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You’re twirling. The warm sun is falling on your face, the soft grass is under your bare feet and an ecstatic child is beaming at you. That’s the sort of moment that makes us love summer.
No such a memory? Fear not! With a willing small human and a helpful friend, you can make your very own magic moment! (And a stunning photo record to boot.)
Position your friend behind you and the child in front, with your friend holding the camera above your arms and pointing it down toward the child. Select a slow-ish shutter speed of 1/15th sec to blur the background.
Altogether now: spin!
Once our giddy little subject is aloft, advise your friend to start snapping.
Review your photos, and repeat as necessary. (We’d wait for your head to stop spinning first.)
Thanks to reader Linda LaSut for the tip! Photo Credit: Philipe Tarbouriech
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A lenticular is an image that appears differently depending on how you look at it. If you’ve ever seen a postcard or movie poster that changes when you look at it from the left vs. the right, you’ve seen a lenticular.
Lenticulars usually require a special plastic sheet consisting of many tiny convex lenses, but you can make a super simple one with just two photos and some paper.
They make great, unique gifts, and it’s a cool way to show off more than one photo (especially related ones) in a single frame.
And it’s as simple as slicing, printing, folding and enjoying! Read our tutorial to learn how to do it!
p.s. Help spread the word: Digg this tutorial!
Sure your camera’s got 17 megapixels, a 10x zoom, and all the jiggawatts you could possibly need, but you still feed a couple Washingtons to the photo booth in the mall whenever you pass by. You’re a romantic that way.
You’ll have to do without the curtain, but webapps Cameroid and Phozi promise to bring some photo booth magic home.
Both work with webcams (either built-in or not) and let you snap a photo and share them off with just a couple clicks.
Like Apple’s Photobooth, Cameroid lets you choose from a variety of live image effects, including our favorite: Superhero. Phozi taps the crazy around Japanese Purikura booths, letting you doodle on and decorate your instant snaps with special graphics before sending them to facebook, myspace, xanga, etc.
Both are a ton of fun, and a great way to put that dusty webcam to use!
Here’s what we know about our dads: They love fishing, golf, mowing the lawn, and taking naps. Alas, the amphibious golf cart equipped with fish-finder, lawn-mowing blade, and squishy pillow has yet to be perfected. (Get to it, inventors!).
Sorry, Pops. Maybe next year. In the meantime, here are some photorific Father’s Day alternatives from your friends at Photojojo.
p.p.s. Get Photojojo ideas on your Facebook profile, add the new Photojojo Facebook App!
Photo credit: Denise Perri
If you’re old-skool like us, you remember hurrying home from school, heading straight for your room, and hunching over your keyboard to log into your favorite MUD, slay dragons, and find treasure.
It was a simpler time. A time when computers didn’t have fancy graphics and candy-colored buttons, and if they wanted to show you a cranky green ogre, they didn’t use CG. They used our friends “|”, “\”, “/”, and “.”
Miss it? Well pop in an Air Supply cassette and surf over to Photo2text. Upload a photo and shiny metal robots turn it into in-stant ASCII. Retro-spiff.
High-contrast photos work best, and your file has to be smaller than 200K. Make a few high-tech adjustments, then take it low-fi at Photo2text.
p.s. Want more ASCII art? Check out Christopher Johnson’s ASCII Art Collection, featuring the always-popular “Naked Ladies” section [Maybe not safe for work.. but people, it's ASCII!] And don’t miss the ASCII Art Dictionary or Joan Stark’s ASCII art. If that last page doesn’t take you back, nothing will. It uses java!!
p.p.s. Mac user? Check this out: you can play Quicktime movies as ASCII movies!
Photo Credit: Reluctant Suburbanite
Remember those shoulder-mounted VHS camcorders dad used to haul out at soccer games once a year, “for posterity”? Shrink it down to 1/20th the size, 1/10th the cost, and make it run for a couple hours on a pair of AAs, and you’d have the Flip Video.
When technology works, it’s a wonderful thing.
This critter packs a built-in flip-out USB port for downloading 640×480 MPEG4 at 30 frames-per-second (geek-speak for “pretty decent quality”) to your PC or Mac, a small LCD to review what you’ve recorded, a cable to watch videos on your TV in seconds, and a friendly user interface that requires no manual. (Really, truly!)
Cinema-quality video it is not, but surprisingly clear and bright for its size and cost, it is. We’ve been having a blast using this guy this past week!
We think the Flip Video is perfect for anyone who wants to capture video without hassle, or a rugged camera for little hands.
p.s. Batteries included!
Hey you, yeah you. If you’re not subscribed to Photojojo Uncut, you’re missing out! You guys recently suggested more ways to send a letter to yourself in the future, and asked us where to find photobooths in the US and abroad.
As Doc Brown and Hiro Nakamura will tell you, sending a message to yourself in the the past is a tricky matter.
Fortunately, sending a message to a future you is far less error-prone, and requires neither flux capacitor nor fantastic genetic mutation.
Our friend Raul recently opened an envelope he sent himself 21 years ago, with instructions to add a photobooth self-portrait to the one contained within it. The similarities two decades later are striking.
Inspired by his example, we’ve compiled a short list of ideas for creating your own ongoing photo time capsule — an easy, fun photo project you can do anytime.
p.s. Yo, we’re on Facebook. Climb aboard the new Friends of Photojojo group!
p.p.s. Anyone know of a reliable way (non e-mail) to send a letter or package to yourself years in the future? Please email!
Pick up nearly 100 pointers, from how to shoot churches, castles, and canyons, to the nitty-gritty of shooting on mountaintops, in city streets, or at the aquarium. Their guide is written with film cameras in mind, but the basics hold true for digital.
Among their tips:
- For clear campfire shots, let your camera take its exposure readings from a well-lit face. Fire in the frame will throw off your camera’s calculations.
- Research your destination and plan a “shooting itinerary” so you don’t miss any great shots. (But remember that some of the best photographs are made when you stray from the beaten path.)
- In wild caves, put your camera shutter in the B position and fire your flash multiple times to paint the room with light.
- Underwater, colors will photograph naturally to a depth of about 10 feet but fade away quickly beyond that. Use flash.
Before you hit the road kick it on over to Fodor’s for the full list.
And hey, while you’re out there, take Yogi Berra’s advice: “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
p.s. Some fun city names we came across while researching this piece that we couldn’t help but share: Sandwich, IL, Romance, AK, Batman, Turkey, Hot Coffee, MS, and Rough and Ready, CA. (Okay, OK enough already.)
Photo Credit: Sergio Louro
Yeah, we do, too. All the time.
The good folks at the University of St. Andrews Perception Lab have come up with a way to make your dreams reality. Sort of.
Their Face Transformer gives you a glimpse of how you might look a couple decades from now, or with another ethnic background. Or drunk. (But you donâ€™t really need your computer for that, now do you? — Unless youâ€™re under 21, kiddo.)
Upload your mugshot and let the Face Transformer do the rest. Good luck, and may you grow old far more gracefully than the Transformer predicts.
Back in March, we told you about George Lange’s 2006 photo flipbook. Ever since, you’ve been emailing, calling, and using messenger pigeons with little notes attached to their tiny little ankles to ask us how you can create your own Lange-style flipbook.
Ok, already. We’re gonna show you how.
To keep things simple, we’ll use a free and easy web application called JumpCut that works on any computer. Before you know it, you’ll be stringing together photos and music to make a beautiful photo slideshow of your very own.
Read our tutorial to learn how!
p.s. Today’s the last day to order photo goodies for you mama in time for Mother’s Day. There, we said it.