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Schlieren Photography: How to Photograph the Invisible
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Ever taken a picture of a cough?

Not just somebody coughing. No, we mean the actual air currents as they’re being expelled.

Well, they just did it at Penn State, thanks to the magic of schlieren photography.

Schlieren” are density variations in a gas or liquid that you can’t see with the naked eye, like air currents caused by heat, movement, or explosions.

The super-crazy, holey-moley, you’re-not-gonna-believe-this part is that you can take these kinds of pictures at home, without a ton of special science-y stuff or fancy equipment.

Click below to learn more about schlieren photography, and learn how you can try it at your very own abode.

Photojojo’s Guide to the Mysterious World of Schlieren Photography

Photo credits: Gary Settles, Science Photo Library

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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?
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So, you want to start a photo business…

Excellent! Will it be a mad whirl of fame, fortune and glitterati?

Or will it be a money-suckin’, nail-bitin’, cuss-mutterin’ festival of frustration?

We’re all about preserving your manicure and linguistic decorum, so welcome to our new series, Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!

Here’s Part 1: a list of photo biz pros and cons to help you decide whether running your own studio would make you happy… or crazy?

Starting a Photo Business: The Pros and the Cons

Photo credit: Banalities

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Road Trip! New Tips for On-The-Road Photography
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It’s road trip time! We’ve got some shiny new tips to add to our Road Trip Photography Guide:

  1. Find weird stuff to take photos ofRoadside America: the ultimate resource for finding odd, obscure, & photogenic places.

    Create a map of your route before you get on the road and don’t miss a single photo op: Stonehenge(s)! Drive-thru trees! Space acorns! Fuh reals. Space acorns.

  2. Plot your photos on a map — Making a photo map of your trip is like a photo album and diary rolled into one.

    Eye-Fi Explore cards and GPS trackers record where your photos were taken, or you can map them in Flickr. Pull up “Your Map” (under “Organize”), then drag & drop your pics into place.

  3. Play with landmarks — Avoid boring landmark pictures by crushing them beneath your mighty feet.

    Get far enough away to make the monument look small enough to hold/prod/stomp on, pose a friend, and shoot. Godzilla’s got nothin’ on you, pal.

Have a peek at our Original Road Trip Photography Guide, then get out on the open road!

Photojojo’s Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Photography

p.s. We’re giving away an Eye-Fi Share Wireless Memory Card on Twitter … why?! Cause gosh ‘darn it, we like you. Follow or re-tweet @Photojojo before Monday to enter.

Photo credits: jasoneppink, dotbenjamin


   
   
Photojojo’s Guide to Kodachrome
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“Life” wouldn’t have been the same without it. “National Geographic” would have been a washed-out mess.

Heck, they even named a state park after the stuff.

It’s Kodachrome. And it’s been discontinued.

So enjoy it while it lasts! Shoot just one roll of Kodachrome so you can say you used the greatest film of the 20th Century.

We know where to find it, we know what’s so great about it, and we’re gonna tell you, ’cause we want you to feel like all the world’s a sunny day.

Photojojo’s Guide to Kodachrome

Photo credits: diner sign: afiler, female workers: Alfred Palmer

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Eye-Fi Video Wireless Memory Cards!
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Indeedy-deed, what was once a simple vision of the future is now a reality, and just in time for Dad’s Day (it’s right around the corner kids) on June 22nd!

We’re talking NEW Eye-Fi SD Memory Cards with wireless photo (and now video) camera to computer uploading.

Thanks to Eye-Fi technology and a little help from the internetz you are now able to …

  • Wirelessly upload photos and video from your camera to your computer
  • Transfer images from remote locations to file sharing sites
  • And even Geo-tag your images on the spot!

Eye-Fi Wireless Photo and Video Memory Cards  Twitter It!
4GB Share is $79.99 and 4GB Explore is $99.99 at the Photojojo Shop!


   
   
Photojojo’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2009
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Pa, Da, Dad, Daddy,
Father, Baba, Papi, Pops…
Whatever you call him, he’s an OK guy.

And he deserves a shout-out this time of year, so do the man a favor, show him some love.

Lure him out of the Barcalounger and take some pictures together, or pick up a little sump’m sump’m for the guy.

We’ve got all you need in that department: presents to procure, gadgets to grab, and projects to perpetrate. Poppa’s livin’ large this year.

Photojojo’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2009

p.s. Pssst… Father’s Day is June 21st this year. Hop to, kiddos!

Photo credit: maessive

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The Best Free Photos on the Web (Where to Find Them and What to Do With Them)
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Ya know what we like best about Teh Intertubes? The pictures.

No, wait, scratch that — the FREE pictures.

Now that the Library of Congress and NASA and the New York Public Library all have their collections online, there are more copyright-free pictures around than you can shake a stick at.

What to do with all those free pictures?

  • Cover your ceiling with photos from the Hubble telescope.
  • Frame some vintage portraits and tell people they’re your relatives.
  • Make DIY greeting cards and you’ll never have to give Hallmark another dime!
  • Beautify your abode’s blankest, bleakest, boring-est white walls.
  • Heck, sleep in a big pile of prints if it makes ya happy!

Keep reading for where to find the greatest photos on the web, and what to do with ‘em when you find them.

The Best Free Photos (Where to Find ‘Em and How to Use ‘Em)

Photos courtesy of: The Library of Congress and NASA

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10 Online Photography Magazines We Love
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Photo mags: stylish, stirring, spendy.

Unless you know where to look, that is.

Get all the art rags you could want online without dropping a single ducat!

We’ve been dredging The Internets and rounding up 10 of our favorite webmags.

Get inspired, see what’s new, or submit your work and start building a name for yourself; just start reading!

10 Online Photography Magazines We Love

p.s. We still love printed magazines, too: JPG and Blind Spot are two favorites!

Photo credits: James Harris, Laura Pannack

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11 Ways to Make Your Mom Really Happy This Mother’s Day
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Does your mom want jewelry for Mother’s Day? Nah. Bath salts? Nope. A pet tarantula? Probably not.

What she really wants is time with you! (Also possibly lunch.)

Your mom sounds nice. So we’ve got 11 different ways to make her happy on Mother’s Day!

We’ve got ideas for photos to take, things to make, and things you can do together.

You’re a good kid.

11 Ways to Make Your Mom Really Really Happy This Mother’s Day

p.s. Mother’s Day is May 10th this year. Get crackin’!

Photo credit: kjsydney

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Get Ready for Pinhole Photography Day!
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O pinhole photography, we love you so.

Ever since our first oatmeal box pinhole camera in 5th grade, we have adored you. Your artsy images, your depth-of-field — our wee hearts go pitter-pat, o pinhole.

If you haven’t tried pinhole photography for yourself, now’s the time: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is this Sunday, April 26th!

We’ve got everything you need to get ready for the big day: photos to get you inspired, ways to make your own camera (or where to buy one) and crazy DIY cameras that other folks have made. Let’s go!

Photojojo’s Pinhole Photography Day Special

p.s. We hear Mom’s Day is coming up again. Order by Tuesday April 28th if you want to surprise her with an awesome Custom-Made Photo Bag!

Photo credits: .=BB=. and kant_think (away..)

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