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Custom Photo Bags — Your Mom Will Love These, and by Extension, You

Take note: May 13th is shower-your-mother-who-you-love- very-much-with-affection-day.

And wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got some great ideas to make your mama feel extra, extra special this Mother’s Day. First up, our Custom Photo Bags made from your photos!

We offer these stylish and elegant bags in 16 different styles, from beach tote to handbag, to messenger bag, laptop sleeve, or clutch.

Simply choose a bag and upload a photo of a pet, a favorite vacation moment, or a childhood memory. Your photo will be permanently printed and baked into high-quality microfiber, which is then turned into a bag (or tote, or laptop sleeve) carefully designed to make all your mom’s friends jealous.

Care to fancy it up? Upgrade to a custom interior color or leather trim.

But hurry, because they’re made-to-order, Wednesday, April 25th (tomorrow!) is the last day to order in time for Mother’s day with standard shipping in the U.S. Choose express shipping and you have until May 1st.

Made-to-Order Custom Photo Bags
$30-$120, custom-made from your photos


   
   
A Dose of Fresh Portrait Perspective

We’ve seen more than our share of portraits taken at arm’s length, in the mirror, and those showing only an eye and its corresponding brow.

But we fell in love with this four-part polaroid portrait by Melissa Brown.

Here in NYC, the weather gods will treat us to a balmy weekend in the mid-70s. If you’re similarly blessed (heck, even if you’re not) we implore you: stow your mittens and mufflers, grab your camera, and set out into the great outdoors in search of adventure.

When you do, we hope Melissa’s summery portrait inspires you to look around you with a fresh pair of eyes.

Take note of the vibrant colors and the change in sunlight this time of year, explore new angles, take photographic risks, experiment, and above all, have fun. You’ve been waiting all winter for this.

Melissa’s Portrait on Flickr

p.s. Watch out, Melissa!

p.p.s. Our spiffy DIY Photo Block Kit is now available at Elsewares, a great store featuring work by independent artists and designers. Check it out!

Monsterpod sale — just a couple days left! Our favorite stick-to-anything, gravity-defying Monsterpod tripods, $35 $29 this week only!

(Bonus: Add any other photo goodies and still pay just $5 shipping for US orders!)


   
   
Turn an Etch-a-Sketch into a Kitschy Picture Frame in Just a Few Minutes

With just two dials and some aluminum powder, George Vlosich III creates works of art with Ohio Art’s classic baby boom toy, the Etch A Sketch.

For those of us, however, who can only manage a really nice set of stairs, we have a solution.

Our Etch A Sketch Picture Frame tutorial will show you how to turn an ordinary Etch A Sketch into a kitschy picture frame in no time flat. We’ll even show you how to transform your photos so they’ll look like you spent hours twiddling those white knobs to scratch ‘em out.

Read on to learn how!

p.s. A reminder: We’re looking for awesome photo submissions for an upcoming photo notebook tutorial. Submit your photos to our Flickr group!

Gravity-defying tripods on sale! It’s our birthday this month, so we’ve lowered the price on our stick-to-anything Monsterpod tripods.  $35 $29 this week only!

(Bonus: Add any other photo goodies and pay no xtra shipping for US orders!)

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Bumbi — The Otherworldly Squishy Photo Toy that Looks Like You, Talks Like You…

When the space invaders come, we hope they’re more Bumbi than Aliens.

Bumbi, the Swiss-made ‘never-miss-me-again’ bear may be a little strange-looking (in an adorable sort of way) but he’s smarter than the average bear.

Cut your favorite photo to fit, slide it into Bumbi’s faceplate, record a message (up to 10 seconds of audio), and Bumbi will be transformed into your smaller, fuzzier doppelganger, ready to tell your sweetie that you only have eyes for her at the press of his elongated blue arm. (We told you he was a little weird).

But this bear can do more than simply reminding your lady you wuv her. Rig your Bumbi up to…

  • Send Grandma some authentic Junior-issued goo-goos and gaa-gaas.

  • Lull Junior to sleep with a Grandma-made lullaby.

  • Break up with your crazy girlfriend from a safe distance.

  • Remind the roommates to take out the trash/wash the dishes.

Or do what we did. Embellish Bumbi with a picture of Clive Owen and record a little Barry White. That ought to take the chill out of this cold snap.

Bumbi never-miss-me-again bear

Upload your photos! We need a striking photo for an upcoming photo notebook project. Add your submission to our Photojojo Flickr group. If we like it, we’ll email you and give you all the details.

   
   
Strip Your Pics! — Create Photo Comic Strips Online with Comeeko

If a picture really does tell a thousand words, then a comic strip ought to tell roughly 1500 or so.

Release your inner Stan Lee and let your photos speak up using Comeeko, a site where you can give your photos a little extra KERPOW! with a comic strip-style makeover.

With comic text, tattoos, hair pieces, and cosmetic accessories galore, a few uploads and a couple of clicks is all you’ll need to pit your best friend against Borat or slip the old man into a bikini.

Turn photos into comics with Comeeko


   
   
5 Great Photo Projects for Parties — Use Your Camera To Make New Friends

It’s party time (excellent!), but you know hardly anyone on the guest list. What’s a would-be wallflower to do?

Why, bring your camera and a few props, of course!

Pack some of our great photo projects and you’ll have your party-animal pals posing for mugshots, jumping for joy — even leaping in the tub — in no time.

Just don’t forget to get a few shots of yourself with all your new friends.

p.s. New on Photojojo Uncut: A spiffy ghost cameras shirt from Oddica, and a Swiss museum that will put your photo on its wall for real!

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How to Make Video Panoramas from Your Digital Camera’s Video Clips

We call ‘em Videoramas.

Panoramic photographs are great at taking in entire landscapes, urban and natural. They allow you to see beyond what your camera can capture in one frame (or in the case of panographies, many many many frames).

But why stop with stills? Your digital camera probably shoots video clips as well, and by stitching those clips together, you can make a full-motion video panorama. Landscapes, streetscapes, interior shots, birthday parties, they all come to life in sparkling, wide-angle videoramas. If you liked our panographies, you’ll love our videoramas.

Read on to see an example and learn how it’s done.

p.s. Haaappy Birthday, Photojojo! We turned 1 yesterday. :D Help us celebrate by blogging about us or telling a friend about your favorite photo newsletter. It would make our day!

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Picture Your Photos on a Museum Wall. It’s Just a Click with Museumr.

Always dreamt of having your work shown at the Met or the MoMA? Sure, you could shoot for years, work the gallery circuit, get to know the right people… but that could take a lifetime.

Banksy found a DIY shortcut, but us, we’d prefer something that won’t send us to the slammer.

Something like Museumr.

Point this site to any of your photos online and pick a museum. A few seconds later, you’ll get a convincing photo of your most excellent work up on the wall. Just where it belongs.

Sometimes it’s safer to pretend.

Museumr

Photo by Mareen Fischinger

p.s. According to Photojojo Uncut, instructions for making last week’s Spam can pinhole cam are now available.


   
   
Make Yourself a Camera Out of Paper, Mint Tins, or Spam — Pinhole Cameras

A couple weeks ago, all the camera makers gathered in Las Vegas to strut their latest. Amidst the bright lights, big screens, buttons, and megapixels, it was easy to forget that photography can be a very simple art form.

There’s no better way to remind yourself than to make your own camera. Out of paper, a tin of mints, or a can of spam.

You won’t get optical image stabilization or face-tracking focusing when you make a pinhole camera, but you will get dreamy, surreal, and ghostly photographs from a camera you made with your very own hands. And, we hope, fresh perspective on a favorite hobby.

The Dirkon — Communist Czech Paper Pinhole Camera [thx Youngna!]
See also: Linatree variation on the above [thx John Tan!]

DIY Altoids Tin Pinhole Camera

Spam Can Pinhole Camera

p.s. Our favorite SD memory card, the fold-it-up-and-stick-it-right-in-your-USB-port Sandisk 2GB, is now at an absurdly low $37 on Amazon. Get it while it’s hot, it used to be $90!


   
   
Give Your Car a Pixar-style Cars Makeover

Your rims are far from fab, you’re still rockin’ the cassette player, and your grille could use a bit of bling.

Sure, you could wait for Xhibit to bound through your front door. But honestly, that could take awhile. He’s a busy man.

But who needs Xhibit when you have Photoshop? In this tutorial, the so-called “Psychochild” comes through with the lowdown on pimping your ride Lightning McQueen-style…

Turn Your Car into a Cars Car!
forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1151725

p.s. Liked the impressionistic Orton Effect we covered in January? Check out this variation we just posted on Photojojo Uncut!


   

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