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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 2: What’s In a Name?

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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.

Starting a Photo Business Part 2: Whatcha Gonna Call It?

p.s. In case you missed it, be sure to read Starting Your Photo Biz Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?.

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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?

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So, you want to start a photo business…

Excellent! Will it be a mad whirl of fame, fortune and glitterati?

Or will it be a money-suckin’, nail-bitin’, cuss-mutterin’ festival of frustration?

We’re all about preserving your manicure and linguistic decorum, so welcome to our new series, Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!

Here’s Part 1: a list of photo biz pros and cons to help you decide whether running your own studio would make you happy… or crazy?

Starting a Photo Business: The Pros and the Cons

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Make Your Own Photo Puzzle Blocks

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Writer’s block.
Photographer’s block.

People say that like it’s a bad thing, but we happen to like blocks. Lego blocks, glass blocks, Irina Blok… we’re big fans.

That’s why we came up with this photo block puzzle. It’s a little like our Photo Blocks, but squarer and bigger and harder to solve, and with a bunch more photos.

It’s a set of blocks we’d proudly display on our coffee table any day of the week.

How to Make Your Own Photo Puzzle Blocks

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How to Make Moving Pictures (Just Like Harry Potter!)

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Snape. Malfoy. Hogwarts. Horcrux.

If none of those words make any sense to you, you’re not a Harry Potter fan.

The rest of you know that in the Wizarding World, people in photographs don’t stand still. They move, wave at you, wander out of the frame for a cup of tea…

In honor of the new Harry Potter movie (eeeeee! we can’t wait!) we’re teaching you how to make your own moving pictures.

It’s so easy, even Muggles can do it!
(That means you.)

How to Make Moving Pictures a la Harry Potter

p.s. We just snatched up the much anticipated Eye-Fi PRO Wireless Memory Card for the Photojojo Shop. Hooray for RAW uploads!

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How to Make a Leaf Silhouette Portrait

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Forget photosynthesis. Leaves are for photo-projects-thesis!

Grab a photo and a leaf, and in few simple steps you can turn everyday foliage into a unique silhouette portrait of someone you love.

Simple and elegant, leaf silhouettes look great in a frame or on a book or a card.

So, as Biff would say, “make like a tree and get to work on a silhouette leaf portrait!”

How to Make Your Very Own Leaf Silhouette Portrait

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Resurrect a Broken Camera as a Flowerpot

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What shall we do with a broken camera
What shall we do with a broken camera
What shall we do with a broken camera
Ear-ly in the morning

Fill it with dirt and put a plant in it
Fill it with dirt and put a plant in it
Fill it with dirt and put a plant in it
Ear-ly in the morning

Click the big link to see how to do it
Click the big link to see how to do it
Click the big link to see how to do it
Ear-ly in the morning

Resurrect a Broken Camera as a Flowerpot

p.s. If you didn’t click that 1st link, you gotta see it. It’s like Michael Scott singing sea shanties. Plus it’s from a show called “Hootenanny!”

p.p.s. Hey U.S. peoples, our guide to photographing fireworks may come in handy this weekend!

Photo credits: Dr Cullen (Nikon camera), Kelly Jensen (others)

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Make Photo Necklaces, Earrings, Magnets and More Using Shrinkable Plastic

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Seems like everything keeps getting smaller these days: computers, dogs, headphones

And now even photographs are joining in the smallness, thanks to the magic of biaxially oriented thermoplastic polystyrene (that’s Shrinky Dinks to you).

You can print photos on plastic using your inkjet printer, and shrink them down small enough to make into necklaces, fridge magnets, earrings, or practically anything you can think of.

See? Just like that, the world is your bivalve mollusc of the family Ostreidae! *

How to Turn Photo Shrinky Dinks Into Wonderful Things

Photo credits: city: Christopher & AmyCate, giraffe: milkfat, tree: left-hand, bird: lucianvenutian

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Turn a Book Into a Top-Secret Camera Case

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Invisible ink, spy cameras, secret passageways… if it’s incognito, we love it.

Our yen for all things surreptitious and sneaky has inspired us to craft this clansdestine camera case out of a hollowed-out book.

It’s highly useful for tricking enemy spies into believing you are a harmless bookworm instead of the undercover photo ninja that you are.

Pull your fedora down, tighten your trenchcoat, and let’s get secretive.

How to Turn a Book Into a Top-Secret Camera Case

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Make Your Own Amoeba-shaped Cork Board Photo Frame

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There was a fair lass from New York
who made a big board out of cork.
She pushed in some pins
and then for the win
she filled it with pictures of Bjork.

Make your Own Amoeba-shaped Cork Board Photo Frame

p.s. Bjork not mandatory. You can put photos of anyone you want in this postmodern freeform amoeba-shaped bulletin board/picture frame.

p.s. Great news! The Super Secret Spy Lens is back in stock and we’re giving away two lenses to celebrate! RT or follow @Photojojo before Sunday to enter.

Photo credits: mark sebastian, D. Sharon Pruitt / Pink Sherbet Photography.

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Photo Murals for Your Ceiling! Whoa!

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Water stains. Ceiling tiles. All those pencils you stuck up there.

So many evils can mar your ceiling. But take heart, photo peeps!

Your ceiling’s not the boss of you.

Cover that water damage with a colorful mural, or slap a collage of fluffy clouds over those grimy ceiling tiles.

All ya need to make it happen are some photo Post-its and a stepstool.

Yessir, everything’s looking up!

How to Make a Photo Mural for Your Ceiling

p.s. Hey Chicago! Hey Milwaukee! Photojojo readers are gettin’ together to shoot pix. Check out the forum thread for dates/times/mucho bueno info!

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