The photographer’s worst nightmare: being hauled out from behind the lens and forced to stand in front of a camera.
Why must people photograph us? Yes, photographers are adorable, and yes, we have unparalleled style. But we are shy, and we prefer to hide behind our cameras like frightened woodland creatures behind large trees.
Still, people do insist on taking our pictures. So, what to do when you can’t avoid being photographed? Stand tall and follow our tips for instant photogenicity.
Published on October 7, 2008 — See more Guides
Looking at photomicrography is like walking into a whole new dimension.
It knocks us out that there’s this whole invisible world present, yet utterly ignored, in every aspect of our lives. Plus there’s a whole branch of photography we never even thought of.
The bad news is: 1) most of us don’t have the specialized equipment to really get into photomicrography, and 2) it’s hard to pronounce.
The good news: we can learn to photograph very small things that are visible to the naked eye.
Macro photography is supposed to be for Serious Photographers, but anyone with a decent point-and-shoot can master it.
Come on along and we’ll let you in on the settings, lighting info, and technical gear you need to know about to get started.
Published on October 2, 2008 — See more Guides
The iPhone Army* has a new weapon: photography applications, and lots of ‘em. But who has the time to page endlessly through that collossal archive? Who wants to install every app and try to figure out a) what it does, b) whether it does it well, and c) if it’s worth the price?
We set our intrepid researcher Matt Nuzzaco (photographer extraordinaire and all-around nice guy) to the task and we are proud to report his findings. Here for your reading pleasure (categorized, rated and generally twitterpated) may we present:
*similar to the Kiss Army but with less makeup and shorter boots.
p.s. Attention mad scientists: enter our Photo Tip Contest, this week only!
We’ve teamed up with Lomography to gather the best photo tricks, tips and strokes of genius that DON’T require digital manipulation. Do any crazy thing you want, just keep the pixels real.
Enter your tips and photos on the Photojojo Forum, and be sure to get your submissions in before midnight on Sunday, September 21!
Published on September 16, 2008 — See more Guides
It’s August, folks. Yup, that means: end of summer. And Olympics.
Instead of boo-hooing our puny, non-Olympic abilities, the waning light, and the impending return to work and school, we’ve taken a cue from the astonishing Olympic bodies we’ve been watching all month.
We present to you: the jaw-dropping, body-photography roundup. It’ll make you celebrate all that our human bodies can do: we can flip and balance (some on a 4″ beam), squish, hide, shrink, stack. We can imagine and we can take pictures.
So, go ahead, check out these awe-inspiring projects.
We promise they’ll make you want to get off your butt.
The day that Jenelle Norris sent her book “Polaroid 600 and Spectra Film: Manipulations and Creative Techniques” to the printer for layout was February 8, 2008.
The day Polaroid announced they wouldn’t be making film anymore? February 8, 2008.
Lucky for us, rather than let her effort go to waste, Jenelle put her whole book online for free!
And it’s a dang good book, too. Everything you ever wanted to know about messin’ with Polaroid: transfers, double exposures, how to use 600 film in an SX-70. You name it, it’s in there.
Get out there and stock up on Polaroid, folks! The film’s going fast and if you’re gonna experiment, ya better do it quick.
p.s. Go to SavePolaroid.com for the latest on the effort to save everybody’s favorite instant film, and our guide to 10 ways to love Polaroid before it’s gone!
Published on July 31, 2008 — See more Guides
We loooove Flickr. We want to marry Flickr.
What’s funny about our infatuation, though, is that it involves quite a few other people.
No, no, not like that. We’re talking about the clever developers who have transformed Flickr into the dynamic and lovable photo site that it is. Their creamy vanilla tools and bavarian dark chocolate add-ons are the frosting on the Flickr (cup)cake.
While there are many, many Flickr mashups out there, we’ve scoured through hundreds to bring you our favorite useful and fun ones.
Without further ado…
p.s. Did we miss one you like? Tell us about it!
Published on July 24, 2008 — See more Guides
You may not have heard about this in the news (it’s kind of one of those underground media stories) but gasoline is getting sort of expensive.
We fear it might put a damper on one of the greatest pastimes ever: road trips!
We at Photojojo love road trips because they’re a photographer’s dream: each new mile is a photo waiting to happen. So we’ve compiled our Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Photography, to inspire you on your next trip!
Gather as many friends as you can for your carpool vacation, and pack the camera gear into your hybrid (or rent one!). It’s time to hit the road!
It’s amazing how much money we’ve spent on photo magazines over the years.
Of course, that’s nothing compared to the amount of time we’ve spent getting the stink eye from the cashier as we thumbed through every magazine at the newsstand.
And then came The Internet, where you can browse photo magazines all day with nary a stink eye in sight.
Even better, you can publish your own magazine online. For free. And it’ll look just like a real magazine, with pages you can flip through.
Use it as a portfolio, show off that photo essay youâ€™ve been working on, or get your artsy friends together for a virtual gallery show. You can even get your magazine printed and sell it!
Read on for more ideas on how to publish your own magazine, and why you should!
Published on June 16, 2008 — See more Guides
Remember the year you got your dad that orange plaid tie for Father’s Day?
How about the slicer-dicer gadget that nearly claimed his thumb?
And remember that whole decade of golf tchotchkes?
Your dad remembers.
The good news is, this could be your year to turn it around.
To help you out, we proudly present our super mondo guide to Father’s Day awesomeness.
p.s. It’s contest time again, and this time it’s a knock-down, drag-out, floor-scufflin’ brawl to crown The Cutest Baby Ever! We’ve got heaps of prizes for twelve lucky winners, courtesy of our pals at Flattenme.com.
All you have to do is round up a photo of the most freakishly cute baby you know and post it to our contest on the Photojojo forum by Friday June 13th.
Published on June 9, 2008 — See more Guides
A recent major university double-blind study has concluded that games are fun.
In addition, 63 percent of licensed phlebotomists agree that fun is nice.
These ground-shaking, revolutionary results have caused us to revise our staunchly anti-fun philosophy.
In an effort to explore these new (and somewhat suspicious) avenues of “fun” and “games” we respectfully present our findings on the subject: five games you can play with your camera and photos.
We are informed by reliable sources that they qualify as “fun.”
p.s. Been messing around with perspective lately? Post your photos in the “Tunnel Vision” thread on the Photojojo forum.
Published on May 12, 2008 — See more Guides
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