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Remember the first time you made a mixtape? Up all night, headphones on, slaving over a hot stereo until you got it exactly right?
Making your own postcard at Postcard.fm feels like that. Except it’s practically instant, so you can skip the up-all-night part!
All you have to do is choose your greatest photo, upload a song that captures the moment, and send it off with a message to your favorite person. Here’s one we made.
You can make a musical postcard for any occasion, but if you’re looking for some ideas try these on for size:
Best Valentines Ever: Send a foxy photo of you along with your intended’s favorite sappy love song. Hot-cha!
Party Invites: Send a festive postcard with all the party info to yourself, then forward the link to all your friends.
Sorry I Broke Into Your Apartment and Stole All Your Socks: OK, fine, maybe we’re the only ones that need to send those on a regular basis.
Now get out there and start mixing it up!
In these last, dreamy days of summer, there’s nothing we’d rather do than lie around in the park and stare at the clouds.
And take pictures, of course!
Horst (hb19 on Flickr) has been doing just that, and it looks like he’s redefined the science of cloud manipulation*.
He finds the perfect sky or set of clouds and gives them their object counterpart. The cloud shooting out from a bottle’s top. The sun’s perfect, shiny orb behind his ET-like finger. The fluffy ice-cream cloud on top of its cone. hb19 gives new meaning to the art of cloud watching.
Summery skies abound. Take our advice and point your lens skyward before the winter chill descends.
* Speaking of which, did you know China fired 1,104 rain dispersal rockets to prevent rain during the Olympics’ opening ceremonies? We live in the future!
p.s. Peep these pics from our lightpainting events in NYC and San Francisco last week!
Sure, you can press a button and take a mini motion picture.
But what about the well-loved, handheld, movie-in-your-pocket flip book? Our favorite form of animation, the flip book is the original, prehistoric movie. We’ve doodled thousands of stick figures in the corners of our notebooks. It’s time for photos.
Then we stumbled across The Curious Blog’s beautiful, handmade flip book.
We had to try it ourselves.
We’re flippin’ out over the final product: a squat little choppy movie, our DIY photo flip book will make your thumbs sore from showing it off to all your photo-loving friends.
It’s no secret we love Project 365. We’re a curious bunch, and often it’s the best way to get to know someone (including yourself).
What happens when the logic’s applied to your town? Your neighbors?
Larry Strung knows. He’s taken Project 365 to the streets of his humble hamlet, Hamilton, Ontario. And we love his town.
Each day he photographs (and posts online) a different citizen. It’s like finally getting to meet all your neighbors, one day and one neighbor at a time. The biker who rides at 6 am, the doctor, the farmer, the mayor. Talk about a complete picture of a place.
Take a cue from Strung and hit the pavement while it’s still warm enough to do so. Meet your neighbors from behind your lens.
We love Josh Poehlein’s photography portfolios, “Unstill Lives,” and “Ghosts” because they don’t show us everything.
Wait, what? Sure, photography’s all about revelation. But sometimes the best photographs are of the things you can’t see.
Poehlein takes this one step further by taking one step back. Let us explain: he scratches off the emulsion from his prints in order to add another image, often of what you’d imagine would be in the photo but isn’t. A stream of water from a dry showerhead, birds in an empty nest, a giant boat in the distance of a still lake.
The results are even more awesome if you can draw. Which we can’t. Still, we had fun making our own scratch-n-see works of art. And they turned out pretty great, if a little amateur next to Poehlein’s genius. (That’s our monster on Coit Tower, in case you couldn’t tell by the, ahem, difference in skill.)
(via Taylor McKnight)
Need to convince your friends of something?
Nothing works quite like, well, propaganda… Especially if it has your face on it.
Maopost, a site dedicated to an extensive collection of Chinese propaganda posters, will seamlessly paint your face (or your friend’s) from any of your photographs into a classic propaganda oil painting.
You supply the photograph and choose one of the 35 suggested posters (or from their entire collection, over 1,500 posters), an artist hand paints you as a socialist hero.
It’s never been easier to insert yourself into (socialist) history. And you’ve never looked so convincing.
It’s August, folks. Yup, that means: end of summer. And Olympics.
Instead of boo-hooing our puny, non-Olympic abilities, the waning light, and the impending return to work and school, we’ve taken a cue from the astonishing Olympic bodies we’ve been watching all month.
We present to you: the jaw-dropping, body-photography roundup. It’ll make you celebrate all that our human bodies can do: we can flip and balance (some on a 4″ beam), squish, hide, shrink, stack. We can imagine and we can take pictures.
So, go ahead, check out these awe-inspiring projects.
We promise they’ll make you want to get off your butt.
Barefoot Betty’s been shoeless for years… And we can’t take it anymore.
If anything’s gonna convince her to slip into something, it’s the Keds Studio, where she can design her own shoes with her photos.
Each part of the shoe is customizable, from the canvas panels, the stitching, to the lining and midsole. There are four different women’s and kids’ Keds styles to choose from and Betty can include text, if she feels like it.
Our first design above (just for her) features one image of blurred headlights (sides and heel), jet black details, and a close-up of a scary plant (upper).
Some other ideas:
- Pics of your bare toes and sides of your feet, placed accordingly.
- Your loved one’s cheery face staring back up at you all day.
- Perfect for Halloween: skeleton feet as shoes.
- Do a handstand without moving!
- Take a picture of yourself from between your feet. Tada! Your shoes are mirrors.
P.S. Dudes: not available to you yet, sorry. If you’re jonesing for unique kicks, check out Vans’ custom shoes, where you can at least choose your own colors. For hand-painted shoesies, try Your Kicks or Slip-Offs.
At 7’6″, Yao Ming is one of the tallest Olympians, one of the most revered basketball players across the world, and we’re willing to bet, were there an Olympic competition for aerial photography, he’d score heads above the rest.
Puns aside, getting a camera up into the air is no small (or short) feat. We’re not all tall like Yao Ming, and we don’t always have access to a kite or a plane… Plus, tripods and professional monopods are expensive and weigh about a gajillion pounds.
So, we made our own Photojojo Sky-Cam, just for you and just in time for your own photography Olympics.
Transform your group shots, crowd shots, your super-secret, Bond-ian spy shots into “how’d-you-do-that,” Andreas Gursky-like works of high art.
Our desks are teeming with tchotchkes: here a London snow globe, there a Mickey Mouse key fob and Sally, the Statuette of Liberty. It’s cluttered.
If you’re like us, we suggest taking those trinkets back where they came from. Not to return ‘em, but to make your vacation photos just a tad… unusual.
Michael Hughes’ “Souvenirs” set began when he realized he was at the exact location of a postcard in his pocket. He held the postcard in front of his camera, lined it up, and presto!
Three years later, he’s photographed dozens of souvenirs in front of their real-world counterparts.
Next time you skip town (or stay in town–every place has a touristy destination), bring your tour booklets, ceramic postcards, blow-up double-decker buses, and Leaning Tower of Pisa lollipop to add a dose of flair to the well-trodden tourist photo. Sally could use a vacation.
P.S. We’re working with our pals at JPG on a photo challenge! Take a pic of a small part of something (maybe one of your souvenirs), and leave us guessing. Confuse us. Make us say “oh yea, duh” upon your big reveal. Just enter before Wednesday!