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

M and Ms

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

Feet picture slideshow

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

pixel-lapse

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!

Pixel-Lapse for Mac and Windows
via Make

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

shanghai cover

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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The Big Picture – Photos That Will Make You Love the News

The Big Picture

Maybe we were nerdy children, but we used to get really excited when National Geographic arrived each month.

It was the big, glossy photos that got us, pictures of faraway places and people we’d never heard of.

Here’s something that makes us feel that way again: The Big Picture.

Every day there’s a photo essay on a different news story. One day it’s the Olympics, the next it’s the shuttle launch. With ginormous pictures. The biggest you’ve ever seen on a news site!

It’s been a long time since the news made us happy. And we’re feeling pretty good about it.

The Big Picture

p.s. The Cutest Baby Ever contest ends tomorrow, June 13th. Add your photos now!

Photo credits: NASA/Johnson Space Center, AP Photo/Andre Penner, Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images, Reuters/Stringer.

Photojojo’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2008

father and daughter

Remember the year you got your dad that orange plaid tie for Father’s Day?

How about the slicer-dicer gadget that nearly claimed his thumb?

And remember that whole decade of golf tchotchkes?

Your dad remembers.

The good news is, this could be your year to turn it around.

To help you out, we proudly present our super mondo guide to Father’s Day awesomeness.

Photojojo’s Father’s Day Extravaganza 2008

p.s. It’s contest time again, and this time it’s a knock-down, drag-out, floor-scufflin’ brawl to crown The Cutest Baby Ever! We’ve got heaps of prizes for twelve lucky winners, courtesy of our pals at Flattenme.com.

All you have to do is round up a photo of the most freakishly cute baby you know and post it to our contest on the Photojojo forum by Friday June 13th.

Photo credit: Tierney Nowland
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How to Spot Doctored Photos: Fakers Beware!

fake photo

House couldn’t solve it.
CSI would be stumped.
Monk… maybe.

Can you tell this photo is a fake?

Scientific American’s research team have turned fake-photo-spotting into a forensic science.

From eye highlights to shadow direction, they break down the major mistakes fakers make. Watch out photo forgers! We’re on to you!

And now for the real mystery: Why Photoshop a flock of ducks into a riot scene?

How to Spot a Fake Photo
via Boing Boing

p.s. Revel in the absurdity of bad photo alteration at Photoshop Disasters.

How To Take Group Photos That Rawk!

group portrait

   

The goggling stares. The stiff, tortured stances. The false grins. The symptoms are all there.

You’ve got a bad case of Group Photo.

Fear not! Dr. Jojo, photoologist, at your service. And I’ve got a patent-pending, never-fail, miracle cure that’ll have you taking happy, fun group portraits whenever you want!

Here’s how:

Step 1: Set the timer on your camera. Make it short, like ten seconds.

Step 2: Arrange everybody in your shot, making the sure the camera’s zoomed out enough so you won’t cut off anybody’s head.

Step 3: Here’s the tricky part: have everybody that’s going to be in the photo come around behind the camera.

(Except Great Aunt Lily who don’t move so good. She can stay.)

Step 4: Ready? Press the button! Now everybody has to run to get into the photo before the timer goes off. Yikes! Hurry!

Now wasn’t that fun? And we can almost guarantee you’ve got a picture of smiling people actually enjoying themselves. Maybe even injuring themselves!

Now if you can just convince them all to do it one more time…

SundryBuzz’s Cure for the Group Photo Blues
Thanks for the tip, Nichole!

Photo credit: Steph Goralnick.

Navigating the Internet Photo Universe

tag galaxy
   

Finding photos on the internet is like being a tiny spacecraft adrift in a vast, starry galaxy. How will you ever find what you’re looking for in that cosmos of tags?

What you need, weary traveler, is a guide.

We hear Carl Sagan isn’t taking much new work these days, so allow us to present an alternative. Follow us to Tag Galaxy, where swirling solar systems of Flickr tags abound.

Say you want to find a memorable photo of poodles. Type in “poodle,” and it becomes a fiery sun, orbited by related tags like “dog” and “silly haircut.”

Click on more tag planets to create new suns (“poodles+noodles+strudel”). Or click on the sun itself to see all of the photos tagged with your search terms projected onto a rotatable spheroid planet.

All you need now is a turtleneck for your computer, and it’ll be just like having Carl at your side.

Find Photos with Tag Galaxy

Unsharp Mask: How Do You Actually Use That Thing?

sharpening is good

Until recently, if someone said the word “sharpening” to us, we’d whimper and hide under the table.

We mean, what the #$% is a threshold anyway?

Well, we finally got fed up with it, so we did some research. And you know what? Sharpening’s actually not that bad, and it makes a HUGE difference on digital images.*

Here’s our no-nonsense, jargon-free guide to sharpening your photos using Unsharp Mask. It’ll change your life. We promise.

*If you’re printing directly from film, feel free to be smug at this time. You don’t need to sharpen a darn thing.

Photojojo’s No-Nonsense, Jargon-Free Guide to Sharpening with Unsharp Mask

p.s. Hey San Francisco! Wanna help us out with the Photojojo Book? We need people to photograph and places to photograph them in. Check out our wishlist! We’ll make ya book-famous, baby!

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