Top 10 Tips from Our Fave Kid Photographer!

Holiday. Photo. Time.

Three innocent little words that when strung together can cause much anxiety in parents around the globe.

To reduce the stress and end up with photos that really capture the true spirit of your family, we nabbed professional kid photographer and author of Click!, Rachel Devine.

Rachel’s neatly rolled up her top notch advice in this guide that’ll last you straight through your eggnog supply and into next year!

Top 10 Tips for Photographing Kids


Photojojo’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011, Part 1!

You calmly plug your ears at the first hint of a Christmas carol and politely refuse your co-worker’s gingerbread cookies.

The Holidays, already?

Well cheer up scrooge! Here’s a darn good reason to end your holiday denial: The Photojojo Holiday Gift Guide Numero Uno.

We’ve been (really, really) pumped on these photo goodies all year. So without further ado:


The iPhone Lens Dial

FREE SHIPPING! A complete three-lens optical system for the iPhoneographer that’s got it all.

Made from aircraft-grade aluminium and high quality glass, these Fisheye, Wide Angle and Telephoto Lenses are top notch.

Just twist the dial to choose your lens of choice!

The iPhone Lens Dial
$249 at the Photojojo Store

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Camera Tote & Pouch

This tote bag and zipper pouch are decked out in awesome illustrations of vintage cameras. Both boast plenty of room for all your crafty photo tidbits.

A bag that loves cameras as much as you? Makes sense to us.

Camera Tote & Pouch
$25 at the Photojojo Store

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      The Light Paint Can

Looks just like a spray paint can, but paints light instead of, erm, paint!

This guy is equipped with a super strong LED for drawing with light when your camera is set on a long exposure.

The Light Paint Can
$39 at the Photojojo Store

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Vintage Camera Mobile

Vintage cameras are our favorite kind of eye candy.

Handmade and intricately detailed, the Vintage Camera Mobile satisfies your old-school camera lust. Without costing you a pretty penny!

Vintage Camera Mobile
$35 at the Photojojo Store

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DIY Twin Lens Camera

Put your expert camera knowledge to a test! Build your own camera with this DIY kit!

You’ll learn all about how cameras work and have a brand new camera to play with.

And hey, “learning new things” sounds like a great excuse to get a new camera to us!

DIY Twin Lens Camera
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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Lens Cap Strap Holder

Isn’t it nice when really smart solutions are also really simple?

Example: a lens cap holder that keeps the cap safely attached to your camera strap while you shoot.

No more wandering lens caps. No more scratched lenses. No more ruined photos. Ahhh.

Lens Cap Strap Holder
$18 at the Photojojo Store

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World Photography Day — Ideas & Inspiration to Celebrate All Things Photo

Do you remember the first time you held a camera?

Pushing on a button somehow procured a preserved rectangular memory that you could hold in your hand.

From that day on you never looked back…mostly because you were too busy looking into the viewfinder.

World Photography Day is tomorrow, August 19th, and it’s the perfect day to show your camera some love!

Whether your preferred camera is plastic, pinhole, or also known as your phone, we’ve collected the most inspiring ideas and even a photo themed mixtape to celebrate your very own photo day at home.

Hats off to you, Mr. Daguerre.

Photojojo’s Guide to World Photography Day

p.s. Our buddies at Easy Canvas Prints are giving 50% off + free shipping for Photojojoers (you!). They turn your photos into rad canvas prints!

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Return of the GIF: 5+ Rad Ways to Play with GIFs

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Like instant film and harem pants, GIFs are making quite the comeback.

They may have had an awkward start back in their earlier days, but now GIFs are easier to craft and looking better than ever thanks to lasers, smart phones, and good old fashioned creativity.

We found the raddest and baddest ways to make and show off GIFs from real-life GIF zoetropes to making your phone’s background animated.

Creepy dancing Ally McBeal baby, step aside. There are new GIFs in town.

How to Kick Your GIFs Up a Notch

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Polaroid Week 2011: Our Favorite Projects, Tips, and Ways To Use Instant Film

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It’s that time of the year again…

Polaroid Week!

Also Known As: A magical week when photographers around the world celebrate all things instant and make photos like crazy.

We’re already having a blast celebrating,
and want you to join us!

Because we ♥ you, we’ve rounded up our favorite projects, tips, & inspiration to get your instant ideas developing! (See what we did there? har har.)

Grab your camera, feed it some film, and read on to learn how to use instant photos to decorate, stay organized, make hand-made photograms, and even see-through instant prints!

Tips, DIY Projects and Where to Get Film

p.s. Wanna win the smartest & comfiest camera strap your shoulder’s ever met? Follow @Photojojo and tweet this for a chance to win a Split Strap!! *squeeeee!* READ MORE

10+ Awesome Ways to Upcycle Vintage Photo Gear

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They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

You say as long as it’s related to photography, there’s no such thing as trash.

You keep shelves full of broken cameras, expired film, and 1MP digital cameras from middle school. (Nostalgia alert!)

Because we wouldn’t dare give away our precious cameras, we thought we might try to see if we could find some crafty projects to do with our vintage equipment instead!

Read on to learn how to turn an old TV into a glowing photo display, the best way to bring plant life to a dead lens, how you can make jewelry from your broken camera parts, and more!

10+ Ways To Use Vintage to Your Advantage

p.s. Our buds at MOO just launched nifty new stickers that you can customize with your own photos. Head here to get 40% off all MOO stickers until 6/30.

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15 Tips for the Best Underwater Photos Ever

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While we love taking photos on land, and sometimes high up in the sky, we can’t resist the magic that takes place underwater.

Real life Nemos, free floating props, and fashionable mermaids show us that underwater is the place to be!

Get a camera that can work in a (extremely) wet environment, and dive in to capture and
conquer the wonders of the water world.

Here‘s our top 15 list of uh-mazingly easy tips to get your feet wet in underwater photography.

15 Ultimate Underwater Photography Tips

p.s. Work with us! Photojojo’s hiring both in and outside of San Francisco. Seeking web developers, product buyers & sourcers, photographers, and writers.

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How to Use Your Android as a Photo Tool + Top 10 Apps

Nikon vs Canon, Mac vs PC, Rebecca Black vs Justin Bieber.

2-sided feuds aren’t a foreign concept considering you’re a Canon/Mac/Bieber appreciator.

When it comes to phones, you’re an Android lover.

This week, our Twitter and Facebook peeps voted on their favorite Android photo apps – apps for editing, filtering, friend-sharing, and even afternoon snacking (i.e. Pudding Cam!).

These are the top 10 crowd favorites!

Plus, as an added bonus, we rounded up apps designed to make life easier while you’re out shooting with your non-phone camera.

Whether you’re working with a gingerbread, cupcake, or a little green robot, your photo app folder is about to get real happy.

Use Your Android as a Photo Tool & Top Voted Apps

p.s. We’re throwing a Facebook giveaway today with our pals at Fracture! Fracture turns your photos into gorgeous glass prints that make snazzy wall hangings! READ MORE

Photo Science: How 5 Photo Techniques Work & How You Can Play With Them!

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Ever wonder how your camera works?

…If instant photos are actually made of something other than magic?

We sure as heck do!

In fact, we think the science of photography is half of the reason that being a photographer is so freakin’ cool.

While photography usually feels like magic, it’s actually very scientific and mathematical. (We even know the ISO of the human eye!)

We’re going to show you some of our favorite basic photography techniques, what makes them tick, and how you can try them all yourself for a hands-on view of how all your favorite photo stuff works!

5 Ways to Play with Photo Science

p.s. We’re searching for a few fabulous photogs to take photos for the shop! Got what it takes?


What iPhoneography Apps Are Hot Right Now

We’ve been wondering what photo apps the cool kids are using on their phones these days. Instagram? Hipstamatic? Diptic maybe?

So we rounded up 12 of our favorite smarties and asked for their top 3 faves.

Who’d we ask? Photographers (of course), web entrepreneurs, illustrators, designers, the guy who invented the #hashtag, and even a Mythbuster!

Here’s what we found out.

[BTW, we’ve got Android apps in here, too!]

The Top iPhoneography Apps Right Now

p.s. We’ve teamed up with our buddies at Fracture for a Twitter giveaway TODAY! Fracture prints your best photos directly onto glass, is ready to hang and looks super sleek. READ MORE