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!
Digital Photo Frames are the cat’s meow. Instead of dealing with messy inkjets or online photo printers, your pix go straight from your camera to the frame.
What could be sweeter?
How about building one yourself?
Sure, you can buy a pretty decent digital photo frame for about $200 now, but if you’ve got the parts lying around, or know your way around eBay and want to get your hands dirty, you can do better. Here’s a few options.
(And hey, even if soldering irons and circuit boards aren’t your thing, chances are you know someone who would really dig this. Pass it along–they may just make one for you!)
Published on June 9, 2006 — See more DIY
With Father’s Day just a couple weeks away, he’s counting on you to come through with yet another rocking tie.
But we know that you know that we know that you can do better this year, so we dug up a few photo-fab doodads we thought the old man might enjoy.
And hey, if it’s gotta be a tie, we’ve got one of those, too.
In 1998 Frederic Bonn found a few photos scattered on a Parisian street and decided to put them on the web. Eight years and 572 photos later, he’s still doing it.
Look at me contains his work: cherished family photographs lost or thrown away, snapshots of time long gone, simply forgotten.
The ability to take a glimpse at the world though another’s eyes is what makes photography such a poignant art form. Sometimes it’s the photographs that were never meant to be seen by others, photos no longer cared for, that are the most evocative.
The names and stories are unknown, but the images, and the narratives that we cannot help but create, are waiting to be recovered.
Next time you find yourself at a flea market and see a box of forgotten photographs for sale, do yourself a favor and give them a new home. What you find may just inspire you.
Published on June 2, 2006 — See more Inspiration
You know how when you’re in an airplane about to land, everything down below starts to look like it’s part of a little toy world? Little toy trucks driving around, little tiny ant people, houses made of little play bricks?
You can achieve the same effect in your photographs using a fancy schmancy “tilt-shift” lens. (Stay tuned for a $100 alternative we’ll be covering soon!) Or, use Photoshop to achieve the look for free!
We’ve been looking for the best tutorial on the technique. This is it.
Published on May 29, 2006 — See more Post-Processing
If you have an SLR camera, it’s probably got a standard-issue narrow black fabric strap attached to it, emblazoned with “Nikon” or “Canon” in somewhat cheap-looking white or yellow felt type.
You can see where we’re going with this.
Those who make their living taking photos will throw that strap in the trash. Replacement straps are usually wider (more comfortable when carrying a hefty SLR and lens) and they’re often more secure.
We recently tried out “Hippie Style” straps by Vic Cherubini and loved ‘em. At $9, they’re a perfect gift for yourself or an SLR-toting friend.
Published on May 26, 2006 — See more Buy This
There’s no question about it, a mat and frame make your photos look hot.
You could have the best eye in the world, the nicest camera, have caught the moment, and juiced it perfectly in Photoshop. But a floppy old print is still lame. Sure, there are lots of other ways to show off those snaps, but sometimes you want a traditional look.
It’s easy to find nice ready-made frames on the cheap. Trouble is, getting your photos matted can be pricey.
Matting photos yourself, however, is easy, fun, and cheap! Check out the super simple tutorial Sarah Neuburger wrote on her method. You’ll be matting in no time flat.
Published on May 22, 2006 — See more DIY
Yes folks, it’s Photoshop time.
If you’ve been looking for ways to get more creative with your photos in Photoshop, this may be just the practice you need.
Kollabor8 is an “experiment in online collaborative digital image making.” Basically, it’s like the game “telephone”, but for pictures.
The game unfolds as players take turns making changes to an image. Anyone can upload an image to start a new “chain”, and others can add to the chain by editing the image and uploading their version. Some changes are iterative, while others alter the image until it’s nearly unrecognizable.
A great way to flex your Photoshop muscle and get thinking creatively.
Published on May 19, 2006 — See more Websites
You forgot mother’s day, your friend’s been having a horrible year, you’re bored. Whatever. Point is, you need to produce a gift.
We’re here to help. Gather your piles of vacation photos, stunning portraits of Aunt Mildred, and your gallery-worthy shots of your feet; it’s time to put ‘em to use.
We’re going to show you how to make a stunning gift using your photos in 15 minutes or less. Keep it for yourself and make another for a friend. It’s sure to impress.
Watch our step-by-step video to find out how.
If we could turn back time, we’d find a way to make our parents follow the annual ritual that Diego Golberg has been practicing since June 17th, 1976.
His aim is simple: to take a single portrait of every family member, every year. The results are jarringly beautiful and thought-provoking.
25 years collapse in an instant.
You can breeze through this in a second, if you want. But do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes really looking at these faces.
We think it’s never too late to start this photo ritual.
(BTW: Our friend Ely notes, and we agree, that Nicolas has clearly become a player by 1998.)
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