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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.

Fotopedia: Wikipedia for Photos

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Remember when everyone thought Wikipedia was a crazy idea? If they’d heard about it at all?

A wannabe encyclopedia anyone could write? What good was that?

And now? It’s the largest organized repository of all human knowledge in existence. Comprehensive and current enough to make Douglas Adams proud.

Which brings us to Fotopedia. Just like Wikipedia, it’s a wannabe encyclopedia (of photos of everything). Just like Wikipedia, you can add to it (upload your own photos and help decide which photos go in).

Just like Wikipedia, you probably haven’t heard of it. (Yet.)

Fotopedia: The Photo Encyclopedia of Everything

p.s. We’re gonna be on TV! Watch The Early Show on CBS Tuesday to see Amit & Kelly (and Molly the Dog) chatting (woofing) up the new Photojojo book.

Glow Doodle: Paint with Light in Real Time!

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“Photograph” literally means “light drawing”, and that’s never been clearer than with our new favorite boredom-buster, Glow Doodle.

It lets you take long exposures so you can paint with light in real time using your webcam.

Try different lights for different effects: write your name with with a mini-flashlight, fire your camera’s flash, or play with the metamorphic effect of moving while the webcam is exposing.

If you’ve never played with lightpainting before, this is an easy way to try it without setting up the tripod.

And now, what to doodle?
Noodles? Poodles? Oodles of strudels?!
Gotta draw something: resistance is futile.

Glow Doodle: Paint with Light in Real Time!

p.s. Browse through the Glow Doodle favorites set to see the dreamy, arty, surreal and downright creepy images other folks have made.

Zombify Your Friends With The Evilizer

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Those people who think photographs can steal your soul — absolutely right.

We’ve got proof: a site that turns perfectly pleasant people into soulless automatons, ready to eat your brains. If only they weren’t trapped in your computer.

Create your very own zombie: Upload a photo, tweak the expression for maxi-creepiness, and add your voice.

(We tend toward the traditional… “I will eat your soul”, “Braaaiiins!” etc.)

Finally, send your undead self out to terrorize your friends by email!

Just pray that your evil minion never escapes the confines of the computer.

Behold the Evilizer (a.k.a Oddcast PhotoFace)

p.s. We made this one and we may not sleep for weeks.

Make Your Own Motivational Posters

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Ever picked up the SkyMall catalog on a long flight and been struck dumb by the motivational posters?

Now really, who (besides Angela) ever got motivated by a picture of a kitten and a pithy slogan?

You’re better off making your own motivational posters. And with these two tools, it’s easy — upload your photo, slap on a caption, and skip the corporate dreck.

Pro tip: If your office actually has motivational posters, replace ’em with your versions and see how long it takes for your boss to notice. Heh heh heh.

Make Your Own (De)Motivational Posters at Big Huge Labs

…Or at Despair, Inc.

p.s. What’s the difference? Well, both of ’em are free, and both of ’em let you buy prints. But if you use the code JOJO25, our pals at Big Huge Labs will give you 25% off!

p.p.s. We heart iHeartFaces. Check out their latest giveaway featuring yours truly.

Photo credit: sirgabe