Meet PJ:
Erin Edition

Name: Erin “Ern” Robins

What Do You Do Here? I carefully piece words together in fun ways to describe how awesome our products are!

Favorite Camera: My favorite camera tends to be the one I’m saving up for – currently a FujiFilm X-T1. But my phone, LG G2, is always there for me, which is way more useful than a wish-list camera!


Bringing Photography
to the Homeless

Being creative is often considered a luxury. However, the folks at Café Art are taking steps to make art accessible for everyone.

Back in July, they handed out 100 dispo cams to homeless individuals around London. Allowing many of them a much needed creative outlet and the opportunity to be featured in a calendar being put together via Kickstater.

Check out a few of the photos and stories here. Contribute to the Kickstarter and receive your own calendar or original print. Proceeds go toward the artists, production costs and donations to offset the ecological impact of printing and shipping the calendars.

Wow. Café Art seriously knows how to be the good in this world.

Photo by 16 Year Old, Ellen Rostant

Two NEW Items for your
Grab ‘n Go Lifestyle!

Your life is go-go-go. Sometimes it’s go-go-Netflix, but mostly it’s going. You need super portable video and photo gear at your disposal.

Meet the Mighty Mic Wireless and Pythagorean Lens Pouch!

The Mic gives you clear sound without being tied down and the Lens Pouch helps you keep track of all those small knick-knacks you can never find.

Make killer vids and keep track of your phone lenses. On the go!


Let’s Decide Once and For All: Canon or Nikon?

Which is better? Canon or Nikon?

It feels like this debate’s been going on longer than the “chicken vs. the egg” one.

So we’re gonna help you decide–once and for all!–whether you belong on “Team Canon” or “Team Nikon.” (Spoiler alert: they’re both great so you’ll be a winner either way.)

Read a little about each camp and what makes them special. A decision won’t be far behind!


Photo Lessons From the Street

Street photography can be intimidating. Snagging candids of strangers is uncomfortable, at first.

While it’s best to simply to get out and learn as you go, it is nice to arm yourself with a few tips. Marius Vieth, a seasoned street-photog, doles out 10 lessons learned in this article. He includes advice on how to blend in, predict patterns and be ready for that crucial moment.

Our favorite tips from the article are:

  • Minimal gear – Take only your camera and forget the added gear. You don’t want to be swapping lenses when the perfect photo-op pops up.
  • Find natural contrasts – Your foreground should be different enough from the background to make them both visually interesting.
  • Simplify your choices – Try focusing on one element (like a color or pattern) for a couple hours.

Photo by Marius Vieth

PJ Throwback! Our Favorites From Then and Now

Whoa, it’s been a minute since we launched back in 2006. Free Hugs were everywhere, Pluto was downgraded (tear) and we were all Crazy for Gnarls Barkley. While we’re still waiting on Pluto to take back the planet title, our shop has upgraded universally.

Today, we’re throwin’ it back with a mash-up of our favorite items of yesteryear (that are still rocking in our shop!) and their new counterparts.


Class Is In Session! Turn
Photos Into School Supplies

Can it be? Summer’s almost over? It feels like it just started.

Guess that means it’s time to switch sunbathing for school supplies. But hey, that’s not a bad thing. Really!

Just check out our list of DIY school supplies that you can make out of your very own photos and you’ll see what we mean.

Now go get crafty and make all your classmates jelly!

Landscape Comp Tip for Absolute Beginners

Landscapes are some of the easiest shots to take – no arranging meetups with others, no double chins, and that fresh air is super invigorating!

If you’re just getting the hang of creating gorgeous landscape shots, you’ll benefit from understanding how to add a sense of depth with composition. Think of your photo as having three parts: foreground, middle-ground and background. Try to make sure there something of interest in all three sections.

Check out this article for a perfectly simple visual example of great landscape composition.

Photo by Scott Bourne

Foldio 2 is Here! Bigger and Brighter Than Ever.

Foldio, our favorite and only portable light studio, is back and reinvented. Bigger size, brighter lights, dimmable option and a diffuser. It is everything.

All the added goodness without added complication. Foldio 2 still folds flat and pops up easily. The even light and crisp backgrounds bring perfection to product shots, food blog photos, pictures of your pets, profesh manicure snaps and sooo much more.

Check out some fun examples of what people are doing with their Foldio, and tips on how to make the most of yours. Or, run to the shop and order your bigger brighter Foldio, now!


Take Your Snapchat
Game to the Next Level

Snapchat! That app that has everyone saying either, ‘duh!’ or ‘huh?’

For the huh?-ers, Snapchat’s a photo/video messaging app where you can view a Snap for 10 seconds before poof! It’s gone.

For the duh!-ers: you know Snaps can be outstanding photographic art, right? Right!

So read on to learn tricks for creative “snapsterpieces” that are guaranteed to have all of your friends talking.