Watery Camera Tricks for Rebellious Photographers


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A photographer’s best light source? That would be the miasma of incandescent plasma hanging in the sky.

A carefully-placed lens flare can add drama to your shot. But for the truly daring, a little H2O can take it even further.

Introduce strange squiggles, gauzy haze, and a twinkly smattering of bokeh by placing water on your glass.

Of course, your neighbors may gasp: Dihydrogen monoxide is a menace to electronics, and getting a camera wet is unheard of in polite circles.

Traditionalists may admonish, “it’s simply not done!” But innovators like you know better. High risk! High reward! Now let’s go make history.

Make Your Lens Flares Bloom

p.s. The crazy brits at MOO are giving PJJ readers freebie business cards! Check. it. out.

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Start3D: Turn Your 2D Photos 3D


We’ve been taking regular old flat photos for years, but lately we’ve heard rumors about a so-called “third dimension.”

A new site called Start3D takes a baby step towards your own personal Holodeck, popping 3D life into 2D shots — with no crossed eyes or funky frames!

Start by taking two photos side-by-side, a left and a right version to match each eye.

Then Start3D waves its magic hands, and shazam! The images blossom into a wiggling animation, sliding smoothly from left to right like it’s right there in front of you for reals.

Welcome to the third dimension! You’ll love it here. Be sure to check out that long flat thing that we call “the horizon.”

Start3D: Turn Your 2D Photos into 3D Scenes

Fix up Your Profile Pic by Throwing a Facebook Party


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You’d never go out dancing without washing your fancy duds or getting your hair did.

Why put any less care into your Facebook pic?

A gorgeous profile pic is the online equivalent of being the hottest dancer in the club — or the fastest crossword-puzzler in Mensa, if that’s your crowd.

You deserve a profile that’s as pretty as you — time to throw a Facebook Profile Photo Party (FPPP)!

FPPPs are parties with purpose: you supply lights and a camera; your guests bring their dazzling demeanors (and silliest props).

By the time the evening is over, everyone has a profile pic they’ll be proud to be tagged in — just the thing to catch the eye of the smoldering hotties in the “Betty White to Host SNL Please” group.

How to Throw a Facebook Profile Photo Party

p.s. Thx to new advertiser Topaz labs for sponsoring this week of Photojojo! (Their Topaz Adjust helps you easily make creative exposure changes to your photos.)

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Young-Me-Now-Me: The Photo Game That’s Child’s Play


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Yesterday … all our troubles seemed so far away. And by “yesterday” we mean “in 1991.”

Jog memories of childhood bliss with the game “Young-Me-Now-Me.”

To play, just find an old picture of yourself, and then snap a modern-day recreation.

The challenge, of course, is matching yesteryear’s settings, costumes, and props: good luck finding that laser backdrop, plaid vest, and lawnmower-sized cellphone.

And who’d have guessed that fanny packs and jorts still look as cool as ever?

Play Young-Me-Now-Me

Photo Credits: Ryan Terry, Hanna, Kevin/Consumatron, John Williams

Tired: Slow Food. Wired: Slow Photography!


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We’ve seen slow versions of everything lately: slow food, slow travel, slow shopping, slow dentistry. (We might’ve made one of those up.)

But have you tried slow photography? It’s like a yoga class for your camera.

Long conversations with subjects, patient exposures, and delicate macros will lend your photos a new calmness and longevity — so vital in these rush-rush go-go slam-crash rock-and-roll times.

Join the Slow Photo movement, and soon you’ll be measuring exposures not in fractions of a second, but in fractions of an eon.

The Photojojo Guide to Slow Photography

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Move Landmarks with a Simple Photo Prank


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Travel! Adventure! Visit new places, meet new people, replace their buildings with plastic trinkets!

Michael Hughes’ hobby: photographically replacing national treasures with gift-shop counterparts.

Like Carmen Sandiego, he’s absconded with the Great Pyramids, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Abbey Road, and much more.

Michael’s travelogues also take you behind-the-scenes on his exotic journeys, revealing his secret-sauce mix of fancy gear, brilliant technique, and luck.

Learning about the geography, history, and photography: you are now on a vacation OF KNOWLEDGE.

How Michael Makes his Trick Photos

GPOYW = (Self-Portraits) – (Narcissism)


Admit it: You desperately want to post photos of yourself, but you’re afraid to look vain.

Fear not, friend.

Four years ago, Noah showed the world that self-portraits can be profound.

Today, Tumblr users rock the self-portrait with Gratuitous Picture of Yourself Wednesday (GPOYW).

It’s simple. Stand and flail your arms by yourself — you’re loco. Do it with 1000 others in a crowded stadium — it’s the wave. GPOYW is an internet-wide wave for self-portraits.

Add a quick caption (about a pickle <3, your dad, your doo) — and you’ve preserved this moment in your life.

It’s okay to post a picture of yourself. On Wednesdays.

How GPOYW Got Started

Our Top 10 Favorite GPOYWs

p.s. Help? Amit’s speaking at PMA on Saturday, and he’d love your help with this 60-Second photography survey. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Photo Credit: Nicole_Writes

See Your ‘Hood anew in Noticin.gs Photos


Are you a photo-robot? Stuck in a routine, taking the same photos day in and day out? (Insert sad beep-boop noise.)

The simple act of rediscovering your surroundings is at the heart of a game called Noticin.gs.

To play, just remove your robot-visor and start snapping cool things around your ‘hood, then upload the pics to earn points.

Soon, a photo map of your city springs to life… Dragons! Elephant poo! A poem embedded in a street! Who knew the Photojojo office was surrounded by such awesomeness?

Noticin.gs shows you your own backyard afresh: through eyes that are not made of diodes and LEDs. (Sorry, Roomba! You’re still #1 at vacuuming.)

Play Noticin.gs

p.s. Need a quirky valentine gift? ScanCafe puts you in scenes from Casablanca or Gone with the Wind, free! Frankly, my dear, that’s adorable.

Make a Tennis Ball Photo Frame in 3 Easy Steps


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Tennis, anyone?

With its magnificent rallying, split-stepping, and headbands, it may be the most photographable of sports. (Aside from full-contact checkers.)

Our pals at Papernstitch found a super-cute way to turn a plain old Penn ball into a bright yellow photo stand.

Now you can fill your priceless Agassi-autographed ball with pictures of the mulletted man himself.

Or curry favor with the ref by slipping him a neon-yellow sphere with a few tasteful yet seductive self-portraits.

We have it on good authority that this how the Queen displays all of her Wimbledon photos. Oh, Liz, you crafty creature!

Turn a Tennis Ball into a Photo Stand

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Folding + Photos = Origami Photo Twister


You are getting sleeeeeeepy.

Enter an endless loop with Kaleidocycle: a hypnotic blend of photos and papercraft that appears to have originated in a dream that Steven Hawking once had about the shape of the Universe.

Feed four photos into the site, and then after some printing and folding you’ll have a curious origami photo-display, similar to what we called “cootie-catchers” in 2nd grade. (Your geographic appellation may vary.)

Now all that’s left to do is flip through your photos by spinning the möbius-like paper geometry again … and again … and again … and again …

Just don’t try to count its faces! We can’t be certain, but there’s a chance that this shape can’t possibly exist in our dimension.

Fold Your Photos into Papercraft with a Kaleidocycle

p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!