You know how when you’re in an airplane about to land, everything down below starts to look like it’s part of a little toy world? Little toy trucks driving around, little tiny ant people, houses made of little play bricks?
You can achieve the same effect in your photographs using a fancy schmancy “tilt-shift” lens. (Stay tuned for a $100 alternative we’ll be covering soon!) Or, use Photoshop to achieve the look for free!
We’ve been looking for the best tutorial on the technique. This is it.
Published on May 29, 2006 — See more Post-Processing
If you have an SLR camera, it’s probably got a standard-issue narrow black fabric strap attached to it, emblazoned with “Nikon” or “Canon” in somewhat cheap-looking white or yellow felt type.
You can see where we’re going with this.
Those who make their living taking photos will throw that strap in the trash. Replacement straps are usually wider (more comfortable when carrying a hefty SLR and lens) and they’re often more secure.
We recently tried out “Hippie Style” straps by Vic Cherubini and loved ‘em. At $9, they’re a perfect gift for yourself or an SLR-toting friend.
Published on May 26, 2006 — See more Buy This
There’s no question about it, a mat and frame make your photos look hot.
You could have the best eye in the world, the nicest camera, have caught the moment, and juiced it perfectly in Photoshop. But a floppy old print is still lame. Sure, there are lots of other ways to show off those snaps, but sometimes you want a traditional look.
It’s easy to find nice ready-made frames on the cheap. Trouble is, getting your photos matted can be pricey.
Matting photos yourself, however, is easy, fun, and cheap! Check out the super simple tutorial Sarah Neuburger wrote on her method. You’ll be matting in no time flat.
Published on May 22, 2006 — See more DIY
Yes folks, it’s Photoshop time.
If you’ve been looking for ways to get more creative with your photos in Photoshop, this may be just the practice you need.
Kollabor8 is an “experiment in online collaborative digital image making.” Basically, it’s like the game “telephone”, but for pictures.
The game unfolds as players take turns making changes to an image. Anyone can upload an image to start a new “chain”, and others can add to the chain by editing the image and uploading their version. Some changes are iterative, while others alter the image until it’s nearly unrecognizable.
A great way to flex your Photoshop muscle and get thinking creatively.
Published on May 19, 2006 — See more Websites
You forgot mother’s day, your friend’s been having a horrible year, you’re bored. Whatever. Point is, you need to produce a gift.
We’re here to help. Gather your piles of vacation photos, stunning portraits of Aunt Mildred, and your gallery-worthy shots of your feet; it’s time to put ‘em to use.
We’re going to show you how to make a stunning gift using your photos in 15 minutes or less. Keep it for yourself and make another for a friend. It’s sure to impress.
Watch our step-by-step video to find out how.
If we could turn back time, we’d find a way to make our parents follow the annual ritual that Diego Golberg has been practicing since June 17th, 1976.
His aim is simple: to take a single portrait of every family member, every year. The results are jarringly beautiful and thought-provoking.
25 years collapse in an instant.
You can breeze through this in a second, if you want. But do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes really looking at these faces.
We think it’s never too late to start this photo ritual.
(BTW: Our friend Ely notes, and we agree, that Nicolas has clearly become a player by 1998.)
If you’re like us, you’ve got your music on your iPod and a big mess of dusty CD jewel cases in your closet.
It’s a snap. First use FD’s Photo Calendar Maker to turn any photo into a one-month calendar template. Then use these simple instructions to take apart a jewel case and turn it inside out to make a calendar stand.
p.s. Add your calendar templates to the Photojojo photo pool and we’ll link to them in our next email!
Your mom, your best friend who just became a new mom, Stacy’s Mom, they all share something in common: they’re not appreciated nearly enough. With Mother’s Day just days away, you’ve still got time to change that.
What’s that you say? Mother’s Day just days away?
Yeah, Sunday, May 14th(!)
We’ll give you a hand. We’ve compiled a last-minute list of 5 awesome photo gifts that the mothers in your life will adore.
Whether you call it pop or soda, it’s bubbly, cold, teeth-rotting, and awfully tasty.
And now, armed with your photos, you can make it truly yours.
If you already know about Jones Soda, you probably know that they’re a tiny soda company that’s made unique flavors (like Bubble Gum, Green Apple, and Strawberry) since 1995; and you probably know that their bottles feature beautiful photography.
What most people don’t know is that you can upload a photo of your choice to the Jones website and they’ll ship you a custom 12-pack with your pic on the bottle.
Customization doesn’t come cheap; a dozen bottles will set you back $35 + shipping. But it is easy: Upload a photo, choose your soda flavor, tap in your credit card, then sit back and wait for bubbly refreshment to arrive at your doorstep.
Not since we used PrintShop for our Commodore 64 has mural printing been this addictive. The Rasterbator is a website that makes printing your photographs HUGE way easier (and way cheaper) than the print jockeys at your local copy shop.
Thanks to Gursky, small is out and BIG is in. And if youâ€™re like us, you were tired of small anyway.
It’s simple: Upload your JPG file to the Rasterbator and it spits back a printer-friendly PDF. Use your trusty, or crummy, inkjet (or better yet, your work laser printer) and a few minutes later youâ€™re holding a Rasterbated bundle of sheets ready for assembly into one chic wall mural.
Take that, small.
The photo you see above was rasterbated by Shannon Holman. Thanks, Shannon!
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