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You can tell a lot about
a person yourself by looking at their your feet.
Taking a picture of your feet — as natural as:
… looking both ways before crossing the street
… forgetting someone’s name right after you meet
… skipping over cracks in the asphalt/concrete
… finding yourself outnumbered, and beating a hasty retreat
It’s something almost everyone does. So why not find a use for those toe shots?
Here’s an idea: start photographing your travels, whether exotic or everyday, by photographing all your fancy footwear and the ground it covers.
It’s a new twist on vacation photos or everyday photos. We think you’ll be surprised by how much you can tell by what’s on a person’s feet, and what’s under ‘em
For inspiration, see out hrrrthrrr’s great feet photo movie.
p.s. Try our stop motion tutorial for ideas on stringing your photos into video.
p.p.s. Inkjet printing questions? Andrew Darlow is here to help. The 10 best questions win his new book, 301 Inkjet Tips & Techniques. Ask your question in the next 48 hours!
The white walls in your place have begun to loom, haven’t they?
Glaring down at you, bare as the Gobi Desert when the camels are on holiday.
And hark! That box of photos in the closet that you’ve been meaning to organize is starting to whisper to you. “Put me up,” the photos mutter. “Show me off!”
Of course, hearing these things means you are probably insane. But before the funny farm comes to take you away, you might as well sort out your wall and photo problem.
Grab a handful of bulldog clips and a few nails and put up some pictures. That’ll show those imaginary voices who’s boss.
We recently saw this cool post on Craft Chi* about inkjet transfer stamping, and our brains nearly exploded.
“Hmmm,” we thought, “we could use our inkjet printer to mimic rubber stamps, only we could use our own pictures.”
“In fact,” we mused, “we could go beyond plain old stamps and go full-color. Golly Moses,” we postulated, “we could transfer photos onto paper, or wood, or nearly anything, just like Xerox transfers but without the fumes!”
We would have gone on thinking huge and glorious thoughts, except the bus driver got tired of our muttering to ourselves and waving our arms around and kicked us off the bus.
But our humiliation is your gain, sweet reader, because after we walked home, we wrote an image transfer tutorial just for you. Armed only with an inkjet and some copier transparencies, you too can put images on anything you like.
p.s. Thanks to all our peeps who came to see us at Maker Faire this weekend! We feel so loved.
The thing about the best portraits is how they capture the essence of a person.
Maybe the wrinkles on their hands, or the expression in their eyes, tell you about the life they’ve had.
So what if you had 30 seconds to capture that person, instead of a nanosecond shutter-click? And what if the person could talk? Whoa. Crazy, we know. We call it a long portrait.
Ask the person a question. Have them sing you their favorite song. Whatever. We 100 percent guarantee you’ll end up with a great living portrait.
To learn how to shoot your long portrait, and for great questions to ask, read on…
(we got the idea from Kottke)
p.s. Hey. You. You got a mom? Our thoughtful, wonderful, you-were-always-my-favorite custom photo bags are perfect for Mother’s Day. (You didn’t forget, didn’t you?) The order deadline is tomorrow (April 15th) for regular delivery.
Stop us if this sounds familiar:
You’re wandering around your favorite thrift store/ flea market/ crazy cat-lady neighbor’s attic and you find a great vintage camera.
You get all excited until you open the back and discover it only takes some bizarre outdated film that hasn’t been around since President Taft was voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” So you put it back, sigh, and daydream about that naughty naughty Taft.
But hark, dear reader: you can take digital pictures using that incredibly cool old camera. Combine your digital camera with your kitschy cam, and you’ll end up with some serious vintage-style awesome.
Come on along and we’ll let you in on the secret.
They say no news is good news.
Unfortunately, Polaroid has news: after next year, there won’t be any more Polaroid film.
Since our beloved Polaroid camera only has a year to live, we’ve decided to make it the Best Year Ever.
Let’s shake it!
p.s. Our “Monday Stinks!” contest runs until tomorrow: three winners a day will get tasty coffee! Enter here.
p.p.s. Congratulations to Betsy, Lisa and “Maui Pikake” for winning the Thrillist Stupid Photo Contest!
Wanna know the only phrase we remember from high-school Russian class?
“My pencil is very big and hard.”
This means 2 things:
1. We’re not as mature as we pretend to be.
2. We kinda like pencils.
So we have a pencil project this week!
Wrap some photos around your pencils, and we guarantee you’ll be the coolest kid on your block. (Well, you know, the coolest kid that has photo pencils.)
p.p.s. We have new episodes of Donnie’s “You Suck at Photoshop” tutorials. (Remember, some folks might be offended.)
Ever feel like your photos are getting lost on your hard drive or on Flickr? That the more photos you take, the harder it is to find the great ones, and the less special each becomes?
So do we.
So we’ve been working on something new called Photojojo Time Capsule, and we’re really excited to release it!
Every couple weeks, Time Capsule digs up your photos on Flickr from a year ago, choosing the ones that are most interesting (most views, comments, and faves), then sends them to you in a quick email.
We’ve been using it for a while, and it’s amazing how nostalgia-inducing it’s been to get a little time capsule every couple weeks. :)
Give it a try and make your photos special again. (Just 7.5 seconds to set up!)
Requires a Flickr account. Don’t have one?
|~ Fun contests to get you shooting! ~|
Photo contest: Monster Hoodies Monster Face Contest (ends Friday)
Prize: 5 awesome Monster Hoodies
How to Enter: Take a photo of yourself or a friend making your most gruesome monster face, and post it here.
Ideas contest: Photojojo Book Photo Project Contest
Prize: The best ideas get published, a credit and bio in the book, and $100
How to Enter: Send your best project ideas (with a photo, if applicable) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo contest: Thrillist Funny Photo Contest (ends Friday)
Prize: Fully-stocked bar of boutique booze for the grand prize winner, from Thrillist
How to Enter: Take a crazy/funny/weird photo, then sign up and submit it.
Remember when you grew yourself a new head in a petri dish, and it all went horribly wrong, and they called in the National Guard? No? Hmmm… must’ve been someone else.
The point is, there’s a much easier way to get a new look:
Get a picture of yourself, fold a dollar bill in half, and put it over half of your face. Positively presidential.
Too punk rock to be co-opted by the almighty dollar? Hold a record sleeve up in front of your face and have somebody take a picture. Wow, Iggy looks really good on you.
It’s the noggin-swappin’ phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe, and Photojojo’s here to show you how it’s done.
Here it is almost Valentine’s Day, and once again you’re searching for that grand romantic gesture (GRG).
How, you ask yourself, how can I impress my one and only Schmoopy armed with only a camera and my boundless creativity?
Not to worry dear chum, Photojojo’s got your back.
We’ve got some great ideas to save the day and leave your S.O. positively chuffed. (Plus a little something for the anti-Valentines among us.)