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Happy Camera Day!
What Kind of Camera are YOU?
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“What kind of camera am I?”

It’s a burning question we’ve all had in the back of our minds, and today it shall be answered.

In honor of National Camera Day this Sunday, June 29th, we are going to help you find out what kind of camera you would be if you were reborn as the best invention ever.

Now sit back and put on your virtual Sorting Hat to discover what kind camera TRULY represents your personality.

Discover Your Camera Alter Ego for National Camera Day!

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Metadata: Uncover Your Photos’ Secrets
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Metadata is data about data.

When it comes to photo metadata, that means it’s data/facts/figures/info about your photos.

In the olden days (or last week, if you’re a film shooter) photographers had to carry around a notebook to collect metadata. “Roll 6 Shot 7 was set at f/16 1/100 sec and shot at Tamarack Park.”

These days, digital cameras are writing down all these fun fact for you. They’re not just capturing pictures, they’re taking in metadata too!

You’ve got all kinds of data about your photos you didn’t even know about. And, it turns out there are all sorts of nifty things you can do when you’ve got data about your data.

Learn to Access Your Photos’ Metadata and Why You’d Wanna

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Summertime Photo Tips and Inspiration
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It’s here! It’s here! It’s time to memorialize our heroes and kick off the sunniest* season of them all.

No matter how you’re celebrating this weekend, we’ve got your packing list covered:

  • Sun screen
  • Camera
  • Photo tips and Inspiration

Fresh out of that last one? Follow us to a summer inspired link roundup. We’ve got tips for folks headed to the beach, the woods, the park, the amusement park, underwater or anywhere sunny.

Find Photo Inspiration for Your Memorial Day Weekend

*Sun not guaranteed in all locales.

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Take a Hike!
With Camping-Friendly Photo Gear

We love camping. The scenery is beautiful, the wildlife photogenic, the tent mishaps hilarious and the burnt marshmallows the best ones.

Don’t let Mother Nature with her water, dirt & total-lack-of-outlets stop you from photoing it all. Pack along these camping-friendly gadgets.

We field tested each one on a recent camping weekend in Big Sur. Check out this photo story of our trip, or scroll on down to see our favorite gear of the weekend.

Power Pot Stovetop Charger

The Power Pot turns heat from your campfire or stove into power to charge your phone, camera or any USB cable charged device!

Cook up your dinner and the power to snap a few more photos at the same time.

Learn More or Buy

DryZone Duffle

Like the little yellow rain slicker of your childhood, this waterproof bag will keep your camera bone dry. Plus, it’s super padded to keep your gear safe.

Pack the DryZone Duffle full of camera equipment (and dry socks) when you’re on the water.

Learn More or Buy

iPhone Super Suit

With the iPhone Super Suit your phone will have the ultimate protection from the elements … like water, sand and gravity.

This sleek case protects and leaves the buttons, screen, camera and headphones totally usable (even while underwater)!

Learn More or Buy

Spring Break Camera Strap

Take your camera on a hike with the Spring Break Strap.

It not only provides a comfy way to carry your most precious cargo, but it makes you look pretty good too.

Learn More or Buy

Gorillapod Mobile

The Gorillapod will hold onto your phone in any terrain. Its bendy legs will stand atop a mountain or hang onto a tree branch for great pics at just the right angle.

Use it as a tripod for self-timer selfies, group pics and shake-free videos.

Learn More or Buy

Now, check out the photos we snapped on our weekend camping trip to Big Sur RIGHT HERE!

 


   
   
The Selfie Help Book
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Selfie taking is a solitary pursuit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other with our selfie snapping technique.

After extensive research (and many a photographic self portrait) the Photojojo Institute of Selfie Studies is pleased to share their collection of the very best selfie taking tips, apps and gadgets, for the good of society.

Read on to become a true master of the selfigraphical arts.

Then before you go forth and selfie, please, forward this invaluable guide to all your friends. Let’s get better at taking photos alone, together!

 
 

Whether you need to prove you met Bono, are checking your face for post-lunch food particulates or it’s time for a new profile pic … Sometimes you just have to take a photo or yourself.

Before you tap that shutter button, please complete the following selfie prep:
- Arm stretches. These are essential to avoid strain from the shoulder-down arm-out stance of proper selfie taking form.
- Check your vicinity for a toilet. If you can see one, now is not the time to selfie.
- Think. Have you taken 5 or more selfie today? No? Carry on then…

     
 
      Selfie Enhancing Apps

Everyday app reminds you to take a selfie every single day. Then, compiles your pics into a neat-o timelapse.
Everyday App

Take a photo from farther than one arms length. CamMe lets you trigger your camera from afar with a wave of your hand.
CamMe

 
Solo Selfie Gear

No flash for your front facing camera? Add soft even light with…
The Pocket Spotlight

No outstretched arm in your pics! This guy helps your phone stand up for itself.
The Keyprop

Add kaleidoscope, starburst and wide angle effects with these filters over your lens.
Jelly Camera Phone Filters

With sharp optics and a big ‘ol sensor, the QX beams your pix straight to your phone.
Sony QX Lens Cameras

     
 
 
     

Group Selfie (gro͞op ‘selfē) n. Any photo featuring two or more people, when one of those people is you.

Once you master the group selfie you’ll never have to leave someone out of the group shot again!

Group selfie tip: Don’t forget the silly one! Once you’ve documented your best smiles, yell “silly one” and snap one more. Your true friends know what to do.

 
Great Groupfie Apps

Document your group and yourself at the same time. Dblcam app takes photos through your front and back facing cams and puts them side by side.
Dblcam

Self-timer apps are great for group pix! Trigger the countdown, then run to join your friends in the shot.
TimerCam

     
 
      Groupfie Gadgets

No need to grow your arm. Fisheye lenses fit more pals in the pic.
Fisheye Phone Lenses

Pose with your posse and snap photos at a distance with a handy remote.
Smartphone Shutter Remote

This tripod folds up for ultimate portability. Take it anywhere the party.
The Folding Tripod

The Glif will prop up any phone and attaches to any tripod (folding or not).
The Glif

 
 

Now that you’re a classic and group selfie expert, ask yourself: Would you selfie in a box? Would you selfie with a fox? If yes, you’re ready for extreme selfies!

Extreme selfies are not just about documenting your face. X-selfies show your creative side, your masterful skillz with a phone cam and your zest for life.

     
 
      Extreme Selfie Apps

You never sit still, why should your selfies? Selfie360 takes pix as you spin and stitches them into a magical shareable gif.
Selfie 360

Turn your phone cam to pano mode and just try to take a selfie (the results are bound to be silly).
Pano Selfie Tutorial

 
Extreme Selfie Gizmos

Ready for your close up? Macro lenses capture stunning detail at close range.
Macro Lens Band

Adorn your portrait with splashes of rainbow-y color.
Phone-o-Chrome Filter

Snap underwater selfies all while keeping your iPhone safe and sound.
Optrix Adventure Suit

A charging cable and phone stand, Une Bobine bends to capture your best angle.
Une Bobine

     

   
   
Two Gizmos For Making Double Exposures
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, we did some math…

Turns out, a double exposure is worth two thousand words!

When you meld one image onto another, all of those extra words tend to run along the lines of, “Wow! Cool! Looks neat! I love it. How did you…?”

Sure, there are apps to fake double exposures and you can spend hours in photoshop or a darkroom (remember those?) creating ‘em.

But, we’re here to share two ways to make double exposures as you shoot, using reflective little Color Lens and Flash Filters and the magical Instax 90 Instant Camera.

Learn To make Double Exposures Two Ways*

*total value = 4,000 words

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Back Up Your Photos Four Ways!
(Or Choose One And Go With It)

If your phone takes a plunge into a puddle, you’re going to wish you’d backed up your irreplaceable photos…

The video from the time you met Oprah. Photos from the top of Mt. Everest. A timelapse of your first place win at the donut eating contest.

Don’t wait until you wish you would have backed up your photos.

We’ve compiled our four favorite backup solutions, their pros, their cons and their how-to’s. Turns out it’s easy and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Do not wait until your computer is actually on fire. That is entirely too late.

Find A Way That Suits You, Back Up Your Photos Today

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Valentine Photo Gifts For Everyone

Valentine’s Day is February 14th. That’s just around the corner.

Now is the time to grab a gift for your sweetie (or heck, for yourself).

Whether your relationship is a baby f/22 or a full on f/2.8, if you’re head over heals in love, grateful for your friends or flying solo, we’ve got gift ideas for everyone!

Easy Macro Lens Band

Take detailed photos, up close and personal. → More

Instant Cam iPhone Decal

A true friend will stick by your side and this on their phone. → More

The Keyprop

Your friends can lean on you and their phone on this stand. → More

Phone-o-Chrome Filter

Friends don’t let friends photo without a rainbow-y filter. → More

Instagram Like Necklace

No filters here. Give a symbol of your undying like. → More

Snack Caps

A sweet treat that says, “I care for you and your lens’ safety.” → More

Power Boost Keychain

May your heart and battery always be full. → More

The Pocket Spotlight

Shed light on your true feelings and your photos. → More

Instax Mini 90 Camera

This camera makes mini instant prints but it has BIG heart. → More

Sony QX Smart Lenses

Your love’s phone will love this wireless lens camera. → More

Limited Edition SX-70s

Polaroid cameras lovingly restored to perfect condition. → More

Brooklyn Camera Bag

Made of the finest leather for your finest Valentine! → More

Muku Shutter Remote

No photo assistant? Grab a Muku to snap photos for you. → More

Autographer Smart Cam

Super intelligent. Always by your side. It logs your life! → More

Gorillapod Mobile

You and your phone know how to stand up for yourselves. → More

Touch Screen Gloves

Photoing cold? You’ve got your gloves to keep you warm. → More


   
   
How to Add Special FX to Instagram Videos

Skimming through your Instagram feed, you expect the usual crop of selfies, cats, lunches and babies. You don’t expect are exploding refrigerators.

… Unless you follow our pal, Okay Samurai.

He uses Adobe After Effects to add special effects to his Instagram videos.

Okay Samurai (aka Dave) put together a guide so that you too can use After Effects to make a fridge explode.

It requires a few more steps than editing on the phone, but it turns out it’s simpler than you’d think!

With Dave’s step by step guidance and a free 30-day trial of AE up for grabs, now is the perfect time to pick up a new skill and spice up your Instagram feed.

Learn How to Add Special FX to Your Instagram Videos

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Photo Inspiration: The Best of the Best of 2013

Happy 2014! The future is now.

We love Januaries. They’re a great time to look back at the amazingness of the previous year, and make resolutions for the new one.

We’ve done our fair share of looking back, poring over every “Best Photos of the Year!” list we could find on these here internets.

Then, we resolved to let all the great shots we just saw inspire us to improve our photo skills in 2014.

We’ve compiled a handy list of the top of the tops: our favorite “best photo” lists and what we’ve learned from them.

See the Very Best of The Best Photos of 2013

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