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The Smartphone Film Scanner:
35mm film -> Digitized in a Snap

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If you love 35mm, all your best memories are captured on film! And they’re just kinda stuck there. Until now…

Thanks to The Smartphone Film Scanner. It lets you use your everyday cell phone to scan your old 35mm negatives and bring them into the digital world for sharing on Instagram, Facebook whatever.

Its snug mount adjusts to fit any smartphone, even with a case on. Just slip your film in through the bottom, turn on the backlight and snap a pic on your phone.

Lomography’s free app (for Android and iPhone) turns your negative to a positive. You can also adjust the color and set the exposure before you capture the image on your phone.

Now that you’ve got your film photo on your digital phone you can upload straight to the Internets in no seconds flat! Blammo!

Check Out the Smartphone Film Scanner
$59 at the Photojojo Store

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The Best Tips & Tools for Freelance Photographers

[Today's guide comes from awesome photographer and Photojojo pal, Helena Price!]

Being a photographer is regarded as one of the coolest jobs on the planet.

That said, there’s a lot that goes into running a successful photography biz. Making good photos is just the beginning.

This year, I made the jump from my office job to becoming a full-time freelance photo-taker, and I’ve been lucky enough to do some really fun photo work for brands that I love (including Photojojo!).

These jobs don’t just fall into your lap. There’s an endless amount of helpful tools and resources out there for freelance photographers – you’ve just gotta go out there and find them.

After spending hours digging through the interwebs, asking freelance friends and compiling everything I’ve learned, I’ve put together this great beginners’ list of things to read/use/do if you’re making the jump into freelance photography.

Great Tips & Tools for Freelance Photogs

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Send Dear Old Dad a Photo Puzzle in the Mail This Father’s Day

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Your dad is one cool, Rolling-Stones-loving, facial-hair-rocking dude.

He deserves to get something equally as rad as he is this Father’s Day.

Send him a photo puzzle in the mail!

Instead of receiving one card for Father’s Day, dad will get multiple envelopes in the mail with pieces of a photo puzzle in them creating excitement, magic, and an awesome image in the end.

Dad will get the first envelope in the mail with a card and a sweet handwritten note letting him know how much you love him.

When the final puzzle piece arrives, your tough as nails dad will find it hard not to get a little choked up when he’s reminded how cool he is for raising such an awesome person.

Make a Father’s Day Photo Puzzle

p.s. Our friends at Mount July make really rad retro inspired color-splashed camera filters. It’s their last week of Kickstarter funding! Help them out here.

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The Kick: Control Lighting
Wirelessly w/ your Phone!

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The right light can go a long way. A wirelessly controlled, fully customizable light will take you even farther!

Meet The Kick: it’s like a full blown lighting studio, but tiny enough to tote anywhere.

The Kick is an LED light panel that you control through an app on your phone. Change the color, shade and brightness with just a few taps. It can even mimic the light from any photo or video already on your camera roll.

You can use it off camera or slide it onto the back of your phone. It has a tripod mount for hands-free lighting.

The precise controls let you use it as a subtle fill light, a white balancing light, or start a disco tech in your living room. This little guy does it all!

See Examples of The Kick at Work
$179 at the Photojojo Store

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Three Tricks for Faking Depth of Field in Your Photos

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There was a time when you’d want to stare at a photo for hours but couldn’t quite put your finger on why.

Then you taught yourself a little bit about photography and realized it was a photo’s dreamy depth of field that reeled you in — razor sharp details with a background that slowly fades to a wonderfully creamy blur.

To get really fantastic depth of field, photographers invest in pricey lenses. The good news is there are ways to create the illusion of depth of field without forking over the moola.

We’ll show you three totally accessible tools that’ll help you get a similar effect and will be fun to experiment with, too!

How to Fake Depth of Field

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Meet The Deluxe Pop-Up Flash Bounce
and His Light Perfecting Pals

You’ve got the Camera and the Action — now, about those Lights.

We’ve rounded up our favorite easy to use lighting gadgets. And we’ve even added a new one … The Deluxe Pop-Up Flash Bounce that bounces light from any angle.

Grab up these gizmos and give your photos pro-quality lighting, just the special sparkle you’ve been looking for.

     
Deluxe Pop-Up Flash Bounce

The Deluxe Pop-Up Flash Bounce redirects the harsh light from your pop-up flash.

It swivels around so you can bounce your flash’s flash off of a wall or ceiling and make the light fall more evenly.

Deluxe Pop-Up Flash Bounce
$37 at the Photojojo Store


 

Ring Flash Adapter

Get the soft glowing look of a ring flash with the Ring Flash Adapter.

It works with your external flash to surround your subject with light, for a fraction of cost of a pro ring flash.

Ring Flash Adapter
$40 at the Photojojo Store

     
 
     
White Balance Lens Caps

Nothing ruins great lighting like crummy white balance.

The White Balance Lens Cap helps you set the perfect custom white balance every time, even in mixed light where the presets just won’t cut it.

White Balance Lens Caps
From $45 at the Photojojo Store




   
   
How to Use Photography to Help in Natural Disasters — Operation Photo Rescue

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?

Operation Photo Rescue

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How Street Photography Can Turn into Astrophotography

Those Star Trek special effects guys are going to feel pret-ty foolish when they find out about Adam Kennedy.

Turns out you don’t need years of computer-generated image training to create breathtakingly detailed alien planets.

Adam finds his planets on the street! Fire hydrants, my friends.

He photographs, the rusted, peeling spheres that sit atop fire hydrants and edits them into wonderfully awe-inspiring habitats.

The best part about Adam’s planet project is that it started with a single imaginative thought.

It’s what inspires street art, photographers, and artists of every kind.

So the next time you think, hey that thing looks like that other thing, you know exactly what to do.

(Make art!)

Planets Made Out of Fire Hydrants

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Keep Track of Your Life Through Photos with the Days App

You had a journal once.

Then, your little sister found it and told your crush all about your dreams of running away to Disneyland to fulfill your dream of meeting Ariel IRL.

That was embarrassing.

Days is totally not that. It’s a journal (disguised as an iOS app) that you’ll *want* to share with friends.

The goal behind the app is to have you document your life in photos as it happens.

Shoot photos throughout the day, and publish your post of photos the following day in a visually delightful grid of time-stamped pics.

How the heck is this different from Instagram? So many ways. Cool ways, too.

  1. You can’t upload photos. Your photo must be taken at that very moment.
  2. No filters. Just pure, raw, unadulterated snaps.
  3. GIFs! You can make real life, honest-to-blog moving images.
  4. The interface is so adorable, you’ll want to break something.

Documenting your life is so much more fun in photos, and your little sis won’t have any ammo against you. Win.

Photograph Your Days with Days

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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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