The Photographic Dictionary

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Has inspiration walked out on you? Is your gray matter a bit too gray these days? Maybe you need a kick in the creative behindus.

The Photographic Dictionary pairs photos with definitions of words, but this isn’t your bog standard A-is-for-Apple dictionary.

Abstract ideas like ascent, vacuous and curiosity are our favorites, but even prosaic nouns like office and bridge make you think in a different way.

Whether you’ve got writer’s block or photographer’s ennui or the systemic aesthetic doldrums, the Photographic Dictionary is good for what ails you.

The Photographic Dictionary
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Photo credits: Valerie Enriquez, Laurent Champoussin, Sophie Curtis, David Warren and Hasisi Park.

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Glass Jar Frames

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We hate getting rid of jars. We’re so sure they’ll come in handy someday, but in reality a person can only use so many jelly-jar glasses.

We’re happy to say we’ve finally found a use for our motley collection of pickle jars, soda bottles and assorted glass receptacles: frames!

It’s so simple we can’t believe we didn’t think of it before: just slide a photo into a jar, turn it upside down and display your upcyclin’ genius for all to see.

Glass Jar Frames

Photo credits: ‘stpiduko’

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Button Your Eyes: Creepy Self-Portraits

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You know that new movie where the little girl gets trapped by creepy imposter parents with buttons for eyes? Scary, right?

And right up our alley! Reader Henrique Ferreira let us know of a new site where you can make your own self-portraits with baleful button eyes.

Upload a photo (or use your built-in webcam) to start, then drag on your choice of shiny, soulless buttons. We like to think it shows the depraved villainy lurking just beneath your cuddly exterior.

Come, join us in our spooky parallel world. You can trust us. Mwa ha ha ha HA!!!

Button Your Eyes: Creepy Self-Portraits

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9 Tips for Breaking into Photojournalism

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If you wanted to break into a new industry, who would you ask? Somebody who knows all about it, right?

Well, that’s why we got Jason Geil ( whose photos have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone Magazine) to give us some real-world tips about how to get started in professional photojournalism.

If you already make loads of money as a professional photographer, this article isn’t for you (although we still love you).

This article is for those of you trying to hone your photography skills enough to break into the field of photojournalism. Maybe you’re not planning to quit your day-job, but a little extra income from your photography each month wouldn’t hurt either.

We’ve got nine tips to help you get your news photos out of your camera and into the public eye. Next stop: Pulitzer Prize!

9 Tips for Breaking into Photojournalism

p.s. Photojojo (whoa, that’s us!) is looking for a part-time intern to wrangle our bits and bytes. If you’re a super enthusiastic code juggler who wants to help raise Photojojo’s level of programmatic amazingness, give us a yell!

Photo credit: Spc. Karah Cohen, U.S. Army

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You and Obama, Sittin’ In a Tree

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He was Man of the Year. He had a school named after him before he even got sworn in. And the country of Antigua is renaming their highest mountain after the guy.

People just love Barry.

But how do you prove that he loves YOU? With cold hard photographic evidence, that’s how.

Send the nice folks at ScanCafe a photo of yourself, and they’ll concoct a photo of you and the Big O on a date. It’s realistic! Convincing! Not creepy at all! (:-/)

Next up: Convince your friends that Barack’s leaving Michelle and his adorable kiddies for you, because you’re just that hot.

Obamafy Your Valentine’s Day

p.s. Thanks to reader/secret agent Molly for sending this our way!

p.p.s. Holy smokes! Reader/secret agent Damien Murphy entered a National Geographic contest on our advice, and he won! Go congratulate him!

Five Things You Can Make Out of a Film Canister

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Ya wanna know something? In our heart of hearts, we still love the silvery gelatinated plastic stuff. And we know some of you peoples love it too.

Well there’s no reason to hide it, pal! Make one of these five projects from used film canisters, and show everyone you still know how to kick it old skool.

Whether you go for the earrings, the keychain, the svelte ring, the dog tag, or the big ol’ belt buckle, we promise you’ll love ’em. Even if you haven’t shotten film in yearz and yearz.

Five Things You Can Make Out of a Film Canister

p.s. We hear there’s some sort of Hallmark holiday coming up next weekend. We also hear that sometimes money can buy love. :P

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Lost & Found: The Camera That Rose From the Dead

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It’s a modern-day fairtytale:

Once upon a time, a man found a digital camera at the bottom of a river.

After prying open the rusted-out remains of the camera, he found 244 miraculously undamaged pictures on the memory card.

The kindly man started a blog for the sole purpose of finding the person who took the pictures. Only 8 days later, he was able to reunite the long-lost photos with their joyful owner.

The great thing is, he’s not the only knight-in-shining-armor out there. I Found Your Camera is a hub for people who found photos or cameras and want to return them to their owners.

The moral of the story is: if you lose your camera, don’t give up hope — somebody somewhere may be trying to find you. If you lose it on the train, if you lose it on a boat, if you lose it in a goat, you can find it, yes you can!

I Found Your Camera
The first place to look if you lose your camera (or find one!)

The Camera That Rose From the Dead
The story of a drowned camera raised from the depths and restored to its loved ones.

Turn a Scrabble Board into a Picture Frame

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Life, Clue, Hungry Hungry Hippos: we’ve never met a board game we didn’t like.

Still, Scrabble’s our favorite.

We’re not alone in our Scrabble obsession, either. Some folks memorize Scrabble-admissable words like uey, muhly, and zo, but have no idea what they mean.* Some even earn their bread on the Scrabble tournament circuit.

Sadly, Scrabble sets are often abandoned due to missing tiles. Fortunately, an unplayable game can be salvaged by turning it into a kickass picture frame/bulletin board/slice of awesome.

Whip out the old X-acto knife and transform that subpar board into a superlative piece of wall candy — we’ll show you how.

Resurrect an Old Scrabble Board as a Picture Frame

* uey: a U-turn
muhly: any of several types of grass native to North and South America
zo: a Himalayan cross between a yak and a cow

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How to Use your Phone or Laptop as a Quick ‘n’ Dirty Softbox

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We love tips like these.

Our pal David over at Strobist has been using his iPhone along with the MyLite app (free) as a teeny-tiny, palm-sized, always-there softbox.

It’s no strobe, and it’s sure not gonna light up a room, but for a gentle kiss of light at that key moment, it does just the trick.

Use a cell phone, a game boy, or a laptop screen to softly light a face, hand, or anything that needs a bit of extra attention.

Works great in long exposures (think light painting), or when the light’s just fading away at twilight.

Use your iPhone as a Soft Box

Photo Credit: Jess Baumung

p.s. Do you follow @photojojo on twitter? We use it to post up nifty photo finds the instant we see ’em!

Super-Secret Photo Projects Just for Kids! Back Off, Grownups.

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Attention adults:

This week’s Photojojo is for kids. If you know any kids, send it their way.

If you don’t know any kids, you’re out of luck for today. Or you can pretend to be 8 years old and see if that works for you. Either way, no grownups allowed.

Attention kids:

This newsletter is just for you. If you catch any grownups reading it, we give you permission to make them sit in the corner until they’ve learned their lesson.

Just because you’re shorter than adults doesn’t mean you can’t be just as good a photographer as them. In fact, being kid-sized lets you get shots they never could.

Prepare to discover your secret photographic superpowers, small one.

Super-Secret Photo Projects Just For Kids

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