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Make the Ultimate Photo Timeline (And It’s Not on Facebook!)


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!

How to Make Tiny Planets
in Google Street View


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.

How to Make an Epic Facebook Timeline Cover Photo


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!

What iPhoneography Apps Are Hot Right Now


We’ve been wondering what photo apps the cool kids are using on their phones these days. Instagram? Hipstamatic? Diptic maybe?

So we rounded up 12 of our favorite smarties and asked for their top 3 faves.

Who’d we ask? Photographers (of course), web entrepreneurs, illustrators, designers, the guy who invented the #hashtag, and even a Mythbuster!

Here’s what we found out.

[BTW, we’ve got Android apps in here, too!]

The Top iPhoneography Apps Right Now

p.s. We’ve teamed up with our buddies at Fracture for a Twitter giveaway TODAY! Fracture prints your best photos directly onto glass, is ready to hang and looks super sleek. READ MORE

10 Totally New Ways to Play with Instagram


Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3.

Instagram is your life.

It’s what you think about when you get up in the morning (Instagram delish breakfast), while you’re at work (Instagram new plastic dino), and when you’re out with friends (Instagram buddy’s craaazy new tat).

You’re not alone.

Instagram fans all over the world are right there with you, Instagramming their day to day every step of the way.

All kinds of new Instagram adaptations have popped up from web viewers to prints, stickers, iPad apps, magic photobooths, and even sites that exclusively stream photos of Instagrammed cats (favorite!!).

We’ve rounded up the 10 most useful, fun, and sometimes totally weird yet AMAZING new ways to use Instagram. BTW Download Instagram here!

10 New Ways to Use Instagram

Photo: Hatchcraft’s Boo Box frame
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Create the Ultimate Facebook Profile Pic


Last week, Alexandre Oudin elevated the lowly Facebook profile picture to art form.

When we linked to his clever use of the new Facebook profile layout on our Tumblr, it was only minutes before you’d made your own.

And what took precision pixel-pushing 7 days ago (our pal Taylor made a handy Photoshop template if you wanna DIY) is now only 30 seconds of work, thanks to Pic Scatter.

Upload a photo, line it up just right, hit publish, and your fancy Facebook pic is prime for poking.

Pic Scatter
See also: Facebook Tiles & f*** yeah fb profiles

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Funny Break: CS 4 Crash Reports


Garrett Murray, like us, spends quite some time in Photoshop.

Which means that every so often, more often than he’d like, Photoshop crashes. And he’s presented with this window asking for details.

Unlike us, he obliges:

Crashed on quit again. I’m confused by this. Why would quitting the app cause a crash so frequently? This would be like if you worked in an office from 9-5 and every day at 4:59PM you became filled with rage and ran around throwing chairs and breaking windows. Then you went home and came back the next day acting like nothing happened. Only a psychopath would do this.

You’d think quitting, of all things, would be the easiest action Photoshop could do. Hell, it’s not even an action. Photoshop just needs to give up. I see it giving up all the time half-way through important work, why can’t it do it when I hit CMD+Q?

Oh, crap, I’ll have to fill you in on more details later, it’s 4:58PM and I have to get ready to throw my chair through the window in a minute.

Don’t miss the rest of his collection. (And for more Photoshop chuckles, an oldie but goodie: 101 Photoshop Tips in 5 min.)

Garrett Murray’s Photoshop Crash Reports

p.s. In the SF Bay Area? We’re running a photo booth at the DWR party tonight and would love to see ya!

Find out What are Your Friends are *Really Doing* on Flickr


We <3 Flickr.

We use it to share our pics (obvi), learn how to take better ones, and even make new friends.

But you know what we've always wanted? A way to see everything our friends are doing on Flickr. Flickr omniscience, if you will.

Thanks to three curiously clever new websites, you now can.

  • Contacts Who Have Faved shows all the photos that your friends have favorited on Flickr recently
  • Flickr Chatterbox reveals which of your friends’ photos got comments recently (even if you haven’t faved or commented on ’em)
  • Docent shows you all the galleries your buds have made recently

Together, it’s sorta like having the Facebook newsfeed, for Flickr!

Contacts Who Have Faved

Flickr Chatterbox

Docent

(‘course, no self-respecting Flickr fan can be w/o The Flickr Time Capsule!)

p.s. Hey-ooh! We’re giving away *new* Magnetic Gorillapods! Just RT this on the Twitter or head to our Facebook for more.

Start3D: Turn Your 2D Photos 3D


We’ve been taking regular old flat photos for years, but lately we’ve heard rumors about a so-called “third dimension.”

A new site called Start3D takes a baby step towards your own personal Holodeck, popping 3D life into 2D shots — with no crossed eyes or funky frames!

Start by taking two photos side-by-side, a left and a right version to match each eye.

Then Start3D waves its magic hands, and shazam! The images blossom into a wiggling animation, sliding smoothly from left to right like it’s right there in front of you for reals.

Welcome to the third dimension! You’ll love it here. Be sure to check out that long flat thing that we call “the horizon.”

Start3D: Turn Your 2D Photos into 3D Scenes

Move Landmarks with a Simple Photo Prank


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Travel! Adventure! Visit new places, meet new people, replace their buildings with plastic trinkets!

Michael Hughes’ hobby: photographically replacing national treasures with gift-shop counterparts.

Like Carmen Sandiego, he’s absconded with the Great Pyramids, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Abbey Road, and much more.

Michael’s travelogues also take you behind-the-scenes on his exotic journeys, revealing his secret-sauce mix of fancy gear, brilliant technique, and luck.

Learning about the geography, history, and photography: you are now on a vacation OF KNOWLEDGE.

How Michael Makes his Trick Photos