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That may strike you as a bit pessimistic, but we think this whole New Year’s Resolutions thing has gotten a bit out of hand.
This New Year’s, instead of making difficult resolutions anyone would have trouble keeping, then feeling bad about it when you fail, why not pick something that’ll make you feel good every time you do it?
Here’s a few fun photography resolutions we’re considering this year. Pick one that you think you’ll enjoy and start 2007 with a smile.
It’s XMAS again, and whether you’re cowering from a murderous robotic Santa or screaming in complete and utter joy, by the time the afternoon rolls around, you’ll probably be looking for your next thrill.
Elf Yourself. Just upload a photo of someone’s face (your own, a pal, or a loved one), adjust it online, and out pops a singing, dancing, elf.
It gets better: The site prompts you to call a special number where you can record a voice message. Seconds later, your elf will be singing your message as he boogies down. His mouth even opens and closes to match your words!
Send your elf to a friend or save him for yourself. Either way, he’s sure to chase away those post XMAS-morning doldrums.
p.s. For more XMAS fun, check out the Scared of Santa gallery. Ho ho ho.
Your friends would look better if they had goatees, chest hair, and maybe some bruises.
At least, that seems to be the general thinking behind PikiPimp.com. And we think they’re onto something.
Upload or type in the URL for a photo, and PikiPimp will let you accessorize it with facial hair, eye-wear, new lips, ears, tattoos, and tongues… In short, embarrassing knickknacks of all sorts.
It’s like Mr. Potato Head but with photos.
PikiPimp’s not the first to do this, but they do it exceptionally well. Resize and rotate your additions, even adjust their opacity until they’re just right. Then hit save and print, share, or pop your creation into cards. Grandma with aviators, Robby with a rabbi beard and a parrot on his shoulders. It’s all here.
If you’ve resorted to e-cards for friends this year, take our advice and put your photo through PikiPimp before clicking send. They may even thank you.
p.s. We had trouble getting PikiPimp to work in Safari, but it’s hunky-dory in Firefox.
Capturing motion well is one of the most difficult photographic challenges. It can be hard enough to get the lighting and composition just right in a posed shot. But try and do it while you’re chasing a toddler or a terrier and you’re in for a surprise.
The technical aspects of shooting motion are easy: a fast shutter speed (or the action or sports setting) will freeze motion, a slow one will introduce motion blur. Where you go from there makes the difference between a shot that merely documents and one that uses action to paint a scene or set a mood.
Up for some experimentation? We recommend you start with panning (as in golf, swing through the ball… er, click) and then try some nontraditional composition ideas. Our pals at DPS have a great post on each.
p.s. Today is the last day for XMAS delivery (USA orders) of awesome photo goodies from The Photojojo Shop! We’ve got refreshed stock, great stocking stuffers, and shipping is only $5!
Even in the world of super-cool, we’ve-been-waiting-for-it-all-year, and how-dare-it-waltz-in-at-the-last-minute camera accessories, the Monsterpod and Gorillapod SLR Zoom are fashionably late.
But like all good hosts, we’re happy to see them all the same.
Of course it helps that they’re both completely and utterly drool-worthy.
Unlike traditional tripods, these things are tiny and super-light. Even better, they can go places and do things no ordinary tripod could dream of. (The gravity-defying Monsterpod sticks to walls, trees, chain link fences, it can even suspend your camera upside down from glass, for gods sake!)
If you think that sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, you’re right. You’ve never seen tripods like these.
OMG. OMG. It’s finally here. We’ve been chasing this one down, hard, since August.
From the moment it appeared at PMA (fancy schmancy photo-people conference), people went crazy over the impossible things the Monsterpod could do. But you couldn’t buy it–no one could.
The wait is finally over. The Monsterpod is here.
What is it? It’s a small, round disc. The camera attaches to one side, and on the other there’s a glob of bright orange viscoelastic polymer. This stuff is magic. Really, magic.
It lets you stick your camera to just about anything — trees, street lamps, plate glass windows, sheetrock, concrete, furniture, cars. It’ll stick sideways, it will hold your camera upside down. The thing sticks to ANYTHING, and you can peel it right off.
You won’t believe your eyes, so take our word for it. It works.
Click through to see pictures we took of this thing all around New York City. We got the very first shipment in the States. Order now for holiday delivery.
Gravity-defying miracle pod, available now for XMAS delivery.
We loved the original Gorillapod when we took a look at it months ago — it’s tiny, and its infinitely flexible tentacles let it stand on uneven surfaces or wrap around objects (trees, poles, railings, etc.) to get you impossible shots.
Because it’s so light and small, it’s totally practical to stuff it in your pocket or toss it in your backpack or purse.
We’ve been asking Santa for a version that works with SLR cameras all year, and it’s finally here: the Gorillapod SLR Zoom. It holds up to 6.6 pounds of SLR, zoom lens, and flash, and it’s every bit as incredible as the original.
We’ve got both. One bit of warning: We’re one of the first to be able to offer these, and they’re in extremely short supply.
Now available for Point & Shoot and SLR Cameras in limited quantities.
This is our second week of tasty photo treats to help you share the photo love this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out the fotoclips, technicolor camera cases, Photo Block Kit, and DIY Photo Ornaments we featured earlier. Everything at the shop, including our ever-popular magnetic photo ropes and mailable photo frames, is in-stock and domestic orders will arrive in time for Christmas if you order by December 19th.
Eggnog, gingerbread houses, Santa Clause, Sinterklaas (for our Dutch friends), “Christmas Man” (any Germans in the house?), holiday cards, endless holiday shopping, and lots and lots of holiday cheer.
We love the holidays.
Just in time for this year’s festivities, we’ll show you how to make beautiful ornaments using your photos in just 15 minutes. They look great on a Christmas tree, but they’re just as awesome as decorations to hang from your mantle or from the ceiling.
Better yet, they can be sent easily through the mail and make great gifts! Let’s get started…
This is our second week of tasty photo treats to help you share the photo love this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out the fotoclips, technicolor camera cases, and Photo Block Kit we featured last week.
We’re very proud of this one.
We’ve been working for months to perfect our Do-It-Yourself Photo Blocks — the perfectly simple photo gifts you can make in just 15 minutes with your photos.
We’ve improved the process, improved the finish, even improved the quality of the fine hardwood blocks. And now you get it all in one box.
It’s the Photojojo DIY Photo Block Kit, available today.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who likes to make stuff, a great project to do on a rainy afternoon, or something fun to do with your kids, giddyup.
$25 at the Photojojo Shop. Available Now.
This week and next we’re bringing you tasty photo treats to help you share the photo love this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out installment one.
Seeing as it’s December, you’ve been good all year, and the holidays are just around the corner, you’re due some tasty photo treats. And here they come.
We’ve been working night and day to find the awesomest photo goodies in the land, and for the next two weeks, we’ll be bringing you something new and rad with every newsletter.
And since the best goodies are the ones that no one feels guilty about afterward, everything we feature will cost less than $50.
Our first installment comes to you with two wonderfully colorful photo gifts that belong in everyone’s stockings.
The Electric Pocket: The only camera case you’ll ever want.
Camera cases tend to be pretty drab, which is why we adore these colorful camera cocoons from BuiltNY. Lined with fleece on the inside and made from stretchy and durable neoprene, the tiny cases attach easily to backpacks and handbags.
Forget those boring black nylon or leather snore cases. The Electric Pocket molds to fit svelte new subcompact cameras (those tiny Canons, Nikons, Sonys, Casios, etc.) like a glove. If you or someone in your life got a snazzy new camera recently, you can’t do better than this case. It’s a dreamboat.
$22 at the Photojojo Shop. Starts shipping Friday.
Fotoclips: Build things with your photos.
It’s difficult to explain how astonishingly simple and fun these Fotoclips are. Each box contains 110 plastic clips that allow you to make photo walls, castles, mosaics, 3D sculptures… pretty much anything, by clipping together your photos.
At $10, they’re the ultimate photo stocking stuffer. Get everyone a box and spend the holidays assembling all of your photos into a family photo tapestry.
$10 for one, $27 for three at the Photojojo Shop. Available Now.
Remember: no matter how much you order, Domestic 2-3 day shipping is just $5 at the Photojojo Shop!
No, we’re not talking about Nikola Tamindzic [careful, some images NSFW], this is about the digital reinvention of the photo booth.
Party photos are tough to take, especially if you’re the host and your guests are camera-shy. A surefire method to great snaps? Power to the people!
Yes, friends, the photo booth is back. And it’s not just for drug stores and shopping malls any more — several enterprising photographers have reimagined the humble automatic photographic machine as the life of the party.
Here’s a couple of our favorites along with instructions for rolling your own:
It’s been to parties at the Whitney, celebrity bashes, even bar mitzvahs. But Mark’s booth follows a deceptively simple formula: beautiful, flattering lighting, instant feedback (every photo is projected onto a wall as soon as it’s taken, and cycles with other photos for the rest of the night), and a printout to go. As a bonus, all the photos are available online the very next day.
Brian Walsh’s Flickr Photo Booth at the Shine bar in San Francisco looks just like a traditional photo booth. It even sets your photos in the traditional 4-to-a-strip format. And then it uploads them straight to Flickr. We hear on some nights, the booth is more popular than the dance floor.
Grab a couple friends and hunker down with this tutorial and you’ll combine a computer, camera, and printer to build your own modern-day photo booth. (For extra help, check out this DIY photo booth forum.)
The holidays aren’t just a great time to take pictures, they’re also a great time to spread the photo love (to yourself, or to others.)
Since many of you are probably looking for great photo gift ideas right about now, we thought we’d give you a hand by telling you about a few of our favorites.
For each of the categories below, there are dozens, often hundreds of options. We’re not going to tell you about all of them–we’ve picked the best of the best. It’s the stuff we’d buy (or have already bought) ourselves. We’ll tell you why, and leave rest up to you.
Without further ado…