Inspiration

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!

dogs

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

Digging Deeper:
Camera Comparison of
Every iPhone Ever

Fall Leaves

We’re all stoked about the new 6s camera, but have you taken a minute to appreciate just how far the iPhone has come, camera-wise?

Well Lisa Bettany has taken her appreciation to a visual level with an actual side-by-side comparison. Check out her full article here.

We love seeing the evolution of clarity and contrast across the generations. What really blew us away though, was the significantly improved white-balance. For instance, clarity took a huge step forward on the 3Gs, but white-balance went haywire. Things cooled down with the iPhone 4, and everything improved, step-by-step, up to the impeccable iPhone 6s.

Thanks to Lisa, we now have a real appreciation for how lucky we are to live in the future.

Photo by Lisa Bettany

Fall Foliage Map For Your Fall Photos

Fall Leaves

Fall has officially arrived! It is time to start snapping pics of everything pumpkin and pumpkin-colored.

Check out this map before you head out for photos. It shows where, and at what stage, the leaves are changing within the lower contiguous US states.

Scroll down below the map to read about how and why the leaves change, and snag some coloring pages too. Who doesn’t love coloring? Especially next to a fire, sipping on a warm drink. Yay, fall!

Photo by The U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mindful Photography

Being behind a camera is definitely one of the best places to be, but channeling all that creativity can sometimes take you away from appreciating your surroundings.

Get your Zen on with this article by Aaron Eisenberg. He lays out some excellent tips on being mindful of the moment, while still capturing it.

We plucked out a few of our favorites here:

  • Rather than going into a place and snapping away, take time to look around and find the best shot or two. This saves digital storage, creates better photos and gathers greater memories!
  • Spend a day taking notes rather than snapping photos. This can spark conversations and provide you with more depth to your documentation.
  • Forget about likes and favorites while you’re on vacation. Wait to post your photos on social media until after you’re home again.

Photo by Aaron Eisenberg