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Rockin’ Photography: How to Shoot Great Concert Photos

It’s all about the D&B. (Dark and blurry.) If you’re a grad student in photography, D&B is your recipe for success. If you’re trying to shoot a concert, however, chances are D&B is just the best you can do.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Follow a few simple guidelines (“High ISO is your friend”, “Rapidly changing lights mean that your light meter is worthless–shoot in manual”) and your concert photos will sing. (Sorry!)

Our friend Haje points us to two guides on taking fantastic concert photographs, one geared toward small venues and one he wrote for larger venues.

(See the bottom of this post or our Flickr group for some fantastic concert photography.)

Great Concert Photos: Large Venues

Great Concert Photos: Small Venues

The DIY Talking Photo Frame

Floss, check. Hole punch, check. Nail Polish, check. Hot glue gun, electric wire, drill, and recording module, check check checkity check!

It may sound scary, but building your own talking picture frame: simpler than you’d think.

Alison and Diana walk you through all the steps in their simple video tutorial — the Pilot episode from the gals at Switch.

DIY Talking Photo Frame

How to Shoot Impromptu Street Portraits

youngnastreetportraits.jpgThis weekend, spend some time outdoors, explore a new neighborhood, hone your portrait-taking skills, make strangers smile, and walk away with some amazing photographs.

Sound good? Then we’ve got the perfect photo project for you!

Armed with a camera and a few simple tools, you too can conquer the art of the impromptu street portrait. Find out how in this simple tutorial by our friend Youngna.

How to Shoot Impromptu Street Portraits


Photo Toys: Don’t Play with Your Food, Play with Your Photos

jigsaw_frame1.jpgHurly proved an important point in Episode 9 when he built the first golf course on a tropical island full of polar bears and strange mechanical monsters — everyone can use a little more fun.

Since photos and fun are what Photojojo is all about, we figured it was time we found you some toys.

From photo rubik’s cubes, to puzzle frames, to photo tic-tac-toe boards, we’ve found photo toys every parent will love.

Don’t have kids? Well, maybe you know one. Or maybe you are one. In any case, these photo-flaunting toys are fun for the young and old alike!

Photojojo’s Photo Toys Guide


Three DIY Digital Photo Frames: Take Your Pick, $100, $80, or $40

Digital Photo Frames are the cat’s meow. Instead of dealing with messy inkjets or online photo printers, your pix go straight from your camera to the frame.

What could be sweeter?

How about building one yourself?

Sure, you can buy a pretty decent digital photo frame for about $200 now, but if you’ve got the parts lying around, or know your way around eBay and want to get your hands dirty, you can do better. Here’s a few options.

(And hey, even if soldering irons and circuit boards aren’t your thing, chances are you know someone who would really dig this. Pass it along–they may just make one for you!)

$100 DIY Digital Photo Frame from Scratch
$100 + some eBay time = a decent frame with a 5″ screen. [via MAKE]

$80 DIY Flickr/WiFi-enabled Photo Frame from an Old Laptop
One old laptop + $80 = a really sweet frame with a large LCD, WiFi, and Flickr integration!

See also… The $40 el-cheapo DIY digital photo frame on Photojojo Uncut.

Super Keen Father’s Day Photo Gifts: Only the Best for Dear Old Dad

Whether you call him Pee, Kaka, Tata, Chichi, Babbu, or “My old Man”, you’ve probably got one, and he probably doesn’t hear from you often enough.

With Father’s Day just a couple weeks away, he’s counting on you to come through with yet another rocking tie.

But we know that you know that we know that you can do better this year, so we dug up a few photo-fab doodads we thought the old man might enjoy.

And hey, if it’s gotta be a tie, we’ve got one of those, too.

Photojojo’s Father’s Day Photo Gifts


Inspiration in Lost Photographs: Grab the tissues. We’re about to get sentimental.

In 1998 Frederic Bonn found a few photos scattered on a Parisian street and decided to put them on the web. Eight years and 572 photos later, he’s still doing it.

Look at me contains his work: cherished family photographs lost or thrown away, snapshots of time long gone, simply forgotten.

The ability to take a glimpse at the world though another’s eyes is what makes photography such a poignant art form. Sometimes it’s the photographs that were never meant to be seen by others, photos no longer cared for, that are the most evocative.

The names and stories are unknown, but the images, and the narratives that we cannot help but create, are waiting to be recovered.

Next time you find yourself at a flea market and see a box of forgotten photographs for sale, do yourself a favor and give them a new home. What you find may just inspire you.

Look at me

See also…

“You can’t help but wonder at just how sweet and sad and innocent all moments of life are rendered by the tripping of a camera’s shutter, for at that point the future is still unknown and has yet to hurt us, and also, for that brief moment, our poses are accepted as honest.” –Douglas Coupland

The Miniature Model Effect in Photoshop: It’s a Small World After All

Photo by ElbCoast77

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.

Fake Model Photography in Photoshop

See also…
Beautiful tilt-shift effect photos: Tokyo, Disneyworld (Via BB, by a co-creator of Myst!), Silicon Valley, Flickr. Go hardcore and make your own tilt-shift lens, or learn everything there is to learn on the subject.

Colorful, Retro Camera Straps: The Perfect Accessory For Your New SLR

Retro Camera StrapIf 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.

Vic’s “Hippie Style” Camera Straps

See also…
Denise Cozzitorto hand-makes her Snazzy Camera Straps. They’re available in 24 gorgeous patterns for $20 each. (Update: Got a Canon Rebel? Read this first.)

Thanks to subscriber Dave Morin for the tip. Got an idea for us? Send it here!

Learn How To Mat. Matting Gives Photos Teh Snappiness!

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.

How I Cut a Mat. By Sarah.


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