Does your work desk have an over-abundance of adult stuff?
Have the piles of paper sap the exuberance and whimsy of younger days?
Your remedy awaits in photos! A bit of drilling, bending, and twisting, and voilà — a carefree pinwheel garden is born!
What better way to remind yourself of simpler times, before reply-all emails, conference calls, and voicemail.
p.s. Your best friend’s DREAM JOB is available. You should tell ‘em.
Bored of photographing plain old water?
Try an Aquatopiary, the incredible photo trick that sculpts water into shapes. (If you can splash around in a tub, you can make an Aquatopiary.)
All you need is something glass or plastic, a bucket of good old H20, and some digital jiggery-pokery.
Soon enough, magical shape-shifting splashes will become a swan, an elephant, a train, a face.
Bending water and reality? All in a day’s work for a photo wizard like you.
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OMG, it’s finally Spring!!! Get ready for the warm, lazy, insect-laden nights ahead!
Don’t wrinkle your nose — buggy nights are the best! Once you train flying insects to do your photographic bidding, that is.
Long exposures make moth trails show up as squiggles of light in your night photos: like light painting with bugs!
Grab a tripod and keep reading to learn how to harness the power of the insect kingdom!
p.p.s. Thanks to new sponsor New York Institute of Photography for supporting Photojojo. Grab a free course catalog!
Oh, lenscap, wherefore art thou? Seriously, where the heck did you go.
Like socks in the wash, we’ve misplaced more lenscaps than we care to admit.
That’s why Swedish inventor Benny Johansson developed the SkottiRotta, a DIY lenscap-keeper that cozies up to your camera strap.
Now you can put the kibosh on dust and scratches — not to mention on buying a new cap almost as often as you have to buy new socks.
What does the Battle of Gettysburg have in common with Yu-Gi-Oh, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and Star Wars?
They’ve all challenged you to make a cameo appearance.
Photo-reenactments are pure-distilled fun: start by picking your favorite movie/show/poster/painting, then gather friends, props, and costumes to recreate it. Instant inspiration!
Banishing photographer’s block for good while slipping goofily into the annals of history? Hand us our tri-corner hat.
A photographer’s best light source? That would be the miasma of incandescent plasma hanging in the sky.
A carefully-placed lens flare can add drama to your shot. But for the truly daring, a little H2O can take it even further.
Introduce strange squiggles, gauzy haze, and a twinkly smattering of bokeh by placing water on your glass.
Of course, your neighbors may gasp: Dihydrogen monoxide is a menace to electronics, and getting a camera wet is unheard of in polite circles.
Traditionalists may admonish, “it’s simply not done!” But innovators like you know better. High risk! High reward! Now let’s go make history.
p.s. The crazy brits at MOO are giving PJJ readers freebie business cards! Check. it. out.
Some things are just too colossal to fit in one photo: Easter Island heads. An extended family reunion. Conan’s pompadour.
Don’t give in to the tyranny of the frame! Bust your subjects out of their borders with a technique we call “photospanning.”
Photospans cross multiple frames: the Easter Island chin in one shot, the face in another, and a third shot of the brow sitting on top.
With just a little planning-ahead, they’re easy to make (and: easy to simulate).
After all, your photos have always been big! It’s just the picture frames that got small.
A great philosopher once told us, “first, you must first learn to focus without focusing.” Or maybe it was our optometrist. Whatever. It’s deep.
That transcendental magic is at the heart of Freelensing, a photographic process that begins with the removal of your lens.
Freelensers simply hold unattached lenses in front their camera’s exposed sensor, and delicately tilt it until focus emerges.
Hand-manipulating a lens will reinvent your focal plane, producing amazing macro and tilt-shift effects that were previously only possible with special glass.
And more importantly, it will reinvent your concept of the universe. Or at least, tilt it slightly.
p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!
Another holiday morning after:
You come to wearing a lampshade, mistletoe strewn everywhere, lying on a four-foot-high pile of empty airplane-size liquor bottles.
You’ll never remember that party, but at least you can remember the aftermath.
Turn those baby booze bottles to bauble: fill them with photos and hang them on your tree.
Who to enshrine in your miniature snowglobe wonderland? How about:
Who knows? Maybe next year you’ll have learned your lesson. (Yeah, right.) Read on to learn how to make ‘em. Happy Chrismukkawanzaa everybody!
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O tiny fledglings, the time has come to spread your wings and graduate from Photojojo’s School of Photographical Biznezz.
Before we send you out to conquer the world, allow us to impart a few more nacreous accumulations* of wisdom.
In a fit of journalistic fervor, we interviewed Dane Sanders (’cause he’s Mr. Profitable Photo Business Guy) about getting your business noticed, keeping it successful and having a fine old time in the process.
Pop open the bubbly and prepare to break it over the prow of the S.S. Photo Biz!
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