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The thing about the best portraits is how they capture the essence of a person.
Maybe the wrinkles on their hands, or the expression in their eyes, tell you about the life they’ve had.
So what if you had 30 seconds to capture that person, instead of a nanosecond shutter-click? And what if the person could talk? Whoa. Crazy, we know. We call it a long portrait.
Ask the person a question. Have them sing you their favorite song. Whatever. We 100 percent guarantee you’ll end up with a great living portrait.
To learn how to shoot your long portrait, and for great questions to ask, read on…
(we got the idea from Kottke)
p.s. Hey. You. You got a mom? Our thoughtful, wonderful, you-were-always-my-favorite custom photo bags are perfect for Mother’s Day. (You didn’t forget, didn’t you?) The order deadline is tomorrow (April 15th) for regular delivery.
Ahhh, your friendly local park bench.
You’ve always suspected it’s up to no good.
Want proof? Tie a disposable camera to it, leave it there for a day, then come back and develop the pictures.
That’s what Jay did, and he got a bunch of pictures of all the friendly people who hung out at his bench that day. Here’s the note he tied to the camera:
I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I’ll be back later this evening to pick it up.
Try it for yourself! Get a cheap disposable camera, tie it to a bench with a friendly note, and collect it at the end of the day. Pick a bench in an interesting place that gets a lot of foot traffic, like outside a cafe on a sunny weekend. If you’re shy about taking portraits of strangers, here’s your solution!
Go on, you know you’re curious about that bench now.
Thanks for the tip, Adam!
p.s. Hey. You. You got a mom? Our thoughtful, wonderful, you-were-always-my-favorite custom photo bags are perfect for Mother’s Day. (You didn’t forget, didn’t you?) The order deadline is next Tuesday, April 15th for regular delivery.
p.p.s. If you follow photojojo on twitter, you were first to find out about the video on Flickr, some nifty sunglasses with a camera inside, and a new camera app for the iPhone! Just hit the “Follow” button -> photojojo on twitter
eBay: Last bastion of the truly awful product shot.
The fuzzy focus, the baleful tinge of the fluorescent lights, the blinding glare of the flash. It’s almost depressing.
(Except for that one listing where you could see the naked photographer in the reflection of the mirror he was trying to sell. That was hilarious.)
If you sell stuff online, you know that you need attractive pictures to sell your wares. If you’ve ever done a tutorial for sites like Instructables, you’ve run into the same issues.
Don’t sweat it. It’s not really too difficult, you just have to put a little thought into it.
Remember, if you can make somebody want to buy Aunt Tilly’s ceramic owl collection, you can conquer the world.
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p.p.s. We’ve got new episodes of “You Suck at Photoshop” and they’re gooood. But don’t forget some folks might be offended. We’re just saying is all.
Photojojo owns one of the worst camera bags in the world.
Weird, right? You’d think we’d have something really cool, but no.
This thing is ugly. It has next to no padding. It’s too small. And even though it’s tiny, the strap is so uncomfortable that 30 minutes carrying it around feels like a week. Plus it has this big logo on the front that says “Thank You For Shopping With Us.”
So we need a new camera bag. But there are so many options out there, where do we even start? What should we look for? What should we avoid? Will our trusty camera ever find a new home?
We had a look around and here’s what we found:
Stop us if this sounds familiar:
You’re wandering around your favorite thrift store/ flea market/ crazy cat-lady neighbor’s attic and you find a great vintage camera.
You get all excited until you open the back and discover it only takes some bizarre outdated film that hasn’t been around since President Taft was voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” So you put it back, sigh, and daydream about that naughty naughty Taft.
But hark, dear reader: you can take digital pictures using that incredibly cool old camera. Combine your digital camera with your kitschy cam, and you’ll end up with some serious vintage-style awesome.
Come on along and we’ll let you in on the secret.
We all knew this day would come sooner or later, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting, does it?
Today, Adobe releases Photoshop Express for the web.
Now before you go berserk, let us exercise some journalistic caution — it’s not everything you can do in Photoshop fit into a web browser. Not nearly.
No layers here, no fancy pants masking. But for 95% of your photos, it offers pretty much all you need to fix ‘em up, and it does it with style.
Whether adjusting exposure, white balance, or hue, touching up blemishes, or distorting your image, Photoshop Express provides an easy slider and thumbnails to give you an instant preview of your image at various settings. Even undo is better than you’d expect.
Being on the web, this Photoshop’s made for sharing. Everyone gets their own URL at photoshop.com, and the slideshows are top-notch — big, beautiful images with classy transitions. Want to load in and edit photos from Picasa, Photobucket, or Facebook? No problemo.
No, it’s not a Photoshop replacement, but it is a remarkably slick and well-designed basic photo-editing and sharing application. Arguably the best so far.
So what does it cost? It’s free, amigo.
Food has an agenda. It wants you to eat it, and it wants you to eat it now.
If you dilly-dally around Food, trying to photograph it instead of eating it, its defense mechanism kicks in. It immediately looks terrible in pictures, forcing you to give up, put down the camera, and eat the Food. Natural selection at work.
The time has come to subvert Food’s Evil Agenda. Read our tips, take up your cameras, and join the glorious food photography revolution!
What do you do with the person you love most in the whole world?
Take ‘em out and shoot ‘em.
No, seriously. Take them outdoors and take photos until you have a portrait that expresses how much they mean to you.
If you love somebody, shoot them.
p.s. Thanks to Jittery Joe’s Coffee for sponsoring our “Monday Stinks!” contest!
Say you’re out for a photographic stroll, taking pictures of that cool old power plant on the edge of town. Suddenly seventy security guards swarm you and demand you hand over your camera.
“What is this,” you ask yourself, “a Michael Moore movie?”
You’re sure you haven’t done anything wrong, but you don’t know whose side the law is on. Fret no more. We’ve got a list of things you can and can’t do, and it’s a lot more permissive than you might think.
Now grab your camera back from that Rent-A-Cop, and let’s hit the books.
*Charlton Heston not included
p.s. Thanks to everybody who entered our “Monday Stinks!” contest! Congratulations to Notorious D.A.V., Warren Photography, evaded, mommaozzy 84, biancaprime, berdandy, spade, AnasBananas, trenity00, andreskrey, determinedforce01, ladibug, killbyte, Nellofcourse and Mia!
They say no news is good news.
Unfortunately, Polaroid has news: after next year, there won’t be any more Polaroid film.
Since our beloved Polaroid camera only has a year to live, we’ve decided to make it the Best Year Ever.
Let’s shake it!
p.s. Our “Monday Stinks!” contest runs until tomorrow: three winners a day will get tasty coffee! Enter here.
p.p.s. Congratulations to Betsy, Lisa and “Maui Pikake” for winning the Thrillist Stupid Photo Contest!