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Give Your Aquarium a Photo Makeover, and Make Goldie the Envy of His Fishy Friends

Photo AquariumLook, when you went on that awesome roadtrip last summer, you left Goldie at home. And that rockin’ concert you went to last weekend, same deal. Goldie held down the fort. He did that for you.

Sure, it’s not “practical” to take Goldie with you wherever you go… and we’ve all heard that goldfish only remember the last 30 seconds anyway, but even Goldie deserves a vacation, right?

Here’s a project that’ll help you satisfy Goldie’s wanderlust while keeping him safely submerged in his aquatic home.

Give the ole fishtank a photo makeover. It’s easy, looks great, and Goldie gets a glamorous new view!

Read our tutorial to find out how…

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Get Out and Shoot! — 3 Great Ideas for Shooting Outside in Your Town or City

There’s one sure-fire way to improve all of your shots: practice. Sure, you think, easy enough to say.

We can relate… Sometimes having a mission and some snap-happy friends can be just the motivation you need to get off your tuchus and start shooting.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few fun ideas to get you out having fun with your camera with friends or fellow photo enthusiasts. Read on to learn how you can make your town or city your photo playground.

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The Mailable Photo Frame: The Best Way Ever to Share and Show Off Your Photos

The minute we saw these Mailable Photo Frames, we knew we had to have ’em.

Ordinarily, when we stick a photo in a frame, we get tired of it in about a week. In a month, it’s pretty much invisible.

Since The Mailable Photo Frames are inexpensive ($2 or less), shiny and chic, and fit a standard 4×6, they’re great for putting photos all around the house. But that’s not all…

Here’s where the magic comes in: the instant you get tired of a photo, stick on a regular letter-rate stamp (39 cents in the States), write a brief note on the back, and slip it in the mail. Your pal gets a beautiful gift (with a frame and stand to boot!) and you get to put up a new photo.

Everyone wins. It’s picture frame heaven.

The Mailable Photo Frame at the Photojojo Store
www.photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/mailable-photo-frame/

Halloween Photo Tips — Our Ghoulish Guide to Scary Snaps

How can you not love a holiday that encourages you to dress up in costume, invites children to go from home to home demanding candy from strangers, and promises the annual rising of the toy-laden Great Pumpkin?

Yup, Halloween is pretty darn great.

And now that it’s just around the corner, we’ve put together a guide to help you get great photos on our favorite holiday.

Read on for creative ideas for Halloween shots, tips on how to carve your pumpkins to make them more photogenic, even instructions for making an anatomically-correct thoracic cavity cake!

Get out your glowsticks and get to work!

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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.

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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!

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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.)

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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.

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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!

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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!

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