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Watch Daily Life Around the World via This Instagram Hack

thisisnow

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

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The 2012 Olympics — 8 Fascinating & Inspirational Photo Projects



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

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Be a Part of The 100 Project — 100 Cameras, 100 People Between 1 & 100


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

Prism Yard — A Place to Share & Browse Camera Collections


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]

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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

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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

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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

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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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