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Turn Your iPhone Into An Action Cam With The Optrix iPhone Adventure Suit


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Your iPhone can be a bit of a scaredy-cat. It just can’t seem to get up the courage to join you on your kayaking expeditions! Until now…

The Optrix iPhone Adventure Suit will give your iPhone 5 the boldness it needs to transform into a go-anywhere action cam.

In this suit your iPhone will be able to withstand a 15 foot drop and snap photos safely, 15 feet underwater. It even has a built-in wide-angle lens, so your now-courageous cam can capture more of the action than ever before.

Combine it with the Super Sucker to give it an extra boost of bravery. This mount uses industrial strength suction to hold onto a car, kayak, surfboard, just about anything!

“Ha ha ha!” What’s that? Oh, just your phone laughing at danger.

The Optrix iPhone Adventure Suit
$130 at the Photojojo Store

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Meet the Look Lock: Bringing Your Camera and Your Phone Closer Together


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You, your smartphone and your DSLR are about to become the very best of friends. Like one teeny tiny gang.

It’s all thanks to the Look Lock,
an adjustable arm that mounts to your camera’s hot shoe and grabs onto your phone with a strong clamp.

When your camera and phone join forces you can really grab your subject’s attention, make a video of your photoshoot, or even set up a teleprompter.

Who needs an assistant when these pals have got your back?

Check out the Look Lock
$75 at the Photojojo Store

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Introducing The Polarizing Clip On Filter


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Give your camera-phone super powers!

Your phonecam can now see through windows that were once obscured by glare, place clouds into a once washed out sky, climb the highest mountain with the greatest of ease!

How, you ask? It’s as simple as using a Polaizing Clip On Filter. The same filter used by pros on their dSLRs to reduce glare and make colors pop is now available for your camera phone.

(Oh, and for that last part, you’re going to have to get good at hiking, and remember to put your phone in your pocket while you do it).

Check out the Polarizing Clip On Filter
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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Photojojo’s New Thing! Phoneography 101 – $5 for a Limited Time

We started as a newsletter, then we opened a store, then we wrote a book…

Now we’re a school!

Welcome to Phoneography 101, photography fundamentals for people who love taking photos with their phone.

No homework, no class, just a basket of kittens and a series of bite-sized lessons delivered to your inbox. Learn the basic principles of photography in the funnest four weeks ever.

For a limited time it’s just FIVE BUX. (BONUS: Get a FREE $5 Photojojo Gift Card when you finish the class!)

Learn More & Enroll for $5

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Lightning Strikes the iPad SD Card Reader

Everybody be cool! No iPads have been harmed.

We’re just excited that the iPad SD Card Reader now comes with a Lightning connector for the new iPad (formerly known as the iPad 4) and iPad Mini.

Get a look at your SD card photos on a nice, big screen quickly and easily. The Reader’s smaller than a pack of gum, and plugs in without any messy cables!

The iPad SD Card Reader
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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The iPhone Viewfinder and the Instax Mini 8

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It’s Unofficial Analog Photography Appreciation week, everybody!

The iPhone Viewfinder puts an eyepiece on your phone’s screen with a handy suction pad. Get up close and personal with your phone and block out distractions and screen glare!

The Instax Mini 8 lets you get retro modern with instant prints and improved controls. Plus, it goes with all your best outfits.

Click through to check them out in the Photojojo Shop.

The iPhone Viewfinder Tweet It!
$30 at the Photojojo Shop

The Instax Mini 8 Tweet It!
$85 at the Photojojo Shop

Film Roll Salt and Pepper Shakers


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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.

Film Roll Salt and Pepper Shakers
$15 at the Photojojo Store

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12 iPhoneography Gadgets for Your Future iPhone 5


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!

iPhone 5 Gadgets for Improving Your Phone Photos

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!

Baking with Cameras, A Guide to Photography in the Kitchen!


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:

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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.

2. Gadgets for Better Food Photos:

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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 Gorillapod Mobile.
  • 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:

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You’ll love these guys if you don’t already.

4. Camera Geek Wares for Your Kitchen:

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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.

Canon & Nikon Lens Mugs — These come in telephoto and zoom, and that’s all you need to know.

The Camera Cooler Bag — This is a camera bag that can double as a cooler bag!

5. Photos & Cameras You Can Actually Eat!:

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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.

Photo credits: 1. Joanna Karenina, 2. The iPhone SLR Mount, 3. Smitten Kitchen

DIY: How to Make a Photogram Wreath!


We spotted this fantastic Inkodye wreath project over at Design*Sponge, and we just had to share it with you guys!

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)
  • Thumbtacks
  • 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.