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Even in the world of super-cool, we’ve-been-waiting-for-it-all-year, and how-dare-it-waltz-in-at-the-last-minute camera accessories, the Monsterpod and Gorillapod SLR Zoom are fashionably late.
But like all good hosts, we’re happy to see them all the same.
Of course it helps that they’re both completely and utterly drool-worthy.
Unlike traditional tripods, these things are tiny and super-light. Even better, they can go places and do things no ordinary tripod could dream of. (The gravity-defying Monsterpod sticks to walls, trees, chain link fences, it can even suspend your camera upside down from glass, for gods sake!)
If you think that sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, you’re right. You’ve never seen tripods like these.
OMG. OMG. It’s finally here. We’ve been chasing this one down, hard, since August.
From the moment it appeared at PMA (fancy schmancy photo-people conference), people went crazy over the impossible things the Monsterpod could do. But you couldn’t buy it–no one could.
The wait is finally over. The Monsterpod is here.
What is it? It’s a small, round disc. The camera attaches to one side, and on the other there’s a glob of bright orange viscoelastic polymer. This stuff is magic. Really, magic.
It lets you stick your camera to just about anything — trees, street lamps, plate glass windows, sheetrock, concrete, furniture, cars. It’ll stick sideways, it will hold your camera upside down. The thing sticks to ANYTHING, and you can peel it right off.
You won’t believe your eyes, so take our word for it. It works.
Click through to see pictures we took of this thing all around New York City. We got the very first shipment in the States. Order now for holiday delivery.
Gravity-defying miracle pod, available now for XMAS delivery.
We loved the original Gorillapod when we took a look at it months ago — it’s tiny, and its infinitely flexible tentacles let it stand on uneven surfaces or wrap around objects (trees, poles, railings, etc.) to get you impossible shots.
Because it’s so light and small, it’s totally practical to stuff it in your pocket or toss it in your backpack or purse.
We’ve been asking Santa for a version that works with SLR cameras all year, and it’s finally here: the Gorillapod SLR Zoom. It holds up to 6.6 pounds of SLR, zoom lens, and flash, and it’s every bit as incredible as the original.
We’ve got both. One bit of warning: We’re one of the first to be able to offer these, and they’re in extremely short supply.
Now available for Point & Shoot and SLR Cameras in limited quantities.
This is our second week of tasty photo treats to help you share the photo love this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out the fotoclips, technicolor camera cases, Photo Block Kit, and DIY Photo Ornaments we featured earlier. Everything at the shop, including our ever-popular magnetic photo ropes and mailable photo frames, is in-stock and domestic orders will arrive in time for Christmas if you order by December 19th.
Eggnog, gingerbread houses, Santa Clause, Sinterklaas (for our Dutch friends), “Christmas Man” (any Germans in the house?), holiday cards, endless holiday shopping, and lots and lots of holiday cheer.
We love the holidays.
Just in time for this year’s festivities, we’ll show you how to make beautiful ornaments using your photos in just 15 minutes. They look great on a Christmas tree, but they’re just as awesome as decorations to hang from your mantle or from the ceiling.
Better yet, they can be sent easily through the mail and make great gifts! Let’s get started…
This is our second week of tasty photo treats to help you share the photo love this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out the fotoclips, technicolor camera cases, and Photo Block Kit we featured last week.
We’re very proud of this one.
We’ve been working for months to perfect our Do-It-Yourself Photo Blocks — the perfectly simple photo gifts you can make in just 15 minutes with your photos.
We’ve improved the process, improved the finish, even improved the quality of the fine hardwood blocks. And now you get it all in one box.
It’s the Photojojo DIY Photo Block Kit, available today.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who likes to make stuff, a great project to do on a rainy afternoon, or something fun to do with your kids, giddyup.
$25 at the Photojojo Shop. Available Now.
This week and next we’re bringing you tasty photo treats to help you share the photo love this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out installment one.
Seeing as it’s December, you’ve been good all year, and the holidays are just around the corner, you’re due some tasty photo treats. And here they come.
We’ve been working night and day to find the awesomest photo goodies in the land, and for the next two weeks, we’ll be bringing you something new and rad with every newsletter.
And since the best goodies are the ones that no one feels guilty about afterward, everything we feature will cost less than $50.
Our first installment comes to you with two wonderfully colorful photo gifts that belong in everyone’s stockings.
The Electric Pocket: The only camera case you’ll ever want.
Camera cases tend to be pretty drab, which is why we adore these colorful camera cocoons from BuiltNY. Lined with fleece on the inside and made from stretchy and durable neoprene, the tiny cases attach easily to backpacks and handbags.
Forget those boring black nylon or leather snore cases. The Electric Pocket molds to fit svelte new subcompact cameras (those tiny Canons, Nikons, Sonys, Casios, etc.) like a glove. If you or someone in your life got a snazzy new camera recently, you can’t do better than this case. It’s a dreamboat.
$22 at the Photojojo Shop. Starts shipping Friday.
Fotoclips: Build things with your photos.
It’s difficult to explain how astonishingly simple and fun these Fotoclips are. Each box contains 110 plastic clips that allow you to make photo walls, castles, mosaics, 3D sculptures… pretty much anything, by clipping together your photos.
At $10, they’re the ultimate photo stocking stuffer. Get everyone a box and spend the holidays assembling all of your photos into a family photo tapestry.
$10 for one, $27 for three at the Photojojo Shop. Available Now.
Remember: no matter how much you order, Domestic 2-3 day shipping is just $5 at the Photojojo Shop!
The holidays aren’t just a great time to take pictures, they’re also a great time to spread the photo love (to yourself, or to others.)
Since many of you are probably looking for great photo gift ideas right about now, we thought we’d give you a hand by telling you about a few of our favorites.
For each of the categories below, there are dozens, often hundreds of options. We’re not going to tell you about all of them–we’ve picked the best of the best. It’s the stuff we’d buy (or have already bought) ourselves. We’ll tell you why, and leave rest up to you.
Without further ado…
Look, when you went on that awesome roadtrip last summer, you left Goldie at home. And that rockin’ concert you went to last weekend, same deal. Goldie held down the fort. He did that for you.
Sure, it’s not “practical” to take Goldie with you wherever you go… and we’ve all heard that goldfish only remember the last 30 seconds anyway, but even Goldie deserves a vacation, right?
Here’s a project that’ll help you satisfy Goldie’s wanderlust while keeping him safely submerged in his aquatic home.
Give the ole fishtank a photo makeover. It’s easy, looks great, and Goldie gets a glamorous new view!
Read our tutorial to find out how…
In the age of the Internet, keeping in touch when your chum or sweetheart is miles away is a lot easier than it used to be. A quick call, a text message, a little “I miss you” e-mail — they’re all well and good…
But what if you really want to show that special guy, gal, or pal just how important they are to you?
Our pal Bryan Zmijewski has got an idea that’s easy, inexpensive and guaranteed to earn rave reviews… All it takes is a few minutes a day, some photos, some stamps, and a pair of scissors.
Read our tutorial to find out how!
The minute we saw these Mailable Photo Frames, we knew we had to have ‘em.
Ordinarily, when we stick a photo in a frame, we get tired of it in about a week. In a month, it’s pretty much invisible.
Since The Mailable Photo Frames are inexpensive ($2 or less), shiny and chic, and fit a standard 4×6, they’re great for putting photos all around the house. But that’s not all…
Here’s where the magic comes in: the instant you get tired of a photo, stick on a regular letter-rate stamp (39 cents in the States), write a brief note on the back, and slip it in the mail. Your pal gets a beautiful gift (with a frame and stand to boot!) and you get to put up a new photo.
Everyone wins. It’s picture frame heaven.
Most photo frames don’t excite us. There are exceptions, but for the most part, a frame’s a frame.
So when Ed Sinofsky sent us a frame to check out, we were a bit skeptical. Until we plugged it in.
Ed earned his Ph.D. from the Optical Science Center at the University of Arizona, and his PhotoGlow frame quite literally makes your photos glow.
Just like the backlit ads in movie theaters and malls, light from the PhotoGlow’s back panel passes through your image to make it more vibrant and saturated. Unlike commercial displays, the PhotoGlow is only 1″ thick, uses a super-thin power cord, and draws an average of only 15 watts while in use.
Friends who’ve come over and seen ours invariably ask about it, and after a few weeks we were reluctant to send it back.
Print your own photos or have PhotoGlow do it for you. Prices vary by size and start at $99 for a frame with a pre-printed image.
p.s. Here’s the original image we used for our PhotoGlow. The backlight makes it sparkle!
Although elegant mosaics oft-graced Greek and Roman villas, they’re not so common anymore.
Those ancient works of art took hundreds of hours of painstakingly precise labor. Larger works even employed teams of artisans.
You don’t have teams of artisans.
But you do have LEGOs. And Photoshop.
John Tolva wrote up a tutorial that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a photo mosaic using LEGO bricks. It’s not gonna turn your studio apartment into a villa, but we think it’ll bring a touch of class to the joint.
Also worth a look: Holly Barhamand made a photo mosaic out of beads, the mathematics behind arranging differently shaped tiles can get quite complicated, and Ed Hall LEGO-fied Starry Night. It took several months and ten thousand bricks!
|p.s. Our Magnetic Photo Ropes have been a hit, and today we start shipping internationally! If you already ordered some, thanks! We’re working around the clock to get them out to you.