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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

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!


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!

p.s. There’s still time to order best-selling photo goodies from the Photojojo Store. Order today with 2-Day shipping, or tomorrow by 3pm EST with Overnight shipping.


Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 4: Fame and Fortune


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

p.s. TODAY ONLY: We’re giving away Fuji Instant Cameras and our Ultra Wide Cameras on Facebook and Twitter. Find out how to win!

p.p.s. LAST DAY for free shipping in the Photojojo Store!

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

Photo credit: Banalities


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!


How to Photograph a Ghost — A Spooky Photographic Trick (That’s Quite a Treat)!

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

Photograph Ghosts in 3 Steps
(This idea came from reader Julliette)


How to Make Picture-Perfect Pads of Paper

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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!

How to Make Picture-Perfect Pads of Paper

p.s. Happy Halloween week! We ate all the bite size snickers — so we filled our candy bowl with free Magnetic Photo Rope instead. Just spend over $50 bux in our lovely shop to get your treat!

p.p.s. Help us find cool new stuff for the Photojojo Store and get a $50 gift card. (More info…)

Photo credits: geoftheref, Ferdinand Reus, Michael (mx5tx), Capitan Giona


The Dashing DIY Hand Strap

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“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.

How to Make a Dashing DIY Hand Strap

p.s. Thanks to ScanCafe for sponsoring Photojojo this week. And BIG UPs for giving all Photojojo readers a free photo restoration today only! (Up to $50-worth.)

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!


Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 3: The Nitty-Gritty Business Details


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.

Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 3: The Nitty-Gritty Business Details

p.s. Don’t miss the first two in our photo biz series:
Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?
Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 2: What’s In a Name?

p.p.s. Hey Mom, we’re famous! Look, we were on TV!

Photo credit: Banalities


Take that Frame Off-the-Wall and Frame Your Shots in Style

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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!

Our Off-the-Wall Guide for Fantastic Framing
(via reader Michael Galpert)


Refractographs: How to Take Photos of Light Reflections

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Ya know somethin’? We love camera tossing. We love light painting.

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!

Try it with marbles, Lite Brite pegs, hyperradial lighthouse-grade fresnel lenses or anything else you have lying around!

How to Make Refractographs

We’re giving away 10 Kodak cameras this week to celebrate our wizard new book!

It’s ridiculously easy to win. (Do it!)