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!
p.p.s. LAST DAY for free shipping in the Photojojo Store!
Photo credit: Banalities
Party season is upon us, so break out your dancing shoes, piÃ±ata hitting stick, and fruit-punch-proof camera case!
But take note: this season, e-vites are out, and funny face photo invites are sooo in.
Our pal Laura recently made some neat custom photo invites for her crazy photographer’s workshop slash camping trip, Phoot Camp.
The smiling faces of her invitees, on some very inviting postcards, let her guests-to-be know that tons of fun was headed their way!
Make your own funny face invites and we bet you’ll earn a coveted spot on your friend’s fridges AND great attendance.
p.s. Check out the Ã¼ber-creative portfolios from Phoot Camp and let us know what you’d like to learn how to do next!
This tutorial is not for the faint of heart.
We’re about to tell you how to photograph a ghost and it’s going to be terrifying(ly simple).
In just three little steps you can have a photo of a real live ghost that looks a lot like one of your real live friends.
A photo so spooky it’ll send you running for mommy (to get her to pose for more ghosty photos).
But wait, sneak over to our archives for more ghastly photo misadventures like our Halloween Photo Tips, How to Carve Photo Pumpkins AAAAND through Oct 31st, Free Secret Squirt gun Cameras w/ every PJ Store order!
iPhones and Crackberries are all very well, what with their apps and widgets and electronic functionality.
But there are moments in life when the prosaic pressed-pulp appeal of proper paper is preferred.
For those particular purposes, we proudly present these paper pads, complete with pictures on the cover.
Fabricate a few fetching folios with photos of your friends, or pair them with pencils to make pleasant presents!
You’ll swoon for these sleek stacks of stationery sheets, so let’s get started!
p.p.s. Help us find cool new stuff for the Photojojo Store and get a $50 gift card. (More info…)
“Butterfingers”, they called us. “Slippery Sam.” “Ol’ Johnny Drop-a-Lot.”
Fine, we said. Names can’t hurt us.
But then we dropped our 17th battered camera for the 143rd time and we knew it had to stop.
That’s why we’ve whipped up this natty lil’ hand strap for our SLR!
It’s simple to make from simple materials, plus it’s fetching as can be.
And since we love you (and your cameras), we’re teaching you how to make one too! Click on through for the full scoop.
Help us spread the word and your followers can get a free restoration, too!
p.p.s. We’re hiring a writer/editor/DIYer in San Francisco. Apply or pass it on!
Time once again for Photojojo’s School of Photographical Biznezz!
C’mon kids, let’s have some fun with tax forms, business plans and cash-flow management! Wheeee!
What’s the matter? You don’t look excited.
Come on, sure it’s business-y but it’s still photography. Your dream job, remember? Thing about dream jobs: they’re still jobs. So you have to do some jobby stuff.
But once you’ve got this down, you can get out and start living the dream!
Think of it like bungee jumping — there’s a lot of preparation and equipment testing ahead of time, but when you finally take the plunge it’s all worth it.
p.s. Don’t miss the first two in our photo biz series:
p.p.s. Hey Mom, we’re famous! Look, we were on TV!
Photo credit: Banalities
One frame to frame them all!
Quick! Reach between the couch cusions, empty out the change jar, run down to the thrift store, and splurge on one fabulous frame to fancy up all your photos.
We were inspired to hit the streets, frame in hand, by the work of Geo Geller, who shoots with a frame in each of his shots.
So get into the right frame of mind and read our tips!
But we’ve got a brand new favorite: refractographs!
They look super high-tech, but you just need a flashlight and a piece of clear glass or plastic to make ‘em happen.
Shine the light through the glass and take pictures of the patterns that come through!
We’re giving away 10 Kodak cameras this week to celebrate our wizard new book!
It’s ridiculously easy to win. (Do it!)
Do you dream of faster lenses, larger apertures, and ice cream?
We do too!
Too bad, brand new lenses don’t drop into our laps everyday.
Fortunately, photographer Ryan Brenizer has developed a way to get specular results from your thrifty fifty or a basic kit zoom lens. By stitching together multiple shots, Ryan makes impossibly shallow depths of field, possible.
Follow a few easy steps and you too can take photos with the look of a faster more pricy lens.
(And when you spend less on new lenses, there’s more money for sundaes!)
A million thanks to Ryan for letting us feature a few of his photos.
Why hello there! And welcome back to Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!
So, you’re thinking about maybe starting a photo biz. You’ve checked out the pros and cons, but you’re still on the fence.
Here’s a little sumpin’ to mull over while you’re deciding: what would you name your business?
Thinking about names gets your mind into gear and prepares you for gettin’ that business off the ground.
Should you use your real name? Make up a studio name? Why? Why not? And more importantly, wherefore?
Chillax. Just keep reading and we’ll help you sort it out.
p.s. In case you missed it, be sure to read Starting Your Photo Biz Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?.
Photo credit: Banalities
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