Meet PJ:
Janette Edition

Name: Janette Crawford

What Do You Do Here? Marketing for our all-new brand Parabo Press, coming very soon!

Favorite Camera: iPhone 6.

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What’s In Your Cam Bag?
We Asked, You Answered!

Ever wonder about the goodies that photographers hide away in their camera bags?

Wonder no more! We asked seven photogs from all walks of life to open up their cam bags to us so we can see what exactly they’re working with.

As you’d expect, no two bags are the same. The one thing they all have in common, though? They’re unique and awesome, just like the photogs they belong to!

Camera Bag Items Revealed!

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InstaMeets: A National Park Meetup For Photogs

You know that feel when you’re left behind in a tour group because you’re too busy snapping photos? All the time. You’re not alone (this time) and a resourceful Park Ranger noticed your dilemma.

Ranger Tim created InstaMeets, in Glacier National Park, as a solution. It’s a meetup for photographers to go on photo walks, safely and slowly, together. They’re a great way to connect with and learn from other photo enthusiasts.

Hopefully this brilliant idea is picked up by other National Parks. In the meantime, if you’re headed toward Glacier, check out when the next InstaMeet is here.

Photo by NPS

Fab Four New Items
for Your DSLR!

It’s time to class the place up with new accessories for your DSLR!

We’ve got four brand new items in the shop full of style, sophistication and juuuust a dash of futuristic rainbows.

Everything on your DSLR’s wishlist.

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Q&A With TOAST:
Urban Photography Fun

San Francisco is the most gorgeous city on this planet (sorry, New York.)

But if we’re being honest, the postcard views of the City are getting a little – dare we say it – boring.

Combating that is TOAST, a self-proclaimed urban explorer. We spoke to him on what he sees in between the lines and what draws him to beneath the city surface.

Learn his tips and pick up a few urban exploring tricks of your own!

Urban Photo Tips From TOAST

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Meet PJ:
Taylor Edition

Name: Taylor “Sweet T” Meredith

What Do You Do Here? I have way too much fun writing articles every week for the Photojojo blog.

Favorite Camera: Whatever I’ve got in my hand! Currently a Nikon D40x.

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See a Silhouette and Snap it

Silhouette shots are one of those styles that seem super easy, but are honestly difficult to get “just right.”

The Phoblographer wrote about three things to keep in mind when shooting silhouette shots, and we think they’re spot-on excellent advice!

  • Highlights way up: This is best achieved in post-processing, but keep it in mind while shooting so you can adjust exposure and focal points.
  • Ship Shapes: Silhouette photos rely on visually interesting shapes rather than color contrast or subject matter. Be on the lookout for unique, but recognizable, shapes.
  • Composition: Keep a good balance of shadow and light, or create drama with slightly more of one than the other.

Check out the Phoblographer’s perfectly put article here!

Photo by Chris Gampat

DIY a Working 35mm Camera with Konstructor!

The best way to fully immerse yourself in any hobby is to delve in, hands first, from the ground up.

The DIY Konstuktor Camera Kit is your full immersion into photography because you build a fully FUNctional 35mm film camera!

It’s super easy to assemble and a great way to further develop (heh) your love of cameras, or spark a photo-interest in young ones.

We’re throwing in a roll of 35mm film with these kits too, so you’ll be ready to shoot. You’ll soon be handling real prints from a real camera you built yourself.

Dive into your photo hobby with a little DIY love.

Build Your Konstruktor Camera
$39 at the Photojojo Shop

Storage Issues, Begone!
More Space for More Pics

We’ve all seen that dreaded “out of storage” notification pop up on our phones.

(And usually at the worst times.)

But no need to fear! We’ve teamed up with our pals over at Trunx, who’ve provided a super handy guide to help you conquer the storage war on your iOS device.

So take note, ’cause more space means you’ll never have to miss out on an awesome photo op again!

5 Tips for More Device Storage

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Tip-Top Tips for Shooting Fireworks

With the 4th of July fast approaching, you’re probably already searching for the best ways to shoot them ‘werks.

We’ve got you covered here with a few quick ‘n dirty tips and an excellent article covering more depth.

Quick Tips

  • Prime Location: Scout out the best location for the show in advance – downwind of the fireworks and free of obstructions.
  • Manual Focus: Your auto-focus is gonna have a rough time here, so don’t rely on it. Manually set your focus to infinity (or a bit closer for Canons.)
  • Low ISO: You’ll want the blacks to remain black, so keep things at or under ISO 100.
  • High Aperture: Wide aperture is key with fireworks, since they’re just made of burning embers. Shoot at f/8-f/16.
  • Low Shutter Speed: Use bulb mode if you have it. If you’re bulb-less, go for the longest shutter speed you’ve got.

Check out even more tips in this article at Digital Photography School.

Photo by Micah Goff