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

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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

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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

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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

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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]

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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

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    Alternative Prom Photography — Ideas & Tips for Truly Great Prom Photos

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    Prom photo-ops have traditionally come in two flavors.

    1) A camera-wielding parent on the front porch 2) The dude your high school hired arranging your arms into awkward poses.

    You can shoot a mean photo, so why not try your hand at playing photographer for the night? For a kickstart, we put together a guide for prom photos that are as cool and fun as you are.

    Learn how to levitate in photos or how to make your own photobooth for a post-prom party.

    You only get to go to prom once (or twice, if you’re cool like that). So make photos that’ll wow your date and will be awesome to look at years later!

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    Get Sharp Photos with These Easy Tricks


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    Getting a once-in-a-lifetime shot is every photographer’s dream, but having those shots tainted by blur can be gut-wrenching.

    While you might not be able to choose when these prize shots come your way, you can make sure you’re ready for them with some choice equipment and a little technique.

    Your photos will be so sharp you’ll be able to slice tomatoes with them! Odd? Yes. Sharp? Awesome!

    How to Become a Sharper Shooter

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    Keep Film Fresh For Years to Come


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    It’s a heartbreaking tale: film may one day be hard to find.

    With companies cutting down on the kinds of film they make, filmophiles are working to amass a stash of their favorites.

    The good news is film keeps better than a fruitcake from 2005!

    With a few simple steps, the film you bought in 2012 will be usable for years to come.

    How to Store Your Film

    p.s. Photojojo’s hiring! We’re seeking a top-notch writer and a full-time buyer in San Francisco.