Fantasy Urban Makeover, with Photoshop


Who hasn’t been stuck on a four-lane interstate from hell and bemoaned the death of the corner store, the small town, the narrow country road?

David Yoon didn’t moan, he did something about it.

Sort of.

Taking photos of multi-lane monstrosities all around Los Angeles, he wielded the power of Photoshop, and he narrowed LA.

With a stroke of a brush, gaping boulevards took on an agreeable charm. Chasm-like intersections, humbled by the mighty masking tool. You’ll be stunned what a change the width of a street can make to the character of a town.

Best, he made a video showing how he did it. Time to take your home city down a notch.

How David Yoon Makes the World Smaller
See also: Microlawns & LA without traffic

p.s. We got our instant film-loving hands on the (just released!) Fuji Instax Mini 25. It’s slimmer, sleeker, and packed with fancy new features you’ll love! Learn more…

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Scissor your Shots to Make a Photoweave


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Have your photos been looking a bit flat? Desperate times call for desperate measures. Grab those scissors, it’s makeover time!

We’re gonna slice up your photos to assemble a feisty photo weave — a simple, handy way to make even the dullest photos pop.

Follow our simple steps and a winsome weave you’ll have in no time.

How-to Make a Photoweave

p.s. We’re hiring in San Francisco!

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Funny Break: CS 4 Crash Reports


Garrett Murray, like us, spends quite some time in Photoshop.

Which means that every so often, more often than he’d like, Photoshop crashes. And he’s presented with this window asking for details.

Unlike us, he obliges:

Crashed on quit again. I’m confused by this. Why would quitting the app cause a crash so frequently? This would be like if you worked in an office from 9-5 and every day at 4:59PM you became filled with rage and ran around throwing chairs and breaking windows. Then you went home and came back the next day acting like nothing happened. Only a psychopath would do this.

You’d think quitting, of all things, would be the easiest action Photoshop could do. Hell, it’s not even an action. Photoshop just needs to give up. I see it giving up all the time half-way through important work, why can’t it do it when I hit CMD+Q?

Oh, crap, I’ll have to fill you in on more details later, it’s 4:58PM and I have to get ready to throw my chair through the window in a minute.

Don’t miss the rest of his collection. (And for more Photoshop chuckles, an oldie but goodie: 101 Photoshop Tips in 5 min.)

Garrett Murray’s Photoshop Crash Reports

p.s. In the SF Bay Area? We’re running a photo booth at the DWR party tonight and would love to see ya!

Introducing the Camera Dial Laptop Decal

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Our laptop, a.k.a. “Our Really Expensive Email/Facebook/Twitter/Flickr Machine”.

We can’t always be shooting, so here’s a way to say, “My Other Laptop is a 5D Mark II”.

Our brand new Camera Dial Laptop Decals are a cinch to apply (and remove) and bestow instant personality in a sea of silver.

Your secret handshake into the camera club, available now in Canon and Nikon versions.

Camera Dial Laptop Decal  Twitter It!
$18 each at the Photojojo Shop!

Low-Fi Street Lenticulars = Photo Inspiration in Street Art


So yeah, we know street art, Banksy, and all that jazz is so very late April 2010, done and overdone, *yawn*.

But when we came across this clever lenticular made out of an iron gate in Berlin, we couldn’t help ourselves.

Made with photo-realistic strips attached to slats, it’s invisible from the front, and shows a different pic from each side.

May it inspire some creative new photo displays in your life… or at least a re-visit to our DIY Lenticular Tutorial!

Low-Fi Lenticular on Berlin Street via Jake Dobkin

p.s. Wanna score some free Mailable Polapost Frames? Find out how on facebook!

Photography by Flying Lawn Chair (a.k.a. Motorized Para-glider)


George Steinmetz gets as far away as he can, then he snaps the shutter.

A new angle in photography is rare, so we’re always impressed when someone manages a vantage point we haven’t seen.

George certainly qualifies. Soaring above the African desert in a motorized para-glider (think flying lawn chair), then landing in remote villages and befriending the inhabitants, he gets the sort of shot you’ve seen, but had no idea how they were made.

Thanks George, for reminding us that sometimes to really see something, you have to get really (really) far away.

Steinmetz’s Aerial Photography [via The Photography Post and The New Yorker]
See more of his photos on our Tumblr.

p.s. Love aerial photography? Here’s two ways you can do it yourself:
DIY Aerial Balloon Photography, Attach a Camera to a Kite

How to Grow a Photo Pinwheel Garden


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Does your work desk have an over-abundance of adult stuff?

Have the piles of paper sap the exuberance and whimsy of younger days?

Your remedy awaits in photos! A bit of drilling, bending, and twisting, and voilà — a carefree pinwheel garden is born!

What better way to remind yourself of simpler times, before reply-all emails, conference calls, and voicemail.

How to Grow a Photo Pinwheel Garden

p.s. Your best friend’s DREAM JOB is available. You should tell ’em.

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Finesse your Flash with a 60-second Snoot


Slipping over the business-end of a flash, snoots are shaped like the cones worn around the necks of Elizabethan royalty… or recently neutered terriers.

While a naked strobe disperses light far and wide, a besnooted one will narrow your beam to a dainty spot — perfect when you need a spotlight effect.

It takes less than a minute to fashion your snoot: curl up some cardboard or grab a paper towel tube — and ka-flash, you’re done! Really!

Queen Elizabeth would be utterly bemused.

10 more Quick-Easy-Cheap Photo Hacks
(String tripod, cereal box softbox, tin can ringlight, etc.) Photo credit: mycael

p.s. Your best friend’s DREAM JOB is available. You should tell ’em.

p.p.s. We just gave away a freaking Drobo on that Twitter thing. How are you not following us? Fix it!

How to Make Momma Happy This Year


It’s Mom’s day again (May the 9th!), and you’re scratching your head asking, “Holy crap, wasn’t it just Mother’s Day like 2 months ago?”

The woman carried you for 9 months. You can’t be late this year.

We’ll help! Here’s three new goodies from your favorite photo shop (that’s us!) to save your scalp and Mother’s Day, too.

p.s. For Mum’s Day delivery order by April 29 by 1st class, Wed, May 3 by Priority Mail, Wed, May 5 by UPS 2-Day, and Thurs, Mayy 6 by UPS Next Day.

      Polapost Mailable Frames

Give the post office some business while spreading instant smiles ‘oer the land with these Polaroid shaped frames.

One regular photo + one stamp (NO envelope!) = instant happiness!

Polapost Mailable Frames
$15 for 7, $25 for 14

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Shinjuku Photo Scrap-Kit

If anyone can make scrapbooking—the once old-fashioned way to share photos—cool again, it’s Japan.

This kit includes our most favorite crafty photo bits from our recent trip to Tokyo. Because we’ve compeletely failed to explain Flickr to mom.

The Shinjuku Photo Scrap-Kit
$29 at the Photojojo Store

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Fuji Instax Instant Cam + Snapshot Book

Our Fuji Instax is great for Mums and even greater for their kiddos that’ll ‘ooo and ahh’ at the instant photo magic.

And what to do with those pretty prints? Fill up our Snapshot Book — made especially for Instax mini prints.

Fuji Instax Instant Cam + Snapshot Book
$125 for Camera, Film, and Snapshot Book

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500 Photographers – 100 Weeks of Photo Inspiration


Find 5 active, amazingly talented photographers every week. For 100 weeks. Share them with the world. Stop.

Pieter Wisse, we support your mission.

Only two weeks young, Pieter’s 500 Photographers already hit on the work of some of our faves, including Alex Prager and Denis Darzacq.

Looking for fresh new ideas from up and coming photographers? (YES, YOU ARE!) Then it’s a must subscribe.

500 Photographers

Thanks to Lourens Smak (@smak67) for the tip! Found something we should write about? Let us know by email or twitter.

p.s. The Eye-Fi Home is only $49 in the Photojojo Store!