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Your Instagram presence is a superpower just waiting for that perfect opportunity to shine in selfless acts of kindness.
Welcome to your Hero moment. Gramming for Good is a new project that matches up talented ‘grammers with non-profit organizations, so you can use your visual power for good.
Sign up to participate here. Gramming for Good will match you up with a non-profit organization that suits your style and interests. Take over their account for a week, donate old gems from your photo collection, or spark a long-term collaboration and extend your impact.
If you’re in the Bay Area, check out Gramming for Good’s event coming up on June 11th.
Villains need not apply (we’ll keep you updated on when Tinder for Minions launches.)
Photo by Gramming for Good
Mother’s Day is less than a week away, and we’re compiling every idea we have for your perfect gift.
But we’re so pumped about Mother’s Day this year that we decided to scour the ‘net for juuuust a couple more awesome gifts.
- This Wood Block Cleat from Artifact Uprising is our favorite way to show off their signature prints.
- These personalized Stickers are super affordable, unique and ripe with possibilities.
- Personalize this Spa Box to showcase your favorite mom-time photo while also giving her a way to enjoy spa-time.
- Who doesn’t love cookies? Gift Mom a Cookie Box Subscription … and, uh, grab us one too while you’re at it. Mmmmm….cooookies.
Sometimes the best gift is time. Take her out to dinner, a movie or both! Spend some silly time taking instant portraits or making a photo recipe book. You’ll have a great time and create something to remember.
Mom rocks, and you do too! Make this Mother’s Day a blast for you both.
Photo by Artifact Uprising
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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.
When was the last time you got to snuggle a wolf puppy at work?
Never? Us neither. Sharon Montrose, on the other hand, can raise her hand to that one (and we’re green with jelly).
Sharon’s the photographer behind The Animal Print Shop. You might’ve spotted her portraits of wide-eyed baby giraffes, raccoons looking smug, and baby bears being baby bears.
We asked about how she discovered her awesome talent for photographing animal personality and what working commercially is all about.
While wolf pups might not be next up on your model list, you’ll get inspired to sit your pet down for a session!
So you can trust us when we say Face to GIF is the quickest way to make a GIF of your face.
It all happens in your browser. All you do is hit the “make a GIF” button, and it’ll record you via your computer’s webcam. Almost instantly, it’ll deliver a GIF of your face sitting behind the screen.
Now that you have the power of instant GIF-ing, you can shoot reaction GIFs (for forum and commenting fun), show Tumblr your pop n’ lock moves, and maybe even sit your favorite cat in front of the camera.
Life’s too short to not be making GIFs of your face… or pets, so have a blast.
UPDATE 5/22: Due to an overwhelming response, Operation Photo Rescue has closed their volunteer registration. Check back later! We’ll update when it opens again.
You’ve run through this fire drill a million times over: first, you grab the family cat, then your family photos.
Sadly, it doesn’t always work out that way. While many are grateful to survive a natural disaster, they’re still left devastated from the loss of everything they own.
The worst of it might just be the loss of irreplacable family photos.
Operation Photo Rescue is a league of photographers and graphic designers who set out to help survivors get their treasured memories back.
OPR’s first mission was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since then, they’ve restored 9,000+ photos in other disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
If you’re itching to help, OPR’s always looking for skilled photo restorers and fundraising.
You can help folks get back photos from their wedding day, that regal portrait of their great of grandpa, and snapshots of their daughter’s first birthday.
Won’t that feel awesome?
p.s. WE ARE HIRING A WEB DEVELOPER. If you love photography and San Francisco and codes, APPLY HERE.
p.p.s. WE ARE ALSO HIRING AN EVANGELIST/BIZ DEV HERO. Creative deal-maker types, APPLY HERE.
| Photo by Brooke Schwab
Photography is a solo sport. It’s just you and your camera out there!
You’ve asked yourself a million times how you can make a difference with your photo skills, and 100 cameras figured it out.
This non-profit gives cameras to kids in developing communities around the world. Which is so great!
The kids are then able to sell their own photos giving them educational resources, healthcare, and lifeline supplies. Even greater!
These new photogs also learn about empowerment — they first-hand experience their own talent and skill positively affecting their communities.
Remember the first time you felt you could make a difference? Suddenly you felt like you could do so much! One empowering experience is all it takes.
BTW! 100 Cameras is actually raising funds to launch 100 Cameras 2.0, which will let anyone start their own photo community. Helping kids with photography? Sounds like a no-brainer!
p.s. Attention gadget lovers – we’re hiring for a Buyer aka Treasure Hunter. Apply here.
| Photo by Brooke Schwab
When you were a kid, having a camera in front of you was just a little less scary. You probably didn’t even notice it was there most of the time.
It’s that enviable carefree ‘tude kids have that makes taking portraits of them so much fun.
That’s just what You are My Wild is all about. 14 photographers document how they see their kids by submitting one remarkable portrait each week.
Meaghan Curry explains how it started:
Right after the new year, and in sort of a creative lull, we were brainstorming about starting a project to force ourselves to put down our phone cameras down and pick up our other cameras more regularly…
Ironically, Instagram is the common thread between us. It is where we found other people documenting their children in really loving, beautiful and respectful ways.
We hoped that some of these other IG photographers would be interested in using their higher quality cameras to “see” the same way that we were using our phone cameras.
And it seems to have worked! Check out their portraits, and may they inspire you to photograph your loved ones in a new light.
p.s. INK361 has a special offer for you guys! Get 25% off their Instagram prints and more by using code PJJ25.
You tried running your DSLR photos through phone apps.
But the details got lost, and you were left with a tiny photo!
Cole Rise’s Litely might just have made the perfect preset actions for your digital photos. And it’s no wonder, have you seen Cole’s photos?
Each set comes with twelve presets that gracefully adjust the color and tone of your photos with a look reminiscent of film.
But what makes these so different from all the other presets out there?
They’re impressively subtle and keep the skin tones of your subjects looking natural, all without washing out the detail. Plus, they’re pretty as heck!
The best part is they were each made to work with nearly any kind of lighting. So you can use use them whether you shoot outside, in low light, or in a studio.
We might just call Cole Goldilocks ’cause these presets are just right.
You can check the presets out in action at Lite.ly’s blog. They’re available Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, or Adobe Camera Raw.
It’s easy to forget about the video function built into your camera phone.
It’s just that videos end being too big to send to friends, and who wants to wait for a video to download anyway?
Man, are we spoiled. Back in our parents’ day, they had to carry 20lb VHS recorders just to shoot a few minutes of film! Us? We have a video recorder that fits in our pocket.
Vine fixes all of this and then some.
It’s an app that lets you share snippets of video –six seconds to be exact– in a super-digestible format. As you scroll through a stream of friends’ videos, the video on your screen instantly plays.
This isn’t just another Instagram. It’s a whole new platform for showing off your creativity. There’s so much you can do in six seconds!
Plus, you get to share life-experiences with friends as they happen. And that right there is pretty much the coolest thing your phone has to offer.
So get it, and then read on for all the best tips, ideas, and inspiration on Vine.
p.s. Hey DSLR lovers! Have you seen the Lensbaby Spark? It’s a way fun, bendable tilt-shift lens that’s totally affordable.