Stop-motion animation is one of the simplest, most fun animation techniques.
Mix equal parts digital camera, computer, and imagination (you’ve got all three), and you’re on your way.
Although flashier computer-generated animation is in vogue, stop-motion has a rich heritage of its own. After all, who doesn’t love the Gumby shorts of the 50s and 60s, Gumby’s comeback in the mid-90s (you know you’ve arrived when you’re a spokescharacter for the Library of Congress!), and the ever-popular Wallace and Gromit?
And it’s not limited to claymation, either–Tim Burton used stop-motion and puppets to create The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Comedy Central’s Robot Chicken uses stop-motion with action figures and toy props.
You can use just about anything in your stop-motion animation, and thanks to digital cameras and computers, creating one is now super easy.
Although elegant mosaics oft-graced Greek and Roman villas, they’re not so common anymore.
Those ancient works of art took hundreds of hours of painstakingly precise labor. Larger works even employed teams of artisans.
You don’t have teams of artisans.
But you do have LEGOs. And Photoshop.
John Tolva wrote up a tutorial that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a photo mosaic using LEGO bricks. It’s not gonna turn your studio apartment into a villa, but we think it’ll bring a touch of class to the joint.
Also worth a look: Holly Barhamand made a photo mosaic out of beads, the mathematics behind arranging differently shaped tiles can get quite complicated, and Ed Hall LEGO-fied Starry Night. It took several months and ten thousand bricks!
You see, we spend most of our time here at Photojojo World Headquarters (a.k.a. Amit’s bedroom) looking for awesome ways for you to show off your photos.
As you can imagine, we run into a lot of photo frames. And most photo frames are really, really dull.
So when we discovered this sleek and simple photo rope, this non-rectangular, non-photo frame, we were pretty stoked. When we found it was cheap, and used tiny, super-strong magnets to boot (we’re suckers for tiny magnets), we were sold.
In fact, we liked it so much, we bought a bunch and put them up for sale.
Magnets: miracle cure for backaches, headaches, and achingly boring photo frames.
If you’ve ever wrestled to get a decent shot of the outside and inside when shooting indoors on a sunny day, or been disappointed to find your subject silhouetted when shooting into the sun, we have your fix.
Our pal Josh, shown here holding his imaginary camera, has a nifty trick that will let you fix those shots in a jif. All you need is a copy of Photoshop (almost any version will do) and about five minutes.
You can use his technique to improve nearly any photograph where extreme lighting fools your camera into underexposing your image.
Watch our quick video to learn how to do it!
When you were small, you got to read books full of big, beautiful pictures.
But as you grew bigger, the pictures grew smaller. Eventually, words replaced them altogether.
If the rise of the graphic novel is any indication, we still like our stories better with pictures.
Here’s a fun project that marries our love of words and photography: Go through your photos and find an event with lots of shots (your friends hanging out, a party, a vacation, whatever.) Now pick five photos, give or take, that tell a story when put in sequence. Ideally, it should make sense without any words.
Your story may be true or made up, silly or serious. The point is to look at your photos as narrative building blocks. To put a new spin on it, next time you’re out with your camera, consider how the photos you’re shooting would look in sequence. Or start with a plot and take the photos necessary to illustrate it.
Published on July 24, 2006 — See more Photo Projects
We love putting photos on stuff. Now if only dining room tables, tiles, backpacks, and notebooks would fit in our inkjet…
Behold, the Blender Pen.
It won’t exactly let you cram a backpack into your inkjet, but it’s close enough. Thanks to the miracle of modern science, and powerful-yet-safe-if-used-correctly solvents, all you need for quick-and-dirty photo transfers is a photocopy of your image and a $4 blender pen.
A blender pen transfer works great on all kinds of fabrics, tile, paper, wood, copper, linoleum, and a variety of other materials. And it won’t leave that plastic texture that old inkjet transfers sometimes did.
Cheap, fun, and easy–our favorite words.
If you like Hockney, you’ll love this.
Do you ever look up at the sky, a towering office building, or an expansive landscape and wish your photos could capture everything you can see with your eyes? We do.
Our pal Mareen does this neat thing she calls panography. Taking dozens of photos of a scene, she assembles a patchwork of images that more accurately represents what your eyes see when you’re not looking through a viewfinder.
Call it super wide-angle panorama or call it panography, we think it’s awesome.
Read on to learn how you can make one yourself!
Postcards are a lost art.
If you’re like most people, during your last trip you either: a) Dashed off a quick “Wish you were here” on a cheesy card you found at the airport, or b) bought a stack of beautiful cards but forgot all about them until you got home, or c) forgot about postcards altogether.
Hey, it’s okay. Vacations are stressful.
But who says that you can only send postcards when you’re away from home? You’ve got great photos, and it’s a simple task to turn them into postcards.
Take our advice: Spend 10 minutes today to scroll through your photos and pick three that make you smile. Print ‘em out, follow our instructions, and send off some beautiful just-thinking-of-you postcards. You’ll make the world a brighter place for a few of your favorite people.
Published on July 14, 2006 — See more DIY
Your candid snapshots of friends mid-sentence just scream to be vandalized with suggestive speech bubbles, while pics of Fido beg for anthropomorphic embellishment (via thought bubble.)
Bubblesnaps to the rescue! Just upload a picture, add thought or speech bubbles, and email your creation to friends. They can even respond in kind, triggering a visual meets verbal tete-a-tete.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But which thousand? With Bubblesnaps, you get to decide!
Published on July 10, 2006 — See more Websites
We’ve seen your vacation albums.
You and your brother/mother/significant other, squinting in the sun and staring glumly at the camera, pleading for it to go off.
What if we told you that there’s a magic word that will make any posed photograph leap off the page? Four magic letters that will bring a smile to the most tightly pursed lips?
The project’s curator puts it simply, “It’s been a long time since any of us jumped for anything… jumping makes people smile.”
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