Guides

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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Photojojo’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013, Part 3!


It’s our last all-new gift guide of the year! So we’ve brought out our very finest photo gifts – beautiful camera bags, photo-themed décor and more.

Plus, we’re showing off our top selling products of all-time, that are sure to be a real hit on Christmas morn’.

Order quick and we’ll be sure to beat Santa down the chimney for ya.


Carry your gear in style! The Brooklyn camera bag is handcrafted out of full grain leather, with a plush interior and plenty of room. Nothing but the finest, for your trusty camera.

In the Shop for $329

 

 


Everything you need to shoot the most creative roll of film you’ve ever shot. A camera, two lenses, rainbow filter and a book of inspiration will spark your love for analogue photography all over again (or, for the very first time).

In the Shop for $25

 

 


Finally! A huggable camera lens. These limited edition jumbo-sized lens pillows. They’re hand-made with all the detail of your favorite lens (from the f-stops to the auto-focus switch) carefully embroidered by hand into fuzzy fleece.

In the Shop for $80

 

  


Get awesome technicolor patterns, lens flare and swirly rainbow hues in-camera without an app! These coated glass gradient filters twist and stack for infinite color combinations. And, their sturdy aluminum mount fits on any phone.

In the Shop for $35

 

 


Take your camera on any and every expedition, in this full-sized adventure proof messenger camera bag. It’s made of water repellent waxed canvas, and has enough pockets and interior space to hold all your gear.

In the Shop for $269

 

 

 


Hang your love of analogue on the wall for all to see. The Vintage Film Roll Print features 20 vintage film rolls in their bright and colorful glory. The perfect décor for any photographer’s home or office (just not their darkroom).

In the Shop for $15

 

 

 


Your phone cam is great, but you can give it one that’s super-duper. Sony QX series pro-quality lenses that are also full-fledged cameras! They use your smartphone as a viewfinder, settings panel and shutter release. Then, send the pix they’ve taken wirelessly onto your phone.

Starting at $250

 

 

 
Lots more amazing gifts…

 

Everyone Loves Them!We’re sure those folks on your gift list will too.


Photojojo Classic Lens Series

$49 → BUY


Camera Lens Mugs

$24 → BUY


Macro Lens Band

$15 → BUY

 


iPhone Telephoto Lens Kit

$35 → BUY


Bamboo Solar Phone Charger

$35 → BUY


Smartphone Spy Lens

$20 → BUY

 

 

Even more amazing gifts…
 

Free Coupons for All!
Plus, Gift Ideas For Your Camera


We’re giving away $2, $5, $7 and $10 coupons all day long!

Simply follow us on Twitter (we’re @Photojojo), give us a RT and visit the Shop to collect your coupon.

Not sure what to spend your free Photojojo bux on? We’ve talked to your camera and have its wishlist right here.

Check out our gifts for DSLRs, Androids, iPads and more …

Snack Cap Lens Caps

Your camera looks hungry. Give it a tasty (protective) treat. → More

Gorillapod for SLRs

This bendable tripod will hold your DSLR to any surface. → More

The Triggertrap

Turn your phone or tablet into a remote for your DSLR. → More

Give ANY DSLR Wi-FI!

Send photos from your DSLR to phone or laptop as you shoot! → More

iPad Telephoto Lens

See 10 to 12 times farther, with adjustable focus. → More

Sony Wireless Lens

Give your iPad a massive sensor and professional optics. → More

A charger + built-in battery

The Bolt Charger doesn’t need an outlet to charge you up! → More

Wireless Shutter Remote

Take photos from 30 feet away. Perfect for photobooths! → More

The Instax 90 Instant Cam

The newest from Instax w/ double exposure and bulb modes. → More

Print straight from your cam!

The Polaroid 2300 takes digital photos and prints on the go. → More

Rare Film Pack

Three rolls of rare, imported, or discontinued 35mm film. → More

Mini Instagram Projector

Project a slide wheel of your IG photos anywhere. → More

Polarizing Smartphone Lens

Cut down on glare to up contrast and color saturation. → More

Instagram #Necklaces

Sport your very own #nofilter, #selfie or IG Like symbol. → More

Instant Camera iPhone Decal

A tribute to an old fave, for your phone. → More

Olloclip 4-in-1 iPhone Lens

A fisheye, telephoto, wide angle and macro lens, all in one. → More

Super Fisheye Phone Lens

The widest angle lens in the shop! For fishey phone photos. → More

Phoneography Starter Kit

Everything a new phoneographer needs in a giftable case. → More

Smartphone Spy Lens

See the world from a whole new angle (on the sly). → More

The USB Chargecard

A charging cable that fits in your wallet. → More



Glif+ Phone Stand

$20

$25 BUY!



Egg Carton Film Case

$20

$15 BUY!



Memory Card Speed Reader

$45

$35 BUY!



Instax Mini 50s Camera

$125

$110 BUY!




Handy Dandy Hand Strap

$40

$35 BUY!




The iPhone SLR Mount

$249

$180 BUY!