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Bumbi — The Otherworldly Squishy Photo Toy that Looks Like You, Talks Like You…

When the space invaders come, we hope they’re more Bumbi than Aliens.

Bumbi, the Swiss-made ‘never-miss-me-again’ bear may be a little strange-looking (in an adorable sort of way) but he’s smarter than the average bear.

Cut your favorite photo to fit, slide it into Bumbi’s faceplate, record a message (up to 10 seconds of audio), and Bumbi will be transformed into your smaller, fuzzier doppelganger, ready to tell your sweetie that you only have eyes for her at the press of his elongated blue arm. (We told you he was a little weird).

But this bear can do more than simply reminding your lady you wuv her. Rig your Bumbi up to…

  • Send Grandma some authentic Junior-issued goo-goos and gaa-gaas.

  • Lull Junior to sleep with a Grandma-made lullaby.

  • Break up with your crazy girlfriend from a safe distance.

  • Remind the roommates to take out the trash/wash the dishes.

Or do what we did. Embellish Bumbi with a picture of Clive Owen and record a little Barry White. That ought to take the chill out of this cold snap.

Bumbi never-miss-me-again bear

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Strip Your Pics! — Create Photo Comic Strips Online with Comeeko

If a picture really does tell a thousand words, then a comic strip ought to tell roughly 1500 or so.

Release your inner Stan Lee and let your photos speak up using Comeeko, a site where you can give your photos a little extra KERPOW! with a comic strip-style makeover.

With comic text, tattoos, hair pieces, and cosmetic accessories galore, a few uploads and a couple of clicks is all you’ll need to pit your best friend against Borat or slip the old man into a bikini.

Turn photos into comics with Comeeko


   
   
5 Great Photo Projects for Parties — Use Your Camera To Make New Friends

It’s party time (excellent!), but you know hardly anyone on the guest list. What’s a would-be wallflower to do?

Why, bring your camera and a few props, of course!

Pack some of our great photo projects and you’ll have your party-animal pals posing for mugshots, jumping for joy — even leaping in the tub — in no time.

Just don’t forget to get a few shots of yourself with all your new friends.

p.s. New on Photojojo Uncut: A spiffy ghost cameras shirt from Oddica, and a Swiss museum that will put your photo on its wall for real!

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How to Make Video Panoramas from Your Digital Camera’s Video Clips

We call ‘em Videoramas.

Panoramic photographs are great at taking in entire landscapes, urban and natural. They allow you to see beyond what your camera can capture in one frame (or in the case of panographies, many many many frames).

But why stop with stills? Your digital camera probably shoots video clips as well, and by stitching those clips together, you can make a full-motion video panorama. Landscapes, streetscapes, interior shots, birthday parties, they all come to life in sparkling, wide-angle videoramas. If you liked our panographies, you’ll love our videoramas.

Read on to see an example and learn how it’s done.

p.s. Haaappy Birthday, Photojojo! We turned 1 yesterday. :D Help us celebrate by blogging about us or telling a friend about your favorite photo newsletter. It would make our day!

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Picture Your Photos on a Museum Wall. It’s Just a Click with Museumr.

Always dreamt of having your work shown at the Met or the MoMA? Sure, you could shoot for years, work the gallery circuit, get to know the right people… but that could take a lifetime.

Banksy found a DIY shortcut, but us, we’d prefer something that won’t send us to the slammer.

Something like Museumr.

Point this site to any of your photos online and pick a museum. A few seconds later, you’ll get a convincing photo of your most excellent work up on the wall. Just where it belongs.

Sometimes it’s safer to pretend.

Museumr

Photo by Mareen Fischinger

p.s. According to Photojojo Uncut, instructions for making last week’s Spam can pinhole cam are now available.


   
   
Make Yourself a Camera Out of Paper, Mint Tins, or Spam — Pinhole Cameras

A couple weeks ago, all the camera makers gathered in Las Vegas to strut their latest. Amidst the bright lights, big screens, buttons, and megapixels, it was easy to forget that photography can be a very simple art form.

There’s no better way to remind yourself than to make your own camera. Out of paper, a tin of mints, or a can of spam.

You won’t get optical image stabilization or face-tracking focusing when you make a pinhole camera, but you will get dreamy, surreal, and ghostly photographs from a camera you made with your very own hands. And, we hope, fresh perspective on a favorite hobby.

The Dirkon — Communist Czech Paper Pinhole Camera [thx Youngna!]
See also: Linatree variation on the above [thx John Tan!]

DIY Altoids Tin Pinhole Camera

Spam Can Pinhole Camera

p.s. Our favorite SD memory card, the fold-it-up-and-stick-it-right-in-your-USB-port Sandisk 2GB, is now at an absurdly low $37 on Amazon. Get it while it’s hot, it used to be $90!


   
   
Give Your Car a Pixar-style Cars Makeover

Your rims are far from fab, you’re still rockin’ the cassette player, and your grille could use a bit of bling.

Sure, you could wait for Xhibit to bound through your front door. But honestly, that could take awhile. He’s a busy man.

But who needs Xhibit when you have Photoshop? In this tutorial, the so-called “Psychochild” comes through with the lowdown on pimping your ride Lightning McQueen-style…

Turn Your Car into a Cars Car!
forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1151725

p.s. Liked the impressionistic Orton Effect we covered in January? Check out this variation we just posted on Photojojo Uncut!


   
   
A Healthy Dose of Photo Inspiration — George Lange’s 2006 Photo Flipbook

Every so often, we run across photos that make us fall in love with photography all over again.

This is one of those times.

Last December, photographer George Lange put together a photo slideshow of his favorite work from 2006, and we’ve probably watched it ten times.

Spend three minutes with George and we guarantee you’ll be reaching for your camera by the end of it.

George notes: Each day I have this privilege of telling the stories of people who share their lives with me. Each day I take in all that I can. Each day I share the evidence. In the end, it is a very simple answer I give when someone asks me what I do. “I take portraits.”

George Lange’s 2006 Photo Flipbook
langephoto.com/video_flipbook.html [thx Sahadeva]

p.s. Have you set your photos to music to create an awesome slideshow/flipbook? Wanna write a how-to tutorial for us? Get in touch!

p.p.s. See below for some amazing portraits you’ve submitted recently to the Photojojo Flickr Group.


   
   
Create a Photo Time Capsule Today — No Digging Required

Remember that awesome time capsule you and your brother/sister/best friend made when you were kids? A box full of tattered Archies, tapes of Casey Kasem’s Top 40, ticket stubs to The Goonies…

Bet you wish you knew where you’d buried that thing.

Digging around the backyard isn’t the only way to get a blast from the past. Here’s a quick photo time capsule project inspired by an old camera our pal Adam found a couple years ago.

STEP 1: Buy a cheap disposable camera.

STEP 2: Take your disposable camera everywhere you go for a week, or on a vacation. Take pictures of all your friends. Fill it up with photos.

STEP 3: Write your name, address, phone, email, today’s date, and the words “Photo Time Capsule! Develop me in a few years” on the camera. Sock it in a drawer.

STEP 4: Let time pass. Move in and out of relationships, jobs, apartments. Find happiness and live life fully.

STEP 5: Rediscover camera in some dusty box, bookshelf, or corner. Develop it.

STEP 6: Admire the odd stains and scratches on the photos you get back. Marvel at what your sepia-toned life was once like. Sigh, smile.

Adam notes: I like to think that disposable cameras are like wine. The longer you wait to develop them (or drink them) the better they are.

We couldn’t agree more.

Adam Varga’s Lost Kayaking Trip Photos
flickr.com/photos/abv/sets/72157594334357857/


   
   
Printable, Foldable, DIY Lens Hoods, Fitted For Your Lens. Free!

Paul Mutton doesn’t want you to spend twenty bucks on buying a useful, but painfully simple, piece of black plastic.

Lens hoods, those round plastic rings that sit at the end of your SLR’s lens, are great at preventing lens flare and unwanted reflections when shooting in sunlight.

Unfortunately, buying or replacing one can be surprisingly expensive. So Paul created a whole series of printable, foldable, paper lens hoods you can download for free!

Just look up your Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sigma, Tamron, or Tokina lens, print out the corresponding lens hood, fold it up, and slap it on. They even fold back up to make ‘em easier to carry around!

Free, Foldable Lens Hoods
www.lenshoods.co.uk

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