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Photography and The Law: Know Your Rights
handcuffed photographer
   

Say you’re out for a photographic stroll, taking pictures of that cool old power plant on the edge of town. Suddenly seventy security guards swarm you and demand you hand over your camera.

“What is this,” you ask yourself, “a Michael Moore movie?”

You’re sure you haven’t done anything wrong, but you don’t know whose side the law is on. Fret no more. We’ve got a list of things you can and can’t do, and it’s a lot more permissive than you might think.

Now grab your camera back from that Rent-A-Cop, and let’s hit the books.

The Ten Legal Commandments of Photography*

*Charlton Heston not included

p.s. Thanks to everybody who entered our “Monday Stinks!” contest! Congratulations to Notorious D.A.V., Warren Photography, evaded, mommaozzy 84, biancaprime, berdandy, spade, AnasBananas, trenity00, andreskrey, determinedforce01, ladibug, killbyte, Nellofcourse and Mia!

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Polaroid-a-palooza: Ten Ways to Love Polaroid Before The Film Runs Out
Polaroid rules
   

They say no news is good news.

Unfortunately, Polaroid has news: after next year, there won’t be any more Polaroid film.

Since our beloved Polaroid camera only has a year to live, we’ve decided to make it the Best Year Ever.

Let’s shake it!

10+ Ways to Love Polaroid Before It’s Too Late!

p.s. Our “Monday Stinks!” contest runs until tomorrow: three winners a day will get tasty coffee! Enter here.
p.p.s. Congratulations to Betsy, Lisa and “Maui Pikake” for winning the Thrillist Stupid Photo Contest!

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How to Fake Cross-Processing in Photoshop (And Why You’d Want To)
Milk Farm sign
   

Oh cross-processed film, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways…

    The super-saturated colors
    The ultra-high contrast
    The retro, artsy style
    The way everybody asks, “How did you DO that?”

But alas! Alack! Our digital camera gives us no film to cross-process! How shall we reclaim our Paradise Lost?

With Photoshop, gentle reader: glorious Photoshop. With a curves layer and a “hey nonny nonny”, we are reunited with our favorite old dark-room technique.

Huzzah!

Photoshop Cross-Processing Tutorial

p.s. Today is Chuck Norris’ birthday, which means it’s also the International Day of Awesomeness! Get out there and be the best awesome you can be!

Monster Face Contest Winners!
Monster Face Contest Winners
Congratulations to Nix, Kristal, naxwell, tc and Ginny!
New Contest:
“Monday Stinks!”

Monday Stinks
Show us how you feel about Monday.
How do YOU deal with it?
3 winners every day!
Enter here.

Photo Credits: Jo Durber and Lou Hamilton.


   
   
Reduce, Reuse, Diffuse: Make Your Own Flash Diffuser from an Old Film Container
film canister flash diffuser
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Harsh, unflattering flash got you down? Grab an old roll of film and make it all better.

Follow Flickr user natuurplaat’s lead, and turn an old film canister into a flash diffuser! A few strategic cuts make it easy to slip the canister onto your pop-up flash, and voila! Soft, beautiful lighting.

Keep reading and we’ll show you how to make your very own little piece of genius.

Film Canister Flash Diffuser
Thanks to reader Jeff Gamble for the tip!

p.s. Thanks to everybody who sent in book ideas! You rule.

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Make Your Own Photo Pencils
photo pencils
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Wanna know the only phrase we remember from high-school Russian class?
“My pencil is very big and hard.”

This means 2 things:
1. We’re not as mature as we pretend to be.
2. We kinda like pencils.

So we have a pencil project this week!

Wrap some photos around your pencils, and we guarantee you’ll be the coolest kid on your block. (Well, you know, the coolest kid that has photo pencils.)

p.s. Want to design the new Photojojo T-shirt? The winner of our design contest gets a free Eye-Fi, plus a credit and a link when we announce the winner. Check out Pixish for details!

p.p.s. We have new episodes of Donnie’s “You Suck at Photoshop” tutorials. (Remember, some folks might be offended.)

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Get Photo Postcards From Around the World!
postcards
   

Pretend you’re eight years old for a second. Now pretend you just got a photo in the mail from your new buddy in Finland.

Fantastic, right? Best mail ever!

Now here’s the secret: it’s still that much fun to get photos from around the world. And it’s super easy thanks to Postcrossing: send a postcard to somebody, and somebody sends you a postcard back. Collect photos from 175 countries without blowing all your airline miles! You can even request pictures of specific things.

Since you’re sending pictures anyway, why not use your own? Slip your prints into postcard mailers and put the whole shebang in the mail. Get out and document your favorite things about the place you live, or the people you see every day. They sure won’t have anything that cool on the postcard rack at the drugstore.

If you missed being eight, you’ll be glad you became a postcrosser.

Postcrossing.com (Thx, Adam!)

Make Your Own Postcards — More ideas for turning your photos into postcards.
Photojojo Mailable Frames — Frame that photo before you send it!
The Postcrossing Gallery — See postcards other people have gotten.

~ Fun contests to get you shooting! ~

Photo contest: Monster Hoodies Monster Face Contest (ends tomorrow)

Prize: 5 awesome Monster Hoodies
How to Enter: Take a photo of yourself or a friend making your most gruesome monster face, and post it here.

Ideas contest: Photojojo Book Photo Project Contest

Prize: The best ideas get published, a credit and bio in the book, and $100
How to Enter: Send your best project ideas (with a photo, if applicable) to bookideas@photojojo.com.


   
   
Introducing the Photojojo Time Capsule!
photojojo flickr time capsule
   

Ever feel like your photos are getting lost on your hard drive or on Flickr? That the more photos you take, the harder it is to find the great ones, and the less special each becomes?

So do we.

So we’ve been working on something new called Photojojo Time Capsule, and we’re really excited to release it!

Every couple weeks, Time Capsule digs up your photos on Flickr from a year ago, choosing the ones that are most interesting (most views, comments, and faves), then sends them to you in a quick email.

We’ve been using it for a while, and it’s amazing how nostalgia-inducing it’s been to get a little time capsule every couple weeks. :)

Give it a try and make your photos special again. (Just 7.5 seconds to set up!)

Photojojo’s Photo Time Capsule
Requires a Flickr account. Don’t have one?

~ Fun contests to get you shooting! ~

Photo contest: Monster Hoodies Monster Face Contest (ends Friday)

Prize: 5 awesome Monster Hoodies
How to Enter: Take a photo of yourself or a friend making your most gruesome monster face, and post it here.

Ideas contest: Photojojo Book Photo Project Contest

Prize: The best ideas get published, a credit and bio in the book, and $100
How to Enter: Send your best project ideas (with a photo, if applicable) to bookideas@photojojo.com.

Photo contest: Thrillist Funny Photo Contest (ends Friday)

Prize: Fully-stocked bar of boutique booze for the grand prize winner, from Thrillist
How to Enter: Take a crazy/funny/weird photo, then sign up and submit it.

   
   
Put Your Bad Self On Any Ol’ Magazine
Kelly on "Sexy" magazine
   

Okay, so we didn’t get on the cover of Time Magazine last year. Or the year before that.

We’ve come to terms with it, mostly because Mag My Pic puts our mug on whatever magazine cover we want.

There’s a nice part of us that thinks our dads would really like being on Time or GQ for their birthday.

But there’s another part of us that wants to use our newfound powers for evil. We’re gonna put our bratty little sister on the cover of Pet Fancy. We’re gonna dig up our brother’s “awkward phase” pictures and put them on Sports Illustrated.

Wooo, take that suckas! That’s how we do irony!

(Incidentally, do yourself a favor and browse some of the covers other people have done. There are days worth of entertainment in those archives.)

Go ahead, Mag My Pic!

p.s. Our friends at MonsterHoodies make hoodies that are so cute, they’re scary. Make your scariest monster face, and post a pic in the forum to win one for free! Details


   
   
Tired of Your Head? Make a New One Out Of Records and Money!
money and vinyl
   

Remember when you grew yourself a new head in a petri dish, and it all went horribly wrong, and they called in the National Guard? No? Hmmm… must’ve been someone else.

The point is, there’s a much easier way to get a new look:

Get a picture of yourself, fold a dollar bill in half, and put it over half of your face. Positively presidential.

Too punk rock to be co-opted by the almighty dollar? Hold a record sleeve up in front of your face and have somebody take a picture. Wow, Iggy looks really good on you.

It’s the noggin-swappin’ phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe, and Photojojo’s here to show you how it’s done.

Get a New Face In Seconds Flat

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How Being Far Apart Can Bring You Closer Together
3191, A Year of Evenings
   

It’s winter. Plus it’s February, so it’s the worst bit of winter. The sky is cloudy and the leaves are gone and the only colors left are lead-gray and dog-doo-brown.

On top of that, since we loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly San Francisco, we miss our friends back on the wrong coast.

We were having ourselves a good sulk, but then we ran across 3191: A Year of Evenings.

Stephanie and Mav are friends that live 3191 miles apart. Each takes a photo every evening and they post them side-by-side on their photoblog.

It captures the feeling of each person’s day, like going to your best friend’s house whenever you want. So what if it’s still Frigiduary? 3191 is our mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night.

And if Stephanie and Mav can break down the Continental Divide, so can you.

3191: A Year of Evenings
See also: 3191: A Year of Mornings — Last year’s project, soon to be a book!

p.s. Thrillist wants your goofiest, most ridiculous photos for their Stupid Photo Contest! 3 winners get their photos published on Thrillist, plus some fine spirits. Thrillist finds the best food, drink and fun to be had in cities across America. Sign up and upload.

p.p.s. We’re writing a Photojojo book (zomg) and we want you in it! Send us your projects by February 29, and win fame and fortune. Learn more.


   

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