party time (excellent!), but you know hardly anyone on the guest list. What’s a would-be wallflower to do?

Why, bring your camera and a few props, of course!

Pack some of our great photo projects and you’ll have your party-animal pals posing for mugshots, jumping for joy — even leaping in the tub — in no time.

Just don’t forget to get a few shots of yourself with all your new friends.

p.s. New on Photojojo Uncut: A spiffy ghost cameras shirt from Oddica, and a Swiss museum that will put your photo on its wall for real!

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How to Make Video Panoramas from Your Digital Camera’s Video Clips

We call ’em Videoramas.

Panoramic photographs are great at taking in entire landscapes, urban and natural. They allow you to see beyond what your camera can capture in one frame (or in the case of panographies, many many many frames).

But why stop with stills? Your digital camera probably shoots video clips as well, and by stitching those clips together, you can make a full-motion video panorama. Landscapes, streetscapes, interior shots, birthday parties, they all come to life in sparkling, wide-angle videoramas. If you liked our panographies, you’ll love our videoramas.

Read on to see an example and learn how it’s done.

p.s. Haaappy Birthday, Photojojo! We turned 1 yesterday. :D Help us celebrate by blogging about us or telling a friend about your favorite photo newsletter. It would make our day!

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Create a Photo Time Capsule Today — No Digging Required

Remember that awesome time capsule you and your brother/sister/best friend made when you were kids? A box full of tattered Archies, tapes of Casey Kasem’s Top 40, ticket stubs to The Goonies…

Bet you wish you knew where you’d buried that thing.

Digging around the backyard isn’t the only way to get a blast from the past. Here’s a quick photo time capsule project inspired by an old camera our pal Adam found a couple years ago.

STEP 1: Buy a cheap disposable camera.

STEP 2: Take your disposable camera everywhere you go for a week, or on a vacation. Take pictures of all your friends. Fill it up with photos.

STEP 3: Write your name, address, phone, email, today’s date, and the words “Photo Time Capsule! Develop me in a few years” on the camera. Sock it in a drawer.

STEP 4: Let time pass. Move in and out of relationships, jobs, apartments. Find happiness and live life fully.

STEP 5: Rediscover camera in some dusty box, bookshelf, or corner. Develop it.

STEP 6: Admire the odd stains and scratches on the photos you get back. Marvel at what your sepia-toned life was once like. Sigh, smile.

Adam notes: I like to think that disposable cameras are like wine. The longer you wait to develop them (or drink them) the better they are.

We couldn’t agree more.

Adam Varga’s Lost Kayaking Trip Photos
flickr.com/photos/abv/sets/72157594334357857/

Photos That Pop Out of the Page, Literally! DIY Photo Pop-Outs in 20 Minutes

Got a photo you just adore and want a unique way to show it off?

Behold! Photo Pop-Outs!

Gather up a bit of foam core, a bit of tape, a knife, and 20 minutes and we’ll show you how to give your photos an eye-popping 3D effect — no special glasses required!

But wait, there’s more! We’ll even show you how to make a nifty tabletop stand when you’re done.

Pop on over to our tutorial to find out how…

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Photo Snow Globes – Make Your Own in 15 Minutes (or Your Money Back!)

photosnowglobe-feature.jpgThe great snow gods have not been kind to us this year. If you’re still pining for wintery white, or just hoping it’d go away, we recommend a quick (and heartfelt) appeal.

Luckily, we have just the thing to melt their frosty disposition: Photojojo’s Make-Your-Own Photo Snow Globes.

Grab a bottle, photo, glitter, and corn syrup and you’re on your way to making an offering not even the gods could refuse.*

* Rigorous, double-blind studies have also proven Photo Snow Globes effective in melting the hearts of spouses, friends, and children.

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The Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

timessquarefeature.jpgDon’t be ambitious.

That may strike you as a bit pessimistic, but we think this whole New Year’s Resolutions thing has gotten a bit out of hand.

This New Year’s, instead of making difficult resolutions anyone would have trouble keeping, then feeling bad about it when you fail, why not pick something that’ll make you feel good every time you do it?

Here’s a few fun photography resolutions we’re considering this year. Pick one that you think you’ll enjoy and start 2007 with a smile.

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DIY Photo Ornaments in 15 Minutes or Less

Eggnog, gingerbread houses, Santa Clause, Sinterklaas (for our Dutch friends), “Christmas Man” (any Germans in the house?), holiday cards, endless holiday shopping, and lots and lots of holiday cheer.

We love the holidays.

Just in time for this year’s festivities, we’ll show you how to make beautiful ornaments using your photos in just 15 minutes. They look great on a Christmas tree, but they’re just as awesome as decorations to hang from your mantle or from the ceiling.

Better yet, they can be sent easily through the mail and make great gifts! Let’s get started…

This is our second week of tasty photo treats to help you share the photo love this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out the fotoclips, technicolor camera cases, and Photo Block Kit we featured last week.

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Make Perfect Photo Gifts in 15 Minutes — Introducing the Photojojo DIY Photo Block Kit

We’re very proud of this one.

We’ve been working for months to perfect our Do-It-Yourself Photo Blocks — the perfectly simple photo gifts you can make in just 15 minutes with your photos.

We’ve improved the process, improved the finish, even improved the quality of the fine hardwood blocks. And now you get it all in one box.

It’s the Photojojo DIY Photo Block Kit, available today.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who likes to make stuff, a great project to do on a rainy afternoon, or something fun to do with your kids, giddyup.

The Photojojo DIY Photo Block Kit
$25 at the Photojojo Shop. Available Now.

This week and next we’re bringing you tasty photo treats to help you share the photo love this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out installment one.