Ever find yourself longing for the disheveled good looks of a drug-addicted Keanu Reeves living in dystopian, near-future Orange County?
This past summer’s A Scanner Darkly used a beautiful posterized live-action animation style that gave it a thoroughly unique look. The effect took thousands of hours of work and a frame-by-frame repainting of the movie in a process called digital rotoscoping.
Fortunately, applying the technique to a photo isn’t nearly as time consuming, and with this tutorial from one of the film’s animators, you’ll be well on your way.
p.s. Our pal Nick Gray tells us Amazon’s got some crazy great pricing on Sandisk’s superduper fold-it-up-and-stick-it-in-your-usb-port-no-card-reader-necessary memory cards: $25 for the 1GB (was $40) and $49 for the 2GB (was $90). Find out why we love these in our 2006 Holiday Gift Guide.
When you first see the swooping, curling, technicolor tendrils in Graham Jefferey’s work, you can’t help but wonder how he can manage to make ordinary gray smoke so beautiful.
Our pal Haje recently collaborated with Graham on a piece that delves into all the details: the lighting, the exposure, the best way to create the right kind of smoke, even the photoshop work needed to create the effect.
Unconvinced? Flip through Graham’s examples and you’ll be fired up to make your own!
Published on January 29, 2007 — See more Tutorials
Dazzling. Soft, elegant, glowing.
The Orton Effect is a fast way to give your photos a dreamy look. Michael Orton uses this technique with multiple images taken on slide film.
Thanks to modern image editing magic, you can get the same watercolor-like appearance with a single image.
Even better, it’s a great way to improve slightly out-of-focus shots!
p.p.s. Thanks also to our friend Saber Zohir for helping to spread the word about Photojojo! To the hundreds that recently signed up via Chris Pirillo’s pick list, welcome! (And to those not on the list, check out Chris’s great newsletter: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The great snow gods have not been kind to us this year. If you’re still pining for wintery white, or just hoping it’d go away, we recommend a quick (and heartfelt) appeal.
Luckily, we have just the thing to melt their frosty disposition: Photojojo’s Make-Your-Own Photo Snow Globes.
Grab a bottle, photo, glitter, and corn syrup and you’re on your way to making an offering not even the gods could refuse.*
* Rigorous, double-blind studies have also proven Photo Snow Globes effective in melting the hearts of spouses, friends, and children.
Put a digital camera in some people’s hands, and they start collecting some pretty weird things.
We admit it’s a bit silly, but we adore Gert Rietveld’s Running from Camera.
His rules are simple: Put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button, and try to get as far from the camera as you can.
The results are expectedly goofy and surprisingly awesome.
We also love Nick Gray’s collection of paper towel dispensers, Kate Bingaman’s collection of everything she bought for two whole years, and Adam Seifer’s collection of every meal he’s eaten since October 2002.
What’s your goofy photo collection?
Three photos, three frames, some vellum paper, a votive candle and a little sephia. How does Martha do it?
Her simple candle-lit photo stands are inexpensive to make and allow you to easily change up the photos whenever you like.
We bet Martha would call ‘em the perfect dinner party centerpiece, but we think they look great just about anywhere.
A few quick tips: use bright colorful frames for a bedroom or kitchen, dark or black frames for your desk, and try these superfly flickering LED candles for longer-lasting everyday illumination.
p.s. Amit’s at CES in Vegas through Wednesday (thanks msft!) checking out the latest photo stuff. If you’re here too and want to hang out, drop us a line!
Published on January 8, 2007 — See more DIY
Smoke pellets from special effects supply houses, glycerin-filled spray bottles, shoe polish, and microwaved cotton balls — standard tools in any food photographer’s arsenal.
If you’ve tried to document a delicious dining experience, chances are you’ve come up short. It’s not your fault.
Food is camera shy.
From framing your shot, to deciding what to focus on, to making your food look its best (or better), Shutterbug’s food photography tips have got you covered.
Read up and next time you and your camera hit the kitchen, whether it’s cakes, crÃªpes, or crÃ¨me brulle, we guarantee your culinary creations will be craving the spotlight.
Published on January 5, 2007 — See more Tips
That may strike you as a bit pessimistic, but we think this whole New Year’s Resolutions thing has gotten a bit out of hand.
This New Year’s, instead of making difficult resolutions anyone would have trouble keeping, then feeling bad about it when you fail, why not pick something that’ll make you feel good every time you do it?
Here’s a few fun photography resolutions we’re considering this year. Pick one that you think you’ll enjoy and start 2007 with a smile.
It’s XMAS again, and whether you’re cowering from a murderous robotic Santa or screaming in complete and utter joy, by the time the afternoon rolls around, you’ll probably be looking for your next thrill.
Elf Yourself. Just upload a photo of someone’s face (your own, a pal, or a loved one), adjust it online, and out pops a singing, dancing, elf.
It gets better: The site prompts you to call a special number where you can record a voice message. Seconds later, your elf will be singing your message as he boogies down. His mouth even opens and closes to match your words!
Send your elf to a friend or save him for yourself. Either way, he’s sure to chase away those post XMAS-morning doldrums.
p.s. For more XMAS fun, check out the Scared of Santa gallery. Ho ho ho.
Published on December 25, 2006 — See more Websites
Your friends would look better if they had goatees, chest hair, and maybe some bruises.
At least, that seems to be the general thinking behind PikiPimp.com. And we think they’re onto something.
Upload or type in the URL for a photo, and PikiPimp will let you accessorize it with facial hair, eye-wear, new lips, ears, tattoos, and tongues… In short, embarrassing knickknacks of all sorts.
It’s like Mr. Potato Head but with photos.
PikiPimp’s not the first to do this, but they do it exceptionally well. Resize and rotate your additions, even adjust their opacity until they’re just right. Then hit save and print, share, or pop your creation into cards. Grandma with aviators, Robby with a rabbi beard and a parrot on his shoulders. It’s all here.
If you’ve resorted to e-cards for friends this year, take our advice and put your photo through PikiPimp before clicking send. They may even thank you.
p.s. We had trouble getting PikiPimp to work in Safari, but it’s hunky-dory in Firefox.
Published on December 22, 2006 — See more Websites
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