Stained Glass Made Of Photographs

Whether or not you utilize this technique with Instagrams or any other photograph you may have made, I love this idea. It's a do-it-yourself stained glass window made from 35mm transparencies. Brilliant! Sure, this Photojojo article suggests printing your favorite Instagrams onto transparency paper, but there's no reason you couldn't use your favorite "plain old fashioned" digital image files and print them as transparencies too. For the analog-inclined, you can use regular 35mm slides. It's a great way to show off some of your favorite photos will making something quirkily beautiful out of an otherwise bare window. Brilliant! I'll be putting this to use in my own home asap—if my wife lets me.

http://content.photojojo.com/diy/diy-make-stained-glass-instagram-windows
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Whether or not you utilize this technique with Instagrams or any other photograph you may have made, I love this idea. It's a do-it-yourself stained glass window made from 35mm transparencies. Brilliant! Sure, this Photojojo article suggests printing your favorite Instagrams onto transparency paper, but there's no reason you couldn't…

The Underwater iPhone Case

Photojojo is now selling the Optrix iPhone Adventure Suit—a waterproof plastic housing designed to protect your iPhone and turn it into a go-anywhere underwater action-cam. I think the idea is wonderful—protecting your iPhone so that this one device can really do multiple things for you, including putting itself in harm's way to get the pictures and videos—but at high price I wonder if it's really worth the risk. After all, if your GoPro comes loose from its mounting and disappears to the depths of the ocean, you're out a couple hundred bucks and whatever footage you shot that day. But when your iPhone goes missing, you've got an expensive and time problem on your hands. If you're desperate to take your iPhone with you on a dive, this may be the solution. But if you lose your phone, don't say I didn't warn you.

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/optrix-iphone-adventure-suit
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Photojojo is now selling the Optrix iPhone Adventure Suit—a waterproof plastic housing designed to protect your iPhone and turn it into a go-anywhere underwater action-cam. I think the idea is wonderful—protecting your iPhone so that this one device can really do multiple things for you, including putting itself in harm's…

The Un-Airbrush Action

The squeaky clean folks at the Dove soap company have been running ads featuring real women looking really beautiful for many years. As part of the company's pushback against over-manipulation of the female form in advertising, the company applied a bit of digital guerrilla warfare. Namely, they created a downloadable Photoshop action that purported to add a "skin glow" to make beauty images even more beautiful. In fact, though, the action undoes every digital change the photographer has made, restoring the image to its original state and applying a layer with a message asking them not to mess with real beauty. It's a great tactic, eve if it's a bit deviously mischievous. Check out the video at Chase Jarvis's blog.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2013/03/photoshop-action-hack-un-airbrushes-womens-bodies
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The squeaky clean folks at the Dove soap company have been running ads featuring real women looking really beautiful for many years. As part of the company's pushback against over-manipulation of the female form in advertising, the company applied a bit of digital guerrilla warfare. Namely, they created a downloadable…

A History Of Photographic Firsts

Here's a fun little post from BuzzFeed. It's a collection of historical photographs that represent photographic firsts. For instance, Niepce's famous "first photograph ever" is included, as is a personal favorite of mine—Louis Daguerre's street view of Boulevard du Temple in Paris, which accounts for the first photograph of a person. (Interestingly, the person was visible because he stood still long enough while getting his boots polished to register on the film.) Also included are a bunch of other images I'd never seen before, but which remain interesting nonetheless—like the first night view of wildlife and the first image of a tornado. It's a fun collection, well worth a look.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/firsts-in-the-field-of-photography
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Here's a fun little post from BuzzFeed. It's a collection of historical photographs that represent photographic firsts. For instance, Niepce's famous "first photograph ever" is included, as is a personal favorite of mine—Louis Daguerre's street view of Boulevard du Temple in Paris, which accounts for the first photograph of a…

The Look Lock

I hate it when my inner 15-year-old comes screaming to the fore of my brain. That's just what happened when I discovered the new Look Lock from Photojojo. The look lock is an articulated arm that mounts to your DSLR's hot shoe on one end, and holds your iPhone securely at the other. And why would I want my iPhone stuck to the roof of my camera? For any number of reasons. You could make a video of your shoot by turning the phone into a video camera mated to your DSLR, or you could use it as a mirror to show an image to your subject, or you could even use it as a teleprompter when using your camera to record on-camera speakers. It's a simple little device that, against all odds, sure seems like it might be really useful.

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/look-lock
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I hate it when my inner 15-year-old comes screaming to the fore of my brain. That's just what happened when I discovered the new Look Lock from Photojojo. The look lock is an articulated arm that mounts to your DSLR's hot shoe on one end, and holds your iPhone securely…

White House Under Construction

Did you know that during the late 1940s the White House was completely gutted and rebuilt? Apparently repairs and maintenance had been neglected during the Depression and War years, and so when Harry Truman took office he inherited a home that was by many accounts nearing collapse. You can read about the story at the White House museum web site, but you can really delve into the reconstruction via the US National Archives, which has put many of the interesting photos from this unique time online in its Flickr photostream. It's fascinating to see the addition of what became known as the Truman Balcony, as well as the cavernous interior of the east wing entirely gutted and held together with a spiderwork of steel. Another instance in which I'm glad someone had the foresight to commission a photographer to document such a one-of-a-kind historic event.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/8451613392/in/photostream
http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/special/renovation-1948.htm
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Did you know that during the late 1940s the White House was completely gutted and rebuilt? Apparently repairs and maintenance had been neglected during the Depression and War years, and so when Harry Truman took office he inherited a home that was by many accounts nearing collapse. You can read…
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