On July 2, 1982, “Lawnchair Larry” Walters strapped himself into a lawnchair tied to 45 helium-filled weather balloons, and floated away into the sky.
14 hours later, after disrupting flight paths at LAX and blacking out a Long Beach neighborhood by floating into some power lines, he shot the balloons with a pellet gun and returned unharmed to terra firma.
Don’t do what Larry did.
If you really want to see the view from on high, do what David Trawin did instead: hang a camera from a bunch of balloons and send it aloft to take pictures for you.
Read on for full instructions on how to make an aerial balloon camera rig, in Part Three of our continuing quest to get our cameras higher and higher into the air.*
David Trawin’s Aerial Balloon Camera
*What will be next? Dirigibles? Trained eagles? Sending candygrams to the Air Force until they let us borrow a fighter jet?
p.s. Don’t miss Part One: Kite Photography and Part Two: Camera-on-a-Stick!
OK, hands up if you want to print your own T-shirts but can’t be bothered with all the equipment that silkscreening requires.
Jeebus, that’s a lot of hands. Well, we’ve found a way to mimic screenprinting that takes half the time and only requires some freezer paper and fabric paint.
It’s so easy you may find yourself printing photos on everything:
- Score some button-downs at the thrift store and print pictures of office supplies on them.
- Print silhouettes of your childhood pets on a canvas bag and carry your own menagerie with you.
- Take profile shots of your BFFs and print each silhouette portrait on a different shirt. Make your friends arm-wrestle for the privilege of being your shirt-of-the-day.
Let the printing obsession commence!
Custom Photo Silhouette T-Shirts
p.s. If you want to try your hand at genuine silkscreening, here’s a simplified version.
p.p.s. Amit will be at Photokina next week hunting down fun photo gear. If you’re there and want to meet up, drop him a line!
The iPhone Army* has a new weapon: photography applications, and lots of ’em. But who has the time to page endlessly through that collossal archive? Who wants to install every app and try to figure out a) what it does, b) whether it does it well, and c) if it’s worth the price?
We set our intrepid researcher Matt Nuzzaco (photographer extraordinaire and all-around nice guy) to the task and we are proud to report his findings. Here for your reading pleasure (categorized, rated and generally twitterpated) may we present:
Matt’s Roundup of Every Single iPhone Photo App
*similar to the Kiss Army but with less makeup and shorter boots.
p.s. Attention mad scientists: enter our Photo Tip Contest, this week only!
We’ve teamed up with Lomography to gather the best photo tricks, tips and strokes of genius that DON’T require digital manipulation. Do any crazy thing you want, just keep the pixels real.
The grand prize will be an LC-A+ camera, and four runners-up will win a DianaF+ Hong Meow special edition camera!
Enter your tips and photos on the Photojojo Forum, and be sure to get your submissions in before midnight on Sunday, September 21!
Remember the first time you made a mixtape? Up all night, headphones on, slaving over a hot stereo until you got it exactly right?
Making your own postcard at Postcard.fm feels like that. Except it’s practically instant, so you can skip the up-all-night part!
All you have to do is choose your greatest photo, upload a song that captures the moment, and send it off with a message to your favorite person. Here’s one we made.
You can make a musical postcard for any occasion, but if you’re looking for some ideas try these on for size:
Best Valentines Ever: Send a foxy photo of you along with your intended’s favorite sappy love song. Hot-cha!
Party Invites: Send a festive postcard with all the party info to yourself, then forward the link to all your friends.
Sorry I Broke Into Your Apartment and Stole All Your Socks: OK, fine, maybe we’re the only ones that need to send those on a regular basis.
Now get out there and start mixing it up!
Make Your Own Postcard at Postcard.fm
In these last, dreamy days of summer, there’s nothing we’d rather do than lie around in the park and stare at the clouds.
And take pictures, of course!
Horst (hb19 on Flickr) has been doing just that, and it looks like he’s redefined the science of cloud manipulation*.
He finds the perfect sky or set of clouds and gives them their object counterpart. The cloud shooting out from a bottle’s top. The sun’s perfect, shiny orb behind his ET-like finger. The fluffy ice-cream cloud on top of its cone. hb19 gives new meaning to the art of cloud watching.
Summery skies abound. Take our advice and point your lens skyward before the winter chill descends.
hb19’s sky play photo set
via Crystal Ginn (You, too, can send us tips via twitter. Just start your tweet with @photojojo)
* Speaking of which, did you know China fired 1,104 rain dispersal rockets to prevent rain during the Olympics’ opening ceremonies? We live in the future!
p.s. Peep these pics from our lightpainting events in NYC and San Francisco last week!
Sure, you can press a button and take a mini motion picture.
But what about the well-loved, handheld, movie-in-your-pocket flip book? Our favorite form of animation, the flip book is the original, prehistoric movie. We’ve doodled thousands of stick figures in the corners of our notebooks. It’s time for photos.
We’ve made digital flip books. We’ve made stop-motion videos. We’ve even uploaded photos and purchased a flip book from FlipClips for 10 bucks or so.
Then we stumbled across The Curious Blog’s beautiful, handmade flip book.
We had to try it ourselves.
We’re flippin’ out over the final product: a squat little choppy movie, our DIY photo flip book will make your thumbs sore from showing it off to all your photo-loving friends.
Photojojo’s DIY Photo Flip Book
It’s no secret we love Project 365. We’re a curious bunch, and often it’s the best way to get to know someone (including yourself).
What happens when the logic’s applied to your town? Your neighbors?
Larry Strung knows. He’s taken Project 365 to the streets of his humble hamlet, Hamilton, Ontario. And we love his town.
Each day he photographs (and posts online) a different citizen. It’s like finally getting to meet all your neighbors, one day and one neighbor at a time. The biker who rides at 6 am, the doctor, the farmer, the mayor. Talk about a complete picture of a place.
Take a cue from Strung and hit the pavement while it’s still warm enough to do so. Meet your neighbors from behind your lens.
Larry Strung’s Hamilton365
p.s. Live in New York City or San Francisco? Come out to our awesomely fun photo meetup Wednesday night (organized with our pals at JPG Magazine and Lomography). Read more…
We love Josh Poehlein’s photography portfolios, “Unstill Lives,” and “Ghosts” because they don’t show us everything.
Wait, what? Sure, photography’s all about revelation. But sometimes the best photographs are of the things you can’t see.
Poehlein takes this one step further by taking one step back. Let us explain: he scratches off the emulsion from his prints in order to add another image, often of what you’d imagine would be in the photo but isn’t. A stream of water from a dry showerhead, birds in an empty nest, a giant boat in the distance of a still lake.
The results are even more awesome if you can draw. Which we can’t. Still, we had fun making our own scratch-n-see works of art. And they turned out pretty great, if a little amateur next to Poehlein’s genius. (That’s our monster on Coit Tower, in case you couldn’t tell by the, ahem, difference in skill.)
Scratch-N-See: Vandalize Your Photos in the Name of Art!
(via Taylor McKnight)
Need to convince your friends of something?
Nothing works quite like, well, propaganda… Especially if it has your face on it.
Maopost, a site dedicated to an extensive collection of Chinese propaganda posters, will seamlessly paint your face (or your friend’s) from any of your photographs into a classic propaganda oil painting.
You supply the photograph and choose one of the 35 suggested posters (or from their entire collection, over 1,500 posters), an artist hand paints you as a socialist hero.
It’s never been easier to insert yourself into (socialist) history. And you’ve never looked so convincing.
Be a Socialist (Poster) Hero!
p.s. Take part in the traveling photo notebook or share your panorama photos or storm photos in our forum!
It’s August, folks. Yup, that means: end of summer. And Olympics.
Instead of boo-hooing our puny, non-Olympic abilities, the waning light, and the impending return to work and school, we’ve taken a cue from the astonishing Olympic bodies we’ve been watching all month.
We present to you: the jaw-dropping, body-photography roundup. It’ll make you celebrate all that our human bodies can do: we can flip and balance (some on a 4″ beam), squish, hide, shrink, stack. We can imagine and we can take pictures.
So, go ahead, check out these awe-inspiring projects.
We promise they’ll make you want to get off your butt.
Photojojo’s End-of-Summer Body Photography Roundup