Re-Animation: Turn Found Photos into Mesmerizing Videos

Did you know you can make an animated video without picking up a camera?

Cassandra C. Jones creates mesmerizing animations using her method “Snap Motion Re-Animation.”

It started one day when she realized that if she collected enough photos of one thing, she could put those photos together in just the right sequence to make an animated movie.

Take a galloping horse: she was able to create a movie of a single galloping horse using photos of 12 different horses in mid-step. (She sifted through 5,000 photos to find ones that perfectly matched up!).

A few of her other animations include: 97 photos arranged to show snow melting in a person’s hand, 900 photos to show the moon waxing and waning across the screen, and 17 photos showing a car spinning while on fire.

With a whole lot of patience and an eye for movement, Cassandra has combined photo-hunting and animation into a whole new craft!

We’ll leave you with these two hypnotizing re-animation videos. May they inspire you to make your own: “After Muybridge” and “Stripes (Lightning Walk).”

Snap Motion Re-Animation
[Bonus! An awesome interview with more re-animation vids.]

p.s. Our pals Animoto make rad videos out of your uploaded photos, and they’re giving a free video (normally $3) to every Photojojo reader! Just use code “PHOTOJOJO” this week only. We even made our own video! Check it out: “A Day in the Life of Photojojo!”

Photo Forensics: How to Tell if a Photo’s Been Faked

Seen this 1940’s photo floating around the net with a “time-traveler” seemingly sporting an SLR, shades, and NIN t-shirt? Wondered if it’s real? So did we.

So, we decided to turn to photo forensics: the Error Level Analyzer!

Slip a photo URL into the Analyzer, and like a CSI computer, it instantly highlights possible alterations. Turns out our time traveler’s legit — there are no distinctive color differences. (Here’s the full story.)

Try this shark-meets-helicopter photo though, and the sharks show up pink and white. This photo’s been ‘shopped!

How does it work? The analyzer looks for decreases in the quality of a jpeg that happen every time you save it. Those areas are most likely to contain edits.

Sleuth away! Analyze internet photos that you’ve always wondered about: time traveler pics, anti-gravity photos, or fashion spreads.

Extras: Check out photo tampering through history and the Cottingley Fairies Hoax.

The Error Level Analyzer
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Photo Secrets: Show Off Your Photos Using Materials You Can Find for Free!

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We LOVE mail.

Sending and receiving packages, mailing out photo postcards, and even that newfangled electronic “e-mail” stuff.

We love sending you emails packed with the coolest photo stuff, but we extra-specially love when you write us back!

Recently we’ve gotten a few emails asking for tips on what to do with all those extra photos you have around your house.

The thought of our photo friends being tucked away in a dark closet or between book pages for such a long time makes us sad!

In an effort to fix this photo nightmare ASAP, we’re going to let you in on two of our easiest, cost-free, and most creative ways to display your snapshots in DIY style.

How to Make Photo Displays Out of Free Materials!

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How to Turn a Photo into 175 Hours of Solar Power

Like Robin to Batman, your camera is your trusty sidekick, always by your side.

You’ve dreamed of the day you could help mankind with Photon (that’d be your camera’s superhero name). And, guess what? That day is finally here.

Simply upload a photo to Flickr through GE’s Ecomagination Photo Project site and tag with “Wind,” “Water,” or “Light.”

In turn, GE will donate:

  • 4.5kW hours of wind energy for every wind photo
  • 175 hours of solar power for every light photo
  • 480 gallons of drinking water for every water photo

(They’re working with three charities to make it all happen.)

Cool, right? Your photos combined will build wind turbines to power clinics in rural Peru, give families in East Timor solar-powered lanterns, and build wells to provide clean water.

In other words, it’s an easy breezy way to turn your photos into positive action. World, meet the best photog super action team this side of Gotham City: You (and Photon).

Upload a Photo, Help Mankind: GE’s Ecomagination Project

p.s. Check out the Ecomagination Flickr group with photos people have submitted so far!

Photo credit: Albert Valles, Xiahui, and Katie Kuberra.

Glow-in-the-Dark Photograms: Turn Your Photos into Spooky Glow-in-the-Dark Wonders

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All Hallow’s Eve: it’s the holiday that summons our creative jojo powers from the beyond.

There’s something about the crafty sea serpent costumes and elaborate dino pumpkin sculptures that really gets our inner DIY-er pumped.

That’s why we’re harnessing our Halloween-infused excitement into a truly awesome photo project that our pal Ken Setzer taught us: glow-in-the-dark photograms!

This mystifying project will transform your very own photos into spooky glow-in-the-dark wonders and will even get you back into the dark room…if you dare!

Mua ha ha. Ha.

How to Turn Your Photos into Spooky Glow-in-the-Dark Images!

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Photo Treats: Wooden Cameras, Caption Kits, and Instax Mini Photo Windows!

‘Tis the season to trick or treat.

And boy, have we some photo treats for you!

No costumes, no doorbells, just a few of our favorite new finds.

One to satisfy your camera-loving appetite, one to dress up your instant prints, and another to give your Instax Mini prints a home of their own.

Wooden Camera Gift Set

These French vintage style wooden cameras are the ultimate photo gift for Francophile camera fans.

Treat your favorite photog to a camera stamp, photo stand, and magnet set.

Lovingly crafted and painted wooden “Poulain,” “Fotka,” and “Alpha ” cameras and even a “Coleur” film roll are included!

Wooden Camera Gift Set
$10-25 each in The Photojojo Shop

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Instant Photo Caption Kit

Dress up your prints with hip stickers that you can write on!

The pack comes with speech bubbles, caption squares, colorful banners, “Happy Birthdays,” and all sorts more.

You can even transform prints into postcards!

Instant Photo Caption Kit
$10-18 in the Photojojo Shop

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Instax Mini Print Window

Instead of tossing your precious Instax Mini prints into a box of no return, display them in a sleek Photo Window!

It’s your Instax Mini prints’ window to the world and is perfect for your wall or bookshelf.

Instax Mini Print Window
$12-20 each in The Photojojo Shop

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Instagram: Share Phone Photos with Friends, In the Moment

We’ll never stop <3ing our DSLR, polaroids, or film cams.

But it’s our camera phone that’s always with us. Like when we spotted a pug trotting down the street sporting goggles or that guy unicycling up the steepest hill of all time.

Enter Instagram.

Not just another camera app or more filters for your pix. Instagram is THE way to share the fleeting moments of your life.

What makes it different? It’s simple and fast. Take a photo, choose a filter (optional), you’re done. It uploads automatically.

Or tap the feed and see all your friends’ everyday lives through their eyes in about 20 seconds. The lack of editing + the immediacy of phone photography makes the experience raw, addicting, and kind of magical. In short, Instagram is what the camera phone was made for.

Download it, then peep our getting started guide (with help from Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram) for who to follow and the best tips for Instagram.

Our Instagram Tips and Best Users to Follow

p.s. Yes, it’s iPhone-only, but versions for other phones are in the works! (Let ’em know you want them.)

p.p.s. Today only, we’re running the 1st-ever Instagram photo contest on Instagram! Follow Photojojo to learn more!

Meet Mr. Digital Clover, A Keychain Camera with Film Camera Appeal

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Bus rides can be lonely. Strangers, mean bus drivers, bad phone reception…

Well, we’re turning the sad Radiohead songs down a notch because things are lookin’ up.

We met Mr. Digital Clover, the awesomest travel companion anyone could ask for. He’s a miniature 2.0 megapixel toy camera, designed to capture gorgeously lo-fi photos and vintage style videos.

From the tinge of vintage coloring to his unpredictability, this mini Japanese camera will have you nostalgic for the classic photography experience. He’s kind of like the Diana of keychain cameras.

And he’s going everywhere we’re going!

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$55 each at the Photojojo Shop!

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DIY Photo Magic: How to Turn Black and White Photos into Full Color Images!

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We love the ease of digital photography, but sometimes we get an itch for some experimentation.

We want to feel like old school photography masters: mixing chemicals in darkrooms and watching images as they slowly develop.

So, what did we do when we learned that some of the first color photographs were made almost 150 years ago, and they weren’t made with color film?

We learned how to use our digital cameras to party like it was 1909, of course!

Now we’re going to share everything we learned and show you how to bring out your inner mad-photo-scientist to make full color photographs using only black and white ones!

How to Use 3 Black and White Photographs to Make A Full Color Image!

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New! Adorable 12 Color Pocket Flash for Your Camera

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Has blinding your friends with a bright white flash become predictable and mundane?

We like to keep ’em on their toes with the 12-Color Splash Flash!

Compact and portable, it’s a self-contained filter flash system that lets us switch the color of our flash by simply turning the color wheel.

We just attach it to our favorite camera for bright, colorful pix wherever we go.

12 bold hues, ready at our fingertips.

12-Color Splash Flash Tweet It!
$30 each at the Photojojo Shop!

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