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Valentine’s Day: 5 Fun Ways to Share Your Love With Photos!

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Valentine’s Day: that special day each year when we get to show our cameras (or *cough* loved ones) how much we ♥ them.

Whether you have a valentine or not, it’s a great time to give love (and chocolate!) to your friends, GF/BF, family, or yourself. Just keep your hands off our Leica, she’s spoken for! ;)

With that in mind, what better time to round up some feel-good photo projects than Valentine’s Day?

We’ve whipped up a quick batch of our sweetest photo projects to shower your friends, loved ones, and walls with photo love!

Click on for secret valentine film rolls, origami photo hearts, color-me-in photography valentine cards, and even more (omg).

Five Fun Photo Projects That Help Spread The Love

p.s. Calling SF Bay Area photogs! We’re looking for a Product Photography Artist, inquire within.

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Photo Forensics: How to Tell if a Photo’s Been Faked

Seen this 1940’s photo floating around the net with a “time-traveler” seemingly sporting an SLR, shades, and NIN t-shirt? Wondered if it’s real? So did we.

So, we decided to turn to photo forensics: the Error Level Analyzer!

Slip a photo URL into the Analyzer, and like a CSI computer, it instantly highlights possible alterations. Turns out our time traveler’s legit — there are no distinctive color differences. (Here’s the full story.)

Try this shark-meets-helicopter photo though, and the sharks show up pink and white. This photo’s been ‘shopped!

How does it work? The analyzer looks for decreases in the quality of a jpeg that happen every time you save it. Those areas are most likely to contain edits.

Sleuth away! Analyze internet photos that you’ve always wondered about: time traveler pics, anti-gravity photos, or fashion spreads.

Extras: Check out photo tampering through history and the Cottingley Fairies Hoax.

The Error Level Analyzer
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p.s. Have you heard of Thrillist yet? It’s a rad free newsletter that tells you about one amazing new thing each day. They’re giving a chance to win a $1000 Apple gift card if you sign up!


   
   
Four Fun and Easy Ways to Make Your Photos Look Vintage

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Recently we asked friends of our Tumblr page what they’d most like to see covered in our next tutorial.

The votes are in. The absentee ballots have been counted. The results are clear:

You want to learn how to make your photos look vintage!

So, we got together to brainstorm and do research. We learned new things, we experimented, and now we’re sharing what we found!

Four Easy Ways to Make Your Photos Look Vintage

p.s. Did you know we’re on Twitter? We are! You can follow us with just one click.

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Ultimate Photo Movie Roundup: Top 50 Movies Photo Fans Need to See

Did you know one of the very first movies ever made was of a galloping horse?

Not much plot-line there, but back then, it was the best movie ever!

An animated movie of sorts, it was made of a series of photographs pasted onto a drum. You cranked it by hand to watch!

Since film wouldn’t have existed without photography, we got to thinking about all the movies that pay homage to photography. Turns out there a lot of photo-related movies out there, so we’ve compiled our top 50.

Grab some popcorn, draw the curtains, and get those DVD/Blu-ray discs spinning/Netflix streaming/iTunes downloading.

Top 50 Photography Movies Photo Fans Must See

p.s. We’ll be watching one of these movies at our office in San Francisco on Thursday. You should come and bring some snacks! (Space limited, so you gotta RSVP!)

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Photojojo’s Ultimate Hipstamatic Guide
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We’ve been addicted to Hipstamatic lately, this iPhone app that lets you take retro-look photos with your future phone. You can change up virtual lenses, flashes, and even films.

Thing is, since each lens, film, and flash produces a different look, it can get overwhelming. You know, like, what does the Jimmy lens look like if you use Pistil film and the Dreampop flash?

6 lenses + 7 flash options + 8 films = 336 different combinations. YIKES!

So we took 336 photos with every possible combination of the Hipstamatic arsenal. (Because we love you.) And we’ve even broken it down into an easy guide to tell you which combos go together. (Ditto.)

Photojojo’s Ultimate Hipstamatic Guide
Here’s where we break it down by lens, film, and flash

Big Wall of 336 Photos
Find the look you like, click it to find out how to do it!

p.s. We’re hiring in San Francisco! Must write sharp copy, know how to spread ideas, and eat social media for breakfast. info…

p.p.s. Thanks to reader Kara for heppin’ us to Hipstamatic!

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Fix up Your Profile Pic by Throwing a Facebook Party

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You’d never go out dancing without washing your fancy duds or getting your hair did.

Why put any less care into your Facebook pic?

A gorgeous profile pic is the online equivalent of being the hottest dancer in the club — or the fastest crossword-puzzler in Mensa, if that’s your crowd.

You deserve a profile that’s as pretty as you — time to throw a Facebook Profile Photo Party (FPPP)!

FPPPs are parties with purpose: you supply lights and a camera; your guests bring their dazzling demeanors (and silliest props).

By the time the evening is over, everyone has a profile pic they’ll be proud to be tagged in — just the thing to catch the eye of the smoldering hotties in the “Betty White to Host SNL Please” group.

How to Throw a Facebook Profile Photo Party

p.s. Thx to new advertiser Topaz labs for sponsoring this week of Photojojo! (Their Topaz Adjust helps you easily make creative exposure changes to your photos.)

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Tired: Slow Food. Wired: Slow Photography!

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We’ve seen slow versions of everything lately: slow food, slow travel, slow shopping, slow dentistry. (We might’ve made one of those up.)

But have you tried slow photography? It’s like a yoga class for your camera.

Long conversations with subjects, patient exposures, and delicate macros will lend your photos a new calmness and longevity — so vital in these rush-rush go-go slam-crash rock-and-roll times.

Join the Slow Photo movement, and soon you’ll be measuring exposures not in fractions of a second, but in fractions of an eon.

The Photojojo Guide to Slow Photography

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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 4: Fame and Fortune
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O tiny fledglings, the time has come to spread your wings and graduate from Photojojo’s School of Photographical Biznezz.

Before we send you out to conquer the world, allow us to impart a few more nacreous accumulations* of wisdom.

In a fit of journalistic fervor, we interviewed Dane Sanders (’cause he’s Mr. Profitable Photo Business Guy) about getting your business noticed, keeping it successful and having a fine old time in the process.

Pop open the bubbly and prepare to break it over the prow of the S.S. Photo Biz!

Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 4: Fame and Fortune

p.s. TODAY ONLY: We’re giving away Fuji Instant Cameras and our Ultra Wide Cameras on Facebook and Twitter. Find out how to win!

p.p.s. LAST DAY for free shipping in the Photojojo Store!

p.p.p.s. Read the guides that went before: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 3: The Nitty-Gritty Business Details
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Time once again for Photojojo’s School of Photographical Biznezz!

C’mon kids, let’s have some fun with tax forms, business plans and cash-flow management! Wheeee!

What’s the matter? You don’t look excited.

Come on, sure it’s business-y but it’s still photography. Your dream job, remember? Thing about dream jobs: they’re still jobs. So you have to do some jobby stuff.

But once you’ve got this down, you can get out and start living the dream!

Think of it like bungee jumping — there’s a lot of preparation and equipment testing ahead of time, but when you finally take the plunge it’s all worth it.

Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 3: The Nitty-Gritty Business Details

p.s. Don’t miss the first two in our photo biz series:
Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?
Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 2: What’s In a Name?

p.p.s. Hey Mom, we’re famous! Look, we were on TV!

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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 2: What’s In a Name?
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Why hello there! And welcome back to Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!

So, you’re thinking about maybe starting a photo biz. You’ve checked out the pros and cons, but you’re still on the fence.

Here’s a little sumpin’ to mull over while you’re deciding: what would you name your business?

Thinking about names gets your mind into gear and prepares you for gettin’ that business off the ground.

Should you use your real name? Make up a studio name? Why? Why not? And more importantly, wherefore?

Chillax. Just keep reading and we’ll help you sort it out.

Starting a Photo Business Part 2: Whatcha Gonna Call It?

p.s. In case you missed it, be sure to read Starting Your Photo Biz Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?.

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