Making Photos without Seeing – Blind Photographer Pete Eckert

You’re ready to frame your shot. Lifting your camera to face, you see nothing.

Blinded for just a moment, you’ve left your lenscap on (again!). What a relief to see that glorious image through your viewfinder.

It makes you wonder what you would do if that moment of blindness lasted longer than a few seconds. Would you give up photography all together?

Pete Eckert is a blind photographer who didn’t.

Amazingly, he embraced the craft even more so after becoming blind, shooting ethereal double exposures and vivid light paintings with his Mamiyaflex TLR.

He visualizes the image he wants to create in his mind and uses his senses of sound, touch, and memory to make a photograph. (Watch this 4 minute documentary to see how he frames his shots!)

He explains, “Sound gives an image just like light gives an image…My work is a byproduct of learning how to see again using sound.”

Who’d have thought the impossible was actually possible? Thanks to Pete, we’ll never forget it.

Making Photographs without Seeing, Pete Eckert
[via Lomography; thanks Nik!]

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Valentine’s Day Lo-fi Gift Guide


There are many ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day — elaborate floral bouquets, rare colored diamonds, chocolate covered bacon…

But we prefer the photo way. And we’re pretty sure you feel the same.

So we’ve come up with a new Holiday for photographers: Lo-Fi Love Day.

And we’re celebrating with two new cameras and two new frames: one you wear and one your house wears (Hah! Housewares…get it?!).


Instax Mini 7s Instant Camera

Back just in time for Valentine’s Day, this popular classic snaps mini instant prints that magically develop in the palm of your hand!

For that extra special Valentine, grab the Lo-Fi Love Bundle: an Instax Mini Camera, a 20-exposure pack of film, Instant Photo Caption Sticker Kit, and an Instant Print Window (all that for only 9 extra bucks!).

Fuji Instax Mini 7s Instant Camera
$90 at the Photojojo Store

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Instant Photo Frame Pins

Going steady used to be about wearing letterman jackets and promise rings, but the Instant Photo Frame Pins are here to retire those old-timey gestures o’ love.

These instant-photo-shaped pins function as miniature frames, making them perfect for carrying photos of or by your loved ones.

Instant Photo Frame Pins
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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      The Zumi Triple Plus Digital Camera

Pluses are good. There are A pluses, plus-ones, and it’s always a plus when you see that special someone.

And now the new and improved Zumi is the Zumi Triple Plus!

What’s the “Plus” all about? 10 new filters that’ll give your pics and video all kinds of dreamy vintage color and pop (and even 3 shades of monochrome!).

The Zumi Triple Plus
$175 at the Photojojo Store

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Instant Photo Frame Decals

Maybe your significant other has a slight major instant photo obsession. (You swear you’ve caught them snuggling up to a print late one night.)

Now your S.O. can turn every photo into an instant snapshot! These reusable decals frame any 8×10 photo with a sweet instant photo look, and they even come with faux decal push-pins and tape. A-dorbz.

Instant Photo Frame Decals
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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How to Fit 24 Hours into One Photo

We’re convinced some photographers are born with a rather rare yet want-worthy gene.

…A mysterious code of DNA that inspires impossible-to-accomplish projects and an anti-impossible mechanism to carry them through.

Chris Kotsiopoulos is one of these photographers; his most recent endeavor: is it possible to capture a 24-hour day in one photograph?

500+ photos, 30 hours, and one 12V battery later, he discovered it was! See the impressive result.

Chris shot through day and night (Yup, he stayed up all night.), capturing the arch of the sun’s rise and fall and an epic 11 hour startrail with twilight hours to fill in the space between day and night.

Over a 12 hour period, he then composed the hundreds of photos into one endless panorama a la “little planet.” (Click the link below for his full description.)

Lesson learned: the next time an impossible-sounding project pops into your head, don’t write it off! Where there’s a will, there’s a way…or a mutated gene.

Chris Kotsiopoulus’ 24 Hour Photograph
[Take a look at his star-trail time lapse!]

See Through Your Kids’ Eyes, Wirelessly Upload from Their Camera to a Flickr Stream

The little ones in our lives are fascinating people.

They start out barely able to hold up their own head, and within a few months, they’re tearing up the rug.

It may not come as a surprise then that some kids are starting their photography lessons at the wee age of 3….like famed blogger Jason Kottke’s son Ollie!

Jason placed a digital camera in Ollie’s teeny 3 year-old hands to see what would happen.

The most awesomely clever part? He used an Eye-Fi memory card in Ollie’s camera to automatically and wirelessly upload Ollie’s photos from his camera to a Flickr account.

At any moment of the day, family and friends can take a look at his photo stream for an instant window into Ollie’s daily photo adventures.

It’s like seeing right through little Ollie’s eyes, and the photos themselves are adorable (the low-to-the-ground point of view) yet astonishing (portraits of his grandfather).

Connect with your little one through photography, and if you’re worried about your kid dropping the camera, second-hand cameras + kids = a match made in heaven.

How to Wirelessly Upload Kids’ Photos to Flickr

Photos by Ollie Kottke

Make a Daily Profile Photo…For Your Fridge!

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It’s inevitable; sooner or later (probably sooner) you’ll find yourself trapped in the dreaded Fridge Zone: forever peering into an open fridge pondering “What am I in the mood for?”

There is only one way out of The Zone; you gotta dig deep and discover your mood…with photography!

Get in some acting practice, snap some photos and make a handy magnetic go-to-guide of your emotions.

You’ll be wearing your heart on your sleeve and your mood on your fridge.

How To Make a Daily Photo Emoto-Magnet


Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Camera Case, a Felt One that Is.

Photography’s your art form of choice…as evidenced by the sewing machine gathering dust in the corner and the fact that you’re reading Photojojo (hi!).

Just because you’ve set your stitching skills aside doesn’t mean you have to miss out on adorably crafted camera cases.

Introducing: Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Camera Case, a compact felt camera case made to look like your favorite thing, a camera!

Not only does its stitched seams and chunky color block buttons and dials look awesome, but its soft felt cushioning and velcro closure were made to protect your point-and-shoot (or any small camera or device).

No doubt Fuzzy will one-up the fair faire at your local craft fair – and you never even had to pick up a thread!

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$15 each at the Photojojo Shop!

Make an Epic Color Mashup with 3 Photos You Already Have

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Recently, we showed you how to make color photos from black & white pics using century-old photo methods, our digital cameras, and a few extra tools.

We couldn’t resist playing around with this incredible method, and we ended up discovering some seriously amazing stuff.

We’re talking color channels.

Who knew separating them would create digital photo concoctions more colorful than a fruit salad!

This time, you won’t need any filters or special items: just 3 digital pictures and a photo-editing program to mash ’em up!

Make a Color Mashup with Color Separation

The Polaroid iPhone Decal: Turn Your Phone into a OneStep!

Your iPhone4 is the Swiss army knife of the mobile world.

It might not be able to saw you free from tangled tree roots on the shores of the Amazon, but it can dial your fav pizza spot in under 10 seconds and give you the sharpest quality phone pix and vid around.

So why not outfit your phone in its true camera identity? Now you can with the Polaroid iPhone Decal!

It transforms your iPhone’s plain old back into the Rainbow OneStep Polaroid Land camera.

It’s easy to apply and remove without leaving sticky residue, all the while keeping your iPhone slim n’ sleek.

Best of all, you’ll get to boast the best of both worlds with charming analog looks and state of the art digital super powers. Yup, you just one-upped Gaga.

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$6 each at the Photojojo Shop!

Frame Your Photos with a Paper Craft Photo Globe

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With the holidays sadly behind us, we had to do something tragic last week. We bade farewell to our office Christmas tree.

Packing up all our twinkle lights and decorations, we wondered: Why bother doing away with our DIY Photo Ornaments just because the tree is gone?

We quickly devised a plan to decorate with them, and our crafty pal Emily taught us how to take our method a little further. Of course, we had to share!

Now we’re going to show you how to make beautiful papercraft photo globes that will look great whether they’re hanging in your house, given as a gift, or stranded to spice up your party!

Frame Your Photos with a Photo Globe

p.s. We’re in India! We’ll be posting photos on Tumblr and Flickr everyday!


Street Art Photobooths: Make Murals And Friends

Street artists are an elusive group; put a can of paint in their hand, and they’ll mural-ize a wall without making a peep or leaving a trace.

Not so with French photobooth street artist Fabian David.

He ditched the dark alleyways and cleverly misspelled monikers for a more open approach: he decorated the streets of Lyon, France with a live street art photobooth!

Using a digital camera and printer, he captured over 100 lucky people who happened to walk by, from kids to hip French youth and old folks (who we must say have some pretty slick sunglasses).

He promptly printed and slapped their photos onto a brick wall, resulting in an epic get-to-know-your-neighbor photo mural. It’s kind of like a facebook for the town, which = undeniably awesome.

Get your street art vibe on by inviting friends over to make a photobooth collage in your room or organize one with your local cafe. (Bonus: you won’t even have to run from the cops.)

Fabian David’s Street Art Photobooth