Picture 487 of your Jamaican vacation photos fading by as some Caribbean muzac plays in the background. Yeah, photo slideshows can be kind of a snore.
The solution? Animoto!
Think of it as a little black box filled with film & TV producers, techies, indie rockers, and robots.
You put your photos and a song in one end, shake it up, and a photo music video pops out the other end… with pro-level post-production, animated cuts synced to your music’s beat, and oh-so-much style.
And it only takes a few clicks. (Really!) The robots do all the work.
The 30 second videos are free and they’re perfect for mailing to friends or posting to your blog, MySpace, Facebook, etc. Longer videos cost a few bucks. Special for Photojojo subscribers: Sign up for free by Sunday using this link and the swell lads at Animoto will put a credit in your account for one free full-length video. (It’s okay to tell your friends.)
p.s. Here’s a fun Animoto video we made from photos taken at a photobooth we recently set up.
Published on September 14, 2007 — See more Websites
Our friend Judy runs a one-woman shop making the most beautiful handmade journals we’ve ever seen.
Naturally, when we saw the photographs she used for her covers, we ran straight to her apartment, video camera in hand.
So today we’ve got two special treats for you:
1) A how-to video of Judy showing you how you can make your own perfect-bound journal using two 4×6 photos for the cover, some paper, glue, and a few other tools.
2) Two special edition journals made with pages of sugarcane fiber and reclaimed paper by Judy herself. Created for writers, illustrators, artist and designers, her notebooks have unique features like an inner pocket for looseleaf notes and a spine that opens flat for writing or drawing across the pages. Exclusive designs on the Photojojo Store for a limited time. Buy now
p.s. Help us out, Digg this tutorial!
There’s something special, even magical about the printed page. The Internet makes anyone a publisher, but seeing yourself in print is a whole ‘nother story.
But that’s just one of the many reasons why we adore flattenme’s custom photo children’s books.
Flattenme’s storybooks are full-color and have a thick, hard cover just like the kind you’d find at the bookstore or the library.
Except these books feature your kid (or niece or nephew or 8-year-old version of your pal.) Just send them a photo (online or by mail), your child’s name, and a dedication message, and they do the rest — creating a personalized storybook where your kid’s the star.
The result is stunning and endearing. The storyline is fun, and their magical elves do a topnotch job working with any skin color or hairtype. It’s a gift that would make any youngster smile.
Published on September 6, 2007 — See more Buy This
When we were little, we hated going to bed more than anything.
Sweet slumber is a much more appreciated commodity nowadays, but we still find ourselves wishing there were more hours in each day. If only we could race across the skies in a private 767, outrunning the sunset and never seeing darkness.
Well, we’ve found the next best thing.
Eternal Sunset is a website that tracks 250 webcams across 49 countries. At any given time, the sun’s setting somewhere, and Eternal Sunset will show it to you.
It won’t add hours to your day (quite the contrary) but if you’ve always dreamed of seeing the perfect sunset in Napoli, Egypt, or from atop Mount Fuji, park yourself in front of your ‘puter and watch that fiery globe fall. Over and over again.
p.s. If it’s as beautiful in your neck of the woods as it is here, do yourself a favor and go out and shoot this weekend. Here’s a list of photo projects to get you going!
p.p.s. Amit’s in the midst of a move. Apologies in advance if it take a bit longer than normal to get back to you!
Published on August 31, 2007 — See more Websites
If you don’t have one of our snazzy Electric Pocket camera cases, chances are your digi-baby spends its life swaddled in black nylon and TKK zippers.
Not the most nurturing or colorful of environments for your little one, is it?
But don’t despair! If you’re feeling crafty, our friends at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own camera pouch from scratch. Well, from scraps. And they take you through it step-by-step, so even those of us who fear the needle can give it a go.
p.s. If you’re the sort that’s gonna be up early this morning (we’re gonna try), we recommend skipping the denim and using space-age reflective mylar instead.
Published on August 27, 2007 — See more DIY
Late night host Conan O’Brien has been combining celeb snaps to produce hypothetical images of their offspring for years.
Finally finally finally, we can do it with our own photos right at home — pictures of you and Dr McDreamy, you and your girl, or you and whoever!
Follow the image suggestions, upload a couple photos, and let your imagination run wild.
Advance warning: It doesn’t work with robots. We tried.
Published on August 24, 2007 — See more Websites
They say you can learn a lot about a person by looking at their hands, but what about their feet?
Ellen Ugelstad’s The Shoe Project is a decidedly unusual series of portraits. Focusing first on her subjects’ feet, then comparing them with their face and shoulders, she’s found new perspective on the oft-tired portrait.
It turns out feet are surprisingly expressive. Who knew?
Page through her gallery of children, fashionistas, and grandparent feet for inspiration, then get down low and give this a try next weekend!
Published on August 20, 2007 — See more Photo Projects
Tall glasses of lemonade, your legs sticking to the seat of your car, the days stretching languorously into the evening. What’s not to love about summer?
Oh, right. The stifling heat.
But that just brings us to another of summer’s joys: The cool comfort of the cinema.
In honor of some of our favorite summer blockbusters (Harry Potter and Transformers), we bring you our
p.s. Help us out, Digg this tutorial!
From the forum… Submit your fave food photo, How to print a photo on soft acrylic, the always-popular What am I Wednesdays (WAIW) #5, Ben asks Do you carry a camera around with you? (and so much more…)
Whether you prefer the presidential $400 cut, the corner barber shop, or something in between, chances are you’ve spent too many braincycles on those tendrils of dead skin cells emerging from your body.
Lest your next ’bout of hairy experimentation go awry, we offer two alternatives that will let you safely test your hairstyles before committing to them.
For the ladies (and men with ladyfriends), there’s Makeover Studio. Upload a photo, define your hairtype, and browse a library of hairstyles and colors to see how your favorite doo would look on you.
For dudes (and bearded ladies) in need of a stylin’ ‘stache, there’s the Mustache Maker. You know the drill: upload your pic, choose a mustache, and trim, groom, and wax your way to cowboy perfection. You can even make it sing when you’re done.
With an average growth rate of 0.44 mm a day, badly cut hair can be a long-lasting mistake.
p.s. Maybe you’d prefer a beard?
Published on August 6, 2007 — See more Websites
If we’ve learned anything from Hollywood’s recent penchant for pairing muscle-bound leading lads with toddlers, it’s that taking care of tykes ain’t easy.
But if you think changing diapers is the hard part, just try getting one to smile on demand.
We’ve already shown you how to get adults to smile, so here’s a quick tip for the little humans in your life.
1) Acquire PEZ dispenser. 2) Carefully cut away at the bottom with an exacto until it’ll slide into your camera’s hot shoe. 3) Train camera at unsuspecting child. 4) Capture a rare moment of unexpected joy.
Mix and match dispensers for variety, and take a gander at the how-to pics by Federico Sartorio for the details. [via reader sarah lee]
Published on July 31, 2007 — See more Tips
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