Low-Fi Street Lenticulars = Photo Inspiration in Street Art

So yeah, we know street art, Banksy, and all that jazz is so very late April 2010, done and overdone, *yawn*.

But when we came across this clever lenticular made out of an iron gate in Berlin, we couldn’t help ourselves.

Made with photo-realistic strips attached to slats, it’s invisible from the front, and shows a different pic from each side.

May it inspire some creative new photo displays in your life… or at least a re-visit to our DIY Lenticular Tutorial!

Low-Fi Lenticular on Berlin Street via Jake Dobkin

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Photography by Flying Lawn Chair (a.k.a. Motorized Para-glider)

George Steinmetz gets as far away as he can, then he snaps the shutter.

A new angle in photography is rare, so we’re always impressed when someone manages a vantage point we haven’t seen.

George certainly qualifies. Soaring above the African desert in a motorized para-glider (think flying lawn chair), then landing in remote villages and befriending the inhabitants, he gets the sort of shot you’ve seen, but had no idea how they were made.

Thanks George, for reminding us that sometimes to really see something, you have to get really (really) far away.

Steinmetz’s Aerial Photography [via The Photography Post and The New Yorker]
See more of his photos on our Tumblr.

p.s. Love aerial photography? Here’s two ways you can do it yourself:
DIY Aerial Balloon Photography, Attach a Camera to a Kite

How to Grow a Photo Pinwheel Garden

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Does your work desk have an over-abundance of adult stuff?

Have the piles of paper sap the exuberance and whimsy of younger days?

Your remedy awaits in photos! A bit of drilling, bending, and twisting, and voilà — a carefree pinwheel garden is born!

What better way to remind yourself of simpler times, before reply-all emails, conference calls, and voicemail.

How to Grow a Photo Pinwheel Garden

p.s. Your best friend’s DREAM JOB is available. You should tell ’em.


Finesse your Flash with a 60-second Snoot

Slipping over the business-end of a flash, snoots are shaped like the cones worn around the necks of Elizabethan royalty… or recently neutered terriers.

While a naked strobe disperses light far and wide, a besnooted one will narrow your beam to a dainty spot — perfect when you need a spotlight effect.

It takes less than a minute to fashion your snoot: curl up some cardboard or grab a paper towel tube — and ka-flash, you’re done! Really!

Queen Elizabeth would be utterly bemused.

10 more Quick-Easy-Cheap Photo Hacks
(String tripod, cereal box softbox, tin can ringlight, etc.) Photo credit: mycael

p.s. Your best friend’s DREAM JOB is available. You should tell ’em.

p.p.s. We just gave away a freaking Drobo on that Twitter thing. How are you not following us? Fix it!

How to Make Momma Happy This Year

It’s Mom’s day again (May the 9th!), and you’re scratching your head asking, “Holy crap, wasn’t it just Mother’s Day like 2 months ago?”

The woman carried you for 9 months. You can’t be late this year.

We’ll help! Here’s three new goodies from your favorite photo shop (that’s us!) to save your scalp and Mother’s Day, too.

p.s. For Mum’s Day delivery order by April 29 by 1st class, Wed, May 3 by Priority Mail, Wed, May 5 by UPS 2-Day, and Thurs, Mayy 6 by UPS Next Day.

      Polapost Mailable Frames

Give the post office some business while spreading instant smiles ‘oer the land with these Polaroid shaped frames.

One regular photo + one stamp (NO envelope!) = instant happiness!

Polapost Mailable Frames
$15 for 7, $25 for 14

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Shinjuku Photo Scrap-Kit

If anyone can make scrapbooking—the once old-fashioned way to share photos—cool again, it’s Japan.

This kit includes our most favorite crafty photo bits from our recent trip to Tokyo. Because we’ve compeletely failed to explain Flickr to mom.

The Shinjuku Photo Scrap-Kit
$29 at the Photojojo Store

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Fuji Instax Instant Cam + Snapshot Book

Our Fuji Instax is great for Mums and even greater for their kiddos that’ll ‘ooo and ahh’ at the instant photo magic.

And what to do with those pretty prints? Fill up our Snapshot Book — made especially for Instax mini prints.

Fuji Instax Instant Cam + Snapshot Book
$125 for Camera, Film, and Snapshot Book

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500 Photographers – 100 Weeks of Photo Inspiration

Find 5 active, amazingly talented photographers every week. For 100 weeks. Share them with the world. Stop.

Pieter Wisse, we support your mission.

Only two weeks young, Pieter’s 500 Photographers already hit on the work of some of our faves, including Alex Prager and Denis Darzacq.

Looking for fresh new ideas from up and coming photographers? (YES, YOU ARE!) Then it’s a must subscribe.

500 Photographers

Thanks to Lourens Smak (@smak67) for the tip! Found something we should write about? Let us know by email or twitter.

p.s. The Eye-Fi Home is only $49 in the Photojojo Store!

The Chalkboard Speech Bubble

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Are you tired of counting to three with your finger on the shutter, only to receive meek grins and stiff shoulders?

Well we’ve found just the thing to get your portraiture out of the dark ages: The Chalkboard Speech Bubble. It’s a security blanket for the photo fearing and inspiration for the photo fearless — a true savior indeed.

The Chalkboard Speech Bubble 
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$29 each at the Photojojo Shop!

p.s. Special thanks to our SF lovelies who attended the Photobooth Party. You were the bestest models we could ever ask for. Check out our Flickr for more shots of you being awesome.

Make a DIY Fisheye Lens from a Peephole and Soda Can

It’s ugly, green, and it’ll make people stare at you.

And that’s why we love it.

Our pal Bhautik is no stranger to camera hacking, so we were excited when he told us about his newest creation: an adjustable-focus fisheye lens you can make from a peephole and soda can.

Follow the step-by-step tutorial for an afternoon of fun photo hackery. (For an inexpensive readymade version, see: The Fisheye Lens Adapter.)

Make a Tin Can Fisheye Lens

*NEW* in the Photojojo Store: Smoke Drops! Pro-Grade Special Effects at home. A 4/20 special!

Smokey Photo EFX Drops

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Taking a great photo is kinda like making magic happen — leave it to us to really Houdini the heck out if it.

Introducing our new Pro-Grade Smoke EFX Drops. Magical elixirs that give you the power to make smoke appear out of thin air enticing endless photo inspiration.

Smokey Photo EFX Drops 
Twitter It! $49 at the Photojojo Shop!

Wondering how they work? Brave the jump young apprentice!


Why Richard Renaldi Makes Strangers Touch Each Other

A chasm between. An awkward lean. Arms draped around shoulders… loosely.

While most photographers sweat to make their subjects appear casual, their camera invisible, Richard Renaldi went another way.

He approaches strangers of all walks of life, and he asks them to touch each other.

Viewing the photos without knowing his setup, one can’t quite guess why they’re wrong or what’s going on, but there’s an inescapable mystery to them. In a country where physical touch is taboo, his project is daring.

And you thought taking ordinary portraits of strangers was hard!

Touching Strangers via Conscientious

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