Posts Published in September 2010

Enhance Physical Album Photos with Voice Notes

The Photo Album Story Teller is a nifty device that allows you to add voice notes to your physical photos. It works with color coded stickers that are used to identify photos. Place the sticker next to the photo, scan it with the device, and record a message. Come back later and rescan the sticker to hear the note that was recorded.

If writing notes next to photo album photos is too Life 1.0 for you, this could be a fun way to include extra background information with your images. There’s a price to pay for this photo-geekery: the Story Teller costs $100 for the recorder and 500 stickers.

Photo Album Story Teller (via OhGizmo!)

Think Tank Photo rotation360° Giveaway

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner was randomly selected and posted below.

We’re giving away another nifty camera backpack this week: a Think Tank Photo rotation360° backpack worth $280. This is a backpack with a unique belt pack built in that rotates around your waist if you need to access it.

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is:

Tell us your favorite song

There are two ways to enter, and doing both methods will give you 2 entries in the contest, and thus double the chance the win!

  1. Leave your response as a comment
  2. Tweet your response, and include the following link to this post anywhere in the tweet:

    As long as the link appears in the tweet, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.

The prize can be sent overseas if the winner is outside the US. This contest will end Wednesday September 29th, 2010. We’ll randomly pick a winner using and update this post. Good luck!

Update: This giveaway is now over. We received 575 comment entries and 375 Tweet entries for 950 total entries. The randomly selected winner is…

#11: Gars

Awesome, mine is 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins

Congratulations! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize (we’re also emailing you).

Thanks to everyone who participated. We’ll have another giveaway soon!

A big thanks to Think Tank Photo for providing the prize for this giveaway!

Time Lapse Videos of Food Decomposing

Time lapse photography allows us to view ordinary things in unordinary ways, whether it’s the clouds passing overhead or plants shooting up out of the ground. I recently came across these two videos that I found pretty interesting. They show the decomposition of food over many days and how mold and maggots do their thing. Don’t watch while eating.
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Photo Loving Giantess Invades Toyko

Panasonic decided recently that it would be a good idea to put up a giant inflatable balloon of their spokesmodel, Japanese actress Haruka Ayase, to promote its new Lumix camera. Apparently passersby reacted with fear and confusion rather than enthusiasm, though we can’t imagine why…
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Neatify Your Transparent Phone Case by Printing Out a Camera

If you desperately want to make your phone look like a camera but our Leica-lookalike skin isn’t right for you, you can try printing out a camera yourself if you have a transparent case for your phone. yellow15 over at NikonJin recently transformed his iPhone 4 into a Nikon Rangefinder by printing the image out and sticking it behind his case. He also made the source image available for download. If you have a high quality printer at your disposal this could be quick way to give your phone a touch of photography awesomeness.

High-Tech Glasses That Can Project Photos into Your Eyeball

Here’s a glimpse into what viewing photographs might be like for future generations: Brother Industries is working on a special pair of glasses called the AirScouter that can project images directly into your retina, making you see a 16-inch display that doesn’t actually exist floating 3 feet in front of your face.
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A Day in the Life of the MIT Community

A Day in the Life of MIT (ADITL) is a neat project in which members of the MIT community take pictures on a particular day and then pool the photographs together to provide a snapshot of what life was like on that day. ADITL 2010 happened yesterday, and hundreds of people contributed images to the collection.
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Giant 20×24 Polaroid Photography Lives on Through NY Studio

Meet the 20×24 Polaroid Land Camera, a mythical beast in the world of large format photography. Polaroid’s founder Edwin Land created only seven of these 235-pound cameras over thirty years ago, and only six exist today. Two of them are on display at Harvard and MIT, and only four are in use commercially. According to Forbes, buying prints created with this beast cost $3,500 a piece, while renting the thing for a day costs $1,750 and $200 for each shot. Back in June, an Andy Warhol photo shot with the camera sold for a quarter of a million bucks.
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Film About 14-Year-Old Paparazzi Photog Austin Visschedyk

Teenage Paparazzo” is a documentary film that will debut on HBO on September 27. It’s about the life of Austin Visschedyk, a 14-year-old paparazzi photographer who chases celebrities for 17 hours a day, earning $500 to $1000 for each photograph sold. Hopefully Visschedyk isn’t like the paparazzi in the Kate Mos LAX video we posted a while ago (though he probably is).
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Creative Mirrored Portraits Shot with Symmetrical Lighting

If you have a Mac, you’ve probably played around with the mirror effect in Photo Booth. Photographer Bart Nagel takes mirrored photos to a new level with his new project A/symmetrical. Nagel shoots portraits with symmetrical lighting, cuts the portrait in half, mirrors each half, and puts the three photos side by side, resulting in three similar looking people that look slightly off.
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