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Photojojo Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2008
Mom
   

Add this to your calendar: Sunday May 11th is Mother’s Day.

Now if you forget you can’t tell your mom it was our fault. Not again.

Since you’ve remembered, you might as well get her something nice.

Of course your mom would say it’s the thought that counts, but after you’ve gotten her lavender bath oil three years in a row, it’s getting harder for her to say that without grinding her teeth.

We’re looking out for your mama’s dental work, so here’s a list of gifts that will secure your position as her favorite child.

Do not under any circumstances share this list with your siblings.

Photojojo Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2008

p.s. Check out Susan’s Picture Pass Project and give it a try!

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Mysterious Photographic Time Machine Found In Japan
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The Japanese have gotten hold of a time machine.

We knew it would happen sooner or later.

The weird thing is, this time machine only works on photographs. You feed it a sharp modern photo, and it comes back to you looking like it was taken sixty years ago.

Maybe it came from The Future! Or Outer Space! Or the Underground Lair of the Mole People (yikes)! We don’t know because, well, we can’t read Japanese.

All we know is, if you click “browse”, upload a photo, and then click on the blue button in the middle, the time machine magically oldifies your picture. It might also summon an army of cranky Mole People, we’re not sure.

Click if you must, just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Eerie Photo Time Machine
via Mareen Fischinger

p.s. We’re looking for more Long Portraits! Email us a link if you’ve got one. This one is happy and cute, and this one rocks our socks.

p.p.s. If you want to get in your momma’s good books, score her one of our custom photo bags for Mother’s Day. Last day to order for rush delivery is Monday the 28th!

Photo credit: Jim Abraham


   
   
10 Tips for Being a Greener Photographer
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You know us, we’re not really the preachy type.

But hey, it’s Earth Day tomorrow, right? So we’ve gathered a few useful pointers on how to keep your photographic habits from smacking the environment around too much. We’re firmly anti-smacking.

If you want some help cleaning up your act, we got ya covered. If not, that’s cool too.

We like you either way.

Ten Green Photography Tips

p.s. It’s Photojojo Photo Month at Instructables. Add your photo-themed Instructable and win awesome stuff from the Photojojo store! Enter here!

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Free Pinhole Cameras for Everybody!
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Merry Chrismukkahwanzaa, everybody!

Yeah, we know it’s only April. But we just got brightly colored camera toys. For free. So you tell us, doesn’t that sound like Chrismukkahwanzaa?

Corbis just came out with a line of printable pinhole cameras. There are a bunch of designs by different illustrators, and they’re super-duper fantastico. And free! We just can’t get over it.

Pick up some film, print these babies out, and spread the Chrismukkahwanzaa spirit.

Printable Pinhole Cameras
Thanks Danielle!

p.s. Check out one of the first long portraits! We also think Heather Champ’s 10 Seconds series rules.


   
   
Long Portraits
long portraits
   

The thing about the best portraits is how they capture the essence of a person.

Maybe the wrinkles on their hands, or the expression in their eyes, tell you about the life they’ve had.

So what if you had 30 seconds to capture that person, instead of a nanosecond shutter-click? And what if the person could talk? Whoa. Crazy, we know. We call it a long portrait.

Ask the person a question. Have them sing you their favorite song. Whatever. We 100 percent guarantee you’ll end up with a great living portrait.

To learn how to shoot your long portrait, and for great questions to ask, read on…

How To Create a Long Portrait
(we got the idea from Kottke)

p.s. Hey. You. You got a mom? Our thoughtful, wonderful, you-were-always-my-favorite custom photo bags are perfect for Mother’s Day. (You didn’t forget, didn’t you?) The order deadline is tomorrow (April 15th) for regular delivery.

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The Secret Lives of Benches
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Ahhh, your friendly local park bench.

You’ve always suspected it’s up to no good.

Want proof? Tie a disposable camera to it, leave it there for a day, then come back and develop the pictures.

That’s what Jay did, and he got a bunch of pictures of all the friendly people who hung out at his bench that day. Here’s the note he tied to the camera:

Good afternoon,
I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I’ll be back later this evening to pick it up.
Love, Jay

Try it for yourself! Get a cheap disposable camera, tie it to a bench with a friendly note, and collect it at the end of the day. Pick a bench in an interesting place that gets a lot of foot traffic, like outside a cafe on a sunny weekend. If you’re shy about taking portraits of strangers, here’s your solution!

Go on, you know you’re curious about that bench now.

The Secret Lives of Benches
Thanks for the tip, Adam!

p.s. Hey. You. You got a mom? Our thoughtful, wonderful, you-were-always-my-favorite custom photo bags are perfect for Mother’s Day. (You didn’t forget, didn’t you?) The order deadline is next Tuesday, April 15th for regular delivery.

p.p.s. If you follow photojojo on twitter, you were first to find out about the video on Flickr, some nifty sunglasses with a camera inside, and a new camera app for the iPhone! Just hit the “Follow” button -> photojojo on twitter


   
   
Shoot to Sell: Taking Better Photos for eBay, Etsy & Instructables
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eBay: Last bastion of the truly awful product shot.

The fuzzy focus, the baleful tinge of the fluorescent lights, the blinding glare of the flash. It’s almost depressing.

(Except for that one listing where you could see the naked photographer in the reflection of the mirror he was trying to sell. That was hilarious.)

If you sell stuff online, you know that you need attractive pictures to sell your wares. If you’ve ever done a tutorial for sites like Instructables, you’ve run into the same issues.

Don’t sweat it. It’s not really too difficult, you just have to put a little thought into it.

Remember, if you can make somebody want to buy Aunt Tilly’s ceramic owl collection, you can conquer the world.

How to Take Better Photos for eBay, Etsy & Instructables

p.s. On Twitter? Follow photojojo for more cool photo stuff. Including members-only Photojojo store discounts.

p.p.s. We’ve got new episodes of “You Suck at Photoshop” and they’re gooood. But don’t forget some folks might be offended. We’re just saying is all.

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How to Choose a Camera Bag
bad camera bag
   

Photojojo owns one of the worst camera bags in the world.

Weird, right? You’d think we’d have something really cool, but no.

This thing is ugly. It has next to no padding. It’s too small. And even though it’s tiny, the strap is so uncomfortable that 30 minutes carrying it around feels like a week. Plus it has this big logo on the front that says “Thank You For Shopping With Us.”

So we need a new camera bag. But there are so many options out there, where do we even start? What should we look for? What should we avoid? Will our trusty camera ever find a new home?

We had a look around and here’s what we found:

What to Look For in a Camera Bag

Stealth Bags — For undercover urbanites.
The Electric Pocket — For leetle cameras.

Congratulations to Jennifer Konig for winning the Squarespace Portfolio Makeover Contest!


   
   
Resurrect Your Vintage Camera, Digital Style
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Stop us if this sounds familiar:

You’re wandering around your favorite thrift store/ flea market/ crazy cat-lady neighbor’s attic and you find a great vintage camera.

You get all excited until you open the back and discover it only takes some bizarre outdated film that hasn’t been around since President Taft was voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” So you put it back, sigh, and daydream about that naughty naughty Taft.

But hark, dear reader: you can take digital pictures using that incredibly cool old camera. Combine your digital camera with your kitschy cam, and you’ll end up with some serious vintage-style awesome.

Come on along and we’ll let you in on the secret.

Digitize Your Old Camera

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It’s Photoshop. On the Web. From Adobe. (p.s. It’s pretty great.)
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We all knew this day would come sooner or later, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting, does it?

Today, Adobe releases Photoshop Express for the web.

Now before you go berserk, let us exercise some journalistic caution — it’s not everything you can do in Photoshop fit into a web browser. Not nearly.

No layers here, no fancy pants masking. But for 95% of your photos, it offers pretty much all you need to fix ‘em up, and it does it with style.

Whether adjusting exposure, white balance, or hue, touching up blemishes, or distorting your image, Photoshop Express provides an easy slider and thumbnails to give you an instant preview of your image at various settings. Even undo is better than you’d expect.

Being on the web, this Photoshop’s made for sharing. Everyone gets their own URL at photoshop.com, and the slideshows are top-notch — big, beautiful images with classy transitions. Want to load in and edit photos from Picasa, Photobucket, or Facebook? No problemo.

No, it’s not a Photoshop replacement, but it is a remarkably slick and well-designed basic photo-editing and sharing application. Arguably the best so far.

So what does it cost? It’s free, amigo.

Adobe Photoshop Express for the Web


   

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