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An Inspiring Stop-Motion Video (Modest Mouse Fan Video)

modestmouse stop motion videoStop-motion photography ain’t easy. It requires patience, patience, planning, patience, and a whole lot of patience.

So we gotta hand it to Max Tyrie and his friends — to create their stop-motion rendition of Modest Mouse’s “Missed the Boat”, they took original footage from the group, printed it out frame-by-frame on 4,133 sheets of paper, then took photos of those sheets of paper with a digital camera. Finally, they assembled thousands of photos into a four-and-a-half minute stop-motion video.

Wow. It’s not that we can’t imagine the amount of effort that went into this, we can, it’s that it’s almost painful to think about. Still, watching the result brings a smile to our face. It’s magical.

Watch the video, then check out this Photojojo tutorial on How to Make Stop-Motion Video with your Digital Camera.

Max Tyrie’s Hand Made Modest Mouse Stop-Motion

p.s. Check it out — one of our favorite design blogs recently gave a shout-out to the unique design of the new Photojojo Forum!


From the Forum…
+ What’s more important? Your camera, or how you use it?
+ Vista won’t recognize my camcorder!
+ How do you organize your printed photos?


   
   
A DIY Windscreen for your Digital Camera: Silence the Wind Noise in your Digital Video

use gauze to make your own windscreenWoo-fooput-fooput-fooput-ey-whoooo ook-over-ooooo-ere.

Sound familiar? If you’ve taken digital video at the beach or anywhere on a windy day, you’ve probably dealt with sound cut-outs as wind whips past your camera’s built-in mic. Modern camcorders have had wind-dampening circuitry for ages. Alas, most digital cameras still don’t.

Thankfully, Stephen Uber sent a great DIY solution to the popphoto blog: Make a windscreen by taping the gauze-like padding of an adhesive bandage over your camera’s mic. (It’s usually a single pinhole on the front face of your camera.) Voila! Wind noise dramatically reduced.

(A perfect mod for the flip video so many of you told us you loved.)

Found a great camera hack recently, or come up with your own?

Post your camera hacks here!


   
   
Put Words in Anyone’s Mouth with Blabberize

talking alpacaNo longer will crudely-drawn talking heads the likes of which you’ve seen on Southpark and Homestar Runner be the sole province of animation sweatshops in Asia.

Yes friends, two enterprising young go-getters have finally cracked the code.

Surf on over to Blabberize, upload a photo of a human, animal, or your favorite anthropomorphic object, and carefully select the lower jaw with the tools provided. Next, hit record and speak some words of wisdom. A click or two later and your photo comes to life and repeats your words right back at you.

Share it with friends, embed it in your blog, you know the drill. Check out blabberized Alfred the guinea pig and Michael Arrington for a taste, then get to work!

Blabberize [via Lifehacker]


   
   
Digital Picassos — Use Digital Cameras to Create Modern Day Cubism

digital piccasoAs with many groundbreaking artistic techniques, the validity of art created with digital tools has been controversial.

But Sarah Schneider and Jake Hurwitz’s Digital Picassos are a revolution we can all get behind. Their simple method makes this truly the common man’s cubism.

Step 1: Find a couple digital cameras. (Ideally with large screens.)

Step 2: Hold each camera closely over a crucial part of your face as if you’re going to take a picture of it.

Step 3: Get a friend to take a picture of you. Rearrange and re-shoot as necessary to make yourself look as ugly as possible.

Check out the site to see more examples of the technique and submit your own!

Digital Picassos (Thanks for the tip, Nick!)

(The bug-zappers have been on full blast at The New Photojojo Forum. If you haven’t hopped aboard already, now’s the time.)


   
   
Spinning: Delightfully Joyous Photos via “Humans Reaching High Levels of Orbital Angular Momentum”

spinning-feature.jpgYou’re twirling. The warm sun is falling on your face, the soft grass is under your bare feet and an ecstatic child is beaming at you. That’s the sort of moment that makes us love summer.

No such a memory? Fear not! With a willing small human and a helpful friend, you can make your very own magic moment! (And a stunning photo record to boot.)

Step One
Position your friend behind you and the child in front, with your friend holding the camera above your arms and pointing it down toward the child. Select a slow-ish shutter speed of 1/15th sec to blur the background.

Step Two
Altogether now: spin!

Step Three
Once our giddy little subject is aloft, advise your friend to start snapping.

Step Four
Review your photos, and repeat as necessary. (We’d wait for your head to stop spinning first.)

Take it further…
Check out the Spinners and Saints group for more topsy-turvy fun. And have a little more fun with your shot with a Photojojo Photo Block kit.

Thanks to reader Linda LaSut for the tip! Photo Credit: Philipe Tarbouriech

p.s. Be the first to try the new Photojojo Super Awesome Photo Forum! Got questions about what camera to buy? Want critique for a photo you took recently? Got a great idea for a photo project you want to share? Our new forum is getting ready for its big debut, and we’re looking for some friendly beta testers. Jump on board and be the first to give it a try!


   
   
4 Easy Steps to Making Old-Fashioned Lenticular Images from Your Photos

A lenticular is an image that appears differently depending on how you look at it. If you’ve ever seen a postcard or movie poster that changes when you look at it from the left vs. the right, you’ve seen a lenticular.

Lenticulars usually require a special plastic sheet consisting of many tiny convex lenses, but you can make a super simple one with just two photos and some paper.

They make great, unique gifts, and it’s a cool way to show off more than one photo (especially related ones) in a single frame.

And it’s as simple as slicing, printing, folding and enjoying! Read our tutorial to learn how to do it!

p.s. Help spread the word: Digg this tutorial!

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Turn your Computer and Webcam into a Photo booth with Cameroid and Phozi

website photoboothSure your camera’s got 17 megapixels, a 10x zoom, and all the jiggawatts you could possibly need, but you still feed a couple Washingtons to the photo booth in the mall whenever you pass by. You’re a romantic that way.

You’ll have to do without the curtain, but webapps Cameroid and Phozi promise to bring some photo booth magic home.

Both work with webcams (either built-in or not) and let you snap a photo and share them off with just a couple clicks.

Like Apple’s Photobooth, Cameroid lets you choose from a variety of live image effects, including our favorite: Superhero. Phozi taps the crazy around Japanese Purikura booths, letting you doodle on and decorate your instant snaps with special graphics before sending them to facebook, myspace, xanga, etc.

Both are a ton of fun, and a great way to put that dusty webcam to use!

Cameroid

Phozi

p.s. Check out flickaday on Photojojo Uncut, a webcam webapp that lets you make a daily self-portrait movie! (Subscribe to the RSS feed at Uncut so you don’t miss the latest!)


   
   
Photojojo Father’s Day Photo Gift Guide 2007

Father's Day photo gift guideHere’s what we know about our dads: They love fishing, golf, mowing the lawn, and taking naps. Alas, the amphibious golf cart equipped with fish-finder, lawn-mowing blade, and squishy pillow has yet to be perfected. (Get to it, inventors!).

Sorry, Pops. Maybe next year. In the meantime, here are some photorific Father’s Day alternatives from your friends at Photojojo.

p.s. Got a funny photo of daddy (like Dep or Robyn)? Add it to the Photojojo Flickr Group. We’ll post our favorites to Uncut and one lucky winner will win our amazing Monsterpod! (Now only $30)

p.p.s. Get Photojojo ideas on your Facebook profile, add the new Photojojo Facebook App!

Photo credit: Denise Perri

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Turn Your Photos into Gibberish — How to Convert Photos into ASCII Art

If you’re old-skool like us, you remember hurrying home from school, heading straight for your room, and hunching over your keyboard to log into your favorite MUD, slay dragons, and find treasure.

It was a simpler time. A time when computers didn’t have fancy graphics and candy-colored buttons, and if they wanted to show you a cranky green ogre, they didn’t use CG. They used our friends “|”, “\”, “/”, and “.”

Miss it? Well pop in an Air Supply cassette and surf over to Photo2text. Upload a photo and shiny metal robots turn it into in-stant ASCII. Retro-spiff.

High-contrast photos work best, and your file has to be smaller than 200K. Make a few high-tech adjustments, then take it low-fi at Photo2text.

Convert Photos to ASCII Art at Photo2Text

p.s. Want more ASCII art? Check out Christopher Johnson’s ASCII Art Collection, featuring the always-popular “Naked Ladies” section [Maybe not safe for work.. but people, it's ASCII!] And don’t miss the ASCII Art Dictionary or Joan Stark’s ASCII art. If that last page doesn’t take you back, nothing will. It uses java!!

p.p.s. Mac user? Check this out: you can play Quicktime movies as ASCII movies!

Photo Credit: Reluctant Suburbanite


   
   
The Flip Video — The $100 Digital Video Camera that’s Tiny, Cheap, and Fun!

flip video simple usb digital video cameraRemember those shoulder-mounted VHS camcorders dad used to haul out at soccer games once a year, “for posterity”? Shrink it down to 1/20th the size, 1/10th the cost, and make it run for a couple hours on a pair of AAs, and you’d have the Flip Video.

When technology works, it’s a wonderful thing.

This critter packs a built-in flip-out USB port for downloading 640×480 MPEG4 at 30 frames-per-second (geek-speak for “pretty decent quality”) to your PC or Mac, a small LCD to review what you’ve recorded, a cable to watch videos on your TV in seconds, and a friendly user interface that requires no manual. (Really, truly!)

Cinema-quality video it is not, but surprisingly clear and bright for its size and cost, it is. We’ve been having a blast using this guy this past week!

We think the Flip Video is perfect for anyone who wants to capture video without hassle, or a rugged camera for little hands.

The Flip Video Digital Video Camera
Currently $103 for 30 min, $125 for 60 min on Amazon

p.s. Batteries included!

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