Return of the GIF: 5+ Rad Ways to Play with GIFs

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Like instant film and harem pants, GIFs are making quite the comeback.

They may have had an awkward start back in their earlier days, but now GIFs are easier to craft and looking better than ever thanks to lasers, smart phones, and good old fashioned creativity.

We found the raddest and baddest ways to make and show off GIFs from real-life GIF zoetropes to making your phone’s background animated.

Creepy dancing Ally McBeal baby, step aside. There are new GIFs in town.

How to Kick Your GIFs Up a Notch

Main image credit: GIF Shop

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15 Tips for the Best Underwater Photos Ever

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While we love taking photos on land, and sometimes high up in the sky, we can’t resist the magic that takes place underwater.

Real life Nemos, free floating props, and fashionable mermaids show us that underwater is the place to be!

Get a camera that can work in a (extremely) wet environment, and dive in to capture and
conquer the wonders of the water world.

Here‘s our top 15 list of uh-mazingly easy tips to get your feet wet in underwater photography.

15 Ultimate Underwater Photography Tips

p.s. Work with us! Photojojo’s hiring both in and outside of San Francisco. Seeking web developers, product buyers & sourcers, photographers, and writers.

Photos: Main + guitar by Sarah Lee; bubble close up by Sasha Leahovcenco

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You Only Need 5 Things to Make Your Own Home Studio
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Photography doesn’t have to be all about fancy gadgets and technology. (Though sometimes it’s more fun that way.)

Like a master chef or Jackie Chan in a bar fight, it’s all about knowing what to do with whatever you have on hand.

If you just want some great-looking product shots for your Etsy shop, or tutorial photos for that Instructable you’re writing, you only need a simple home studio.

If you’ve got a tripod, a flash and a window, you’re more than halfway there already. Read on for how to make an inexpensive, so-simple-it’s-practically-zen photo setup.

The 5 Things You Need to Make a Studio

p.s. We’re hiring in and out of San Francisco: web developers, photographers, product buyers and sourcers, and writers!

p.p.s. Enter our Twitter challenge for a chance to be featured on the Photojojo Tumblr! Plus, congrats to Jenni Kowal for winning our weekly Facebook challenge!

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Ask Photojojo: Photojojo’s Photo Pros Answer All Your Questions!

Have you ever wondered what Photojojo’s deepest dreams and desires are?

What does Photojojo think about in the wee hours of the night?

Maybe you’ve just wondered how to make the best DIY home studio or which DSLR is hot right now.

We went to Twitter to ask Photojojo fans what question you would ask us if you could.

Here are our answers! Amit, Jen, Billy, Kiran, Kelly, Julieanne, Laurel…

See the faces behind the names along with our expert photo and DIY advice!

[Have a question? Ask us!]

Our Answers to Your Questions

p.s. Wanna work with us? We’re hiring in and outside of San Francisco. Seeking web developers, product buyers and sourcers, photographers, and writers!

p.p.s. Come eat pizza and photo walk with us!

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The Ultimate Guide to Photo Shadow Play: 30 Ways to Show Shadows Some Love
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In Photo 101 the third thing they teach you, after “remove your lens cap” and “this is a shutter button,” is to keep shadows out of your photos.

In Photojojo’s Photo 1-0-FUN, shadows are chillin’ at the cool kids’ table.

The secret to success is in knowing how to work with them. Our list-o-awesome shadow ideas can help you get started.

Learn how to make your shadows multi-colored, transform teeny props into massive monsters, or create a cinematic scene with dramatic light.

Unless you’re a Vampire, grab your shadow and head towards the light!

30 Shadow Play Ideas

p.s. Hey, Hot Shot! is choosing 1 grand prize winner to win $10,000, a solo exhibition, and representation at Jen Bekman Gallery. Deadline is 6/22, so get your hot shots in!

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How to Use Your Android as a Photo Tool + Top 10 Apps

Nikon vs Canon, Mac vs PC, Rebecca Black vs Justin Bieber.

2-sided feuds aren’t a foreign concept considering you’re a Canon/Mac/Bieber appreciator.

When it comes to phones, you’re an Android lover.

This week, our Twitter and Facebook peeps voted on their favorite Android photo apps – apps for editing, filtering, friend-sharing, and even afternoon snacking (i.e. Pudding Cam!).

These are the top 10 crowd favorites!

Plus, as an added bonus, we rounded up apps designed to make life easier while you’re out shooting with your non-phone camera.

Whether you’re working with a gingerbread, cupcake, or a little green robot, your photo app folder is about to get real happy.

Use Your Android as a Photo Tool & Top Voted Apps

p.s. We’re throwing a Facebook giveaway today with our pals at Fracture! Fracture turns your photos into gorgeous glass prints that make snazzy wall hangings!

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Top 20 Ultimate Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

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When it comes to photography, we like to root for the little guy.

He’s the picture taker that works hard, is easy going and is always around when you need him.

Yep, we’re talking about one of our old favorites: the disposable camera.

While we love adding filters to our phone pics and making masterpieces with our DSLRs, there’s something magical about disposable cameras we can’t forget…

They’re cheap, fun to play with and can do almost anything!

Here’s our top 20 list of didn’t-know-you-could-do-that ways to use, abuse, modify, and make the most of your disposable camera!

Top 20 Creative Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

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Holiday Photos: The Top 10 Most-Fun-Ever Ideas

Rounding up your family for holiday-time photos is a feat intended only for the super-human (i.e. Elves at your local mall. They’re little, but mighty).

Obligatory sweaters are the least of it. You’ve been through creepy santas, herds of costumed dogs, and unfortunate awkward poses.

It hasn’t always been pretty, but this year, that’s all going to change!

2010 is THE year for the holiday photo you’ve always dreamed of, whether you’re sending them ‘cross country to friends and family or just want to grab a shot of everyone while they’re all in one spot.

No more awkward blank stares and no more heart-breaking sobbing children. It’s all uphill from here!

Top Ten Holiday Photo Ideas

p.s. We’re putting on a lil’ photo contest with our pals who run that lil’ conference called CES! You’ve got one week to enter!

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Bubble Photography: 3 Insanely Cool Techniques

Frolicking about the garden chasing butterflies and bubbles with camera in hand…

An outsider might call this a case of fallen-and-bumped-your-head, but we call it a great time!

Richard Heeks, better known as The Bubble Master (and who we posted about on our Tumblr recently!), introduced us to these three sure fire ways to capture incredible photos of bubbles.

1) Make your bubble look like a planet
Quicktips: Use a macro lens or settings, close-up where the sun reflects off the surface, capture the bubble against a shadow (this will make it look like a planet floating in space!)

2) Capture the pop
Quicktips: Use a fast shutter speed (around 1/500). Use rapid fire shoot settings. Take lots of photos (it took Richard a month to capture his series).

3) Shoot your self portrait in a bubble (and other reflections!)
Quicktips: Shoot on a non windy day. Try these settings: f/5, 1/400, ISO 400 (this is what Richard used in his bubble reflection self portrait). Use a telephoto lens (you can use zoom, also). For example, Richard usually shot at 70mm.

More Bubble Photo Tips:
1) Photograph when the air is still.
2) Shoot at sunrise or sunset.
3) Use manual focus if possible (since auto focus doesn’t always focus correctly with transparent subjects).
4) Try different brands of bubble formula since the thickness of a bubble affects color change and how long it lasts.

Bubbles. Who’da thought? They’ve only been floating in front of our noses all these years.

Richard Heeks’ Bubble Photography


   
   
Four Fun and Easy Ways to Make Your Photos Look Vintage

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Recently we asked friends of our Tumblr page what they’d most like to see covered in our next tutorial.

The votes are in. The absentee ballots have been counted. The results are clear:

You want to learn how to make your photos look vintage!

So, we got together to brainstorm and do research. We learned new things, we experimented, and now we’re sharing what we found!

Four Easy Ways to Make Your Photos Look Vintage

p.s. Did you know we’re on Twitter? We are! You can follow us with just one click.

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