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The secret behind the very best pix on Instagram is that they’re not exactly “insta.”
Most wow-worthy shots have had some work done.
It takes a few edits to transform a good photo into a holy-smokes-wow photo.
Today, we’re bringing you a step-by-step look at one such transformation.
Watch one photo go from neat to woah-woah-wow and pick up some editing hacks and app recommendations along the way.
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, we did some math…
Turns out, a double exposure is worth two thousand words!
When you meld one image onto another, all of those extra words tend to run along the lines of, “Wow! Cool! Looks neat! I love it. How did you…?”
Sure, there are apps to fake double exposures and you can spend hours in photoshop or a darkroom (remember those?) creating ‘em.
*total value = 4,000 words
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There are plenty of places on the web to post a photo your friends will “like.”
Our pals at Exposure have created a way to share photos that’ll make your friends straight up marvel!
Exposure is a super simple way create a photo narrative with your photos. Drag and drop your very best shots onto the page and an algorithm arranges them for you.
Type in a few words and you have a beautifully laid out photo story ready to share.
It takes the tricky out of making a stunning spread so you can concentrate on having adventures and taking great shots.
For inspiration, check out the very best Exposure photo stories already created.
Exposure is rolling out invites as we speak and we’ve got a link that’ll get you to the front of the line.
Our friend Margo (dancin’ on the right there) has a real gift for making gifs.
She can crank out a masterful gif, in a jiff.
Margo has made some jolly good gifs for the Photojojo Shop (and points beyond).
So, we grabbed our most giferiffic questions, and sat her down to gab gifs.
We’ve gathered her answers in The Ultimate Gif Guide. Read it to find how she makes gorgeous gifs, how you can too and just how to pronounce “gif” in the first place.
The Kodak No. 1 was the first camera available to non-pros. It let anyone document and share their day to day life.
It was the o.g. Instagram.
Uniquely, photos taken with the Kodak No. 1 were printed in charming 2.5″ sepia circles.
The National Media Museum just released a set of Kodak No. 1 photos and it turns out day-to-day life in the 1890’s was pretty cool. Boat rides, beach trips, and hats galore!
They inspired us to give our photos that Kodak No. 1 look. So, we cooked up this simple recipe:
- Crop your photo into a circle. We used PicFrame.
- Run it through a black and white Instagram filter but don’t post it. Put your phone in airplane mode before you hit “share” and when the upload fails, just X it out. (It’ll save the filtered photo to your phone.)
- Run the photo you just saved though Instagram one more time. This time, use a filter with a brownish tint for that ol’ timey feel. (We like Hefe and Sutro best).
- Turn off airplane mode and share away! (Whatever hashtag the first Kodak users used has been lost to history. But we’re using #Roundograph.)
It’s that easy! Give your photos that great 1888 look using just a couple of apps… Or invest in headwear (those folks seriously loved their hats).
Don’t just steal your roommate’s jacket to go as them for Halloween. Transform yourself more convincingly. Steal their face!
We’re not talking skin-suit levels of creep here…
Thanks to the good folks at PopMask all it takes is a photo of their smiling face to get your very own roommate mask.
Upload a photo of a face, any face, and they’ll send you a high quality mask.
We all said it… “I like digital photography, because then I just print out the photos I want.” And then we all did the same thing… Stopped printing photos entirely!
We miss ‘em.
That’s why we were so excited when we heard about Piccolo, an automatic photo printing service.
Once a month they print out your best shots from Insagram and Facebook, then drop them right off into your mailbox.
Just like that, prints are back!
You can even subscribe a friend (or frenemy) to receive an analogue update on your life every 30 days. They’ll love (hate) that!
Sign-up is simple. Then just keep doing what you’re doing – taking great shots and sharing them on the web! Piccolo will do the rest.
But wait! There’s more… use the coupon code photojojo3 for $3 off you first month. Thanks for the hook up, Piccolo!
Whether you’re a festival fanatic or haven’t seen a concert in years, we’ve got something you might like.
We’ve teamed up with Scoutmob, Paste Magazine and Hotel Tonight to send one lucky winner (& pal) to Way Over Yonder festival in Santa Monica, California.
Flights, hotel, festival tix (VIP, natch) and gift cards to the Scoutmob and Photojojo stores are included. And it takes all of 5 seconds to enter!
And… while you’re waiting to see if you won, improve your concert photography skills with a few of our favorite guides:
- Music Photography Made Simple
- Music Photographer’s Guide to Festival Photography
- Concert Photography Tips From Digital Photography School
p.s. A new iPhone is coming! To celebrate, every checkout in the shop gets free enrollment into our Phoneography 101 course today.
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When it comes to movies, editing is kind of a big deal.
Without it, we wouldn’t have twist endings. (Looking at you, M. Night.) We wouldn’t have out-of-order movies to entertain our brains (Marty McFly 4ever). We wouldn’t even have beginnings, middles, and ends!
Frankly, movies would be pretty weird and probably not very good at all without editing.
Thanks to Instagram’s 4.1 update, you can now upload videos to Instagram, meaning a whole new world of video editing has opened up!
Sound, filters, transitions, sequencing — there is so much you can do to an Instagram video before uploading it. And awesomely, you can do it all on your phone.
Consider this guide an editing workshop that’ll turn your Instagram videos into cinematic artworks served 15 seconds at a time.
Photos: Maria_Naverno, JuanCarlos87, Stasyaposhkute, Brianvw1, Juliefab.
Datamoshing sounds kinda like that fun thing you used to do when Slipknot came on the radio in 2002.
While pushing some punks around is totally fun, pushing pixels is fun and less likely to get you elbowed in the face.
So how do you push the pixels around in your photos? Glitché. It’s an app that lets you warp your photos using computer errors and bugs.
You get to pick from eight different types of glitches, each of which you can manipulate to your liking. Swirl, tap, and paint different effects like slit-scanning, 3D renderings (!!!), psychedelic color inversions, and datamoshing.
Within a few minutes of your first glitches, you’ll see why some call Glitché “the Instagram for digital psychedelia.”
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