Photojojo’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013, Part 2!

We’ve got gifts galore: A hyper-intelligent camera that takes photos all on its own, deliciously cool looking lens caps, #jewelry for the Instagram lover in your life and more.

With 7 ALL NEW items, it’s our brand newest gift guide yet!

Plus, we’ve just introduced a new shipping option, that we think your nose is really going to like…


The Autographer is a super intelligent wearable camera with 6 sensors (GPS, compass, accelerometer, thermometer, color sensor and motion detector). It logs your life as you live it. Then uploads the photos and data straight to your iPhone.

In the Shop for $399



A juicy burger or delish donut protect your lens from scratches and add a bit of fun to your favorite gear. *Warning* Snack caps are not guaranteed to protect your lenses from being licked. In fact, they just might invite it. Yummy. Yummy.

In the Shop for $15

The latest and greatest Instax Mini Camera straight from Japan gives you more creative control than ever before. It has six shooting modes including long and double exposure that no other Instax cam has!

In the Shop for $225



The dreamy look that Diana lenses have been bringing to 120mm film is now available for your DSLR. This glass version of the iconic Diana lens gives you all the dreaminess higher contrast.

In the Shop for $60



This remote let’s you take photos on your Android or iPhone from up to 30 feet away! Perfect for outstretched-arm free selfies and starting/stopping videos without wiggling your phone.

In the Shop for $40



Bring back the family slide show! The Projecteo Gift Box comes with one mini projector and a gift card to order a wheel of slides from your (or a pal’s) very own Instagram pix.

In the Shop for $35 



You’ve hashtagged all of your photos. What next? Your friends! Give them a laser-cut acrylic #selfie, #nofilter or Like icon necklace.

In the Shop for $25



If you love something you pin it, right? So pin your love for Photoshop, Instagram and Pinterest onto your sweater, hat, bag or friend.

In the Shop for $12



Tiny gifts starting at $6They’ll fit well in your budget and in a sock!

Phone-o-Chrome Filter

$15 → BUY

Instant Camera iPhone Decal

$6 → BUY

The iPhone Wrist Strap

$35 → BUY

Smartphone Spy Lens

$20 → BUY

Super Fisheye Smartphone Lens

$25 → BUY


Polarizing Smartphone Lens

$25 → BUY

















Guide to DIY Photo Booth Backdrops

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Party time! Excellent!

‘Tis the season for some serious partying and these days no party is complete without a photo booth.

Setting up a photo booth is as simple as providing a backdrop and encouraging your pals to point their smartphones toward it.

We’re here to help you with that first part (you herd your own friends in front it).

We’ll teach you three easy-peasy ways to craft a party poppin’ backdrop.

Give your party photos that extra schwing and have your friends chanting “we’re not worthy! we’re not worthy!”

Learn to Make 3 Simple Festive DIY Backdrops


Photojojo’s GIF Guide: Your Giffiest Questions, Answered

Our friend Margo (dancin’ on the right there) has a real gift for making gifs.

She can crank out a masterful gif, in a jiff.

Margo has made some jolly good gifs for the Photojojo Shop (and points beyond).

So, we grabbed our most giferiffic questions, and sat her down to gab gifs.

We’ve gathered her answers in The Ultimate Gif Guide. Read it to find how she makes gorgeous gifs, how you can too and just how to pronounce “gif” in the first place.

Read The Ultimate Gif Guide, Then Go Forth And Gif

10 Editing Tips for Making Killer Instagram Videos

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When it comes to movies, editing is kind of a big deal.

Without it, we wouldn’t have twist endings. (Looking at you, M. Night.) We wouldn’t have out-of-order movies to entertain our brains (Marty McFly 4ever). We wouldn’t even have beginnings, middles, and ends!

Frankly, movies would be pretty weird and probably not very good at all without editing.

Thanks to Instagram’s 4.1 update, you can now upload videos to Instagram, meaning a whole new world of video editing has opened up!

Sound, filters, transitions, sequencing — there is so much you can do to an Instagram video before uploading it. And awesomely, you can do it all on your phone.

Consider this guide an editing workshop that’ll turn your Instagram videos into cinematic artworks served 15 seconds at a time.

10 Tips for Editing Instagram Videos

Light that Fire: A Guide to Finding Photo Inspiration at the Library

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Dear Mr. Dewey,

Please point me in the direction of the photography books.

Thank you.

Love, A photographer in need of a little inspiration.

If dust is settling on your camera and your creative juices need some stirring, the library is a great place to explore photographers and books on photography that’ll light that photo bug inside you. It’s always in there… sometimes it just needs a a little push in the right direction.

Learn some super simple tips on finding the photo books in your library and what to do once you’ve found them.

If you’ve got yourself a free afternoon, strap on your sneakers and head to the library to peruse the photo books and get inspired!

Find Photo Inspiration at the Library


Find your local library.
This is a handy website to discover where to locate the library in your hood.

Walk into the library and breath in the musty and awesome smell that is special only to a public library.

Lots of people have been in this institution and many of them have come out of it knowing something they didn’t when they walked in. Or they went in, used the restroom, and left.

But not you! You are going in to be inspired by photography and all of the wonder that comes along with looking at a photograph in print.

What’s great about the library is that you have access to all kinds of photo catalogs that aren’t available online.

You are part of this storied piece of public learning now.

Go forth brave photographer. Inspiration is now shooting out of your fingertips.



Thanks to Melvil Dewey and his Dewey Decimal System there is a super simple way to find the photo books in most libraries.

When at the library head straight to the stacks labeled 770.

All nonfiction books have a 3 digit number in front of them that corresponds with their subject matter. The 700 section of the library is The Arts section. All photo books start in the 770 section of the library. Anything with the numbers 770-779 on the binding is a photography book.

If you happen to be in a library that uses the Library of Congress system, then you’ll find the arts in section N.

Once at the photo stacks it’s pretty darn fun to run your hand over the books and see a name or binding that strikes your fancy.

Pull some books off of the shelf and find a cozy place to peruse what you just picked out.



If you like to have a little more direction when you are searching for books here are some awesome books to look for.

Names of Photographers to Look for at the Library

  • Wegee (aka Arthur Fellig)
    Scandal! Intrigue! Awesome black and white photographs from a man who beat the police to the scene of many a crime!
  • Lee Friedlander
    Magic street photographs, idiosyncratic landscape photos, and bizarrely awesome self-portraits.
  • Francesca Woodman
    Beautiful and sad stories told through images of the artist herself. If you love taking self-portraits, take a look at Ms. Woodman’s poignant images.
  • Since there are so many amazing photographers out there, here’s a starting list of 100 of the most influential photographers of all time.

 Books on Photography

  • The Photographer’s Eye by John Szarkowski
    A formative guide to the visual language of photography.
  • The Flame of Recognition by Edward Weston
    A fascinating glimpse into the life of a photographer who was constantly on the lookout.
  • The Education of a Photographer edited by Charles T. Traub, Steven Heller, and Adam B. Bell
    A great collection of essays about what it means to be a photographer now.

How-to Photo Books

  • Photography by Barbara London, John Upton, and Jim Stone
    This book guides you to be your own photo teacher!
  • The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression by Bruce Barnbaum
    Barnbaum explains photography in a way that won’t leave you saying “what?!!”
  • Image Transfer Workshop: Mixed Media Techniques for Successful Transfers  by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson
    Learn how to turn your photos into fun mixed media pieces.
  • Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas  by Amit Gupta and Kelly Jensen
    Lots of DIY ideas to help you inspire yourself and others with photo projects. From your favorite photo people: us!

Magazines Have Photos, Too!

Books aren’t the only sources for your photo research.

Magazines are full photos, and the amazing thing about the library is that they’re subscribed to basically every magazine ever.

Exploring magazines will introduce you to photography besides the kind you’ll find in the Arts section of the book stacks. You’ll see nature photography, fashion photography, interior design, and portraiture.

Magazines are also a great place to discover emerging photographers. PDN Magazine in particular does a fantastic job of featuring up and coming photogs.

Some more awesome magazines to check out: National Geographic, PDN, Vogue, American Photo, Kinfolk Magazine, Popular Photography, B&W, Wallpaper, Time, Vanity Fair.


beforeBring a notebook, sketchbook or your phone to the library with you.

While you are joyfully perusing the books you’ve picked off the shelves take notes on photographers, photo tips, or quotes.

Write down words that come to you while looking at photographs. You don’t have to get crazy or put pressure on yourself… free associate as you flip pages. This is all for the joy of photography.

If a photo really grabs your attention write down what you are feeling as you look at the photo. Why did this one photo jump off of the page and into your heart?

Remember how you felt when you looked at the specific image while you are out taking your own beautiful photographs.

When you find you are in need of a little inspirational kick in the pants you can look through your notes and see what inspired you.


Start  an inspiration archive by designating a folder or binder for all things photography.

We feel it important to note that this is a compilation of things you love and is only for personal reference. We don’t believe in stealing artwork or infringing on copyrights.

Once you’ve found something that strikes your fancy make some photocopies of images that you really love and put them in your binder. You can categorize them into sections, like street photography, portraiture, or landscape. Think of it as a Pinterest board, but for your eyes only.

You can also put the notes you have taken in the binder as well.

Organize the images by photographer’s name, subject matter, however you like to look at later and get inspired whenever you are feeling a creative lull.

Dog Days of Summer: Tips for Shooting in the Midday Sun

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Whoever said “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen” probably wasn’t aware we would be making such a liberal interpretation of the saying.

Heat comes from sun. Summer sun is bright. Bright light is tricky to photograph.

It’s no secret that bright midday sun is one of the more challenging types of light to expose properly. We’re talking blown out highlights, harsh shadows, squinty subjects… oh my!

Don’t sweat it, friends. This guide will show you how to get the best shots in the midday sun.

We can wrangle those top-down rays with quick easy fixes to soften harsh light, resolving your bright light issues before you even have time to hashtag them.

How else are you going to document that tan you’ve been working on all summer?

Pro Tips for Midday Shooting

p.s. We’re hiring for an amazing opening at Photojojo. We’re looking to re-invent what/how/where we publish online, and we’re seeking one amazing somebody to lead the charge. Learn more and apply for our Editorial & Community Lead.

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How to Photograph a Kiss without the Awkwardness

Is this real life or are you in a Taylor Swift music video? You’re in the middle of one of the best kisses of your life!

Amidst the fireworks, stars, and confetti, you catch a glimmer off a camera lens five inches from your face, followed by the sound of a shutter. Moment. Ruined.

Cameras might be notorious kiss-ruiners, but they don’t have to be! Our pal Haley Sheffield is a fantastic wedding photographer who’s a master at capturing kisses that look real, natural, and downright beautiful.

Haley’s tips will show you how to get your couple comfortable and how to direct them to get the best kissing photo possible. Most couples aren’t used to kissing in front of a camera, but they’ll be on-camera kissers in no time.

Now you can have the best kiss of your life and catch it on camera, too.


Pro-Tips for Shooting Better Instagram Videos

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“Well that’s weird,” you thought. “My Instagram photos are moving.”

What you thought might be the coolest side effect of downing too much coffee turned out to be Instagram’s latest major app update — Instagram video!

Just when you were totally kicking butt on Vine, Instagram video showed up with its 15 filters, extra long video length and the fact that you get to share your videos with all your friends on Instagram.

Now is the time to put your cinematographic moves into high gear, which is why we’re here to bestow on you, dear readers, a heap of Instagram video pro-tips.

Learn how to edit your shots, get better sound, and make your friends say “ooooh” at the creative ways you’ll be playing with video, all in the confines of 15 seconds.

Now you can sip your coffee with ease ’cause all you need is a tap to focus.

Photojojo’s Guide to Instagram Video

p.s. We’re hiring for an amazing opening at Photojojo. We’re looking to re-invent what/how/where we publish online, and we’re seeking one amazing somebody to lead the charge. Learn more and apply for our Editorial & Community Lead.

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Last Day to Update Your RSS Reader! RIP Google Reader

After today, Google Reader’s officially gone.

It’s a sadface situation (Google Reader was there for you day-in, day-out!), but you know what’s even more sadface?

Not being able to keep up with all of the best Photojojo stuff! Like our DIY projects, guides, photo inspiration, and new store goodies.

Good thing it’s an easy fix! All you have to do is switch to a new reader.

What other readers are out there?

Digg just made an awesome new reader.

Feedly‘s a good one, too.

Both will automatically switch your entire Google feed in one click.

How do I add Photojojo to my RSS feed?

To do it manually, log in to your reader. You’ll see an “add” or “+” button.

Simply click on that button. Then copy & paste this URL:

If you’re using Feedly, just hit this button! follow us in feedly Now wait for confetti to fall from the ceiling.

Wait, what’s an RSS feed/reader?

It’s a way of staying informed with updates happening on Photojojo’s site (and other sites).

Just list which websites you want to keep an eye on, and your RSS reader will show you the most recent posts from those sites all in one place.

You can get fancy and categorize them, or keep it simple and have them in one steady scroll. Read more about RSS.

Five Ways to Get In with the Photo Community

[Today’s guide comes from rad photographer and Photojojo buddy, Helena Price!]

If you’re a photographer or aspiring photographer-to-be, building community with other photogs is an essential part of getting your work noticed and building your name in the photo world.

Before being a full-time freelance photographer, I built communities for companies and products for a living, and I’ve been an active part of communities ranging from tech to food to photography.

I’ve distilled down everything I’ve learned over the years into the five fundamental ways to start building and connecting with a photo community.

What is the “photo community,” you ask? It’s however you define it. It’s a big social web of photographers, both online and offline, who know each other, inspire each other, and help each other make the best work they possibly can.

You should most definitely be a part of it, and here’s how.

How to Connect with the Photo Community

p.s. Wanna boost your creativity? Our pals at Maine Media are offering some way cool photography and filmmaking workshops designed for just that. READ MORE