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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.
Boy, are we excited. We’ve spent every waking moment these last months cooped up in the Photojojo Labs, working tirelessly on what can only be our greatest experiment ever. We’ve finally done it. We’ve found the key to…
Well, time-lapse photography. Which is basically the same thing.
So go ahead, read our guide on the ins and outs of time-lapse and start churning out your very own time-lapse videos from your photos.
Then, take up your mantle in the halls of history, beside legends such as Bernard, Hoagie and Laverne, Dr. Who, Bill & Ted, and Doctor Emmett Brown. We’ll see you there!
p.s. Help us out, Digg this guide!
When we want to go exploring, we (of course) pull out the couch cushions and start setting up a pillow/cushion jungle in the living room.
But when National Geographic goes exploring, they really go exploring â€“ all around the world, to places we’ve never even dreamed of.
And they take pictures.
Awesome pictures. In fact, we can’t believe how well National Geographic’s award-winning photography lends itself to being used as desktop wallpaper on our computer â€“ and luckily enough, National Geographic now offers many of their photos in wallpaper form. With breathtaking photos capturing topics as broad-reaching as an Old Havana playground and Pigeons in St. Peter’s Square, why, we might actually return the couch cushions back to their intended place-setting because we don’t need them anymore.
We’re about as happy right now as David Livingstone in Zanzibar!
We’ve always wanted to live in a fish tank. There â€“ we said it!
So we have odd ambitions. At least with the DIY Fisheye Lens, we’re (kinda) there. With it, we can give our photos that wonderfully distorted “fisheye” perspective â€“ the one we’d like to think fish see everything from.
Best of all, we’re making the DIY Fisheye Lens with nothing more than some tape and a lens from a pair of old eyeglasses.
So join us in our blissful underwater world, by making your own!
(Put your fins together for Melissa Lawson, the wonderful creator of the DIY Fisheye Lens, who’s sharing it with us today!)
p.s. Something new we’ve been working on: CommandShift3.com.
Bah. Humbug! We don’t know why, but this time of year we really can’t resist playing the grouch.
That’s why we love the wonderfully humbug-ish Scrooge Yourself â€“ plop in some photos, and instantly turn yourself and your friends into crotchety old cumudgeons. (You can make â€˜em dance, too, but we find thatâ€™s counter-intuitive to being a grouch.)
All that festive yuletide? Bah! Out the window. As a scrooge, you never have to worry about being happy again.
(But just in case you want to be mirthful â€“ though we can’t imagine why â€“ there’s Elf Yourself, the singing, dancing elfish equivalent of Scrooge Yourself.
The new and improved Elf Yourself cranks the yuletide up a notch, too, by allowing you to call up a toll-free number and leave a voice message, to lend your voice to your digital elf friend. You can also upload multiple photos to put together a dancing elf troupe… but with all the joy and happiness it brings, we really wouldn’t recommend it.)
Score one for grouches everywhere!
Ever since the Three Amigos brought gifts of gold, frankenstein and maple syrup to the baby Jesus the first Christmas so long ago, mankind has delighted in the swapping of neat stuff with loved ones come this time of year.
Frankenstein and maple syrup might not be on our list this year, but we still put the same careful thought into what gifts we give to our family and friends. Without further ado, here’s our gift-giving guide to what to buy, and why, for the coming holidays….
One of our favorite words as photo-loving folk is the word “Bokeh.”
Not only is it fun to say, but “Bokeh” adds incredible depth and interest to our photos â€“ creating blurred, out-of-focus areas in them (“the Fuzzy”, we like to say) that can change a regular ol’ snapshot into a photograph.
We just found a tutorial that helps you shape the Fuzzy into different shapes â€“ stars, hearts, butterflies… Imagine how cool it is to see hearts appear in your portraits, almost magically!
It’s actually easier than you think â€“ simply make a fake lens hood from black construction paper, then cut a hole out of it in the shape you’d like. When light reaches your lens through the shaped hole, it’ll then take on that shape â€“ whether its a star or a heart or whatever!
We feel like a giant anvil just fell on us from the sky, ala a Looney Tunes cartoon â€“ we’re seeing stars everywhere with our photos now. We love it!
Remember those plastic scramble puzzles you used to get in cereal boxes or from the toy vending machines at the grocery store?
Now you can create a puzzle with your own photo (without pushing around hard plastic chicklets with your fingernails) with Befuddlr.
Upload your photo to the Photojojo Flickr group, go to Befuddlr and click “photojojo”, select your photo, and scramble it into an online puzzle game!
The site will even time your unscrambling attempts, making for a perfect mid-day office-wide showdown.
Photo by jessi
p.s. Our pal Amy, one of the site’s founders, tells us they’ve got lots more on the way, including user accounts and a way to challenge your friends directly!
Uncle Herman may be a greedy, monopolistic tycoon, but you’re the one with the deed for your sister Betty’s dusty old garage.
In the game of Photo-opoly, it doesnâ€™t matter if you own Boardwalk or Park Place â€“ because it’s your photos and memories in the game instead!
Photo-opoly lets you make the game; with everything you need to make a customized version of your own ‘opoly, just add your photos!
If you’re planning on spending some time with the fam this holiday, you may have just found the perfect pastime.
Photo-opoly includes board, playing pieces, dice, cash and cards, a glue stick for adding your photos onto property lots and deeds, simple instructions, and a photo cutting guide to slice your photos to size.
Photo-opoly â€“ Yeah, it’s like the original. Only way more awesome.
A customized photo-opoly board is the perfect â€œwarm, fuzzy memoryâ€-inducing gift for even the grouchiest in your life.
Our old pal Isaac Newton spent his whole life trying to prove that Up was Up, and Up pressed Down on things that were Down.
Well we’re bucking that now-established wisdom and making Sideways where it’s at.
Jan von Holleben’s photo series, “Dreams of Flying,” cleverly switches Up with Sideways by having neighborhood kids lie on their sides amid props on the ground around them.
We guess von Holleben figured that kids spend most of their time crawling around in the dirt anyway, so why not make the best of it?
Bucking gravity, his photographs recreate wondrous scenes from our childhood dreams â€“ taking us back to a time when our grandest ambitions were to explore jungles, walk the moon, and blaze across the Sahara on doggie-back.
The results are imaginative and brilliant. And, taking a page from von Holleben’s book, we’re now off try this for ourselves! All we need is a ladder, some kids, and a camera… Viva la Sideways!
p.s. Try this out along with us! Post your results in this post in the Photojojo Forum, and you may be randomly chosen to win a special prize.
p.p.s. Keen readers may note that Karina blogged this over a year ago. We just loved the idea so much we had to write about it twice!