Photo Projects

How to Use Your Photo Powers for Good! (P.S. Come Photo Booth with Us!)


Tests, leukemia and bone marrow are scary words, but they don’t have to be!

You can actually use your photo talents to turn those words into something good!

When we found out that our very own Amit (founder of Photojojo) has leukemia and needs a bone marrow donor to cure it, our first thought was, How can we help?

The answer is getting more people — especially South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis, Nepali etc) — in the bone marrow registry!

People + Party + Photobooth. You thinking what we’re thinking?

Tomorrow in San Francisco we’ll be taking part à la photo booth in BYOSA: A Swabbing Party for Amit, and we want you to come. A bone marrow test is merely a swab of the cheek, and that simple act could save someone’s life.

If you can’t make it, you can still help Amit & others cure their leukemia (for real!):

Save Lives, Throw a Photo Booth Party! Tweet This
[Read more about the S.F. event. Thanks to Dan Cohen & Natalie Galatzer!]

Amit Gupta Needs You — Join the Bone Marrow Registry

How to Photograph the Galaxy…in 3D!


The minute Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic takes off, you’ll be first in line. Where else can you get a better photo of the Milky Way than in space?

‘Til then, you’ll have to bring the stars down to Earth.

That’s what Ignacio Torres did in his photo project Stellar! He simulated an awesomely convincing galaxy with confetti, dust, and a 3-D camera (that’s where the wiggle GIF comes in!).

The combination of floating people and sparkling clouds is supreme space eye candy.

Here’s how to make your own — Have your friends jump and throw the flour and confetti at the same time. The flash will get the confetti to sparkle like stars and catch your friend floating in space! Meanwhile, the 3-D camera (see our DIY version) gives your galaxy the depth that makes it look real.

Your friends will officially be the first space tourists, and they won’t even have to buy a $2million ticket. Rawk.

Stellar — Ignacio Torres’ Galactic GIFs

Be Mario — A Public Photo Experiment with Nerd Style


After a 10 hour video game binge, reality transforms into a Scott Pilgrim-esque fantasy.

Is that dinosaur shaped shrub Yoshi incarnate? If you stomp on this mushroom, will you have an instant 2 foot growth spurt?!

Redditor NullPoint84 took note. He hung a handmade Mario question block in public, stood by with camera in hand and invited anyone to reenact the Mario fist jump!

His public experiment resulted in a fantastic photo series of strangers caught mid-air.

Make your own and add a small trampoline for extra high jumps. Make a themed photobooth or fill one with chocolate coins for tasty motivation!

For more Mario inspiration, see Poster Child!

Be Mario — Real Life Video Gaming [via My Modern MET]

p.s. Our chums at Scoutmob are giving away Public Bikes for you to explore your city and snap photos!

3 Mind-Bending Time-Twisting Road Trip Photo Projects


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Ahh, road trips. Get out on the open road jamming to your favorite tunes with the wind in your hair, and time stands still.

Seriously, road trips can warp time! And we’ve got a few photo projects to prove it.

Next time you’re gonna hit the road, pack your camera and try one of these time-bending projects.

Read on to learn how to animate your road trip mascot, slow down your road trip buddy and add some magic to what you see out your window.

3 Time-Twisting Road Trip Photo Projects

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How to Walk Across a Photo — Multiple Exposure Magic!


Since the invention of photography, photo DIY-ers have hacked their way around its limits.

Not enough light? Ohai, here’s a mega powerful flash. Too far away? Let’s just whip up a longer focal length for ya.

Photo too still? Jeremy Blanchard found his way around that.

During an engagement shoot, he made this single image of his friends traveling across a photo! And he didn’t even use a pricey strobe.

In fact, you can make one of these at home with a photo editing program.

Jeremy wrote up a how-to. Here’s an abbreviation:

1) Take multiple shots of your friends walking across the frame.
2) Layer the photos into a single image in Photoshop.
3) Erase the surroundings leaving only the subjects. (Except on the main background.)
4) Lower the opacity on the ones that you want to appear lighter.

If you’re looking for more engagement photo ideas, you can always throw in a zombie.

Make Your Subjects Move with Multiple Exposures
[BTW, Jeremy’s selling this print here!]

Embrace Your Inner Artist — How to Doodle on Your Photos and Bring Them To Life!


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Since the dawn of time people have doodled: caves, note pads, post-its.

Even your friend’s cast has enjoyed being a doodler’s canvas.

Now our photos want to get in on the fun! You can spruce up your friend’s wardrobe, hand tint your black and white photos, and even add a frame right onto your print.

We’ll show you all you need to know to create epic photo-meets-imagination images with just a print and a pen.

The Why, How and What to Draw on Your Photos

p.s. Follow us on Twitter *today* + use “@photojojo” creatively in a tweet for a chance to win 1 of 5 Photojojo gift cards we’re giving away! (We’ll RT our faves, too!)
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Summertime DIY! Make a Film Candle Holder in 3 Steps


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Poor, neglected photo negatives.

Ever since digital photography has come into play, these photographic beings have lost their heyday and are quite the endangered species in the photography world.

Well, neglect them no further—time to use those negatives for something positively enlightening!

Brighten up their lives—and yours—by using them to make a lightbox-esque candle holders!

It’s a super simple and fun way to dress up your candle lights for these lovely summer nights!

How to Make a Film Negative Candle Holder!

p.s. We’re giving away SLR zoom lenses on our Facebook page today thanks to our buddies at Tamron.
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How to Make a Difference with Photography: Post Your Portrait!


The Banksy of the photo world wants you to be in his next project!

2011’s TED Prize winner JR is known for combating social inequalities with photography. He’s plastered massive 20 foot tall portraits from Paris to Brazil, Nairobi, and Cambodia.

Inside Out is a photo project that asks anyone to upload their portrait with their personal story.

After uploading, your photo’s then mailed to you as a poster that you can post in public*.

The goal? To give individuals a voice and unveil the untold stories of people around the world. Awareness and mutual respect are the aim!

8,000 photographers from everywhere have already posted their own portraits and awesome/inspiring/fascinating stories which you can browse in the online gallery.

INSIDE OUT: Be a Part of a Global Photo Project [Watch JR’s short vid about the project.]

*No defacing necessary. Prop it in a window or tie it to a fence, bench or balcony.

p.s. Pssst we’re giving away THREE Fuji Instax Instant Cameras from the Photojojo Shop today! Head here for more.

How to Make Your Photo Gadgets See-Through!


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We’ve always suspected our camera was a neo-postmodernist.

Always subverting the establishment, our humble DSLR likes to challenge the limits of art and convention. We’d easily say it belongs up there with the best of Dadaism.

Now our camera has joined forces with our tablet and phone to throw our minds for an even more psych-optic monkey wrench.

By cleverly overlapping gadgets and photos, you can make picture-in-picture art that makes your electronic gizmos look completely transparent. Your meta masterpiece is waiting to be made!

Make Crazy Awesome Picture-in-Picture Art

p.s. Our pals at Bausch + Lomb are celebrating the release of their new hi-def contact lenses with a photo contest for Photojojo prizes. Enter here!

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10+ Awesome Ways to Upcycle Vintage Photo Gear


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They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

You say as long as it’s related to photography, there’s no such thing as trash.

You keep shelves full of broken cameras, expired film, and 1MP digital cameras from middle school. (Nostalgia alert!)

Because we wouldn’t dare give away our precious cameras, we thought we might try to see if we could find some crafty projects to do with our vintage equipment instead!

Read on to learn how to turn an old TV into a glowing photo display, the best way to bring plant life to a dead lens, how you can make jewelry from your broken camera parts, and more!

10+ Ways To Use Vintage to Your Advantage

p.s. Our buds at MOO just launched nifty new stickers that you can customize with your own photos. Head here to get 40% off all MOO stickers until 6/30.

Photo credit: Brownie camera by Betsy Holets, TV lightbox by Atomic Indy. READ MORE