PhotographerJennifer Greenburg has connected with a number of vintage black-and-white photos she's collected over the years by inserting herself into the actual images. She connects with the scenery by mimicking the style at the time at which each photo was taken and the overall mood of what is happening in the pictures.
Japan's latest trending photo fad turns musical instruments into powerful air blasting weapons. Coming off the heels of the Hadoukening (better known as "Makankosappo" in Japan) pics that went viral in March, Japanese band students are tweeting photographs of themselves while in mid-leap as if they're getting blasted away by large brass "tuba guns" (or natively known as "chuuba juu"). While tubas seem to be the most popular choice of instrument for this fad, trumpets, cymbals and other musical instruments have entered the fray as well.
Memoto is a mini portable "life-logging" camera that automatically takes two geotagged snapshots a minute everywhere you go. The 5-megapixel camera is GPS-enabled, weather protected and accessible via smartphone, thus serving as a virtual diary of your photographic memory that is searchable and sharable. The product is available for pre-order and free shipping on Kickstarter ($279), estimated for its first delivery in April 2013.
Here's a cool trick you can try out with your SLR camera. All you need is a large aperture lens (ex: 50mm / F1.8) and a sheet of opaque paper or cardboard. The out-of-focus dots that you see in the image are known as "Bokeh," a term which is derived from the Japanese word meaning "blur."
1) Create a fake lens hood with the paperboard by cutting out a hole in the shape of your choice.
2) Place the hood over the lens and see how it looks through the viewfinder.
3) Set your camera to its lowest aperture value or bulb exposure. Have fun!
Projecteo is a tiny Instagram projector that uses wheels of 35mm slide film which can hold up to nine photos. Designed by creative digital agency Mint Digital, the matchbox-sized device is powered by LED to blow up your Instagrams as large as 2 1/2 feet wide in a pitch black room. Slide film wheels can be custom ordered online, which will then be "melted" on to single frames of Kodak 35mm film, processed in full color and shipped to your house.
Redditor ProfessorLaser makes a clever point about the ultimate cliche of African landscape photography:
1) Select a base image
2) Cut and paste in a picture of a giraffe
3) Darken base image by increasing saturation level
4) Darken the giraffe by increasing shadow level.
Omote 3D Shashin Kan is the world's first 3D portrait studio that uses a handheld scanner to produce a three-dimensional scale model of your entire body, which is then sculpted into a intricate plastic figurine. Created by Japanese advertising and branding company PARTY and located in Tokyo's youthful Harajuku neighborhood, the studio offers three different sizes for your luxurious mini-me sculpture: 3.9 inches (¥21,000 / $258), 5.9-inches (¥32,000 / $394) and 7.8-inches (¥42,000 / $517). It's hard to call it a downside, but 3D printing isn't exactly a instantly gratifying process and the models take about a month to complete.
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