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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

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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

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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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Freelensing! Turn any Lens into a Tilt-Shift or Macro


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.

Photojojo’s Complete Guide to Freelensing

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Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

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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:

  • The cabbie who drove you home
  • The pal who drew on you with a Sharpie
  • The co-worker who now winks at you for reasons you can’t recall
  • The saints that invented Pepto-Bismol, Alka-Seltzer and Tylenol

Who knows? Maybe next year you’ll have learned your lesson. (Yeah, right.) Read on to learn how to make ’em. Happy Chrismukkawanzaa everybody!

Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 4: Fame and Fortune

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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!

Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 4: Fame and Fortune

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p.p.p.s. Read the guides that went before: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Photo credit: Banalities

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Funny Face Photo Invites: Two-Faced, In a Good Way


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Party season is upon us, so break out your dancing shoes, piñata 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.

How to Make Funny Face Photo Invites

p.s. Check out the über-creative portfolios from Phoot Camp and let us know what you’d like to learn how to do next!

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