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Sam Horine:
Travel Photography Tips and Tricks

How do you capture the magical feeling of traveling to a new city for the first time?

Heck if we know! So … We found someone who does.

Sam Horine shoots cityscapes so stunning a scroll through his Instagram feed feels like a trip around a whole new world.

We wanted to know just how he captures the cities he visits so very well, so we asked him … and he told us!

Learn to Shoot Cityscapes Like a Pro (Sam Horine Specifically)

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Yeehaw! It’s a Firework Photography Roundup

History Fact: Shortly after signing the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Franklin invented fireproof pants. He knew … Freedom = Fireworks.

Before tomorrow night’s celebrations of freedom sparkle across the sky, brush up on your firework photo taking skills.

Study 11 Tips for Photoing Fireworks

Learn to Light-Paint with Sparklers

Or, if you dislike following rules as much as you dislike tea taxes, exercise creative freedom with these twists on firework photography.

  • Shoot a video completely out of focus. Stanislas Giroux did, and it’s so dreamy.
  • Make your firework photos look like sea creature pix with a simple focusing trick á la David Johnson.
  • Or, simply film your fireworks then reverse the video like Julian Tay.

Now, grab your camera, go out, and make ol’ Ben proud.


   
   
Loop Portraits:
Romain Laurent Reveals His Tricks

When we see a photo that just makes us say, “How in the world?!” we just have to stop talking out loud to our computer screen, hunt down the genius behind said stunner and ask them…

“How in the world?!”

Turns out it’s Romain Laurent who crafts the mind bending, perfectly looped portraits that had us agog.

So, we tracked him down and bombarded him with “hows,” “whys” and “you’re so cools.”

Check out his answers and see more of his loop portraits over on our blog.

Romain Laurent Reveals The Tricks to His Trade

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Summertime Photo Tips and Inspiration
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It’s here! It’s here! It’s time to memorialize our heroes and kick off the sunniest* season of them all.

No matter how you’re celebrating this weekend, we’ve got your packing list covered:

  • Sun screen
  • Camera
  • Photo tips and Inspiration

Fresh out of that last one? Follow us to a summer inspired link roundup. We’ve got tips for folks headed to the beach, the woods, the park, the amusement park, underwater or anywhere sunny.

Find Photo Inspiration for Your Memorial Day Weekend

*Sun not guaranteed in all locales.

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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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