When you first see the swooping, curling, technicolor tendrils in Graham Jefferey’s work, you can’t help but wonder how he can manage to make ordinary gray smoke so beautiful.
Our pal Haje recently collaborated with Graham on a piece that delves into all the details: the lighting, the exposure, the best way to create the right kind of smoke, even the photoshop work needed to create the effect.
Unconvinced? Flip through Graham’s examples and you’ll be fired up to make your own!
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Dazzling. Soft, elegant, glowing.
The Orton Effect is a fast way to give your photos a dreamy look. Michael Orton uses this technique with multiple images taken on slide film.
Thanks to modern image editing magic, you can get the same watercolor-like appearance with a single image.
Even better, it’s a great way to improve slightly out-of-focus shots!
p.p.s. Thanks also to our friend Saber Zohir for helping to spread the word about Photojojo! To the hundreds that recently signed up via Chris Pirillo’s pick list, welcome! (And to those not on the list, check out Chris’s great newsletter: email@example.com)
The 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.
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.
Look, 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…
At last count, there are about a kajillion and three websites where you can upload a photo and have it printed on a t-shirt.
That stuff ain’t new; and this ain’t that.
Kristy’s got a simple and cheap tutorial on how you can turn a full-color photo into a one-color screen print. Use it on a t-shirt, a canvas tote, your walls, chest, it’s up to you.
A great way to make beautiful, customized gifts this holiday season.
p.s. Kristy uses Microsoft Paint in one of her steps, but you can do the same in Photoshop or The Gimp.
In the age of the Internet, keeping in touch when your chum or sweetheart is miles away is a lot easier than it used to be. A quick call, a text message, a little “I miss you” e-mail — they’re all well and good…
But what if you really want to show that special guy, gal, or pal just how important they are to you?
Our pal Bryan Zmijewski has got an idea that’s easy, inexpensive and guaranteed to earn rave reviews… All it takes is a few minutes a day, some photos, some stamps, and a pair of scissors.
Read our tutorial to find out how!
A snoot, eh? Well, it’s a funny name for a funny thing you can stick on your flash to focus your light.
Why in tarnation* would you want to do that? Why, to draw the viewer’s attention to whatever it is you’re taking a photo of, of course! (Just as you do when you blur the background in a portrait, except with light.)
With some experimentation, you’ll be creating dramatic shots you couldn’t get any other way. Plus, when people ask you what that funny thing on your camera is, you get to tell ‘em it’s a snoot.
The best part? You can build these things really easily using stuff around your home–in about 10 minutes! We’ve found two tutorials, one that shows you how to make a basic snoot using straws, and one that uses cardboard to make a grid spot (similar to a snoot.)
Make a snoot, then go and shoot! (snort, snort)
Earning your chops as a painter is no easy task. But if you manage to do it, and further, do it while critics lambast your pieces for being mere copies of comic book panels, you must be something pretty special.
Roy Lichtenstein was something pretty special.
Some of his most famous pop-art renditions were derived (ripped) from comics or photography, and he was often threatened with lawsuits as a result. Think of him as the precursor to modern-day mashup artists.
Fortunately, turning your own photographs into Lichtenstein-inspired illustrations is unlikely to irk litigious record labels or the RIAA. And with Melissa Clifton’s step-by-step tutorial, it’s a breeze!
p.s. If you like this, check out the bit we did on how to turn photos into Julian Opie-style portraits.
Dear gentle readers, we’re tired of the unrealistic ideal of youth and beauty stuffed down our collective throats by television, magazines, and movies.
We say nuts to wrinkle-reducing botox, gray-hiding hair color, and skin-stretching facelifts. Today’s link is about making anyone look old. That’s right, friends, old.
Our chums over at Photoshop Lab have a great step-by-step on how to add wrinkles, loosen skin, gray hair, sprinkle on liver spots, and generally pack on the years with just a few minutes in Photoshop.
Trust us, old is the new young.
p.s. Check out this Dove commercial — from ordinary woman to wildly unauthentic billboard glam in 60 seconds. Amazing. Frightening.
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