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Long long ago, Black-and-White ruled the Earth.
Frosty white highlights frolicked with rich black shadows in the Meadows of Grayscale, and it was good.
Then came Digital, whose dingy whites and muddy grays nearly drove Black-and-White to extinction.
But now, like wild-eyed scientists cloning a mammoth, we’ve found the best ways to convert digital color photos into the REAL honest-to-goodness-that-looks-like-Ansel-Adams-took-it Black-and-White. NOT the pale washwater grays and off-white whites you get with “Convert to grayscale”. And we’re going to show you how.
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As a Mom’s Day thanks (for rearing geeks like us) Photojojo searched far and wide for the cutest darn’d camera bag out there.
‘lo and behold,
Finally, a case for SLRs that’s a bit more, how shall we say this — vivacious? Bold? Jazzy? Bad-ass?
Our little Bowler Bettie is the spunkiest camera tote around. Complete with a cush quilted liner, adjustable divider, two side pockets, and one serious attitude.
Does your mom want jewelry for Mother’s Day? Nah. Bath salts? Nope. A pet tarantula? Probably not.
What she really wants is time with you! (Also possibly lunch.)
Your mom sounds nice. So we’ve got 11 different ways to make her happy on Mother’s Day!
We’ve got ideas for photos to take, things to make, and things you can do together.
You’re a good kid.
p.s. Mother’s Day is May 10th this year. Get crackin’!
Photo credit: kjsydney
O pinhole photography, we love you so.
Ever since our first oatmeal box pinhole camera in 5th grade, we have adored you. Your artsy images, your depth-of-field — our wee hearts go pitter-pat, o pinhole.
If you haven’t tried pinhole photography for yourself, now’s the time: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is this Sunday, April 26th!
We’ve got everything you need to get ready for the big day: photos to get you inspired, ways to make your own camera (or where to buy one) and crazy DIY cameras that other folks have made. Let’s go!
p.s. We hear Mom’s Day is coming up again. Order by Tuesday April 28th if you want to surprise her with an awesome Custom-Made Photo Bag!
Got big plans for Earth Day?
Gonna build a windmill out of recycled soda cans? Or modify your car to run on potato peelings and hope?
Yeah, sure you are. How about something that’s simple enough to actually DO?
Something like taking a day-in-the-life portrait of the whole entire planet!
It’s easy, just take some photos of the world around you on Wednesday April 22nd. Send your best snap to the good folks at Earth Mosaic, and they’ll use it to create a giant photo mosaic of the Earth!
Then you can totally brag to your greener-than-thou friends about how you participated in a global art project on Earth Day and all they did was buy organic yams. Wusses.
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Silver dollars, vinyl LPs, Oreos — So many of the best things in life are circle-shaped.
Isn’t it about time your picture collection got with the program?
Circularize your photos and show them off in a urban-chic constellation of modular cardboard rings.
Snappy-lookin’, expandable, and keeps a coupla paper towel rolls out of the landfill. What’s not to like?
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Time to buckle up, Photojojo fans.
We’re not sure who decided that camera accessories should be ugly, bulky and downright drab, but we’re not fans.
So we’ve got a huge crush on these hip new camera straps we just found.
Salvaged from the back seats of some funky old automobiles, these straps feature adjustable slide buckles and are super-comfy, and super-strong.
Plus, each one is made by hand in Chicago using only love & recycled materials.
Get yours in Porsche Purple, T-bird Teal, Mercedes Gold, or Dodge Silver!
Photojojo science update: we have learned of a way to tear holes in the space-time continuum and stare back into the mists of time.*
Being the existential daredevils that we are, we’re risking reality as we know it to share this discovery with all of you. Proceed with caution.
Find a very old photo of a street or landmark near where you live. (Try your local historical society or check the public library — many of them keep collections of historic photos).
Go to the exact place where the photo was taken.
Hold up the picture and match the view of bygone days to the ultra-futuristic scene in front of you.
Be warned: though you may peer into the window in the space-time continuum, do not fall through. The other side of the window is a nightmarish half-life of Morlocks, flux capacitors and Michael J. Fox.
*Yeah, we know that the last four times we tore holes in the space-time continuum we ended up destroying the known universe. We swear that won’t happen again this time. Probably.
p.s. Hey everybody, sorry about the broken link in Monday’s newsletter. Boy, are our faces red.
Photo credit: jasonepowell
We are known far and wide for our love of shiny metal objects.
And some of you may have heard a rumor that we also like photos.
So, naturally, when we found a big olâ€™ piece of shiny sheet metal at the hardware store,
- we simply had to have it, and
- we had to find a way to cover it with pictures.
Enter the magnetic bulletin board: huge, affordable, and so easy to make you just won’t believe it.
Never leave the house without two things:
- a Swiss Army knife, and
- your camera.
Why the knife? Because it’s a multitasking tool that you can use a kajillion different ways.
Why a camera? For exactly the same reason.
Weâ€™ve rounded up so many alternate uses for your camera that you’ll start bringing it everywhere. Use it as a flashlight, a memory aid, or a mirror, and youâ€™ll never let it leave your side again.
Your camera may be a toy, but there’s no reason it can’t also be a tool.