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No longer will crudely-drawn talking heads the likes of which you’ve seen on Southpark and Homestar Runner be the sole province of animation sweatshops in Asia.
Yes friends, two enterprising young go-getters have finally cracked the code.
Surf on over to Blabberize, upload a photo of a human, animal, or your favorite anthropomorphic object, and carefully select the lower jaw with the tools provided. Next, hit record and speak some words of wisdom. A click or two later and your photo comes to life and repeats your words right back at you.
From the Forum…
+ youngna: How much to charge when someone wants to buy a print?
+ andreskrey: Which sub $500 cam with manual shutter and aperture?
+ PaulS: Favorite sunny day photo projects?
+ Spamouflage: Just got a DSLR. Good books on photo tips?
+ sahadeva: Post your story told with photos!
As with many groundbreaking artistic techniques, the validity of art created with digital tools has been controversial.
But Sarah Schneider and Jake Hurwitz’s Digital Picassos are a revolution we can all get behind. Their simple method makes this truly the common man’s cubism.
Step 1: Find a couple digital cameras. (Ideally with large screens.)
Step 2: Hold each camera closely over a crucial part of your face as if you’re going to take a picture of it.
Step 3: Get a friend to take a picture of you. Rearrange and re-shoot as necessary to make yourself look as ugly as possible.
Check out the site to see more examples of the technique and submit your own!
Nick!)(Thanks for the tip,
From the Forum…
+ Karen asks: Model releases: Duh, of course? or Nah, don’t bother?
+ Alicia wonders, Film & Digital in the same camera, does it exist?
+ Kreeger wants to see your favorite photos.
+ luke0x wants to know what have you been shooting lately?
+ charliesuh posted a neat photo project he did at home and wants to see yours.
(The bug-zappers have been on full blast at The New Photojojo Forum. If you haven’t hopped aboard already, now’s the time.)
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
p.s. Be the first to try the new Photojojo Super Awesome Photo Forum! Got questions about what camera to buy? Want critique for a photo you took recently? Got a great idea for a photo project you want to share? Our new forum is getting ready for its big debut, and we’re looking for some friendly beta testers. Jump on board and be the first to give it a try!
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