Photojojo’s GIF Guide: Your Giffiest Questions, Answered

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.

Read The Ultimate Gif Guide, Then Go Forth And Gif

Make Ol’ Timey Roundographs
On Your Phone

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:

  1. Crop your photo into a circle. We used PicFrame.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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).
  4. 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).

Get Inspired by Ol’ Timey Roundographs via Gizmodo

p.s. Hey SF Bay Area! We’re having a Sony Smart Lens Party next week. Lenses on-hand to play with and purchase! RSVP or Find out more.

PopMask: Photomasks So Realistic It’s Spooky

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.

PopMask – Get the Face You’ve Always Wanted

p.s. Hey San Francisco! Have you tried Google Shopping Express? It’s FREE same-day delivery and you can get Photojojo stuff.

Meet Piccolo: Our Prints Charming

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!

Prints for crafting. Prints for decorating. Prints for mailing to grandma.

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.

Piccolo — Prints! On your doorstep, on the regs.

But wait! There’s more… use the coupon code photojojo3 for $3 off you first month. Thanks for the hook up, Piccolo!

Shoot Great Concert Photos & Win a Trip to Way Over Yonder Music Festival

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!

Enter to go to Way Over Yonder, free!

And… while you’re waiting to see if you won, improve your concert photography skills with a few of our favorite guides:

  1. Music Photography Made Simple
  2. Music Photographer’s Guide to Festival Photography
  3. 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.

10 Editing Tips for Making Killer Instagram Videos


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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.

10 Tips for Editing Instagram Videos

Use Computer Errors to Make Your Photos Amazing.

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.”

In other glitch news, Year of the Glitch is selling glitch art blankets (Thnx, Doc!).

Glitché — Turn Phone Photos into Glitch Art [Thnx, Darby!]

p.s. We’re hiring for an amazing opening at Photojojo. Apply and learn more to be our Editorial & Community Lead.

Dog Days of Summer: Tips for Shooting in the Midday Sun

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Whoever said “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen” probably wasn’t aware we would be making such a liberal interpretation of the saying.

Heat comes from sun. Summer sun is bright. Bright light is tricky to photograph.

It’s no secret that bright midday sun is one of the more challenging types of light to expose properly. We’re talking blown out highlights, harsh shadows, squinty subjects… oh my!

Don’t sweat it, friends. This guide will show you how to get the best shots in the midday sun.

We can wrangle those top-down rays with quick easy fixes to soften harsh light, resolving your bright light issues before you even have time to hashtag them.

How else are you going to document that tan you’ve been working on all summer?

Pro Tips for Midday Shooting

p.s. We’re hiring for an amazing opening at Photojojo. We’re looking to re-invent what/how/where we publish online, and we’re seeking one amazing somebody to lead the charge. Learn more and apply for our Editorial & Community Lead.

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How to Photograph a Kiss without the Awkwardness

Is this real life or are you in a Taylor Swift music video? You’re in the middle of one of the best kisses of your life!

Amidst the fireworks, stars, and confetti, you catch a glimmer off a camera lens five inches from your face, followed by the sound of a shutter. Moment. Ruined.

Cameras might be notorious kiss-ruiners, but they don’t have to be! Our pal Haley Sheffield is a fantastic wedding photographer who’s a master at capturing kisses that look real, natural, and downright beautiful.

Haley’s tips will show you how to get your couple comfortable and how to direct them to get the best kissing photo possible. Most couples aren’t used to kissing in front of a camera, but they’ll be on-camera kissers in no time.

Now you can have the best kiss of your life and catch it on camera, too.

Tips for Snapping the Perfect Kiss

p.s. We’re looking to re-invent what/how/where we publish online, and we’re seeking one amazing Editorial & Community Lead to lead the charge.

p.p.s. We’re still on the hunt for an awesome sauce Buyer for the Photojojo Shop. Is it you? Go here. READ MORE

Pro-Tips for Shooting Better Instagram Videos

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“Well that’s weird,” you thought. “My Instagram photos are moving.”

What you thought might be the coolest side effect of downing too much coffee turned out to be Instagram’s latest major app update — Instagram video!

Just when you were totally kicking butt on Vine, Instagram video showed up with its 15 filters, extra long video length and the fact that you get to share your videos with all your friends on Instagram.

Now is the time to put your cinematographic moves into high gear, which is why we’re here to bestow on you, dear readers, a heap of Instagram video pro-tips.

Learn how to edit your shots, get better sound, and make your friends say “ooooh” at the creative ways you’ll be playing with video, all in the confines of 15 seconds.

Now you can sip your coffee with ease ’cause all you need is a tap to focus.

Photojojo’s Guide to Instagram Video

p.s. We’re hiring for an amazing opening at Photojojo. We’re looking to re-invent what/how/where we publish online, and we’re seeking one amazing somebody to lead the charge. Learn more and apply for our Editorial & Community Lead.

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