Hit the Road! Must Have Photo Accessories

On a cross country road trip, selfies just won’t cut it. Is that the Lincoln Memorial or Lady Liberty behind you?

So, we’ve packed our shop with camccessories to take on your next trip: a comfy strap, our favorite tripod ever and a bright ring light.

Three Essentials for Travel Photography


How to Make Hyperlapse Videos that Totally Wow!

There’s nothing quite as sweet as new love.

After only 2 days it’s safe to say – the whole internet is in love with Hyperlapse.

The new app from Instagram, lets you make butter smooth timelapse videos at the push of very few buttons.

Admit it, you’re in love too.

If not now, you will be soon. You just need to get to know Hyperlapse a little better.

That’s why we’ve spent the last couple days, moving at 12x times our regular speed, learning the ins, the outs, the how to’s and how not’s of Hyperlapse. We’re here to share them with you!

Learn to shoot ’em, pick up a few editing tips, see a ton of inspiring vids and get ready to start totally crushing.

The Ultimate Guide to Hyperlapse Mastery READ MORE

Sneaky Ways to Avoid Camera Theft

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The greatest days are full of fun photo ops, not bad guys creepin’ on your turf. Protect your gear!

Cover your phonecam in junky camouflage and trick those thieves into stealing something else less cool, like a stack of old CDs.

Go “normcore” and try carrying your fancy camera in a something less fancy, like a tote bag covered in cats.

Sometimes all you need are confusion tactics … like a picture of a bright pink donut on your fancy camera lens.

Learn Three Tricks For Outsmarting Camera Snatchers


I’m Back From Vacation. Now What?

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Vacation time’s almost over! Your phone and camera are filled with photos from all your fun trips…what now?

You don’t want them stored in your laptop forever, but there isn’t enough shelf space in the world to show them off.

Where we’re going we don’t need shelves.

We’ve rounded up some our favorite photo projects from our archives and elsewhere around the ‘net to show you what to do with those awesome photos of yours.

10 Ideas for Showing Off Vacation Photos


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!


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


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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

      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