Remember chain letters? They promised riches, luck, love, avoidance of certain death.
Well, we never got those envelopes stuffed with cash or cookies, but hey we’re still alive!
Take that simple idea, add photography, and you’ve got the Photo Chain, a picture of a picture of a picture, all across the world. See where your friends take a piece of you!
Step 1: Start the chain by taking a picture. Easily recognizable objects work best–think bright colors, big shapes, like a giant statue in the woods, neon yellow daffodils, or your stuffed monkey. Aim for a neutral background in this first photo.
Step 2: Send it to a friend. Email your shot to a pal in Honduras, your grouchpa in Sweden, anybody who’s handy with a camera and printer.
Step 3: Instruct grouchpa to download and print a high quality 4×6.
Step 4: Ask him to take a picture of that 4×6 in front of something in his world (rocking chair? chartreuse refrigerator?). Hands in the photo are cool, just be sure the 4×6 takes front and center so it’s still clear as the chain gets longer.
Step 5: Get grouchpa to send his photo-of-your-photo along to a friend to keep the chain going.
p.s. Want your photo in the Photojojo Book? It’s easy! We’re looking for dozens of photos. Click here to see what kinds of pictures we need.
Published on July 10, 2008 — See more Photo Projects
It’s guest time here at Photojojo!
Please give a rousing Photojojo welcome to… all the way from Rochester, New York… our buddies from Kodak!
Photojojo: Hi Kodak, welcome to the show. And what do you have for us today?
Kodak: Well Photojojo, we’ve got a DIY bookmark you can make from your photos! When it’s done, it looks like you’ve got a person sticking out of your book.
Photojojo: Wow, okay, that sounds cool.
Kodak: Also, it has magnets.
Photojojo: AWESOME! We are so in!
So, without further ado, let’s…
p.s. Wanna help out with the Photojojo Book? Send us your picture by July 18th and we might put you in the book! Click here to see what kinds of pictures we need.
Deke McClelland is a full-blown, hardcore geek. The kind of geek we love.
How can you not love a guy who creates a frantic, hand-waving, occasionally obscenity-strewn, rap music video… about Photoshop keyboard shortcuts?
And it’s not just for pros. Anyone who’s ever used a marquee will enjoy this one.
If you haven’t seen his masterpiece, we challenge you to spend the next few minutes watching his video and not learn something new. Really, go. Right now.
p.s. Yanks may want to give our 11 Tips for Sparkling Fireworks Photos a read in advance of tomorrow’s boom boom show. Cameras and fireworks do mix.
Published on July 3, 2008 — See more Tips
You may not have heard about this in the news (it’s kind of one of those underground media stories) but gasoline is getting sort of expensive.
We fear it might put a damper on one of the greatest pastimes ever: road trips!
We at Photojojo love road trips because they’re a photographer’s dream: each new mile is a photo waiting to happen. So we’ve compiled our Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Photography, to inspire you on your next trip!
Gather as many friends as you can for your carpool vacation, and pack the camera gear into your hybrid (or rent one!). It’s time to hit the road!
The printing press. The light bulb. Penicillin. The horse-less carriage.
But now we understand the hubbub over innovation. Friends, we have seen the future. And it has a thin candy shell.
You can now print photos on M&Ms. Huzzah!
We think the possibilities are pretty well limitless. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
p.s. We just heard that MOO makes full-size business cards now! Get a different photo printed on every biz card and use your card case as a tiny portfolio. My word that’s stylish!
Published on June 26, 2008 — See more Buy This
You can tell a lot about
Taking a picture of your feet — as natural as:
It’s something almost everyone does. So why not find a use for those toe shots?
Here’s an idea: start photographing your travels, whether exotic or everyday, by photographing all your fancy footwear and the ground it covers.
It’s a new twist on vacation photos or everyday photos. We think you’ll be surprised by how much you can tell by what’s on a person’s feet, and what’s under ‘em
For inspiration, see out hrrrthrrr’s great feet photo movie.
p.s. Try our stop motion tutorial for ideas on stringing your photos into video.
p.p.s. Inkjet printing questions? Andrew Darlow is here to help. The 10 best questions win his new book, 301 Inkjet Tips & Techniques. Ask your question in the next 48 hours!
Marcel Duchamp walks into a bar, with a funhouse mirror in one hand and a webcam in the other…
Wait, how does that go again?
Anyway, we’re pretty sure if you put those things together, you’d end up with pixel-lapse.
Instead of capturing a photo all at once, pixel-lapse records one pixel at a time, starting at the top of the image and working downwards.
Try moving your head side to side as the picture records, or moving closer to the camera, or changing positions halfway through.
Surrealists of the world, unite!
for Mac and Windows
p.s. If you don’t want your images uploaded to the online user’s gallery, be sure to turn off “photo-sharing” whenever you open the pixel-lapse application.
Published on June 19, 2008 — See more Websites
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
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