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Project 365: How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way

Project 365People will often say that their whole lives flashed before their eyes after they experienced a traumatic event. Perhaps it’s a bit morbid, but we think that sounds pretty incredible.

When Taylor McKnight started taking a photo a day on January 1st, 2004, he never imagined the project would not only serve as a way to remember a year, but also help him understand what was important to him in his life.

Whether it was his relationships, his career, or his fashion sense, recording a photo a day for a whole year left him with a rich visual history of his life. And it made him a better photographer to boot!

Now that he’s in the middle of doing it for a second time, we asked Taylor to write about it for us. Read on for our tutorial on how and why to create your own daily photographic history.


The DIY CanFrame: Transform a Tin Can into a Simple Photo Frame in 15 Minutes

Photo cans!Beautiful! Simple! Cylindrical! All the qualities you look for in the finest photo frames, now available in the CanFrame — a simple DIY photo frame project from Photojojo.

Our tutorial will step you through an insanely simple way to show off your photos for the price of a 79 cent can of beans. All you need is the aforementioned can, some glue, a photo, and 15 minutes!


How to Create Your Own Planets Using Your Panoramas

createyourownplanet.jpgScene opens to solar winds gently blowing intergalactic tumbleweeds past the open porch door. An eerie quiet blankets the solar system.

We don’t know about you, but ever since those astronomers kicked Pluto out of the party, we’ve been feeling mighty lonely over here on planet Earth.

But wait! We’ve just the solution: Our pal Dirk wrote up a tutorial that shows you how to turn any panorama or landscape photograph into a full-fledged planet!

Best of all, once you’ve selected an image to work with, the process takes only 5 minutes. (Launching your new planet into solar orbit may take a bit longer.)


How to Make Stop-Motion Video Shorts with Your Digital Camera

Stop-Motion Video TutorialStop-motion animation is one of the simplest, most fun animation techniques.

Mix equal parts digital camera, computer, and imagination (you’ve got all three), and you’re on your way.

Although flashier computer-generated animation is in vogue, stop-motion has a rich heritage of its own. After all, who doesn’t love the Gumby shorts of the 50s and 60s, Gumby’s comeback in the mid-90s (you know you’ve arrived when you’re a spokescharacter for the Library of Congress!), and the ever-popular Wallace and Gromit?

And it’s not limited to claymation, either–Tim Burton used stop-motion and puppets to create The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Comedy Central’s Robot Chicken uses stop-motion with action figures and toy props.

You can use just about anything in your stop-motion animation, and thanks to digital cameras and computers, creating one is now super easy.


Find Detail in Your Photos That You Thought Was Lost… in Five minutes or Less!

Josh holds an invisible cameraIf you’ve ever wrestled to get a decent shot of the outside and inside when shooting indoors on a sunny day, or been disappointed to find your subject silhouetted when shooting into the sun, we have your fix.

Our pal Josh, shown here holding his imaginary camera, has a nifty trick that will let you fix those shots in a jif. All you need is a copy of Photoshop (almost any version will do) and about five minutes.

You can use his technique to improve nearly any photograph where extreme lighting fools your camera into underexposing your image.

Watch our quick video to learn how to do it!


Panographies: Panoramas on Steroids

A Panography by Mareen FischingerIf you like Hockney, you’ll love this.

Do you ever look up at the sky, a towering office building, or an expansive landscape and wish your photos could capture everything you can see with your eyes? We do.

Our pal Mareen does this neat thing she calls panography. Taking dozens of photos of a scene, she assembles a patchwork of images that more accurately represents what your eyes see when you’re not looking through a viewfinder.

Call it super wide-angle panorama or call it panography, we think it’s awesome.

Read on to learn how you can make one yourself!


How to Shoot Impromptu Street Portraits

youngnastreetportraits.jpgThis weekend, spend some time outdoors, explore a new neighborhood, hone your portrait-taking skills, make strangers smile, and walk away with some amazing photographs.

Sound good? Then we’ve got the perfect photo project for you!

Armed with a camera and a few simple tools, you too can conquer the art of the impromptu street portrait. Find out how in this simple tutorial by our friend Youngna.

How to Shoot Impromptu Street Portraits


Photo Toys: Don’t Play with Your Food, Play with Your Photos

jigsaw_frame1.jpgHurly proved an important point in Episode 9 when he built the first golf course on a tropical island full of polar bears and strange mechanical monsters — everyone can use a little more fun.

Since photos and fun are what Photojojo is all about, we figured it was time we found you some toys.

From photo rubik’s cubes, to puzzle frames, to photo tic-tac-toe boards, we’ve found photo toys every parent will love.

Don’t have kids? Well, maybe you know one. Or maybe you are one. In any case, these photo-flaunting toys are fun for the young and old alike!

Photojojo’s Photo Toys Guide


Super Keen Father’s Day Photo Gifts: Only the Best for Dear Old Dad

Whether you call him Pee, Kaka, Tata, Chichi, Babbu, or “My old Man”, you’ve probably got one, and he probably doesn’t hear from you often enough.

With Father’s Day just a couple weeks away, he’s counting on you to come through with yet another rocking tie.

But we know that you know that we know that you can do better this year, so we dug up a few photo-fab doodads we thought the old man might enjoy.

And hey, if it’s gotta be a tie, we’ve got one of those, too.

Photojojo’s Father’s Day Photo Gifts


Photo Blocks: Stunning Gifts from Your Photos in 15 Minutes or Less

Photo blocks exampleYou forgot mother’s day, your friend’s been having a horrible year, you’re bored. Whatever. Point is, you need to produce a gift.

We’re here to help. Gather your piles of vacation photos, stunning portraits of Aunt Mildred, and your gallery-worthy shots of your feet; it’s time to put ’em to use.

We’re going to show you how to make a stunning gift using your photos in 15 minutes or less. Keep it for yourself and make another for a friend. It’s sure to impress.

Watch our step-by-step video to find out how.

Photo blocks video tutorial