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YOU Get a Photo Book, and YOU Get a Photo Book, and YOU get the Idea …

We’re so excited that our photo printing baby is having a birthday, that we got YOU a gift.

We just added a 5.5” square Photo Book to the Parabo Press app. It’s perfect for printin’ ‘grams, and makes a great one-of-a-kind gift, AND we want you to have one.

Pick your 32 best shots to fill its premium matte pages, use the code PARTY at checkout and only pay shipping.

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Photo Pranks To Trick Your Pals

It’s April Fools’ Day!*

*APRIL FOOLS. It’s really not till Friday.

You still have time to plan the perfect photo prank.

So, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to trick our buddies. Oh, and there’s a spider on your shoulder.

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A Celebration of Droneography

We’ve had photo drones in the Photojojo Shop for over a year!

We’ve taken some great flights, shot our fair share of dronies, wrote the book on Drone flying (free with every Drone in the Photojojo Shop) and today we’re launching our first Photojojo designed drone accessory!

What a year.

Click on through to see photos and videos taken by Photojojo customers (and their drone), check out a world map that lets you get a drone’s-eye-view of hundreds of cities and natural wonders alike.

Then, watch our training vids to see if you’ve got what it takes to become a pilotographer.

See Just What Photo Drones Can Get Up To
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Loop Portraits:
Romain Laurent Reveals His Tricks

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When we see a photo that just makes us say, “How in the world?!” we just have to stop talking out loud to our computer screen, hunt down the genius behind said stunner and ask them…

“How in the world?!”

Turns out it’s Romain Laurent who crafts the mind bending, perfectly looped portraits that had us agog.

So, we tracked him down and bombarded him with “hows,” “whys” and “you’re so cools.”

Check out his answers and see more of his loop portraits over on our blog.

Romain Laurent Reveals The Tricks to His Trade

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Teach Your Dog To Take A Selfie

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Ever wonder what Fido gets up to while you’re away?

Teach your pup to selfie, and all you’ll have to do is follow Mr. Muffins on Instagram to keep tabs.

Yes, your dog can take selfies!

Our Pal Anna Jane of NYC’s School for The Dogs has been teaching dogs this skill (her pooch Amos is quite a pro). She’s kindly agreed to to let you in on just how it’s done.

Convincing your furball to update their Instagram on the regs, is up to you.

How To Teach Your Dog to Selfie

p.s. Help! Anna Jane’s School for the Dogs’ building burned down. So she is raising funds to give the doggies of New York a new place to go for training (and fun). Throw her a (metaphorical) bone, wouldya? Visit her fundraising site.

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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.

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How to Photograph Electricity without a Camera


You’ve always wanted to catch one awesome photo of lightning striking down on Earth’s surface.

Turns out we’ve been doing it wrong this whole time.

Phillip Stearns figured it out: Step 1 — throw out your camera. Step 2 — expose your film with 15,000 volts of electricity.

Inspired by the science between cameras and our very own eyes, Phillip turned to experimenting with peel-apart instant film.

He starts by pouring household chemicals (like bleach) onto the film to manipulate color and then touches a neon tube ballast to the film to electrocute the surface.

The result is a dreamy rainbow of lightning-like images emblazoned onto a final print.

It’s no wonder that Phillip’s main work has dealt with digital glitches. You might call this the ultimate analog equivalent of a glitch.

You can watch how it all goes down in this awesome video.

Extra cool thing: Learn how to make emulsion lifts with instant film!

Phillip Stearns’ Electrified Instant Film

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Get Glitchy with Your Phone’s Panorama Function


Glitching is the digital equivalent of throwing a roll of film into water and seeing what happens.

While you might not want to dip your phone in H2O, you can get experimental with your phone photos other ways.

And by other ways, we mean panorama glitching.

All you need is a sweep of the arm to get your panorama to stitch a scene in really strange and awesome ways.

(We used iOS 6’s built-in panorama, but you can try this with pretty much any auto-stitching pano app.)

1) Stitch totally different parts of a scene

  • Sweep your phone to capture one part
  • Stop, then quickly move your phone to another part of the scene
  • And sweep again

The result ends up looking like a diptic with sweet transitions that vary from wavy edges to smooth stitching or black edges.

2) Make a jagged composition of a single subject by jerking your hand as you shoot the pano. This makes for a choppy, mosaic-like image.

Try other experiments like twisting your phone as you shoot. More examples at the link below!

BONUS: Another trick to try is getting your model to show up multiple times.

Make Panorama Phoneography Experiments

p.s. Show us your panoramas! Post it to our Facebook wall, and tomorrow (4/9) we’ll pick 4 favorites to feature on our Facebook page.

How to Turn Your Phone Into a DIY Photo Projector for $1

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Slide projectors are great but outdated. And digital projectors cost a bundle. What’s a photographer to do when they’re looking for a bigger picture?

We’ll show you how to turn your phone into a photo projector for just $1.

Yep, for a buck you can have Instagram on overdrive and Flickr living large.

The project is so easy, you might even have time to sneak in a cat video or two.

Make a DIY Projector for $1
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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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