photoBot is a new photography robot designed by Tommy Dykes, a designer and PhD student at Northumbria University. It constantly scans a room for photo ops by turning its head in a manner reminiscent of R2-D2 from Star Wars (which, in case you haven’t heard, is now owned by Disney).
Some weeks ago, I received an invitation from Leica for a special launch party they were planning to hold the day before Photokina 2012 opened. The event was titled LEICA – DAS WESENTLICHE, which translates to “The Essentials”. Aside from stating that there would be product premieres and “photographic and musical highlights”, the invitation did not reveal much else about the event, which went down this past Monday. Here’s a first-hand account of what it’s like to attend one of these Leica parties.
If you’ve got spent, empty film cassettes lying around collecting dust, Photojojo has a crafty idea for the mindful re-user: make them into rolled invitation or stationery holders.
It’s quite simple: cut and decorate 1.375″ x 11″ strip of paper, pop the top off the film cassette (you can use a bottle opener) and tape the inside end of the strip to the film spool. Wind the paper into the cassette and leave a tab for the recipient to unfurl the message.
If you want an extra personal touch at birthday parties, you can turn portraits of the birthday boy or girl into picture perfect party hats! Simply print out a portrait using a special template, turn it into a cone, add some fringe, and you’re done. Eden over at Sugar and Charm has the low down.
Picture Perfect Party Hats (via Craftzine)
Every year, graphic designer Everett Hiller and his wife throw a party during the holiday season. Afterwards, Hiller Photoshops the photographs captured at the gathering before sending them out to friends and family. He doesn’t just fix white balance and removed red eye, but instead sneakily Photoshops various celebrities into the shots. Hiller finds source images of celebrities by doing a search on Google Images for the name — ranging from presidents to movie stars — and uses certain keywords (e.g. “dinner” or “I met”) to find candid/amateur shots. Photoshopping the celebs into the photos takes about 45 minutes to do.
The next time you’re planning a birthday party for someone who loves photography, try making a giant camera piñata using cardboard and paper-mache. You can fill it with candy and treats, or take your photo-geekness to the next level by filling it with photography-related gifts and accessories.
These pastel baby box cameras are perfect for any party where photography enthusiasts are present. Etsy seller girliepains is selling a PDF with templates and instructions on making them in 7 different colors for $4 through her store.
Anyone know of anything similar available for free?
(via KEH Camera Blog)
4am Project is an ambitious project with a simple concept: have everyone take photographs at a particular time on a particular date, and pool them together on the Internet to share our unique perspectives on the world.
Here’s the description on the website:
The aim of the 4amproject is to gather a collection of photos from around the world at the magical time of 4am. Everyone can take part and join in! All you need is a camera.
The time was chosen because 4 to 5 in the morning is a time of the day when streets are usually deserted, and photographers can have the city to themselves.
The project started in 2008 as a personal project of Karen Strunks, a resident of Birmingham in the UK. Though small at first, it has slowly gained a following, and the tag “4amproject” now has over 2,000 photographs on Flickr.
On April 4th, 2010 (tomorrow), photographers around the world will be organizing photo walks and various gatherings at 4am to photograph together. One lucky participant in the project will be receiving a Nikon D90 DSLR with a 18-105mm lens, and there are additional prizes as well.
If you’d like to participate, shoot something between 4 and 5 in the morning tomorrow, and upload it to Flickr with the tag “4amproject”. Happy shooting!
Thanks for the tip, @me_vareen!