Makin’ a Splash!
Photo Fun on Rainy Days

Rain, rain, go away…

Or don’t! Because rainy days make the outdoors a big ol’ playground for photographers.

In fact, we put together a list of photo ideas so you can have fun taking pics before, during, and after the rain.

Who says you have to stay in just ’cause it’s a little wet outside? Grab your cam and make the most of it!

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Meet PJ:
Lana Edition

Name: Lana “Captain Coffee” Douglas

What Do You Do Here? I steer our team of happy customer helpers. (AKA the buck stops with me!)

Favorite Camera: Canon 7D.

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Sharpen Up on FB

Facebook may not be the best place to show off your photography, but it is still a fantastic way to quickly share snaps with close friends and family. After all, not everyone is on Flickr.

You’ve likely noticed that FB compresses photos causing minor, but super irritating, artifacts. Which basically negates all the hours you spent editing them to perfection. GUH.

There is a way to ensure your photos come out looking sharp on FB. Three ways, actually!

  • 1. Upload 2048px size photos, you’ll get less compression.
  • 2. Don’t sharpen the image beforehand.
  • 3. Upload PNG, rather than JPG.

Read about the how and why these tips work in this article by Photoshelter, and start uploading pics to FB without losing your hard-earned quality.

Photo by Allen Murabayashi

A Truly Adventurous Giveaway From PJ and Poler!

We’ve teamed up with Poler for the ultimate roundup of summer fun/camping/roadtrip essentials.

Check out our favorite Poler gear, and their favorite picks from our shop. Then enter to win a Mega Prize Pack of gifts worth over $400 from the both of us. Wowza!

It’s never too late to start your summer adventure.

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Photograph Summer Fun From
Festivals to Farmers Markets

Street fairs and block parties and farmer’s markets, oh my!

Summer’s the time for outdoor fun. But so much activity can be overwhelming. How do you make sure you capture it all?

You use this list we made just for you! It has all the photo actions you’re gonna wanna take during your next outdoor summer extravaganza.

Now slap on some sunscreen and let’s go!

Photograph Outdoor Summer Memories

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A Little Sleight of Hand for Surreal Shots

The Great Outdoors definitely lives up to its name, but sometimes the summer heat is just too much. Staying in doesn’t have to be a total wash though, there’s loads of creative photos you can take in the Cool Indoors!

We’re totally digging these 10 tricks for setting up surreal snaps at home. Create mini worlds with a little papercraft, fool gravity with glue or create some intruige with smoke. Most of these fun setups require supplies you likely have already. So you’ll feel resourceful and productive on your day in.

Also check out some of our own ideas for indoor fun. Now you have all the excuses you need to keep out of the heat!

Stay cool, yo.

Photo by Dina Belenko

Make the Most of Your Phone Vids

You know your phone is often your best bet for photos, but don’t forget videos too!

Some of the best vloggers are using their phone these days, but how? What are they doing to get smooth shots, clear sound and incredible depth of field?

Well, we’ve figured it out. Check out our best tips and tools for making high quality vids with your phone! Everything you need to hit record.

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Meet PJ:
Janette Edition

Name: Janette Crawford

What Do You Do Here? Marketing for our all-new brand Parabo Press, coming very soon!

Favorite Camera: iPhone 6.

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What’s In Your Cam Bag?
We Asked, You Answered!

Ever wonder about the goodies that photographers hide away in their camera bags?

Wonder no more! We asked seven photogs from all walks of life to open up their cam bags to us so we can see what exactly they’re working with.

As you’d expect, no two bags are the same. The one thing they all have in common, though? They’re unique and awesome, just like the photogs they belong to!

Camera Bag Items Revealed!

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InstaMeets: A National Park Meetup For Photogs

You know that feel when you’re left behind in a tour group because you’re too busy snapping photos? All the time. You’re not alone (this time) and a resourceful Park Ranger noticed your dilemma.

Ranger Tim created InstaMeets, in Glacier National Park, as a solution. It’s a meetup for photographers to go on photo walks, safely and slowly, together. They’re a great way to connect with and learn from other photo enthusiasts.

Hopefully this brilliant idea is picked up by other National Parks. In the meantime, if you’re headed toward Glacier, check out when the next InstaMeet is here.

Photo by NPS