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5 Ways to Turn Your Photos Into Gifts

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Maybe it’s your mom that’s always asking for prints to hang up in the family room. Or your high school friends who want copies of all the great photos you shot at your last party.

The point? Peeps want your pix!

The best gift you could give your family and friends has been right under your nose this whole time. Here are a few ideas for giving your photos in gifty ways.

1. USBs – Tiny & Reusable

This one’s perfect if you’re sharing lots of photos. If you don’t have photos to share from a particular get together, pile together photos of the two of you. Ahhh, memories! It’ll hit ‘em right in the heart.

We recommend something a step up from a plain USB drive, like the USB Film Roll or the Camera USB Drive. They’ll appreciate the thought, and they can reuse it!

2. Mailable Photos

Snail mail is the best. You totally get that rush when you find a letter with your name on it. You can give your friend 2x that rush by not only mailing them something, but making it a photo they’ll love, too.

You can always slap a stamp on a print, but to go the extra mile (it’s the holidays, afterall!), try something like Mailable Frames or Polaroid Postcards.

3. A Camera with Your Photos on It

This one gets brownie points because it’ll give them a chance to take their own photos! You can go two routes with this one: digital or film.

Since you can’t just plop any photo onto a film camera, you’ll need to get a little craftier. You can shoot a roll that spells out a message or photograph places you’ve been together.

We like the Ultra Wide & Slim 35mm camera for this because it’s affordable and super lightweight.

Digital’s a goodie, too, because you can fill up a memory card with photos of the two of you and put it in the camera for your friend to find.

These three mini digital cameras are affordable options if you’re not looking to get your friend a DSLR or a point-and-shoot: the Classic Mini Digital Camera, the Nanoblock Camera (rad for Lego lovers), and the Zumi Triple Plus.

4. Prints, Delivered in an Album or Photo Box

We love the idea of curating a small gallery of your favorite photos as a gift. Instead of simply handing them over, place your bundle of prints in a photo box or album.

The box itself doesn’t have to be exclusively for photos. You can hand pick one or break out your DIY chops. You could even place the photos inside a rad camera case.

5. Hang-Ready Prints

You can have your prints made at a local lab or through an app like PostalPix, Prinstagram, Hipstamatic’s PrintLab along with others.

If you print your own at home or have some prints made and want to frame them, go for something fun and simple like the Woodnetic Frames or the Instant Photo Picture Frames.


   
   
Our Most-Fun-Ever Holiday Photo Ideas 2012!

Last year, we showed you how to one-up those mall elves in the holiday photo game.

This year, we’ll show you how to spin circles around them. Pretty soon those guys are going to be asking *you* for photo tips (and who knows, maybe Santa will hire you as his new photog).

We’re sharing a slew of photo ideas that your family will actually have fun doing! Even the most stoic of teens will crack a smile.

From creative backgrounds to great group photos that take less than 5 minutes to all the holiday lights fun you can imagine, you’re bound to find an idea that’s both creative and a blast.

Those mall elves might have speedy printers, but you have JoJo on your side.

10 Fun & Original Holiday Photo Ideas

p.s. The Super Fantastic Photojojo Lookbook is here. Share with your pals for $5 off any order, TODAY ONLY!

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10 DIY Photo Filters on the Cheap

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Back before Snapseed and Instagram, photographers used lens filters to add snazzy effects to their snapshots.

But filters can cost you a pretty penny, and you’re quite happy keeping your pennies, thankyouverymuch.

Well, we’ve got you covered because we’ve rounded up 10 DIY photo filters that won’t cost you.

In fact, most of these things are probably just lying around the house!

So follow along with our roundup as we accentuate the analogue and re-imagine the digital.

10 DIY Photo Filters to Try!

p.s. Our pals at Mosaic make some seriously beautiful photobooks you can create right from your iPhone! Take a look-see here.

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How to Prevent Photo Horror Stories — 6 Scary Photo Scenarios & How to Get Through Them

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As photographers, we plan and plan for big shoots.

But, we all have those days. The ones where that black cat that crossed our path, or we accidentally walked under a ladder.

Despite our best efforts, things can go wrong from time to time.

We’ll show you how to ward off those photoshoot nightmares. Our tips will prevent scary photo scenarios like garlic chases vampires away!

How to Prevent Photo Horror Stories

p.s. Take a peek at our Pinterest today for a chance to win a set of Tattly Temporary Camera Tattoos!

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Phoneography Guide: How to Shoot a Wedding on Your Phone!

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The Big Day. You’re outfitted, rehearsed and have a belly full of butterflies.

This isn’t your wedding day. It’s the day you’re shooting one with your phone!

So what apps are you going to use and what lenses will help you along the way? And OMG whataboutbatterylife.

Photojojo’s very own *pro* photographer Kim Thomas will tell you just what you need to shoot a wedding with your phone!

She recently shot one here in San Francisco for the lovely couple pictured, Jonathan & Brandi.

It’s a big day. Not just for them, but for you and your phoneography chops, too.

Kim’s Wedding Phoneography Guide

p.s. Way cool opportunity here! Kenneth Cole is featuring Instagrammers on its Collection Site. Enter your photos for a shot with this week’s theme “iconic”.

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3 At-Your-Fingertips Lighting Solutions for Any Camera

Light is everything.

Without it, we’d walk into walls, and worst of all, photos would be non-existant! Blasphemy, we know.

Here are three tips to eke out extra lighting in dire photo situations. You can use these tips whether you’re shooting film, CF card, or camera phone!

Problem: Too shadowy.
Solution: Grab anything white (paper, cardboard, foam etc) & position it parallel to your subject’s shadowy side. It will pick up light from the opposite side and bounce it onto your subject.

Problem: Not enough light.
Solution: Use your phone’s glowy LCD to your advantage by pulling up a blank white screen (an empty browser does a good job) and holding it in front of your subject. Also try a flashlight app (Android).

Problem: You want color flash!
Solution: Grab a piece of clear tape or cellophane, color it with a marker and stick it over your flash. It’s especially fun for parties or if you’re stuck in Pleasantville.

3 Easy Lighting Solutions

p.s. Photojojo will be in Germany next week for Photokina! Get in touch if you’re in Cologne & Berlin. Who knows, maybe we’ll go on a photo walk!


   
   
What’s in Photojojo’s Camera Bag

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We have to admit, here at Photojojo, we love our job.

Our favorite part of our job? Sharing all the cool stuff we find with YOU!

That’s why we’re spilling our secrets and letting you in on the inside scoop.

Check out this article to meet the Photojojo team and find out what our favorite gadgets are.

Take a Look Inside Photojojo’s Camera Bag

p.s. Our mates at 4by6.com have a special dealio for you guys! Pick up a free pack of cards from your Instagram snaps and enter to win $500 in Photojojo and 4by6 dollaroos!

p.p.s. Now hiring: World’s Best Web Designer. Learn more.

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The Best Apps from Photo Hack Day!

Just a few weeks ago, 300 hackers got together for Photo Hack Day in San Francisco.

With the help of finger sweat-bands and a few pallets of energy drinks, they made 70 hacks in a short 24 hours!

A panel of judges chose three winners to receive funding and make their photo app dreams come true. So what were they?

1.Pics with Friends: A guessing game! Figure out what a portion of a photo from a friend actually is.
2. Sizzly: Turns photo-editing into group collaboration. Post a photo & other users will edit it or vice versa.
3. Just a Second: Turns 1 second phone videos into GIFs that you can post on Tumblr & elsewhere.

Two note-worthy ones are This Is My Cam!, a web app that looks at your Flickr photos’ EXIF data to figure out which cameras you use the most, and Actually, a web app that lets you view a “global stream” of photos from around the web.

To think all those apps were created just to make us photo fans’ lives awesomer! We <3 you, developers.

More Apps Made at Photo Hack Day
[via The Next Web]

p.s. You can win your fave Photojojo gadgets by following us on Pinterest!

p.p.s. Work for Photojojo! We’re hiring one awesome designer and a part-time photographer in San Francisco.


   
   
How to Shoot Dreamy Double Exposure Portraits + 5 Awesomely Inspirational Photographers

Haunting, dreamy, and gorgeous all at once, double exposures of silhouettes are the kind of photos that make you stare a while.

It’s been on your projects-to-try list, so here’s a friendly nudge with a few tips on this ethereal brand of portrait-taking.

The basics

  • 1st image: Shoot your subject with the sun or a bright sky behind them.
  • 2nd image: Shoot a well-lit textured backdrop, a landscape, flowers, grass etc. This fills in the silhouette with that image!

If you’re shooting with your phone or a digital camera

  • Overlap photos in Photoshop and play with their transparency to blend them.
  • Or use apps like Image Blender or Little Photo to combine photos.
  • If you’re shooting on film:

    • Use 200-400 ISO. Underexpose by 1 stop, since you’re exposing the film twice.
    • Shoot a roll of silhouettes. Then, rewind and reload to shoot over those exposures with textures.
    • Or line up your frames more precisely by marking your film when you load it and writing down what you’ve photographed on each frame.

    With methods ranging from 35mm to iPhone, there are a handful of photographers who have really mastered the double exposure portrait. Check out their work below for inspiration!

    5 Amazing Double Exposure Photographers
    (Photo above by Japser James)

    A Guide to Double Exposure Photography

    p.s. We wanna see your double exposures! Follow us on Tumblr and post your double exposure with the tag #photojojo. We’ll pick our favorites to post on 7/13!


       
       
    Summer Guide: Keep in Touch with Friends via Photo Apps!

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    Prom, graduation, senior trips. It’s the end of the school year, and you’ve got the pictures to prove all those feats of studying, playing, and saying goodbye!

    The only downside to summer? Everyone disperses!

    Here’s how to keep in touch with your friends using what you love most — your photos.

    Don’t let those photos just sit and gather digital dust. Check out these tips for creative ways to share those kodak moments from the past year and through the summer.

    How to Keep in Touch with Photo Apps

    p.s. Work with a team of fun photo lovers! (That’s us!) We’re hiring a web developer, a copywriter, and tutorial writers in San Francisco and afar.

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