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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

See Your ‘Hood anew in Noticin.gs Photos


Are you a photo-robot? Stuck in a routine, taking the same photos day in and day out? (Insert sad beep-boop noise.)

The simple act of rediscovering your surroundings is at the heart of a game called Noticin.gs.

To play, just remove your robot-visor and start snapping cool things around your ‘hood, then upload the pics to earn points.

Soon, a photo map of your city springs to life… Dragons! Elephant poo! A poem embedded in a street! Who knew the Photojojo office was surrounded by such awesomeness?

Noticin.gs shows you your own backyard afresh: through eyes that are not made of diodes and LEDs. (Sorry, Roomba! You’re still #1 at vacuuming.)

Play Noticin.gs

p.s. Need a quirky valentine gift? ScanCafe puts you in scenes from Casablanca or Gone with the Wind, free! Frankly, my dear, that’s adorable.

Folding + Photos = Origami Photo Twister


You are getting sleeeeeeepy.

Enter an endless loop with Kaleidocycle: a hypnotic blend of photos and papercraft that appears to have originated in a dream that Steven Hawking once had about the shape of the Universe.

Feed four photos into the site, and then after some printing and folding you’ll have a curious origami photo-display, similar to what we called “cootie-catchers” in 2nd grade. (Your geographic appellation may vary.)

Now all that’s left to do is flip through your photos by spinning the möbius-like paper geometry again … and again … and again … and again …

Just don’t try to count its faces! We can’t be certain, but there’s a chance that this shape can’t possibly exist in our dimension.

Fold Your Photos into Papercraft with a Kaleidocycle

p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!

Shape Your Photos into a Cat, Dog, Boyfriend, Vampire, or Anything Else!


Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, once observed that computers are like a pointy-haired boss: incapable of organizing anything without human help.

But ShapeCollage bucks that trend, automagically jostling your photos into instant-collages that match whatever shape you desire.

The possibilities are endless: lay your photos on an olde-tymey background or even your own face, construct a map, make a cherry tree out of cherry trees, assemble by color, hide a familiar face amidst the art, or our favorite, assemble a dashing vest.

Of course, now that you’re actually expecting it to organize things, your computer may deserve a bouquet on Administrative Professionals’ Day. Up to you.

Photo-Shapes in Moments with ShapeCollage

p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!

p.p.s. Thx for the tip, Sairam! See something we need to know about? Tell us!

Snapsort Finds the Best Camera for You


There’s tons of camera-comparers out there, but newcomer Snapsort introduces a new element: jousting! Statistically, that is.

The site lets you saddle up any two cameras, point them at each other, and stand back as they knock each other off of their steeds (statistically) by comparing stats like screens, video, weight, and memory.

Just tell the omniscient index which cameras you’re interested in, and it’ll identify a victor with bold statements like “has 35% more zoom” or “takes higher resolution photos by 18%.”

This combination of Renaissance Faire and photo stats sets our nerdy hearts aflutter. Now, have at you, Sir Nikon!

Use Snapsort to Find the Best Camera for You


p.s. Some comparisons we liked: the Canon XSi vs T1i; Nikon S630 vs Pentax P80; and Casio EX-G1 vs Panasonic DMC-ZR1.
p.p.s. Our PJ Shop peeps are headed to Tokyo in search of awesome photo stuffs! Do you speak the language? Have valuable advice? Do share, most knowledgeable one!

E-Cards Needn’t be Lame. No, Really.


They’ll save you a stamp, a couple bucks, and a trip to Hallmark. But it’s not just the thought that counts.

If you’ve simply waited too long to send a real card this year, we’ve got your back.

ElfYourself, the grand daddy of upload-your-photo-and-make-yourself-look-completely-ridiculous, has returned!

Upload a photo of yourself (and now, up to four others) and they’ll create a thoroughly embarrassing, thoroughly entrancing, dance video featuring you.

No, it’s still not a real card. But it’ll make you (and your family or coworkers) look ridiculous enough to earn a chuckle, and that may be enough to make ’em forget. ;-)

ElfYourself!

p.s. Apologies to the Photojojo crew members that were omitted from these sample videos… and to those that weren’t.

Pictory: The Photo Magazine, Re-imagined

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Take one part Boston.com’s Big Picture, one part This American Life, and one part Laura Brunow Miner. Simmer for 8 months.

The result? Pictory.

Launched last night by the former Editor-in-Chief of JPG Magazine, Pictory is a photo magazine, re-imagined for the web.

The mission: Tell the best stories with photos.

Her formula is simple — anyone can submit a picture and a story, and the best are featured in lush photo essays. The first essay and interview only whet our appetite for what’s to come.

This one’s worth a bookmark. We mean it.

Pictory: The Photo Magazine, Re-imagined

Browse the World’s Best Photos at Print Society

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Nothing makes us giddier than printing photos ginormous, whether they’re of parasailing in Provence, summers at Space Camp, or that one time we lept into a stranger’s wedding photos.

Brand-new site Print Society encourages our obsession, gathering the world’s best prints so we can rate ’em, buy ’em, and find endless inspiration.

That inspiration comes in handy: on Print Society, you can peddle your own prints alongside your faves. Sling photos with the best of them!

Founder Sahadeva slipped us some sanguine advice for sellers: the best-selling photos are playful, positive, and cheap. Coincidentally, also a good dating motto.

Print Society: The World’s Best Prints

p.s. Free shipping over $50 through Monday in the Photojojo Store! (gobble, gobble)

Your Own Page-a-Day Photo Calendars Make Your Photo-a-Day Even More Gorgeous

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Oh, sure, a diary (or as the kids call them, “a web-blog”) is a fun way to write about your day. But we demand pictures, and lots of them!

And that’s why we love Shuttercal, the adorable offspring of a calendar, a blog, and a photo album.

Drop one picture per day into a calendar, and over time a portrait of your year emerges: foliage in September, swimming in August, llama husbandry in July. (July was weird.)

Plus! Shuttercal will print your daily images as page-a-day calendars, making it easier than ever to bask in the memories. Ahh, memories … so baskable.

Mark Every Day with a Photo on Shuttercal

A Whole New Do, a Whole New You. Here’s how.


Have you heard? “There’s no headbands in college!” WHAAAT?!!

It’s time for a whole new style!

Lucky for you, we’ve found a couple of great photo makeover sites to help visualize the possibilities.

InStyle has a star-studded makeover site — just upload a photo of yourself (or friend or foe) and you, too, can sport the hottest celeb styles.

From Robert Pattinson bed-head to the Victoria Beckham reverse mullet, they’ve dozens of do’s for you to try on.

For a little more kick, check out the very creepy Motion Portrait from Japan. (Click “change” to get started… you’ll see what we mean.)

If Leighton can go sans band, we can all branch out.

Give yourself a digital makeover

Creepy Motion Portraits

Photo Credits: i_am_today and Kim Marius Flakstad

p.s. Thx again to ScanCafe for sponsoring Photojojo this week. Want to have your old prints digitized? They’ll scan 20 prints for free, with free touch-ups. (Shipping extra.)

p.p.s. It’s the final day for our Light Painting Challenge at JPG, where you can win one of 10 copies of you know what.