Inspiration

Macro Maven: An Interview with Ithalu Dominguez

Whenever we scroll up on an Instagram from @itha_mar, we *marvel* at her amazing knack for snapping super close-up macros, of Mother Nature’s handy work.

She’s no professional with a fancy bunch of gear, and specially trained bugs that stay extra still.

Ithalu shoots mostly with her phone. A phone! Just like that one you’ve got right there.

So, we caught up with her to find out all her secrets (in hopes of mastering bug-ography ourselves).

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Brian “Babs” Babineau: Boston’s Premier Pro Sports Photographer

In 2008, just moments before the Boston Celtics defeated the Lakers to win the NBA Championship, Brian Babineau spotted Celtics All-Star Paul Pierce approaching Coach Doc Rivers with a cooler full of Gatorade.

Instinctively, he got up, backed off, lifted his camera and pressed the shutter.

The iconic shot of Rivers under a deluge of orange electrolytes is one that basketball fans will look back on years from now and treasure.

But today is just a regular day for the Celtics team photographer more commonly known as “Babs.” Read along as we follow Babineau for the day at a Celtics home game against the Utah Jazz and learn what it takes to be Boston’s go-to pro-sports photographer.

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8 Fashion Photographers You Should Have On Your Radar

The fashion photography world is enormous, and it’s ever growing.

So how in the world do you find the best of the best? Ask the experts!

Atlas Magazine is an independent print and digital publication geared at the promotion of the next generation of fashion creatives. They receive thousands of submissions a month from photographers globally.

So we asked them, experts that they are, to list the fashion photographers that they’re loving right now.

Take a look at the list. Follow your faves on Instagram. We think you’re going to love them too!

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Our Top 10 Posts from Our First 10 Years

Today, April 1st is Photojojo’s 10th Birthday (no foolin’)!

What started as a photo idea and inspiration newsletter, is all grown up now.

We’re a photo idea and inspiration blog, with a top-notch photo gear shop, a fun community across social media and of course, a darn good newsletter.

What exactly have we been up to for the last ten years? We’ll let the internet decide the greatest things we’ve done. Here are the 10 most popular Photojojo articles of all time!

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Photo Pranks To Trick Your Pals

It’s April Fools’ Day!*

*APRIL FOOLS. It’s really not till Friday.

You still have time to plan the perfect photo prank.

So, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to trick our buddies. Oh, and there’s a spider on your shoulder.

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Winner Winner! See Who Won Our Game of Phones

We played a super fun round of Game of Phones on Twitter yesterday.

We tweeted out cards and you all replied. Scroll along to see the winners (and proud new owners of $50 Photojojo gift cards).

If you didn’t win, we’ve still got a prize for you – take $4.43 off of your very own Game of Phones with the coupon code AnswerEm, in honor of Luke’s texts. Who’s Luke? You’ll see …

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6 Simple Resolutions for a More Photogenic 2016

It’s a new year, which means a fresh start on some new goals.

If you’re anything like us (and we know you are!) you’re already thinking about making major photography strides in 2016.

So join us in some challenges this year, we promise to keep ’em simple and fun!
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Photo Tips From Our Furry Favorites, the #dogsofinstagram!

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We took a crash course in barking, then asked our favorite #dogsofinstagram for their secrets to taking the perfect pup pic.

Read through the tips below, peep the “paw”esome photos and enter yourself in our #dogsofinstagram Giveaway.

Don’t have a dog (yet)? Share this post with friends who do, so they’ll post more photos of their furry friend for all to see (and to give them a chance to win big).
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Pro Portrait Tips

When snapping portraits, it can be difficult to fulfill your vision with so many variables. The options of lighting, background, makeup, clothing and poses seem overwhelming at times.

Thankfully, we found a few stellar portrait tips from celeb photographer, Greg Gorman. They work great for pros and enthusiasts alike.

  • Learn body language – For instance, if the head is angled in opposition to the body, it creates a look of insecurity.
  • Minimize the lighting situation – Try perfecting portraits with a single light source.
  • Get a bigger boat screen – Review your test shots on a screen larger than the back of your camera. Download them first onto a laptop, or even a tablet with good resolution. (Eye-fi much?)

Read all the tips, and get an eyeful of pretty celebs (hey, Jared Leto) in Greg’s article here.

Photo of Sofia Loren by Greg Gorman

Make the Cut With Cropping

Cropping your photos isn’t always super intuitive. With new crops available on Instagram, it’s time we looked into when and how to crop perfectly

This article by Vladimir Gendelman goes through 15 easy-to-remember cropping tips. He includes great beginner advice on the rule of thirds as well as stuff you might not have thought about.

  • Don’t crop people at the joints – This makes the viewer uncomfortable, so unless you’re going for that feel, avoid it.
  • Allow breathing room – If your subject is staring off in the distance, give them some space to stare into. Otherwise you’ll leave your viewers feeling a bit claustrophobic.
  • Keep the hair – Don’t crop too close to the hairline, you want to leave enough hair in the photo so the viewer can easily visualize the rest.

Photo by David D