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Valentine’s Day Photo Ideas: a Loaf of Bread, a Roll of Film, and Thou
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Here it is almost Valentine’s Day, and once again you’re searching for that grand romantic gesture (GRG).

How, you ask yourself, how can I impress my one and only Schmoopy armed with only a camera and my boundless creativity?

Not to worry dear chum, Photojojo’s got your back.

We’ve got some great ideas to save the day and leave your S.O. positively chuffed. (Plus a little something for the anti-Valentines among us.)

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The Amazing $1 Pocket-Ready Tripod Trick
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If you could eliminate camera shake using only a pocketful of household items and your foot, how would you do it?

There’s a solution so simple, so elegant, that we can only sum up our feelings about it in haiku:

Farewell, cruel tripod.
I’ll steady my camera
with washers and string.

Serenity now.

$1 String Tripod

$1 String Tripod How-to Video


   
   
Tell a Life’s Story with Photos
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Ballet practice, the backyard pool, the denim jacket, the first car, the first love, self-discovery.

Jack Radcliffe’s photo series Alison reminds us that moments can be preserved, but never repeated.

Chronicling his daughter’s life in 30-odd photographs from childhood through adulthood, his candid black and white shots have the casual intimacy one only gets with a subject deeply familiar with the camera.

We’re drawn to this father-daughter collaboration just as we were to Diego Golberg’s Family Portrait Project.

We hope it serves as a reminder that people change faster than you realize, and that it compels you to train your lens on the ones you love.

Jack Radcliffe’s Alison


   
   
Unphotographable — Word Accounts of the Photographs That Got Away
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Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words. But what happens if you miss the picture?

You know the ones we mean — those once-in-a-lifetime photos that got away. Because you left your camera at home. Or, if you’re like us, you left the darn thing on manual and got a nice solid black jpeg for your troubles.

When Michael David Murphy missed the perfect photo opp while in Ethiopia, he turned the moment into a vivid account of the photograph that wasn’t. Unphotographable was born.

The site catalogues “exceptional mistakes” — photographs that didn’t happen but whose stories he must tell anyway.

They’re the most real, perfect photographs you’ll never see.

Unphotographable [via Kottke]

p.s. Many thanks to squarespace for sponsoring the next few Photojojo newsletters. Squarespace takes the work out of building beautiful, ad-free portfolios for professional photographers.


   
   
Give Yourself Real-life Googly Cartoon Eyes
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Ever wished that you could walk away from a hundred-foot fall with nary a scratch, or spend your days driving around in a van with your buddies and your pooch, solving mysteries?

Oh, don’t we all.

There is one thing we can share with our two-dimensional animated friends — their giant, saucer-like, cartoon eyes.

Our pal Jen Dunlap sent us a fun photo idea for turning you and your pals into live-action cartoons.

It’s easy:

1) Grab some craft eyeballs (intended for making stuffed animals) from your local craft store or online. The bigger, the better.

2) Have your friends place them over their eyes and squint down a bit to hold them in place.

3) Go wabbit hunting, or find some desert and have ‘em pose next to ACME-Brand rockets. Snap away!


   
   
Donnie Does Photoshop — Think Saturday Night Live + Photo Editing

We’ve seen our fair share of Photoshop tutorials, but when we came across this series of videos titled “You Suck at Photoshop”, we knew we were in for something different.

Join Donnie as he clone stamps self-deprecating snark while his wife airbrushes away his self-esteem. This spoof is worthy of SNL.

And be warned, though the intent is to amuse, you’re likely to pick up a Photoshop tip or two along the way.

(A real) ** Warning ** Some parts of Donnie’s tutorials may offend those with more refined sensibilities. If that could include you, please, don’t click through.

UPDATE: Now includes Donnie’s 11th episode!

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DIY Bullet Time — Create The Matrix Effect
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We’re looking for an awesome full-time writer/DIYer in San Francisco to help create the future of Photojojo.

If you know someone who lives in San Francisco and would be perfect for us, let ‘em know. (If you refer someone we hire, you’ll get a free Eye-Fi!)

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You remember that scene where Neo discovers he can dodge bullets, and the whole world slows down and he just sort of waves his arms, leans back, and the bullets whiz by him?

So ace.

Anyway, that bullet-time scene required custom contraptions, millions of dollars, and a slew of cameras to pull off. And now you can do it at home.

Before you get too excited, you should know that it’s still pretty darn pricey. Like $5-8,000 pricey. But hey, it’s WAY cheaper than it costs to rent one of these time-slicing rigs ($100K/day), and it’s one of the few ways to live out your fantasies of being The One.

Check out the complete tutorial by the cats at the Graffiti Research Lab or just check out their homemade bullet-time video.

Instructables DIY Bullet-time Tutorial


   
   
How to Make Fake T-Shirts using Photoshop
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Whether art form, social statement, or empty vessel, our favorite dress-down, the good-ole t-shirt, has got something for everyone.

So what does this have to do with photography?

Well, our pal and t-shirt wunderkind Josh Keay (who you might remember from the 5 minute photo fix) happens to be a Photoshop pro, and a fan of fakin’ it.

He’s put together a great video tutorial that shows you how to easily and realistically put any message you like on the t-shirts in your photos.

So watch the video, grab a photo, and get going!

Bee-tee-dub — Post your results here — we’ve 10 fun t-shirts to give away to our favorite entries. (Learn more)

psst.. Got an idea for a great photo project or tutorial? Write us!

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19 New Year’s Photo Resolutions — Goodbye 2007, Hello Two Thousand and Awesome!
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We were full of big plans this time last year. We were going to learn to cook, run a marathon, and stop watching so much doggone TV. Now here it is nearly 2008, and we’re still spending every night talking back to Trebek and noshing on Tasty Bite.

Needless to say, game show marathons and shelf-stable delicacies do not a Haile Gebreselassie make.

So much for 2007.

And hello, 2008! We’re planning to greet it with some kinder, gentler resolutions, and you can bet they won’t involve the kitchen, the remote, or running shoes. But they will involve a shutter.

We’ve come up with 19 photo-related New Year’s resolutions that’ll have you learning more, practicing more, and taking more risks in two thousand and awesome. (What is, “Fewer eyes trained on Trebek,” Alex?)

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How to Photograph the Holidays — From Around the Web
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You’ve decked the halls with miles of tiny bulbs. Your front lawn is a gleaming monument to electric lighting. Even the neighbors have taken to wearing sunglasses 24/7.

It’s the Christmas wonderland of your dreams… now if only you could get a good picture of it.

Photographing holiday lights is no easy task.

Luckily, we’ve had the Photojojo elves round up the best tips and guides to taking successful Holiday photos. Call it our gift to you… now go make Clark W. Griswold proud.

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