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Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words. But what happens if you miss the picture?
You know the ones we mean — those once-in-a-lifetime photos that got away. Because you left your camera at home. Or, if you’re like us, you left the darn thing on manual and got a nice solid black jpeg for your troubles.
When Michael David Murphy missed the perfect photo opp while in Ethiopia, he turned the moment into a vivid account of the photograph that wasn’t. Unphotographable was born.
The site catalogues “exceptional mistakes” — photographs that didn’t happen but whose stories he must tell anyway.
They’re the most real, perfect photographs you’ll never see.
p.s. Many thanks to squarespace for sponsoring the next few Photojojo newsletters. Squarespace takes the work out of building beautiful, ad-free portfolios for professional photographers.
Ever wished that you could walk away from a hundred-foot fall with nary a scratch, or spend your days driving around in a van with your buddies and your pooch, solving mysteries?
Oh, don’t we all.
There is one thing we can share with our two-dimensional animated friends — their giant, saucer-like, cartoon eyes.
Our pal Jen Dunlap sent us a fun photo idea for turning you and your pals into live-action cartoons.
1) Grab some craft eyeballs (intended for making stuffed animals) from your local craft store or online. The bigger, the better.
2) Have your friends place them over their eyes and squint down a bit to hold them in place.
3) Go wabbit hunting, or find some desert and have ‘em pose next to ACME-Brand rockets. Snap away!
We’ve seen our fair share of Photoshop tutorials, but when we came across this series of videos titled “You Suck at Photoshop”, we knew we were in for something different.
Join Donnie as he clone stamps self-deprecating snark while his wife airbrushes away his self-esteem. This spoof is worthy of SNL.
And be warned, though the intent is to amuse, you’re likely to pick up a Photoshop tip or two along the way.
(A real) ** Warning ** Some parts of Donnie’s tutorials may offend those with more refined sensibilities. If that could include you, please, don’t click through.
UPDATE: Now includes Donnie’s 11th episode!
We’re looking for an awesome full-time writer/DIYer in San Francisco to help create the future of Photojojo.
If you know someone who lives in San Francisco and would be perfect for us, let ‘em know. (If you refer someone we hire, you’ll get a free Eye-Fi!)
You remember that scene where Neo discovers he can dodge bullets, and the whole world slows down and he just sort of waves his arms, leans back, and the bullets whiz by him?
Anyway, that bullet-time scene required custom contraptions, millions of dollars, and a slew of cameras to pull off. And now you can do it at home.
Before you get too excited, you should know that it’s still pretty darn pricey. Like $5-8,000 pricey. But hey, it’s WAY cheaper than it costs to rent one of these time-slicing rigs ($100K/day), and it’s one of the few ways to live out your fantasies of being The One.
Check out the complete tutorial by the cats at the Graffiti Research Lab or just check out their homemade bullet-time video.
So what does this have to do with photography?
Well, our pal and t-shirt wunderkind Josh Keay (who you might remember from the 5 minute photo fix) happens to be a Photoshop pro, and a fan of fakin’ it.
He’s put together a great video tutorial that shows you how to easily and realistically put any message you like on the t-shirts in your photos.
So watch the video, grab a photo, and get going!
psst.. Got an idea for a great photo project or tutorial? Write us!
We were full of big plans this time last year. We were going to learn to cook, run a marathon, and stop watching so much doggone TV. Now here it is nearly 2008, and weâ€™re still spending every night talking back to Trebek and noshing on Tasty Bite.
Needless to say, game show marathons and shelf-stable delicacies do not a Haile Gebreselassie make.
So much for 2007.
And hello, 2008! Weâ€™re planning to greet it with some kinder, gentler resolutions, and you can bet they wonâ€™t involve the kitchen, the remote, or running shoes. But they will involve a shutter.
We’ve come up with 19 photo-related New Year’s resolutions that’ll have you learning more, practicing more, and taking more risks in two thousand and awesome. (What is, “Fewer eyes trained on Trebek,” Alex?)
You’ve decked the halls with miles of tiny bulbs. Your front lawn is a gleaming monument to electric lighting. Even the neighbors have taken to wearing sunglasses 24/7.
It’s the Christmas wonderland of your dreams… now if only you could get a good picture of it.
Photographing holiday lights is no easy task.
Luckily, we’ve had the Photojojo elves round up the best tips and guides to taking successful Holiday photos. Call it our gift to you… now go make Clark W. Griswold proud.
Boy, are we excited. We’ve spent every waking moment these last months cooped up in the Photojojo Labs, working tirelessly on what can only be our greatest experiment ever. We’ve finally done it. We’ve found the key to…
Well, time-lapse photography. Which is basically the same thing.
So go ahead, read our guide on the ins and outs of time-lapse and start churning out your very own time-lapse videos from your photos.
Then, take up your mantle in the halls of history, beside legends such as Bernard, Hoagie and Laverne, Dr. Who, Bill & Ted, and Doctor Emmett Brown. We’ll see you there!
p.s. Help us out, Digg this guide!
When we want to go exploring, we (of course) pull out the couch cushions and start setting up a pillow/cushion jungle in the living room.
But when National Geographic goes exploring, they really go exploring â€“ all around the world, to places we’ve never even dreamed of.
And they take pictures.
Awesome pictures. In fact, we can’t believe how well National Geographic’s award-winning photography lends itself to being used as desktop wallpaper on our computer â€“ and luckily enough, National Geographic now offers many of their photos in wallpaper form. With breathtaking photos capturing topics as broad-reaching as an Old Havana playground and Pigeons in St. Peter’s Square, why, we might actually return the couch cushions back to their intended place-setting because we don’t need them anymore.
We’re about as happy right now as David Livingstone in Zanzibar!
We’ve always wanted to live in a fish tank. There â€“ we said it!
So we have odd ambitions. At least with the DIY Fisheye Lens, we’re (kinda) there. With it, we can give our photos that wonderfully distorted “fisheye” perspective â€“ the one we’d like to think fish see everything from.
Best of all, we’re making the DIY Fisheye Lens with nothing more than some tape and a lens from a pair of old eyeglasses.
So join us in our blissful underwater world, by making your own!
(Put your fins together for Melissa Lawson, the wonderful creator of the DIY Fisheye Lens, who’s sharing it with us today!)
p.s. Something new we’ve been working on: CommandShift3.com.