Photographs of the Forgotten — Tim Kirsch’s Museum of Abandoned Buildings

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Tim Kirsch is braver than us.

He lugs his DSLR and hefty tripod over fences, through pigeon poo, across teetering floorboards, and through the dark.

What’s this guy doing, you ask? He’s photographing the heart of the planet’s eeriest abandoned buildings. All in the name of art.

The results are stunning: a million shades of rust, ghostly-lit interiors, broken sinks, mirrors, typewriters, rotting pillows, a red barber’s chair that looks as new as the walls around it look old. Piles of tiles and wallpaper rot next to the room of broken wheelchairs. Birds nesting in a breaker room. Al Capone’s prison cell, just as he left it. (That’s it to the right.)

With so much new (and improved!) around us everyday, seeing the old and forgotten can really give one pause.

We’re inspired to bring our camera next time we’re rooting around that creepy cemetery on the hill. In fact, we’re searching out deserted buildings on our walk home.

Tim Kirsch’s Opacity, Museum of Abandoned Buildings.

p.s. Tomorrow’s the last day for the WeSay.com‘s election-related photo contest! All photos get on the homepage of their national website. Best photo wins $100 at Calumet Photo. Submit your entry on WeSay.com or email politicspics@wesay.com

Your Bike? Awesome. Your Camera? Awesome. You Thinking what We’re Thinking?

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The smell of the road, the wind at your back, infinity miles per gallon…

Riding your bike sure is sweet. But you know what would make it even sweeter? The tried-and-tested, make-it-yourself, $10 + 10 minutes Photojojo BikeCam!

Just don’t assemble it while moving. And stop at all red lights. And stop signs. And use your hand signals. And wear a helmet, for pete’s sake. Your brain’s in there.

Read on to find out how…

The Photojojo DIY BikeCam — $10/10 minutes

p.s. WeSay is running a photo contest — submit election-related photos by the end of the week and they’ll be featured on the homepage of their national website. The winner’s photo will be shown as the ‘hero shot’! Submit your entry on WeSay.com or email politicspics@wesay.com

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The Photo Chain — a Photo within a Photo within a Photo within…

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Remember chain letters? They promised riches, luck, love, avoidance of certain death.

Well, we never got those envelopes stuffed with cash or cookies, but hey we’re still alive!

Take that simple idea, add photography, and you’ve got the Photo Chain, a picture of a picture of a picture, all across the world. See where your friends take a piece of you!

It’s easy:

Step 1: Start the chain by taking a picture. Easily recognizable objects work best–think bright colors, big shapes, like a giant statue in the woods, neon yellow daffodils, or your stuffed monkey. Aim for a neutral background in this first photo.

Step 2: Send it to a friend. Email your shot to a pal in Honduras, your grouchpa in Sweden, anybody who’s handy with a camera and printer.

Step 3: Instruct grouchpa to download and print a high quality 4×6.

Step 4: Ask him to take a picture of that 4×6 in front of something in his world (rocking chair? chartreuse refrigerator?). Hands in the photo are cool, just be sure the 4×6 takes front and center so it’s still clear as the chain gets longer.

Step 5: Get grouchpa to send his photo-of-your-photo along to a friend to keep the chain going.

What now? Ask members of your chain gang to send you each picture they take, then frame them in jewel cases or create an online gallery!

Bob Nanna’s Polaroid Picture Chain Video

Play the Picture in Picture Pass in the Photojojo Forum

p.s. Want your photo in the Photojojo Book? It’s easy! We’re looking for dozens of photos. Click here to see what kinds of pictures we need.

Photo Bookmarks You Can Make Out of Your Friends, Enemies & Frenemies

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It’s guest time here at Photojojo!

Please give a rousing Photojojo welcome to… all the way from Rochester, New York… our buddies from Kodak!

Photojojo: Hi Kodak, welcome to the show. And what do you have for us today?

Kodak: Well Photojojo, we’ve got a DIY bookmark you can make from your photos! When it’s done, it looks like you’ve got a person sticking out of your book.

Photojojo: Wow, okay, that sounds cool.

Kodak: Also, it has magnets.

Photojojo: AWESOME! We are so in!

So, without further ado, let’s…

Make A Magnetic Photo Bookmark

p.s. Wanna help out with the Photojojo Book? Send us your picture by July 18th and we might put you in the book! Click here to see what kinds of pictures we need.

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101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes — This is Rapid-Fire Learning, Folks

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Deke McClelland is a full-blown, hardcore geek. The kind of geek we love.

How can you not love a guy who creates a frantic, hand-waving, occasionally obscenity-strewn, rap music video… about Photoshop keyboard shortcuts?

And it’s not just for pros. Anyone who’s ever used a marquee will enjoy this one.

If you haven’t seen his masterpiece, we challenge you to spend the next few minutes watching his video and not learn something new. Really, go. Right now.

Back? Want more? Grab a Photoshop Keyboard Skin, download Deke’s handy iPod/iPhone version and sip it down in a to-go cup! We’re one step closer to Photoshop deification with each play.

Deke’s 101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes

p.s. Yanks may want to give our 11 Tips for Sparkling Fireworks Photos a read in advance of tomorrow’s boom boom show. Cameras and fireworks do mix.

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Photojojo’s Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Photography

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You may not have heard about this in the news (it’s kind of one of those underground media stories) but gasoline is getting sort of expensive.

We fear it might put a damper on one of the greatest pastimes ever: road trips!

We at Photojojo love road trips because they’re a photographer’s dream: each new mile is a photo waiting to happen. So we’ve compiled our Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Photography, to inspire you on your next trip!

Gather as many friends as you can for your carpool vacation, and pack the camera gear into your hybrid (or rent one!). It’s time to hit the road!

Photojojo’s Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Photography

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An Itty-Bitty Picture That Won’t Melt in Your Hand? (:-O) Say Hola to Photo M&Ms!

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The printing press. The light bulb. Penicillin. The horse-less carriage.

Our seventh-grade history teacher was enthusiastic about these Very Important Things. He also played the flugelhorn and collected sad clown figurines. We didn’t put much stock in his opinions.

But now we understand the hubbub over innovation. Friends, we have seen the future. And it has a thin candy shell.

You can now print photos on M&Ms. Huzzah!

We think the possibilities are pretty well limitless. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Party favors. We’re thinking weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, your birthday party, your cat’s birthday party …
  • Running for office. The other guy might promise pork, but everybody knows chocolate’s where it’s at.
  • Tell your enemies to bite you. And mean it.
  • Gifts. Plaster those chocolates with Zac Efron, a sad clown or your own mug and you’ve got a no-fail, any-occasion present.

Get Custom Photo M&Ms!

p.s. We just heard that MOO makes full-size business cards now! Get a different photo printed on every biz card and use your card case as a tiny portfolio. My word that’s stylish!

Vacation Photos with a Twist — or What to Do with All Those Pictures of Your Feet

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You can tell a lot about a person yourself by looking at their your feet.

Taking a picture of your feet — as natural as:
… looking both ways before crossing the street
… forgetting someone’s name right after you meet
… skipping over cracks in the asphalt/concrete
… finding yourself outnumbered, and beating a hasty retreat

It’s something almost everyone does. So why not find a use for those toe shots?

Here’s an idea: start photographing your travels, whether exotic or everyday, by photographing all your fancy footwear and the ground it covers.

It’s a new twist on vacation photos or everyday photos. We think you’ll be surprised by how much you can tell by what’s on a person’s feet, and what’s under ’em

For inspiration, see out hrrrthrrr’s great feet photo movie.

Hrrthrrr’s Fancy Feet Photos Video

p.s. Try our stop motion tutorial for ideas on stringing your photos into video.

p.p.s. Inkjet printing questions? Andrew Darlow is here to help. The 10 best questions win his new book, 301 Inkjet Tips & Techniques. Ask your question in the next 48 hours!

p.p.p.s. Thanks to everybody who entered the Cutest Baby Ever contest! Check out the winners here!
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Turn Your Webcam Into a Funhouse Mirror

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Marcel Duchamp walks into a bar, with a funhouse mirror in one hand and a webcam in the other…

Wait, how does that go again?

Anyway, we’re pretty sure if you put those things together, you’d end up with pixel-lapse.

Instead of capturing a photo all at once, pixel-lapse records one pixel at a time, starting at the top of the image and working downwards.

Try moving your head side to side as the picture records, or moving closer to the camera, or changing positions halfway through.

Surrealists of the world, unite!

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p.s. If you don’t want your images uploaded to the online user’s gallery, be sure to turn off “photo-sharing” whenever you open the pixel-lapse application.

Two Great Ways to Publish Your Own Magazine

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It’s amazing how much money we’ve spent on photo magazines over the years.

Of course, that’s nothing compared to the amount of time we’ve spent getting the stink eye from the cashier as we thumbed through every magazine at the newsstand.

And then came The Internet, where you can browse photo magazines all day with nary a stink eye in sight.

Even better, you can publish your own magazine online. For free. And it’ll look just like a real magazine, with pages you can flip through.

Use it as a portfolio, show off that photo essay you’ve been working on, or get your artsy friends together for a virtual gallery show. You can even get your magazine printed and sell it!

Read on for more ideas on how to publish your own magazine, and why you should!

Publish Your Own Photo Mag

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