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Fourth of July Special: Paint Your Photos with Sparklers!

We have some funny traditions here in the U.S., especially when it comes to the Fourth of July.

A typical Fourth goes like this:

1) Wake up. Go to beach or pool and acquire sunburn.

2) Eat an oblong food (i.e. hot dog, corn, popsicle, beer, etc).

3) Set things on fire and watch them explode.

Obviously, the best and most anticipated part of the day is #3!

But after the fireworks show, we’re left in an anticlimactic daze. Not to fret: we found the perfect solution…painting your photos with sparklers!

You don’t have to live in the U.S. to play with sparklers this weekend! All you need are friends, a camera, and a pack of sparklers for an evening full of oh-so sparkly play!

How to Paint Your Photos with Sparklers

p.s. Want more? Check out our 11 Tips for Great Fireworks Photos!

p.p.s. Save the date! We’re having a lil’ photography movie night in SF on Thursday. Watch this space for details!
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How to Make a Pop-Up Photo Diorama!


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We’ve come a long way since 2nd grade with our Instapaper iPhone iPad apps and our acquired appreciation for oil barons who drink other people’s milkshakes.

But just because we’re “grown-ups” doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy an occasional crustless PB&J or even a serious diorama-making session!

Dioramas are an original way to show off your photos when you don’t have a frame handy (or even if you do).

All it takes is a pair of scissors and a few drops of glue to get your photos from flat to pop.

How to Make a Pop-Up Photo Diorama!

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Scissor your Shots to Make a Photoweave


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Have your photos been looking a bit flat? Desperate times call for desperate measures. Grab those scissors, it’s makeover time!

We’re gonna slice up your photos to assemble a feisty photo weave — a simple, handy way to make even the dullest photos pop.

Follow our simple steps and a winsome weave you’ll have in no time.

How-to Make a Photoweave

p.s. We’re hiring in San Francisco!

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How to Grow a Photo Pinwheel Garden


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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.

How to Grow a Photo Pinwheel Garden

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Aquatopiary: The Photo Trick that Sculpts Water into Shapes


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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.

How to Make Aquatopiary

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Light Painting with Moth Trails


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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!

Light Painting with Moth Trails How-To

p.s. We’re hiring in San Francisco! Must write sharp copy, know how to spread ideas, and eat social media for breakfast. info…

p.p.s. Thanks to new sponsor New York Institute of Photography for supporting Photojojo. Grab a free course catalog!

Thanks: @yayfiona, xenmate, estatik, Just Slip Away, and jpshannon44.

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Make a Clever Lens cap Keeper in 5 Minutes


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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.

Make a Clever Lenscap Keeper in 5 Minutes

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Remake Famous Works of Art, With Your Friends


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.

Our Favorite Photo-Reenactments

Watery Camera Tricks for Rebellious Photographers


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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.

Make Your Lens Flares Bloom

p.s. The crazy brits at MOO are giving PJJ readers freebie business cards! Check. it. out.

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Photospanning: For Photos So Big They Burst Out of Their Frame


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.

The Photojojo Guide to Photospanning

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