It’s amazing how much money we’ve spent on photo magazines over the years.
Of course, that’s nothing compared to the amount of time we’ve spent getting the stink eye from the cashier as we thumbed through every magazine at the newsstand.
And then came The Internet, where you can browse photo magazines all day with nary a stink eye in sight.
Even better, you can publish your own magazine online. For free. And it’ll look just like a real magazine, with pages you can flip through.
Use it as a portfolio, show off that photo essay youâ€™ve been working on, or get your artsy friends together for a virtual gallery show. You can even get your magazine printed and sell it!
Read on for more ideas on how to publish your own magazine, and why you should!
Published on June 16, 2008 — See more Guides
Maybe we were nerdy children, but we used to get really excited when National Geographic arrived each month.
It was the big, glossy photos that got us, pictures of faraway places and people we’d never heard of.
Here’s something that makes us feel that way again: The Big Picture.
Every day there’s a photo essay on a different news story. One day it’s the Olympics, the next it’s the shuttle launch. With ginormous pictures. The biggest you’ve ever seen on a news site!
It’s been a long time since the news made us happy. And we’re feeling pretty good about it.
Photo credits: NASA/Johnson Space Center, AP Photo/Andre Penner, Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images, Reuters/Stringer.
Published on June 12, 2008 — See more Websites
Remember the year you got your dad that orange plaid tie for Father’s Day?
How about the slicer-dicer gadget that nearly claimed his thumb?
And remember that whole decade of golf tchotchkes?
Your dad remembers.
The good news is, this could be your year to turn it around.
To help you out, we proudly present our super mondo guide to Father’s Day awesomeness.
p.s. It’s contest time again, and this time it’s a knock-down, drag-out, floor-scufflin’ brawl to crown The Cutest Baby Ever! We’ve got heaps of prizes for twelve lucky winners, courtesy of our pals at Flattenme.com.
All you have to do is round up a photo of the most freakishly cute baby you know and post it to our contest on the Photojojo forum by Friday June 13th.
Published on June 9, 2008 — See more Guides
House couldn’t solve it.
Can you tell this photo is a fake?
Scientific American’s research team have turned fake-photo-spotting into a forensic science.
From eye highlights to shadow direction, they break down the major mistakes fakers make. Watch out photo forgers! We’re on to you!
And now for the real mystery: Why Photoshop a flock of ducks into a riot scene?
p.s. Revel in the absurdity of bad photo alteration at Photoshop Disasters.
Published on June 5, 2008 — See more Tips
The goggling stares. The stiff, tortured stances. The false grins. The symptoms are all there.
You’ve got a bad case of Group Photo.
Fear not! Dr. Jojo, photoologist, at your service. And I’ve got a patent-pending, never-fail, miracle cure that’ll have you taking happy, fun group portraits whenever you want!
Step 1: Set the timer on your camera. Make it short, like ten seconds.
Step 2: Arrange everybody in your shot, making the sure the camera’s zoomed out enough so you won’t cut off anybody’s head.
Step 3: Here’s the tricky part: have everybody that’s going to be in the photo come around behind the camera.
(Except Great Aunt Lily who don’t move so good. She can stay.)
Step 4: Ready? Press the button! Now everybody has to run to get into the photo before the timer goes off. Yikes! Hurry!
Now wasn’t that fun? And we can almost guarantee you’ve got a picture of smiling people actually enjoying themselves. Maybe even injuring themselves!
Now if you can just convince them all to do it one more time…
Photo credit: Steph Goralnick.
Published on June 2, 2008 — See more Tips
Finding photos on the internet is like being a tiny spacecraft adrift in a vast, starry galaxy. How will you ever find what you’re looking for in that cosmos of tags?
What you need, weary traveler, is a guide.
We hear Carl Sagan isn’t taking much new work these days, so allow us to present an alternative. Follow us to Tag Galaxy, where swirling solar systems of Flickr tags abound.
Say you want to find a memorable photo of poodles. Type in “poodle,” and it becomes a fiery sun, orbited by related tags like “dog” and “silly haircut.”
Click on more tag planets to create new suns (“poodles+noodles+strudel”). Or click on the sun itself to see all of the photos tagged with your search terms projected onto a rotatable spheroid planet.
All you need now is a turtleneck for your computer, and it’ll be just like having Carl at your side.
Published on May 29, 2008 — See more Websites
Until recently, if someone said the word “sharpening” to us, we’d whimper and hide under the table.
We mean, what the #$% is a threshold anyway?
Well, we finally got fed up with it, so we did some research. And you know what? Sharpening’s actually not that bad, and it makes a HUGE difference on digital images.*
Here’s our no-nonsense, jargon-free guide to sharpening your photos using Unsharp Mask. It’ll change your life. We promise.
*If you’re printing directly from film, feel free to be smug at this time. You don’t need to sharpen a darn thing.
p.s. Hey San Francisco! Wanna help us out with the Photojojo Book? We need people to photograph and places to photograph them in. Check out our wishlist! We’ll make ya book-famous, baby!
You know that Photoshop whiz kid friend of yours? The one that plays his keyboard like a Steinway as he dodges and burns his way to photographic perfection?
That could be you.
When we saw these custom-fitted keyboard skins for Macs*, we knew we had to have ‘em.
The color-coded covers show you all the hard-to-remember shortcuts for your favorite apps and are available for Photoshop, Aperture, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, After Effects, and Logic Pro.
You wouldn’t learn how to type with a keyboard with no letters on it.
So why learn key commands without seeing them right on your keys?
The white walls in your place have begun to loom, haven’t they?
Glaring down at you, bare as the Gobi Desert when the camels are on holiday.
And hark! That box of photos in the closet that you’ve been meaning to organize is starting to whisper to you. “Put me up,” the photos mutter. “Show me off!”
Of course, hearing these things means you are probably insane. But before the funny farm comes to take you away, you might as well sort out your wall and photo problem.
Grab a handful of bulldog clips and a few nails and put up some pictures. That’ll show those imaginary voices who’s boss.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to carry a camera with you everywhere, your little snapshooter may be looking a bit bruised by now.
Fear not, intrepid reader. We have a guaranteed* way to guard your camera from scratches, bumps, political persecution, alien invasion and fire ants.
Pink Penguin’s tutorial shows you how to make a stinkin’ cute padded case for your compact camera. All you need is a little scrap fabric, some padding and a sewing machine. (Or a friend who has those things and can be easily bribed.)
Protect your camera: fire ants are wily and they are everywhere!
*Guarantee meaningless: we had our fingers crossed.
Published on May 15, 2008 — See more DIY
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