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Polaroid Week 2011: Our Favorite Projects, Tips, and Ways To Use Instant Film

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It’s that time of the year again…

Polaroid Week!

Also Known As: A magical week when photographers around the world celebrate all things instant and make photos like crazy.

We’re already having a blast celebrating,
and want you to join us!

Because we ♥ you, we’ve rounded up our favorite projects, tips, & inspiration to get your instant ideas developing! (See what we did there? har har.)

Grab your camera, feed it some film, and read on to learn how to use instant photos to decorate, stay organized, make hand-made photograms, and even see-through instant prints!

Tips, DIY Projects and Where to Get Film

p.s. Wanna win the smartest & comfiest camera strap your shoulder’s ever met? Follow @Photojojo and tweet this for a chance to win a Split Strap!! *squeeeee!*

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10+ Awesome Ways to Upcycle Vintage Photo Gear

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They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

You say as long as it’s related to photography, there’s no such thing as trash.

You keep shelves full of broken cameras, expired film, and 1MP digital cameras from middle school. (Nostalgia alert!)

Because we wouldn’t dare give away our precious cameras, we thought we might try to see if we could find some crafty projects to do with our vintage equipment instead!

Read on to learn how to turn an old TV into a glowing photo display, the best way to bring plant life to a dead lens, how you can make jewelry from your broken camera parts, and more!

10+ Ways To Use Vintage to Your Advantage

p.s. Our buds at MOO just launched nifty new stickers that you can customize with your own photos. Head here to get 40% off all MOO stickers until 6/30.

Photo credit: Brownie camera by Betsy Holets, TV lightbox by Atomic Indy.

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15 Tips for the Best Underwater Photos Ever

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While we love taking photos on land, and sometimes high up in the sky, we can’t resist the magic that takes place underwater.

Real life Nemos, free floating props, and fashionable mermaids show us that underwater is the place to be!

Get a camera that can work in a (extremely) wet environment, and dive in to capture and
conquer the wonders of the water world.

Here‘s our top 15 list of uh-mazingly easy tips to get your feet wet in underwater photography.

15 Ultimate Underwater Photography Tips

p.s. Work with us! Photojojo’s hiring both in and outside of San Francisco. Seeking web developers, product buyers & sourcers, photographers, and writers.

Photos: Main + guitar by Sarah Lee; bubble close up by Sasha Leahovcenco

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How to Use Your Android as a Photo Tool + Top 10 Apps

Nikon vs Canon, Mac vs PC, Rebecca Black vs Justin Bieber.

2-sided feuds aren’t a foreign concept considering you’re a Canon/Mac/Bieber appreciator.

When it comes to phones, you’re an Android lover.

This week, our Twitter and Facebook peeps voted on their favorite Android photo apps – apps for editing, filtering, friend-sharing, and even afternoon snacking (i.e. Pudding Cam!).

These are the top 10 crowd favorites!

Plus, as an added bonus, we rounded up apps designed to make life easier while you’re out shooting with your non-phone camera.

Whether you’re working with a gingerbread, cupcake, or a little green robot, your photo app folder is about to get real happy.

Use Your Android as a Photo Tool & Top Voted Apps

p.s. We’re throwing a Facebook giveaway today with our pals at Fracture! Fracture turns your photos into gorgeous glass prints that make snazzy wall hangings!

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Photo Science: How 5 Photo Techniques Work & How You Can Play With Them!

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Ever wonder how your camera works?

…If instant photos are actually made of something other than magic?

We sure as heck do!

In fact, we think the science of photography is half of the reason that being a photographer is so freakin’ cool.

While photography usually feels like magic, it’s actually very scientific and mathematical. (We even know the ISO of the human eye!)

We’re going to show you some of our favorite basic photography techniques, what makes them tick, and how you can try them all yourself for a hands-on view of how all your favorite photo stuff works!

5 Ways to Play with Photo Science

p.s. We’re searching for a few fabulous photogs to take photos for the shop! Got what it takes?

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What iPhoneography Apps Are Hot Right Now

We’ve been wondering what photo apps the cool kids are using on their phones these days. Instagram? Hipstamatic? Diptic maybe?

So we rounded up 12 of our favorite smarties and asked for their top 3 faves.

Who’d we ask? Photographers (of course), web entrepreneurs, illustrators, designers, the guy who invented the #hashtag, and even a Mythbuster!

Here’s what we found out.

[BTW, we've got Android apps in here, too!]

The Top iPhoneography Apps Right Now

p.s. We’ve teamed up with our buddies at Fracture for a Twitter giveaway TODAY! Fracture prints your best photos directly onto glass, is ready to hang and looks super sleek.

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How to Get Super Slow-Motion Effects with Any Camera

Of all the motions in the book, slow motion is the one that really gets your photo mojo (jojo?) going.

But woe is you — the price tag on a high speed camera averages about $100,000 (ohai Phantom Flex).

Will you ever get to play with slo-mo effects? Oh heck yes, you will!

Twixtor is a simple After Effects/Final Cut Pro plugin that will make your video look like it was shot at incredible 1000fps levels. It adds frames instead of merely slowing down your footage.

In other words, you’ll get epic montages that capture every gorgeous detail you’d otherwise miss in normal-time. Even super ordinary actions look phenomenal at 1000+fps.

Twixtor’s paving the road to making this creative effect available to more folks (not just ones with tons of moola), and we think that’s pretty rad.

A few not-to-be-missed samples of Twixtor in action: BMXer on a Canon 7D, roof jumping on a Canon T2i, puddles on a T2i, and a fire-breather on a 7D*.

[FYI Twixtor runs around $300-$500, thousands cheaper than a fancy camera, but another alternative are speed adjustment tools like Time Warp which comes with After Effects, as seen here.]

Get Rad Slo-Mo Effects via Twixtor

p.s. We’re headed to Hong Kong! Know any cool camera shops we should visit? (Or anything else amazing we should see?) Tell us!

*Videos via kottke, fstoppers


   
   
10 Totally New Ways to Play with Instagram

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Instagram is your life.

It’s what you think about when you get up in the morning (Instagram delish breakfast), while you’re at work (Instagram new plastic dino), and when you’re out with friends (Instagram buddy’s craaazy new tat).

You’re not alone.

Instagram fans all over the world are right there with you, Instagramming their day to day every step of the way.

All kinds of new Instagram adaptations have popped up from web viewers to prints, stickers, iPad apps, magic photobooths, and even sites that exclusively stream photos of Instagrammed cats (favorite!!).

We’ve rounded up the 10 most useful, fun, and sometimes totally weird yet AMAZING new ways to use Instagram. BTW Download Instagram here!

10 New Ways to Use Instagram

Photo: Hatchcraft’s Boo Box frame

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Top 20 Ultimate Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

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When it comes to photography, we like to root for the little guy.

He’s the picture taker that works hard, is easy going and is always around when you need him.

Yep, we’re talking about one of our old favorites: the disposable camera.

While we love adding filters to our phone pics and making masterpieces with our DSLRs, there’s something magical about disposable cameras we can’t forget…

They’re cheap, fun to play with and can do almost anything!

Here’s our top 20 list of didn’t-know-you-could-do-that ways to use, abuse, modify, and make the most of your disposable camera!

Top 20 Creative Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

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Plan the Photog Party of the Century in 5 Easy Steps!

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We all do it – pass by the same awesome thing everyday and think, “Someday I’m gonna take a picture of that!”

It’s time to admit that our “Someday” list is growing and growing, Jack and the Beanstalk style (no end in sight!).

Instead of tackling that giant list on your own, turn your ‘someday list’ into a group effort by having the most-fun-you-ever-had-with-a-group-of-photog-nerds: a photo scavenger hunt.

Write out your shoot list, invite your peeps, and cue up some Andrew W.K. ’cause it’s time to party.

Plan an Epic Photo Scavenger Hunt Party

p.s. Andrew W.K. is on Twitter, and so are we. (a.k.a. All the cool kids are doin’ it.)

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