Meet PJ:
Michelle Edition

Name: Michelle “Meesh” Wallace

What Do You Do Here? Help turn frowns upside down with amazing customer support!

Favorite Camera: Mamiya 7II & the trusty iPhone.

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Meet the New Polaroid Cube+

Polaroid’s action cam is all grown up and ready to play with others.

Like the classic Cube, Cube+ shoots HD vids and has a nifty magnetic mount. Plus it’s capable of syncing up to your phone.

Use your phone as a viewfinder and remote. When you’re done shooting, edit an upload on the go.

One little plus adds a lot!

See Cube+ Here

Shooting Spine-Chilling Spots:
Q&A With Thomas Windisch

BOO! Did we scare you? No? Well, we have something else to get you in the Halloween mood.

We’re talking about the extremely eerie photos of abandoned buildings taken by urban explorer, Thomas Windisch.

We spoke with Thomas and learned his tips for finding and photographing what he calls “beauty in decay.”

Read on for our Q&A with Thomas! (You may wanna keep the lights on…)

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Pro Portrait Tips

When snapping portraits, it can be difficult to fulfill your vision with so many variables. The options of lighting, background, makeup, clothing and poses seem overwhelming at times.

Thankfully, we found a few stellar portrait tips from celeb photographer, Greg Gorman. They work great for pros and enthusiasts alike.

  • Learn body language – For instance, if the head is angled in opposition to the body, it creates a look of insecurity.
  • Minimize the lighting situation – Try perfecting portraits with a single light source.
  • Get a bigger boat screen – Review your test shots on a screen larger than the back of your camera. Download them first onto a laptop, or even a tablet with good resolution. (Eye-fi much?)

Read all the tips, and get an eyeful of pretty celebs (hey, Jared Leto) in Greg’s article here.

Photo of Sofia Loren by Greg Gorman

Get Spooky With a DIY Halloween Photo Booth!

Halloween DIY

Photo booths are a must for Halloween parties and we’ve got all the tricks and treats you need to make a screamin’ good one using either your phone or DSLR.

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Oh Snap! Handmade Gifts
Photographers Will Love

Do you love shopping on Etsy? Us, too!

This global community of creators sell everything from home decor to handmade jewelry to fun photo-related doodads.

In fact, we found ten of THE cutest and most original Etsy products that awesome photogs like you are sure to love.

Read on and pick yourself up a treat—or get inspired to make your own!

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Make the Cut With Cropping

Cropping your photos isn’t always super intuitive. With new crops available on Instagram, it’s time we looked into when and how to crop perfectly

This article by Vladimir Gendelman goes through 15 easy-to-remember cropping tips. He includes great beginner advice on the rule of thirds as well as stuff you might not have thought about.

  • Don’t crop people at the joints – This makes the viewer uncomfortable, so unless you’re going for that feel, avoid it.
  • Allow breathing room – If your subject is staring off in the distance, give them some space to stare into. Otherwise you’ll leave your viewers feeling a bit claustrophobic.
  • Keep the hair – Don’t crop too close to the hairline, you want to leave enough hair in the photo so the viewer can easily visualize the rest.

Photo by David D

Get Crafty With Polaroid Zink DIYs

Zink DIY

Polaroid never goes out of style, and their modern Zink prints are perfect in this era of DIY.

Check out all the pretties you can make with Zink prints, and the devices that pop ’em out.

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Fall In Love With Fall!
How To Shoot Autumn Colors

Red and yellow and orange, oh my!

It’s officially fall and you know what the means: gorgeous colors everywhere begging to be photographed.

But fall colors can be a tad tricky to capture accurately, so we’re giving you some tips to get it juuust right.

Put on your cutest autumn accessories and let’s go!

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Digging Deeper:
Camera Comparison of
Every iPhone Ever

Fall Leaves

We’re all stoked about the new 6s camera, but have you taken a minute to appreciate just how far the iPhone has come, camera-wise?

Well Lisa Bettany has taken her appreciation to a visual level with an actual side-by-side comparison. Check out her full article here.

We love seeing the evolution of clarity and contrast across the generations. What really blew us away though, was the significantly improved white-balance. For instance, clarity took a huge step forward on the 3Gs, but white-balance went haywire. Things cooled down with the iPhone 4, and everything improved, step-by-step, up to the impeccable iPhone 6s.

Thanks to Lisa, we now have a real appreciation for how lucky we are to live in the future.

Photo by Lisa Bettany