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Every photographer knows dinner tastes better once you’ve instagrammed it.
Our more culinarily inclined friends have told us that salt and pepper can also improve most meals.
So we all just flipped our lids when we found these salt and pepper shakers that look like film rolls!
Bring your love of food-ography to the dinner table and make sure your fries are properly spiced, at the same time.
$15 at the Photojojo Store
So you’re 90% sure you’re getting an iPhone 5 this year.
Maybe it’s the wishlist you e-mailed out to your family or all the circled photos of iPhone 5s you left around the house.
Now that you’re going to have that fancy camera, new A6 processor and all, you’re going to want to build up your iPhoneography camera bag.
Think of it as an arsenal of photo tools that’ll help you take full advantage of the camera you’ll use the most!
- The iPhone Lens Wallet, a tiny camera bag, fully stocked with phone lenses
- The Glif/Glif+, a handy stand that also lets you use your iPhone with tripods
- The Lens Dial, a complete 3-lens system, just rotate the dial to switch lenses
- Wood Camera Case, a handsome wooden case, engraved to look like a camera
- The Fisheye Lens, a 180-degree magnetic lens that turn any ‘scape into a tiny globe
- The Holga 9-in-1 Lens, 9 ways to amp up photos with color & multi-image lenses
- The 12x Telephoto iPhone Lens, take zoomed in photos without losing image quality
- The Swivl, an iPhone stand that follows your every move, like a mini cam crew!
- The SLR Mount, an adapter for using Canon & Nikon SLR lenses with your iPhone!
- The iPhone Cable Trigger, a shutter release for shooting from afar
- The Wide Angle/Macro Lens, a two-in-one lens for fitting twice as much into your photos & capturing rad detail
p.s. Spend at least $50 in the shop today and we’ll throw in a surprise with your order. It could be anything from Magnetic Photo Rope to our Wide/Macro Phone Lenses!
Your camera’s just as badass as you are in the kitchen.
With your sleeves rolled up, you can both take on a little batter, and you can both definitely take on some cocoa dusted Belgian chocolate anything.
With this mid-holiday season insanity, there’s nothing that sounds better than taking a little break from it all with your camera in one hand and a spatula in the other (okay, maybe not at the same time).
Here’s a little roundup on tips for shooting in the kitchen, camera gadgets for better photos, and an extra-special section down ‘low on edible photographs and cameras. Yep, you heard us.
Photos and cameras you can eat. Go. read. now. ↓
1. Tips for Taking Better Food Photos:
Your two main perpetrators are 1) not having enough light and 2) having the wrong white balance.
To combat the the low light issue:
- Shoot with a wide aperture
- Raise ISO to capture more light
- If your shutter speed < 1/60, use a tripod or flash.
- Direct flash is too harsh for food (makes too many shadows & makes food glisten in potentially unappetizing ways), so you might try a flash bounce or a diffuser.
To combat the white balance issue, try these white balance settings:
- In natural light, go with a daylight setting.
- If it’s especially cloudy or shady with a blue cast, use a cloudy or shady setting.
- If you have lamps on inside, set your white balance to Tungsten to offset the orange shade.
- Or set a custom white balance using a grey card or something like a white balance lens cap.
Onward! Here are a few guides full of really handy tips for shooting in the kitchen and hey, even at the table.
- Photojojo’s Ten Tastiest Food Photography Tips
- The Serious Eats Guide to Food Photography
- How to Start a Food Blog
2. Gadgets for Better Food Photos:
There might be a couple reasons why you have a camera in the kitchen. Y’know, besides proving to everyone that you look really good in an apron.
It might be to document the process (maybe you have a blog!) or you’re simply a foodie that appreciates what goes into making something that looks as good as it tastes.
These gadgets are not only the extra hand you’ll need if you’re playing with flour, kneading dough, or whisking eggs, but they’ll help you get better shots, too!
- A camera holder. Something like this Camera Capture Clip lets you wear your DSLR on your belt, keeping your camera safely out of the way.
- Shutter triggers. The iOShutter lets you set off your DSLR’s shutter via sound, motion triggers & more. Helpful for when your hands are full.
- A tripod. To prevent motion blur, so your photos are nice and sharp.
- A phone stand. When you’re not using as a tripod, you can use it as a stand for reading recipes on your phone. Also check out the Tiltpod.
- A level. Saves you time from having to go back and edit.
- A mini camera crew. The Swivl is a phone stand that follows your every move via a remote sensor. Shoot vids of yourself or set up a video-chat.
- A flash bounce or diffuser. Direct flash is too harsh. With the right amount of diffusion, you can take flash photos that don’t even look like they were shot with flash.
- A grey card or white balance lens cap. Set a custom white balance to measure the temperature of the light that you’re shooting in. It’ll make your shots look more like they were shot in natural lighting.
3. Blogs & Photographers That’ll Inspire You:
You’ll love these guys if you don’t already.
- Smitten Kitchen — Simply great photos showing the process
- Evelina and Carl Kleiner — The photographer & stylist behind Ikea’s cookbook
- Delicious Days — Thoughtful photos of food
- The Last Appetite — A global food blog
- TasteSpotting — An aggregated best of from around the net
- I Love Fika — Beautiful photos of coffee adventures in Portland and beyond
4. Camera Geek Wares for Your Kitchen:
Your kitchen’s the one room in your house that’s missing that photo geekery you’re so well-known for! There’s a chance you didn’t know some of this stuff even existed.
A kitchen timer that looks like a lens and camera bag that you can use as a lunch cooler? Totes.
The f/60 Lens Kitchen Timer — A timer that looks like a lens.
Camera Cookie Cutters — For true photo geeks. Rangefinder, TLR & SLR shapes!
Ceramic Lens Mugs — For the classy coffee drinker. Ceramic with fine lens detailing.
Lens Shot Glasses — That bread pudding could do with a little shot of a brandy, and so could you.
The Egg Carton Film Case — This thing is made to keep your 35mm rolls of film fresh in the fridge. Just make sure your roomie doesn’t try to make a scramble with ‘em.
The Camera Cooler Bag — This is a camera bag that can double as a cooler bag!
5. Photos & Cameras You Can Actually Eat!:
Yes, finally! Here are all the delicious photos and cameras that will happily digest in your tummy.
Gingerbread cameras — Our DIY tutorial for making TLRs and even a Mamiya from cookie dough!
Instagram chocolate — Cocoagraph will turn your phone photos into chocolate.
Photo cupcakes — Printable icing sheets means you can print a photo onto icing and eat your own face.
Camera cookies — Cookies that look like cameras. Glass free!
Photo lollipops — Same idea as the cupcakes. Lick.
If you haven’t heard of Inkodye, it’s fabric dye that’s light sensitive.
That means you can print photos onto fabric in all kinds of colors – blue, orange, red or mix them to make new colors! You can print photos onto scarves, dresses, bags, furniture, canvas, satin, even leather.
Here’s what you need:
- Inkodye (light sensitive fabric dye)
- A paintbrush
- A plastic cup
- Solid colored cotton fabric
- Pine branches or a small wreath
- Cardboard (the size of your fabric)
- Laundry detergent
And here’s what you do!
1. Get your fabric ready
Cut your fabric to a size that will fit your wreath and pin it to your piece of cardboard in each corner. If you don’t have a wreath, you can use a few sprigs from a holiday tree to form a small wreath. You can also get creative with objects or make photo transparencies on your printer to create an image on the dye.
2. Prep your Inkodye
Shake your Inkodye bottle for 10 seconds, and then pour it into a plastic cup.
3. Paint the dye onto your fabric
In a dim place, use the brush to paint the Inkodye onto the fabric. It’s up to you what shape you want the dye to make. Just make sure it’s big enough to fit your wreath.
4. Lay down the wreath
Place the wreath onto the painted fabric while it’s still wet. Use your thumbtacks to pin down the parts of the pine branches that are sticking up. This will help you get a sharper, more detailed outline.
5. Expose it!
Take your fabric as is outside, and expose it to direct sunlight for 5 to 10 minutes. Your exposure time will depend on how strong the sunlight is, so gauge on how dark the dye is getting over time until it’s how you want it.
6. Wash it
To stop the dye from darkening more, wash it. Remove the wreath and wash the fabric with hot water and detergent two times (15 minutes by hand or in a washing machine). You can then dry it in a dryer or on a line. Fin! You have a lovely wreath photogram.
Thanks to Maxwell Tielman & Design*Sponge for this great project! See their full write-up.
Photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3; Pictured: Instabook
Maybe it’s your mom that’s always asking for prints to hang up in the family room. Or your high school friends who want copies of all the great photos you shot at your last party.
The point? Peeps want your pix!
The best gift you could give your family and friends has been right under your nose this whole time. Here are a few ideas for giving your photos in gifty ways.
1. USBs – Tiny & Reusable
This one’s perfect if you’re sharing lots of photos. If you don’t have photos to share from a particular get together, pile together photos of the two of you. Ahhh, memories! It’ll hit ‘em right in the heart.
2. Mailable Photos
Snail mail is the best. You totally get that rush when you find a letter with your name on it. You can give your friend 2x that rush by not only mailing them something, but making it a photo they’ll love, too.
3. A Camera with Your Photos on It
This one gets brownie points because it’ll give them a chance to take their own photos! You can go two routes with this one: digital or film.
Since you can’t just plop any photo onto a film camera, you’ll need to get a little craftier. You can shoot a roll that spells out a message or photograph places you’ve been together.
We like the Ultra Wide & Slim 35mm camera for this because it’s affordable and super lightweight.
Digital’s a goodie, too, because you can fill up a memory card with photos of the two of you and put it in the camera for your friend to find.
These three mini digital cameras are affordable options if you’re not looking to get your friend a DSLR or a point-and-shoot: the Classic Mini Digital Camera, the Nanoblock Camera (rad for Lego lovers), and the Zumi Triple Plus.
4. Prints, Delivered in an Album or Photo Box
We love the idea of curating a small gallery of your favorite photos as a gift. Instead of simply handing them over, place your bundle of prints in a photo box or album.
The box itself doesn’t have to be exclusively for photos. You can hand pick one or break out your DIY chops. You could even place the photos inside a rad camera case.
5. Hang-Ready Prints
It’s twelve drummers drumming time! That’s right, we have come to the end. Welcome to our third and final Holiday Gift Guide of 20Dozen.
We may not have swans a swimming, but we’re pretty sure you’re gonna want to gift your friends our lenses a leaping and our camera bag in a pear tree (minus the tree and the leaps).
OH, and don’t forget, we’ll getcha free priority shipping on orders over $50.
USA shipping deadlines: Tues, Dec 18 ~ (FREE) Priority; Tues, Dec 18 ~ UPS Ground
Thurs, Dec 20* ~ UPS 2-Day; Fri, Dec 21* ~ UPS Next Day
Egg Carton Film Case
Bellamy Hunt (aka Japan Camera Hunter) has designed the perfect film roll case for the 35mm enthusiast in your life.
It holds ten rolls of film snug and safe and keeps your film organized for storage and/or travel.
Clip-On Cell Lenses
These li’l lenses slide on and off of your camera phone (or your phoneography loving friend’s phone or just about any phone on the planet) as quick as can be!
You can choose a polarizing filter, fisheye lens, or six-way kaleidoscope or go ahead and snap up all three.
You Vision Video Glasses
FREE SHIPPING! You vision glasses are back! We’ve got a brand new version of one of our most popular gifts evar.
These snazzy specs have a super secret little HD camera built into the bridge that records full motion video at the push of a button.
The Plaid Camera Satchel
FREE SHIPPING! This dashing bag is great for anyone who loves a day trip (and that’s pretty much everyone, right)?
It lets you lug just enough gear to document your adventures, without wearing out your shoulders. Plus, it’ll match your kilt quite nicely.
Instabook + PostalPix
It’s time to get those photos off of your phone … and put ‘em into this delightfully giftable album.
The Instabook comes with a certificate for 10 PostalPix! Order prints right from your phone and they’ll show up at your doorstep, ready to jump into this book.
DSLR Wheel of Filters
It’s a fantastic plastic Holga Lens for your DSLR, with 18 filters built right in.
With just a twist of your wrist switch between fun color and prismatic effects. This lens loves your DSLR as much as you do!
Awesome New Goodies in the Shop!
We’ve been filling our shop with giftable goodies all month. In case you missed ‘em…
Add silly accessories to your photos with these neat-o magnets.
Disguise Magnet Set
Charge your camera phone or tablet with the power of the sun.
Bamboo Solar Charger
The Lensbaby Spark makes taking tilt-shift photos easy-peasy.
It’s a lens! It’s a mug! It really makes a super-duper gift!
Get Into Focus Lens Mug
Keep your iPhone at the ready for every photo opportunity.
iPhone Wrist Strap
Toy meets camera. Take this lo-fi wonder anywhere for guaranteed fun.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Some would even say, it’s the hap-happiest season of all.
So, we’re packing our shop to the brim with photo goodies that are perfect for gifting, and we’re absolutely hap-happy to present them to you in Photojojo’s Gift Guide number two.
Don’t forget, free priority shipping on orders over $50!
Get Into Focus Lens Mug
Cozy up with a lens of coffee (or tea or nog).
The Get Into Focus Lens Mug is made of dishwasher safe ceramic and features fun lens details like an AF-switch and focus rings.
Photojojo Tree Bling
Deck the halls with blown glass camera ornaments! Each one has been carefully crafted and hand-painted in Poland.
Isn’t it about time your tree showed its photo-love, with an instant camera or SLR of its very own?
The iPhone Cable Trigger
Perfect for the phoneography enthusiast, who still has a soft spot for film.
It’s a cable shutter release for iPhones that has an addictively clickable button. No more jabbing at that on-screen “button!”
The iPhone Wrist Strap
Keep your favorite camera-phone safe and stylish at the same time.
This vegetable-dyed leather wrist strap teams up with a sleek, easy to attach metal bracket to protect your iPhone from the cruel combo of gravity + ground.
FREE SHIPPING! The building blocks of photography are light, focus, composition and Nanoblocks! This digital toy camera is pocket-sized, customizable, and takes vibrant lo-fi photos. Super for anyone who enjoys fun.
FREE SHIPPING! The building blocks of photography are light, focus, composition and Nanoblocks!
This digital toy camera is pocket-sized, customizable, and takes vibrant lo-fi photos. Super for anyone who enjoys fun.
Got an iPhonographer on your gift list?
These iPhone 5 compatible gifts are perfect for pals who love photoing with their phone.
This telephoto lens will get you 12x closer zoom on your phone!
iPhone Telephoto Lens
A lazer engraved case that looks just like a vintage camera.
Wood Camera iPhone Case
Turn your iPhone into a hand-held video rig for making movie magic.
The iPhone Video Rig
This little lens bag hangs out with your phone to hold your littlest accessories.
The Cell Lens Pouch
Pro-quality glass lenses that work on any phone (even non-iPhones, too).
Photojojo Cell Lens Series
A nine-in-one lens set with colorful, playful effects for your iPhone pics.
The Holga iPhone Lens
We’ve been asking our favorite shops on the web to let us know what they fancy most in our shop.
These folks know just what make the very best gifts. So, we picked their brains and are happy to present: what the crews from Modcloth and Polyvore like most.
Meet ModCloth’s Social Media Specialist and Present Picker Extraordinaire:
Ashley McGregor Dey
Fun facts about Ashley – She has a Batman tattoo and a pretty intense My Little Pony collection.
A keychain tripod! What’s not to love about it?
Helps get that perfect outfit photo!
Cameras and Cookies. Two of my favorite things.
Always need some extra juice.
ModCloth.com is an e-retailer that sells retro, indie, and vintage clothing styles. We’ve attracted a large, devoted following through our unique selection of indie clothing and engaging promotions and content on the ModCloth Blog and social networks.
Meet Polyvore’s Graphic Designer and Arbiter of Good Taste:
Fun facts about Emily – Emily was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. She has all of her fingers and toes.
I just love how this can be used as a stand/tripod AND charges your phone. It’s the perfect conversational gadget piece that’ll have people asking, “what is that?”
As a kid, I played with Sunprints and still find myself making them as an adult (I even have a few of my faves up at my desk). I love this kit because it makes photography accessible to all ages and levels of experience!
I was first introduced to Souldier through their hand-made guitar straps and have become a huge fan of their recycled camera straps. They come in a range of delicious vintage colors and have a real sturdy feel (they are recycled from seat belts, after all).
Cameras! Letterpress! Oh my! I just adore this super-sweet vintage camera print from Sycamore Street Press. It’s a simple black and silver print that just tickles the design-nerd camera-lover in me.
You’ve got photos of your friends but who doesn’t enjoy adding a little silliness to the situation… or everyday objects.
Polyvore is a shoppable magazine where millions of members shop, create fashion collages and then share them with the world.
When the turkey is roasted and thanks is given, take up your fork and remember… this is the perfect chance to suss out what Aunt Margie wants for Christmas!
If your dinner table detectiving doesn’t yield results, we’re here to help.
We are so very proud to present Photojojo’s Gift Guide Number One. It’s the number one gift guide for items that are sure to delight.
The Cell Lens Pouch
This pouch is perfect for that pal who always has their camera phone at-the-ready.
The Cell Lens Pouch is here to ensure their favorite cell phone lens is just as prepared. It attaches to any phone’s audio jack to keep the tiniest of photoccessories safe, snug and close by.
Disguise Magnet Set
No one on earth can not chuckle at the sight of grandma in a mustache!
The Disguise Magnet Set is here to let you add instant giggles to your snap shots. Use them to display your photos on your fridge and to accessorize your pals to your liking.
What do you get the guy whose love of photography is second only to his love for his bike? A Bikepod, of course!
The Bikepod is carefully crafted to snuggly hug your handlebars and take your camera, or camera phone, on the ride of its life.
Bamboo Solar Charger
Everyone can use a little more power. Battery power that is.
The Bamboo Solar Charger converts sunlight to battery power and will charge any and every camera phone. Now, you can keep your camera phone fully juiced for non-stop picture taking power.
The Lensbaby Spark
Add dazzling depth of field, motion blur and tilt-shift effects simply and affordably! It’s a unique (and did we mention fun?) addition to any growing lens collection.
We’re teaming up with some of our very favorite shops on the web to help you, faithful readers, with your holiday shopping!
These folks have very good taste. So, we decided to take advantage of their expertise and asked them to pick out their faves from the Photojojo shop to share with you.
We’d have chosen ourselves, but that’d be like choosing your favorite from among your very own kids. That is to say… totally illegal. (right?)
Now, scroll-along to see what the crews from Threadless and Poketo like most.
Meet Threadless’ Community Partnerships Manager and Present Picker Extraordinaire:
Fun facts about Christian – He’s been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards and was a Producer for the Smashing Pumpkins ‘Gish’ and ‘Siamese Dreams’ reissue DVD box sets.
I love instant Polaroid cameras. Taking a photo without adding a filter and seeing it published right in front of your eyes is raw and magical.
Who wouldn’t love a watch that has a face that looks like an f-stop? Seriously.
Want to have some fun with long exposures and not get arrested for graffiti? This is how you do it. Have a good time and don’t inhale.
This twisty and bendy tripod is awesome when you want to take really amazing photos on the go from really gnarly angles.
There is so much cool stuff that you should share with your loved ones. A Photojojo gift card makes for friend-makin’ fun.
Threadless is an online community of artists and friends. As the company explores new opportunities and canvases for its artists, it keeps true to the core of its business; anyone from any corner of the Internet can make and pick what Threadless sells. Since 2000, thousands of artists have submitted their work. And every single week, Threadless transforms their weird, geeky, and beautiful ideas into tangible art. Join their community of 2 million – make, pick, play, and shop at Threadless.com.
Meet Poketo’s Graphic Designer and Photographer and Arbiter of Good Taste:
Fun facts about Lehua – She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their pup named Maps. She loves living in a city with so much life and enjoys capturing her surroundings on a regular basis. She loves good food, music, and art and tries to surround herself with the things and people that make life a beautiful journey.
I’ve been on the lookout for a simple, but charming, camera strap. The Toyko Dreamer Strap fits the bill nicely with its clean and delightful design.
Saving photo opportunities from dead battery hell. What’s not to love? I tend to find myself in a pickle quite often when I see the red bar on my iPhone appear (and drain rapidly) as I continue to ignore its nagging warning. Now I truly can ignore this warning and capture away.
My love for photos is only rivaled by animals, so the combination of the two together = perfection! I love its quirky appeal and am appreciative of the extra company while editing into the wee hours of the night.
Most genius ideas are simple at heart and this is one of them. One of my biggest pet peeves is that I always have a tendency to tilt my photos by an angle or two. Au revoir, crooked photos!
I’m from Hawaii so naturally I have a love for the ocean. I love taking photos with my iPhone and this would be the perfect accessory for my next trip home!
Poketo is an online destination and brick and mortar shop for design-driven wares that take art off the gallery walls and into people’s lives. We host art shows and workshops in hopes of bringing the community together and continue to work with artists around the world.