Shape Your Photos into a Cat, Dog, Boyfriend, Vampire, or Anything Else!

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, once observed that computers are like a pointy-haired boss: incapable of organizing anything without human help.

But ShapeCollage bucks that trend, automagically jostling your photos into instant-collages that match whatever shape you desire.

The possibilities are endless: lay your photos on an olde-tymey background or even your own face, construct a map, make a cherry tree out of cherry trees, assemble by color, hide a familiar face amidst the art, or our favorite, assemble a dashing vest.

Of course, now that you’re actually expecting it to organize things, your computer may deserve a bouquet on Administrative Professionals’ Day. Up to you.

Photo-Shapes in Moments with ShapeCollage

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Snapsort Finds the Best Camera for You

There’s tons of camera-comparers out there, but newcomer Snapsort introduces a new element: jousting! Statistically, that is.

The site lets you saddle up any two cameras, point them at each other, and stand back as they knock each other off of their steeds (statistically) by comparing stats like screens, video, weight, and memory.

Just tell the omniscient index which cameras you’re interested in, and it’ll identify a victor with bold statements like “has 35% more zoom” or “takes higher resolution photos by 18%.”

This combination of Renaissance Faire and photo stats sets our nerdy hearts aflutter. Now, have at you, Sir Nikon!

Use Snapsort to Find the Best Camera for You

p.s. Some comparisons we liked: the Canon XSi vs T1i; Nikon S630 vs Pentax P80; and Casio EX-G1 vs Panasonic DMC-ZR1.
p.p.s. Our PJ Shop peeps are headed to Tokyo in search of awesome photo stuffs! Do you speak the language? Have valuable advice? Do share, most knowledgeable one!

Bring Lost Cameras Home with a Digital Summoning Spell

Oh no, you just lost your camera! (Not really, but let’s pretend.)

But never fear: writer Andrew McDonald employs a clever trick to call home his wayward cameras.

In the event that he accidentally leaves it behind, Andrew created special picture-messages specifically to be found by anyone snooping through his camera’s memory.

Discovering a delicious mélange of jokes and guilt trips (and bribery) will prod all but the most heartless to hand your camera back over to you.

How to Summon Home a Misplaced Camera

p.s. For more inspiration, browse Andrew McDonald’s pictorial guide!
p.p.s. Thanks to reader Jay for the tip! Drop us a line anytime, y’all.


Turn a Disposable Camera in to a Reusable Flash Slave


Become a one-person gaggle of flash-bulbing paparazzi by transforming disposable cameras into a flash slaves that obey your digital camera’s every command.

Surrounding yourself with an army of strobing minions requires a bit of tinkering, but who’s afraid of a little electrical tape and a microchip or two? “Not I!” said the brave photographer. (That’s you.)

Buying a flash is way too easy — fashioning a Frankenflash in your secret underground lair, now that takes true photographic gumption.

DIY Disposable Camera Flash Slave

Photo Philosophy to Brighten Your Brainy Bits

Award-winning photojournaist James Pomerantz is studying for an MFA in Photography, and now you can read the books that he’s reading.

His list is dense and scholarly (what’s this, no excerpts from the Photojojo book? Haaaaaarumph) but your gray matter (and your photographic output) will thank you for peeking over James’ shoulder.

For example, Barthes’ “Rhetoric of the Image” ponders:

“if the image is in a certain manner the limit of meaning, it permits the consideration of a veritable ontology of the process of signification. How does meaning get into the image? Where does it end? And if it ends, what is there beyond?”

That noise your hear are your dendrites cheering.

Twenty-Six Thought-Provoking Essays on Photography
(Our fave: Michel Foucalts’s “Of Other Spaces: Heterotopias.”)

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon

The Best Roundups of the Best Photos of 2009

Ready to throw yourself in a heap across the finish line of yet another decade?

Say goodbye to the Nads and hello to the Tweens with our roundup-roundup: the best photos of 2009 as chosen by experts at Time, National Geographic, Billboard, and more.

Of course, it’s fun to reminisce about Twitpics of planes on the Hudson, or to imagine that there could have been life before Glee.

But it’s even more fun to imagine the photo-ops that await us in the new year.

Your mission: Say a proper goodbye to 2009, and go make two-thousand-and-awesome the best photo year yet!

The Best Roundups of the Best Photos of 2009


Add an SLR Lens to your Cameraphone

Coaxing together some duct tape, cardboard, and a disassembled laser, lens-hacker Bhautik Joshi presided over the marriage of a big fat SLR lens and an iPhone.

Despite looking a bit like a hippo riding a skateboard, the “Phone-O-Scope” yields an attractive mix of low-fi digital grain and classy SLR-style depth of field.

Even better: it’ll work on any cameraphone.

Next up: attaching a telephone booth to a point-and-shoot.

How to Attach an SLR Lens to Your Cameraphone

p.s. Today’s Photojojo brought to you by our pals at Animoto. We loved their automatic, pro-quality animated slideshows two years ago. They’ve come a long way.

E-Cards Needn’t be Lame. No, Really.

They’ll save you a stamp, a couple bucks, and a trip to Hallmark. But it’s not just the thought that counts.

If you’ve simply waited too long to send a real card this year, we’ve got your back.

ElfYourself, the grand daddy of upload-your-photo-and-make-yourself-look-completely-ridiculous, has returned!

Upload a photo of yourself (and now, up to four others) and they’ll create a thoroughly embarrassing, thoroughly entrancing, dance video featuring you.

No, it’s still not a real card. But it’ll make you (and your family or coworkers) look ridiculous enough to earn a chuckle, and that may be enough to make ’em forget. ;-)


p.s. Apologies to the Photojojo crew members that were omitted from these sample videos… and to those that weren’t.

Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

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Another holiday morning after:

You come to wearing a lampshade, mistletoe strewn everywhere, lying on a four-foot-high pile of empty airplane-size liquor bottles.

You’ll never remember that party, but at least you can remember the aftermath.

Turn those baby booze bottles to bauble: fill them with photos and hang them on your tree.

Who to enshrine in your miniature snowglobe wonderland? How about:

  • The cabbie who drove you home
  • The pal who drew on you with a Sharpie
  • The co-worker who now winks at you for reasons you can’t recall
  • The saints that invented Pepto-Bismol, Alka-Seltzer and Tylenol

Who knows? Maybe next year you’ll have learned your lesson. (Yeah, right.) Read on to learn how to make ’em. Happy Chrismukkawanzaa everybody!

Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

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Make Your Own Cork Photo Coasters: Corksters!

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There’s one sure-fire way to make mom throw her hands in the air and scream this holiday season… Coasters!

No, not the roller type. Super fun photo-coasters made of cork! Corksters!

They’re the perfect gift for a mom who loves nothing more than seeing your smiling face stare up at her from under a beverage AND keeping water rings off of her coffee table.

Really, your mom HATES those rings.

So make her shriek with delight this Christmas, by making her some photo-coasters… and promising to use ’em.

How to Make Photo-Corksters