How Cameras & Toys Change Kids’ Lives


We’ve all been there: not having the words to express what we feel. Kids in war zones know this too well.

Brian McCarty had a thought: what if cameras were the key to teaching kids how to tell their stories?

He traveled to Jerusalem, the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to find out.

Brian asked kids to draw what they’ve seen, and then recreated the scenes in a photograph with toys. He found that a combination of play and art therapy was a powerful and life changing way to give kids a voice.

Photographers often turn to their camera when words just won’t do. Turns out kids are no different.

Wanna get involved? Watch a short video at the Kickstarter link below!

War Toys: A Therapeutic Photo Project

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Photo Fabric Dye: Make Multicolored Sun Prints!

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What do you call dye that uses sunlight to develop photos on fabric? Frakkin’ amazing, that’s what.

You could also call it our Photo Fabric Dye Kit! A kit of red, orange, and blue gives you enough dye to create some serious awesomosity.

It’s a little like making cyanotype sun prints, only in a jillion different colors.

The Photo Fabric Dye Kit
$35 at the Photojojo Shop

BONUS!: We’ve been playing around with this amazing stuff. Here’s what we learned!

How to: Make Sun Prints on Fabric with the Kit

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DIY: Turn Photos into a 3-D Tunnel Book!


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What do moles, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and photos have in common?

Why, they make awesome tunnels, of course!

Yup, photos can make tunnels! By separating the layers of your photos into cut-outs, you can turn your photos into a sweet 3-D diorama.

Use this project as a crafty way to study depth of field or turn your photos into magical miniature worlds.

The last time you tried to reach out and touch a 3-D photo? You got a handful of air. Womp-womp. Here’s the kind of 3-D photo you can really touch!

How to Make a 3-D Tunnel Book

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Two Easy Ways to Add Texture to Your Photos

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Gritty cell-phone photos are the new faux-vintage, but we’ve got another way to add filters to just about any photo.

We’ll teach you two ways to add pattern to your pics. A little lace and some sunlight will re-invent your shots with shadows.

…While a scanner and crumpled paper will make people want to reach out and touch your photos (mind the fingerprints on the screen!).

Add Texture to Your Photos

p.s. Our pals at Artsy Couture are giving away 3 free photo wood block sets on Facebook today! (Plus a 25% sale on their site, w00t.)

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One Day On Earth — Take a Collective Snapshot of Earth on 11-11-11!


What if everyone on Earth took a photo at the same exact moment?

It would be the most thorough snapshot of mankind itself! On 10-10-10, One Day on Earth got pretty darn close to accomplishing just that.

The One Day on Earth project asked people all over the world to take a photo or film footage of the most important thing to them on October 10, 2010.

They were able to reach out to a wide array of people all over the world through 60 non-profits and the United Nations.

The resulting footage is an exciting peek into what matters to who around the world: everything from each other to science to politics to the environment.

They’re now turning the 3000 hours of footage into a feature film, for which you can see a trailer of. They’ve also created a searchable online archive!

There’ll be another day of shooting on 11-11-11 this year, so click on to see how you can take part in a collective snapshot of Earth!

One Day On Earth – Take a Snapshot of Earth! [via Good]

iPad CF & SD Card Readers — Get Photos Straight from Your DSLR to Your iPad

We love taking photos, and even more, we love seeing them on the iPad’s big screen! The wait between the two… not so much.

Luckily these iPad CF and SD Card Readers get DSLR photos straight onto an iPad at lightning speeds.

Pop in a memory card and the Photos app opens — letting you quickly import sans fuss or cables.

iPad CF and SD Card Readers Tweet It!
$15-$30 at the Photojojo Shop

How to Use Your Photo Powers for Good! (P.S. Come Photo Booth with Us!)


Tests, leukemia and bone marrow are scary words, but they don’t have to be!

You can actually use your photo talents to turn those words into something good!

When we found out that our very own Amit (founder of Photojojo) has leukemia and needs a bone marrow donor to cure it, our first thought was, How can we help?

The answer is getting more people — especially South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis, Nepali etc) — in the bone marrow registry!

People + Party + Photobooth. You thinking what we’re thinking?

Tomorrow in San Francisco we’ll be taking part à la photo booth in BYOSA: A Swabbing Party for Amit, and we want you to come. A bone marrow test is merely a swab of the cheek, and that simple act could save someone’s life.

If you can’t make it, you can still help Amit & others cure their leukemia (for real!):

Save Lives, Throw a Photo Booth Party! Tweet This
[Read more about the S.F. event. Thanks to Dan Cohen & Natalie Galatzer!]

Amit Gupta Needs You — Join the Bone Marrow Registry

DIY: Make Easy & Fun 35mm Film Stickers!

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Everyone loves stickers, but if you love film just as much and have a bajillion surfaces that are crying out for some much needed attention, we have an idea for you.

Combine the two loves of your life and make your very own film stickers!

Use these nifty 35mm stickers to decorate your world – everything from your water bottle to your notebook or your computer (just maybe stay away from sticking them on your cat).

So get your camera, expose some slides and make your very own sticky film!

Make Stickers from 35mm Film!

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The Lo-fi Micro 4/3 Camera Lens

It’s a lens with a whole bag of tricks. But it’s the only lens in your camera bag.

It’s the Lo-fi Micro 4/3 Camera Lens: one multitasking lens for your Micro 4/3 camera that gives your photos stunningly shallow depth of field, dreamy vignetting, and a sweet spot of focus.

As you adjust the aperture, watch the effects change on your LCD screen!

No more guess work = no more disappointing images!

Lo-fi Micro 4/3 Camera Lens Tweet It!
$90 at the Photojojo Shop

7 Photo-Worthy Costume Ideas to Inspire Your Halloween Attire!


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Bored with pre-packaged costume sets?

Tired of putting together rushed, ho-hum outfits right before hitting up that Halloween shindig?

Well, it’s time to get excited, stop procrastinating, and grab that glue gun cuz have we got the round-up for you!

Get inspired and delighted with 7 photo-inspired costumes ideas that include: cunning grayscale attire, the pixelation of a person, and a wicked pair of interactive paper iris glasses!

Make this year’s Halloween costume truly photo-worthy —and maybe contest-winning, too!

7 Rad Photo-Themed Costume Ideas!

p.s. Like us on Facebook today! We’re giving away a Double Exposure Digi Camera!!

Main GIF: Grayscale – BoingBoing, Pixel guy – Joe Nicosia, and Glasses – art.makes.
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