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It’s Thanks Back Thursday!

Sure, your photography is good. But, did you know it can also do good?

Use your photos to put smiles on the faces of your best chums and total strangers.

Simply enter a photo and message of gratitude into our Thanks Machine and we’ll pop out a sendable thanks-o-gram.

Send it out to that pal you’re thankful for and we’ll donate $1 to Kids’ Photography Education through Donors Choose. Whabam! You just helped out a total stranger.

Put your photos to good use, express your thanks and educate kiddos.

Send a Photo Thanks-O-Gram


   
   
Find Out What It Takes To Be
A Profesh Photographer

This is Margo. ->

She takes all the photos for the Photojojo Shop, like these. ->

She gets money (& snacks) for doing that, so that makes her a professional photographer!

We snuck a video camera into the photo studio at Photojojo HQ so you can watch her work … LIVE.

See just what a pro photog does all day.

How does she set up her lights? Where does she position the camera? What kind of snacks are those?

Watch Margo LIVE Today from 12-3pm PST

p.s. She’ll even stop working for a Q&A at 2:30 PST. Leave your questions for her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


   
   
Pano Selfie Is The New Selfie

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3

You’ve pretty much mastered the selfie … impeccable arm extension, flawless duck face, precision head tilt.

All that perfection can get boring.

It’s time to make the switch to Pano Selfies.

Give your selfies some edge with distorted perspective, glitchy stitching and guaranteed laughs from all who see ‘em.

It’s easy!

1. Put your camera into Panoramic mode or fire up any auto-stitching pano app.

2. Point your camera at your face and start the pano. It can be tricky since you have to use the back-facing camera, but practice makes perfect (or a bit easier).

3. Move you camera from one side of your face to the other. Use your whole arm, don’t just tilt the phone. Add wiggles, bumps, move the camera closer/farther from your face or change your expression as the phone passes by, for max silliness.

4. Share! Throw your masterpiece onto the web with #panoselfie.

5. Check Out Others’ Pano Selfies and Have a Chuckle


   
   
Photo Inspiration: The Best of the Best of 2013

Happy 2014! The future is now.

We love Januaries. They’re a great time to look back at the amazingness of the previous year, and make resolutions for the new one.

We’ve done our fair share of looking back, poring over every “Best Photos of the Year!” list we could find on these here internets.

Then, we resolved to let all the great shots we just saw inspire us to improve our photo skills in 2014.

We’ve compiled a handy list of the top of the tops: our favorite “best photo” lists and what we’ve learned from them.

See the Very Best of The Best Photos of 2013

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Fall Instagram Inspiration

We’re not sure what it is about autumn that makes us feel downright snap happy!

Maybe boots and sweaters just make us feel more poetic than flip-flops.

We know how quickly autumn’s colors fade, and we don’t want you and your lens to miss a minute of it.

So we’ve scoured Instagram for the season’s best hashtags to inspire you to trade in your lemonade for a latte, then get out there and capture fall in all it’s glory.

Fall in Love with the Season’s Most Inspiring Hashtags

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Sharon Montrose Answers What It’s Like to Photograph Lions and Other Incredible Animals

When was the last time you got to snuggle a wolf puppy at work?

Never? Us neither. Sharon Montrose, on the other hand, can raise her hand to that one (and we’re green with jelly).

Sharon’s the photographer behind The Animal Print Shop. You might’ve spotted her portraits of wide-eyed baby giraffes, raccoons looking smug, and baby bears being baby bears.

We asked about how she discovered her awesome talent for photographing animal personality and what working commercially is all about.

While wolf pups might not be next up on your model list, you’ll get inspired to sit your pet down for a session!

Sharon Montrose on Animal Photography

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 as Editorial & Community Lead.

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Faces of Water — Making Photograms of Water

Moses Hacmon came up with one of the best photographic riddles we’ve ever heard.

How do you make a photogram of water if it’s clear? Light would just pass through it!

Moses spent years studying water and developed a photographic process that let him photograph the best part about water: its movement.

By working with a liquid film made up of nanoparticles, Moses is able to capture a moment in water’s movement. He layers this film over paper, and once water runs over it, the nanoparticles are absorbed into the paper, creating a negative image of the water’s flow.

The final image is a captivating still of the water’s twists and turns, overlaps, and shapes as it flows. You might even say you can see faces.

Moses’ most recent experiments include photographing what music looks like resonating through water. You can also help fundraise an exhibition.

More water play ideas: Aquatopiary Water Sculptures and Tim Tadder’s water wigs.

Faces of Water by Moses Hacmon via NotCot

p.s. We’re hiring for an amazing opening at Photojojo. Apply and learn more to be our Editorial & Community Lead.


   
   
Perspective Play: 7 Photo Projects to Try

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3

Perspective tricks aren’t just for David Blane and circus folk.

Aside from fun house gimmicks, crafty photographers have discovered ways to turn perspective play into art.

We’ve rounded up seven of these how-dey-do-dat photo projects that will allow you to pull photographic rabbits out of hats (so to speak).

What better way to spend a day as you go upside down, get reflected, and lose yourself in these puzzling photographic adventures.

Create Your Own Photo Illusions

p.s. Our pals at Smugmug (they help make photo websites) had a beautiful redesign and are offering 20% off the 1st year. Just enter code LUVSMUGMUG by 8/30.

p.p.s. We’re hiring! Apply to be our Editorial & Community Lead for the opportunity to re-invent what/how/where Photojojo publishes online.

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How to Shoot Portraits without People

Here’s a riddle! Or the toughest photo assignment ever.

How do you shoot a portrait without any people in it? Or a landscape without any land?

While thinking about how Ansel Adams might shoot that second one is fun, we’re totally enamored with Camilla Catrambone’s response to the first.

She shoots portraits of people not by having them sit for her but by laying out a person’s belongings and photographing that instead!

Camilla shows us her grandfather with an old rotary phone, a watch, a well-worn leather briefcase. Her grandmother — a red comb, a collection of silver spoons, a pearl necklace.

It’s the things we choose to surround ourselves with that tell the story of who we are.

Photographing a person’s possessions is a way of bringing that person to life. What a way to solve a riddle.

Also, see: Scanography — self portraits via scanner and What’s in your bag?

Portraits of My Family by Camilla Catrambone


   
   
How to Use Photography to Help in Natural Disasters — Operation Photo Rescue

UPDATE 5/22: Due to an overwhelming response, Operation Photo Rescue has closed their volunteer registration. Check back later! We’ll update when it opens again.

You’ve run through this fire drill a million times over: first, you grab the family cat, then your family photos.

Sadly, it doesn’t always work out that way. While many are grateful to survive a natural disaster, they’re still left devastated from the loss of everything they own.

The worst of it might just be the loss of irreplacable family photos.

Operation Photo Rescue is a league of photographers and graphic designers who set out to help survivors get their treasured memories back.

OPR’s first mission was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since then, they’ve restored 9,000+ photos in other disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

If you’re itching to help, OPR’s always looking for skilled photo restorers and fundraising.

You can help folks get back photos from their wedding day, that regal portrait of their great of grandpa, and snapshots of their daughter’s first birthday.

Won’t that feel awesome?

Operation Photo Rescue

p.s. WE ARE HIRING A WEB DEVELOPER. If you love photography and San Francisco and codes, APPLY HERE.

p.p.s. WE ARE ALSO HIRING AN EVANGELIST/BIZ DEV HERO. Creative deal-maker types, APPLY HERE.


   

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