Chris Hadfield might be the hippest astronaut yet.
He shares recordings from space on Soundcloud, chats with William Shatner on Twitter, and plays guitar shows from the International Space Station.
Best of all, he shoots and tweets jaw-dropping photos of Earth from space every. single. day.
Sure you’ve seen a photo from space before, but not like this. Chris’ poignant tweets show us what it’s really like to have a daily view of Earth from far, far above.
Here’s a sampling of some of the best! (Word is he shoots with a Nikon and a 400mm lens.)
If you’re lucky, you could even get featured in one of his photo challenges! Chris will be in space through May 2013, so keep an eye out for more daily photos (see past ones on his Tumblr & Facebook).
Wanna shoot your own space photos? DIY it with a weather balloon or reverse it with this NASA tutorial on how to shoot the ISS from home. Also, the official Chris Hadfield photo contest.
Daily Photos Tweeted from Outer Space
Normally, you don’t want your pixels to be seen.
You like the pristine, fine-grain look. But what if you went to the other extreme and really let your pixels show?
Vic Nguyen is taking commissions for turning your photos into awesome pixel portraits! His vixels, as they are called, are a little reminiscent of 8-bit Twitter avatars, but turned up a few degrees with way more detail.
Mustaches, beards, dimples, even your haircut are turned into exact pixel replicas.
So the next time someone tells you your pixels are showing, it’ll be a compliment!
Have Your Pixel Portrait Made from Photos [via Uppercase Magazine]
p.s. Hey, Hot Shot! has a photo competition with $15,000 in prizes and some pretty amazing exposure up for grabs. Deadline is 11/14, so get those hot shots in!
Just a few weeks ago, 300 hackers got together for Photo Hack Day in San Francisco.
With the help of finger sweat-bands and a few pallets of energy drinks, they made 70 hacks in a short 24 hours!
A panel of judges chose three winners to receive funding and make their photo app dreams come true. So what were they?
1.Pics with Friends: A guessing game! Figure out what a portion of a photo from a friend actually is.
2. Sizzly: Turns photo-editing into group collaboration. Post a photo & other users will edit it or vice versa.
3. Just a Second: Turns 1 second phone videos into GIFs that you can post on Tumblr & elsewhere.
Two note-worthy ones are This Is My Cam!, a web app that looks at your Flickr photos’ EXIF data to figure out which cameras you use the most, and Actually, a web app that lets you view a “global stream” of photos from around the web.
To think all those apps were created just to make us photo fans’ lives awesomer! We <3 you, developers.
More Apps Made at Photo Hack Day
[via The Next Web]
p.s. You can win your fave Photojojo gadgets by following us on Pinterest!
p.p.s. Work for Photojojo! We’re hiring one awesome designer and a part-time photographer in San Francisco.
What’s better than reality TV? Real life!
Your preferred way of watching it? Your Instagram stream, obvi. Being able to watch what your friends are up to in real time is just plain magic.
This is Now is a site that live streams geotagged Instagram photos in 9 awesome cities around the world–Los Angeles, Stockholm, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, London, and Paris.
You can watch Instagrammers all over Tokyo have breakfast on a Sunday morning or see who’s in Vegas on a Saturday night!
We’ve been watching Olympians hang out in London! If you haven’t had the chance to hop around the world this summer, this is one great way to experience how other folks live.
This is Now, 9 Cities Instagrammed in Real Time
p.s. Photojojo is hiring! We’re looking for someone strong in heart, generous in spirit… and a whiz with CSS & HTML. Be a designer at Photojojo! (San Francisco, CA)
Watching the Olympics is crazy-inspiring. Olympians train every single day of their life to claim their title as #1 in the world!
You can relate. You’ve spent hours in marathon photo-editing sessions. You finished your 365 without missing a day. You’ve even buffed up your arm from carrying your gear.
And just to keep you going, we’ve rounded up eight absolutely awesome photo projects that were inspired by the 2012 Olympics.
From portraits of lost tourists to photos of abandoned Olympic sites and incredible snaps of Olympians at home, you’ll get pumped to start
bench-pressing your camera bag honing your own photo skills.
8 Great Olympics Themed Photo Projects
p.s. Thinking about making a website or giving the one you have some new duds? Our friends at Squarespace give you everything you need to make it amazeballs. Test it out with a free trial!
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If you give a one-year-old a camera, what would he photograph? The inside of his mouth? A binky? The world from 25 inches off the ground?
The 100 Project will show you. It’s the newest project from the folks who brought you the Disposable Memory Project. They’re sending 100 disposable cameras to 100 people from ages 1 to 100!
Each person will document a week of their life, answering questions like what’s life like through a 99-year-old’s eyes?
They’re on the search for people in every age group, so you can apply to be a part of it! Check out the 100 so far.
The one-year-old’s already published his photos, so the rest of us kiddos better catch up!
The 100 Project
You consider your cameras family.
You remember the day each one came into your life, and you’ve shot handsome portraits of them all. Prism Yard totally gets it.
Prism Yard’s a collaborative gallery where photographers can share and browse photos of each others’ camera collections.
Consider it one part Tokyo Camera Style and one part Camerapedia.
The categories make it easy to find favorites, but it’s also rad for checking out how other photographers are outfitting the same cameras you have at home.
You might even find a few cameras you’ve never seen! omgcamerawishlist.
Share Your Camera Collection at Prism Yard [via KEH]
p.s. You have a chance to score a sweet set of Cell Lenses today for spreading some phoneography love! Get the lowdown at our phoneography blog.
There was that time your nephew accidentally deleted a month’s worth of photos. Or how about that time that your sister borrowed your camera and forgot to give it back?
To say the least, there are gaps in the photo timeline of your life.
That’s why we were pretty excited to hear about Pictarine!
It’s a web app that collects your photos from all the different places you’ve posted them on the web — Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and lots more. It then turns them into a clean timeline that you can browse.
It’s even able to pull in photos your closest friends snapped, so you can see photos from the get-together that you didn’t get on camera.
We could tell you how nostalgic it’ll make you feel, but scrolling through your life in photo-form is something you’ll have to experience yourself.
Make a Photo Timeline with Pictarine via Netted
p.s. We’re judging a self-portrait contest by our friends at ViewBug. Check it out for chance at $100 in Photojojo bux and more!
Hackers do more than type fast and indiscriminately hax0r the interwebs.
The best kind of hacker? They’re the ones that take neat stuff apart to make even neater stuff.
…Like Stereographic Street View!
It’s an adapted version of Google’s Street View that turns any place on Earth* into a fish-eyed globe a.k.a. a tiny planet!
Explore Earth by entering in an address or dragging the pin around the map. It’s wondrous to see what your home looks like as a its own little world!
You can spend hours wandering the planet wearing tiny-planet goggles. Don’t mind the funny looks.
*as long as it’s on Google Street View!
Stereographic Street View
[via NotCot; Architizer]
p.s. If you’ve had trouble finding the time to hone your photo skillz, check out our friends at the New York Institute of Photography! They have top notch classes that you can take anywhere on your own time.
It’s a torturous choice–having to pick *just one* photo for your Facebook Timeline cover.
You’ve narrowed it down to 10. It’d be a shame to hurt any of your photos feelings by leaving them out.
We offer up this thought: use all of them.
Pic Scatter turns an album of your photos into a photo collage. It’s just the right size and shape to fit your Timeline cover and will directly upload it for you, too!
Instead of hiding in an album, all of your favorite photos will be front and center right where they belong.
Turn Your Timeline Photo into a Collage with Pic Scatter
More profile inspiration: F-Yeah Facebook Profiles, all about Timeline
p.s. Speaking of Facebook, check out our page and like us!