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We all remember our first camera, whether it was digital, 35mm or Polaroid. But we might not remember taking our first picture.
And why not? Because most of us started taking photographs when we were little.
There’s something about cameras that draws kids like a magnet. Teaching a child how to take pictures could be the spark that starts a life-long interest.
Grab your kid, or a friend’s kid (or that strange toddler that followed you home from the convenience store after you bought two cases of Tastykakes) and open their eyes to the world of photography!
Photo credit: Thomas Hawk
You already know what motion blur is: the subject’s in focus, but it’s moving so fast that the background streaks into a mere blur.
And you already know what kind of photos look great with motion blur:
- High-speed sports
- Busy streets
- Small children wrestling an alligator atop a speeding train
But we’ll bet you hadn’t thought of using it for slow-moving subjects. Wind, water and clouds look surreal and dream-like when photographed slowly enough to capture their movement.
The next time you wake up to a dark and windy day, don’t snuggle back under the covers with a cup of hot cocoa. Those are the best days to catch clouds and wind on the move.
So bundle up, grab the tripod and stop down to your tiniest aperture: it’s time to go out and explore the other side of motion photography.
(Then you can go back to bed.)
p.s. Thanks to everybody who came out for our recent Photo Safaris in New York City and San Francisco! We totally have the best fans anywhere. If you haven’t already, sign up for updates. We’ve one in SF this weekend.
In honor of the Dia de los Muertos (November 2nd), we’re digging up a lesser-known piece of photographic history.
Memorial photography was the common practice of taking a person’s portrait after they passed away.
Since our culture now fears death more than we mourn it, these photos are seen today as macabre. But it was actually a beautiful tradition that helped families keep a small memento of the loved ones they had lost.
Though it’s a bit of a departure from our usual fare, we wanted to share some history that’s gone but not forgotten.
Thanks to reader Blake Nolan for the idea!
p.s. This article does show photos of dead people, so don’t click through if that kind of thing freaks you out.
Nights on the Riviera…
Costume balls in Cancun…
Dancing until dawn in the glittering palaces of Monaco…
Life at Photojojo is one mad whirl of unbridled hedonism.
What? It totally is. Mad, we tell you. Whirly.
Okay, fine, we didn’t really think you’d buy that. But if we did lead lives like that, you better believe we’d have some great photos to show for it.
If there’s one thing we know, it’s how to take an awesome portrait at night. Use a tripod, moderate your flash… oh heck, just keep reading. Everything you need to know is in here.
p.p.s. Want to take some spooky ghost pictures this Halloween? Try capturing the mystery of entopic phenomena!
Photo credit: sgoralnick.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!