Postcards are a lost art.
If you’re like most people, during your last trip you either: a) Dashed off a quick “Wish you were here” on a cheesy card you found at the airport, or b) bought a stack of beautiful cards but forgot all about them until you got home, or c) forgot about postcards altogether.
Hey, it’s okay. Vacations are stressful.
But who says that you can only send postcards when you’re away from home? You’ve got great photos, and it’s a simple task to turn them into postcards.
Take our advice: Spend 10 minutes today to scroll through your photos and pick three that make you smile. Print ‘em out, follow our instructions, and send off some beautiful just-thinking-of-you postcards. You’ll make the world a brighter place for a few of your favorite people.
Published on July 14, 2006 — See more DIY
Your candid snapshots of friends mid-sentence just scream to be vandalized with suggestive speech bubbles, while pics of Fido beg for anthropomorphic embellishment (via thought bubble.)
Bubblesnaps to the rescue! Just upload a picture, add thought or speech bubbles, and email your creation to friends. They can even respond in kind, triggering a visual meets verbal tete-a-tete.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But which thousand? With Bubblesnaps, you get to decide!
Published on July 10, 2006 — See more Websites
We’ve seen your vacation albums.
You and your brother/mother/significant other, squinting in the sun and staring glumly at the camera, pleading for it to go off.
What if we told you that there’s a magic word that will make any posed photograph leap off the page? Four magic letters that will bring a smile to the most tightly pursed lips?
The project’s curator puts it simply, “It’s been a long time since any of us jumped for anything… jumping makes people smile.”
When we were in college, we wanted to build something we dubbed the anti-peephole lens. See, you’d position it on top of the peephole outside your pal’s door, enabling you to see inside. Just imagine the practical jokes!
We have no idea if the anti-peephole is possible, but if you know, please email us!
In the meantime, here’s a peephole-related project that gives you a wide-angle lens for your digital camera.
Wide-angle lenses are really fun, but they can cost hundreds (assuming you can even get one for your camera.) This project is super simple and only sets you back $11!
Published on July 3, 2006 — See more DIY
In fact, ever since Taoist monks created fireworks, cultures around the globe have used them to ward off evil spirits, pray for happiness, celebrate birth, death, weddings, the new year… just about anything.
Consider it a basic truth of the human condition: we like things that go boom.
And for almost as long as fireworks have been around, photographers have been taking dark and blurry photos of them.
But listen up: Firecracker photography may seem difficult, but follow some simple rules and you’re virtually guaranteed good results.
Published on June 30, 2006 — See more Guides
If you’ve admired the lo-fi beauty of your bud’s Holga shots but dread returning to the pre-digital dark ages, we’ve got the answer.
Craig Strong invented the Lensbaby to give his snazzy digital SLR shots an aesthetic similar to a Holga’s. The tiny lens fits most popular camera bodies, and it’s decidedly old-fashioned: no auto-focus, no light-metering on many modern cameras, no zoom, no camera-selectable aperture.
Instead, your $150 buys unadulterated photographic fun–a cool effect reminiscent of a Holga or a tilt-shift lens, but totally unique.
It’s all about the D&B. (Dark and blurry.) If you’re a grad student in photography, D&B is your recipe for success. If you’re trying to shoot a concert, however, chances are D&B is just the best you can do.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Follow a few simple guidelines (“High ISO is your friend”, “Rapidly changing lights mean that your light meter is worthless–shoot in manual”) and your concert photos will sing. (Sorry!)
Our friend Haje points us to two guides on taking fantastic concert photographs, one geared toward small venues and one he wrote for larger venues.
(See the bottom of this post or our Flickr group for some fantastic concert photography.)
Published on June 23, 2006 — See more Guides
Floss, check. Hole punch, check. Nail Polish, check. Hot glue gun, electric wire, drill, and recording module, check check checkity check!
It may sound scary, but building your own talking picture frame: simpler than you’d think.
Alison and Diana walk you through all the steps in their simple video tutorial — the Pilot episode from the gals at Switch.
This weekend, spend some time outdoors, explore a new neighborhood, hone your portrait-taking skills, make strangers smile, and walk away with some amazing photographs.
Sound good? Then we’ve got the perfect photo project for you!
Armed with a camera and a few simple tools, you too can conquer the art of the impromptu street portrait. Find out how in this simple tutorial by our friend Youngna.
Hurly proved an important point in Episode 9 when he built the first golf course on a tropical island full of polar bears and strange mechanical monsters — everyone can use a little more fun.
Since photos and fun are what Photojojo is all about, we figured it was time we found you some toys.
From photo rubik’s cubes, to puzzle frames, to photo tic-tac-toe boards, we’ve found photo toys every parent will love.
Don’t have kids? Well, maybe you know one. Or maybe you are one. In any case, these photo-flaunting toys are fun for the young and old alike!
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