Same Hill, Different Day — A Daily Photo Project


Scientists claim it takes hundreds of years and a couple of glaciers to transform a hill.

For Paul Octavious, it took a little over 3 years and a camera.

Ever since he found the hill in 2007 while walking around Chicago, he’s photographed it hundreds, probably thousands of times.

Yet every time, the hill looks different.

Humble and nondescript, it’s the way the seasons and people interact with it that transforms the hill into exquisite, otherworldly scenes:

First snow falls, kite festivals, outdoor movies. Paul even captured the Ghana World Cup team practicing on the hill one foggy day.

He sums it up beautifully, “The hill is my stage and the locals are the actors in this daily play.” This may inspire you to wonder: What everyday place is your stage?

EXTRA!: The beauty of this project is that Paul’s always capturing new images. Today he posted a new video of the kite festival! It’s amazing.

Same Hill, Different Day by Paul Octavious

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The USB Film Roll — A Film Roll That Holds 1,000 Photos!


Your typical film roll will hold 12, 24, or a whopping 36 exposures.

What if we told you we managed to get 1,000 photos all onto one roll?

True story! The USB Film Roll is a 4GB USB drive cleverly dressed up in a recycled film canister.

Instead of getting tossed, these canisters get to fulfill their photo geek destiny by metamorphosing into glorious photo file-holding gizmos.

Whether you hand ’em out to clients or snap one into own your computer’s USB, your analog-digi prestige will certainly be propelled to levels not yet experienced by mankind.

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$20 each at the Photojojo Shop

Make the World’s Smallest Photo Postcard


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Of all the technological advancements of the 20th century, our favorite is the ability to click a device named after a rodent (mouse!) and have our inner most thoughts shot through space, right into the computers of our dearest friends and family.

We wonder, is it possible to one-up that?

It is! Ain’t no biggie. Actually, it’s very tiny. Introducing the world’s smallest photo postcard.

You can turn your photos into 1″x1/2″ confetti-sized wonders that you can even write on and mail to your favorite people. Our pal, artist and founder of the World’s Smallest Post Service Lea Redmond will show you how!

Download the template, insert your photos, sign and deliver. Your delighted friends will wonder if the world has gone mad or if it just accidentally stood under an electromagnetic shrink ray.

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New — Revolog Kolor 400 “Hacked” Film!


Our Rare Film Gift Pack is back, rarer and filmier than ever!

In your pack, you’ll get 3 hard-to-find, imported 35mm films:

One high-speed color film, one sepia-toned monochrome, and a whole new film, the Revolog Kolor 400 film.

This rainbowlicious film came to be when a couple of photo students “hacked” their own film by carefully unraveling each roll and pre-exposing their film to colored lights (and yes, they’re totally just as cool as the kids in the movie Hackers).

It’s a dreamy roll that adds a gorgeous range of pink, green, blue, and yellow hues to every shot!

Half b-days, quarter b-days…who says you have to wait for your actual birthday to get yourself a gift?

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$49 per Gift Pack at the Photojojo Shop

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How to Shoot Underwater Photos with a Vintage Camera

Is that cool looking vintage camera you found at the local flea really fulfilling its destiny by merely sitting on your shelf?

Your old timey cam can still give you some awesome through-the-viewfinder (TTV) shots, even if it’s broken!

We’re taking TTV one step further by dipping that ‘ol camera into the water. All your photog friends will wonder how you got these sweet vintage style underwater shots. Read on to learn how!

How to Create Coloring Book Pages Using Your Very Own Photos!


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Imagine a world where you can color on your friend’s faces and not get in trouble for it.

Now you can by making your own coloring book out of photos!

With a little help from your photo editor, you’ll be able to turn your very own snaps into a stack of ready-to-be-colored in images.

You may not be able to control the color of your photos while you’re taking pics, but with our coloring book tutorial, you’ll have the power to make your photos any little color you want.

Also, your friends will thank you for not taking a sharpie to their face in real life.

Create Coloring Book Pages Using Photos!

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Turn Your Photos into Mosaic Easter Eggs!


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Whether Easter inspires Donny Darko nightmares or delightful memories of Peeps o’ yesteryear, it’s an egg-straordinary holiday that calls for some celebratory photo fun.

No, we’re not talkin’ about the awkward Easter family portraits, or having your picture taken with the Easter bunny.

We’re talkin’ about using your own fantastic photos to spruce up an Easter egg—mosaic-style!

This DIY gives you the chance to showcase your pics while making your eggs look pretty, and you don’t have to deal with any messy dyes or markers.

The Peeps approve.

Make a Photo Mosaic Egg

p.s. Our pals at Artsy Couture turn your photos into rad Gallery Blocks. They’re beautiful solid wood blocks with your very own photos mounted onto them!

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How to Get Super Slow-Motion Effects with Any Camera


Of all the motions in the book, slow motion is the one that really gets your photo mojo (jojo?) going.

But woe is you — the price tag on a high speed camera averages about $100,000 (ohai Phantom Flex).

Will you ever get to play with slo-mo effects? Oh heck yes, you will!

Twixtor is a simple After Effects/Final Cut Pro plugin that will make your video look like it was shot at incredible 1000fps levels. It adds frames instead of merely slowing down your footage.

In other words, you’ll get epic montages that capture every gorgeous detail you’d otherwise miss in normal-time. Even super ordinary actions look phenomenal at 1000+fps.

Twixtor’s paving the road to making this creative effect available to more folks (not just ones with tons of moola), and we think that’s pretty rad.

A few not-to-be-missed samples of Twixtor in action: BMXer on a Canon 7D, roof jumping on a Canon T2i, puddles on a T2i, and a fire-breather on a 7D*.

[FYI Twixtor runs around $300-$500, thousands cheaper than a fancy camera, but another alternative are speed adjustment tools like Time Warp which comes with After Effects, as seen here.]

Get Rad Slo-Mo Effects via Twixtor

p.s. We’re headed to Hong Kong! Know any cool camera shops we should visit? (Or anything else amazing we should see?) Tell us!

*Videos via kottke, fstoppers

Create Psychedelic Photos with a Teleidoscope

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Is real life bumming you out? Does everything around you seem too random and organic?

Then go on a teleidoscope trip and bring back some pictures!

Using a cheap kids’ teleidoscope (a type of kaleidoscope that turns whatever you look at into a pattern) and a camera, you can enter a mind-bending geometric dreamscape and have the photos to prove it.

Now that otherwise regular ‘ol photo is a limitless sea of hexagons and triangles!

Create Psychedelic Photos with a Teleidoscope

p.s. Heard of our pals Artsy Couture? They print and mount your snaps onto beautiful solid wood blocks called Gallery Blocks. We think you might like ’em! READ MORE

Introducing — Camera Lingo Necklaces


Dropping camera lingo is the secret nod among photo nerds worldwide.

JPEG, CR2, NEF. Y’know what we mean. 3-letter acronyms are your vocab of choice.

Now you can show you’re in the know with Camera Lingo Necklaces. These precision laser-cut acrylic necklaces come in 4 elite styles: a no-flash icon, JPEG, CR2 (Canon RAW), and NEF (Nikon RAW).

If you’re a natural light purist, the no-flash icon is for you. If JPEG is your fav format, bear it on your chest. Want to show your Canon or Nikon loyalty? CR2 or NEF will be your choice!

Sharp cut angles, vibrant color, and elite photo status all rolled into one.

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$20 each at the Photojojo Shop

p.s. We’re going to Hong Kong! Know any cool camera stores in the area? What should we see? E-mail us!