Take Photos, for Science!

You’re usually out snapping away at flora and fauna, so why not use those photos to help document our world?

Add your nature shots to iNaturalist and help increase the already huge online database of plants, furry creatures and creepy crawlies.

Upload your photo, tag the location and name the organism if you can. No worries if you don’t know the name, iNaturalist is teeming with people eager to help classify.

It’s a cool way to connect with other nature-lovers, learn about the life around you and add your talent to scientific research!

Photo by RJAdams55

Kayaking with Cameras:
Keep your Gear Dry in Watery Situations

These hot summer days make us want to jump in a lake (or pool – or river – or ice chest) to keep cool. But let’s face it, wet cameras make for sad photographers.

We’ve been packing our gear in our favorite waterproof cases to document our summer adventures. Our pals Margo and Sara just took a few out for a test drive float down the river.

Check out their camera-filled kayak adventure and pick up some near/in/on/under water photography tips along the way …


Makin’ a Splash!
Photo Fun on Rainy Days

Rain, rain, go away…

Or don’t! Because rainy days make the outdoors a big ol’ playground for photographers.

In fact, we put together a list of photo ideas so you can have fun taking pics before, during, and after the rain.

Who says you have to stay in just ’cause it’s a little wet outside? Grab your cam and make the most of it!


Meet PJ:
Lana Edition

Name: Lana “Captain Coffee” Douglas

What Do You Do Here? I steer our team of happy customer helpers. (AKA the buck stops with me!)

Favorite Camera: Canon 7D.


Sharpen Up on FB

Facebook may not be the best place to show off your photography, but it is still a fantastic way to quickly share snaps with close friends and family. After all, not everyone is on Flickr.

You’ve likely noticed that FB compresses photos causing minor, but super irritating, artifacts. Which basically negates all the hours you spent editing them to perfection. GUH.

There is a way to ensure your photos come out looking sharp on FB. Three ways, actually!

  • 1. Upload 2048px size photos, you’ll get less compression.
  • 2. Don’t sharpen the image beforehand.
  • 3. Upload PNG, rather than JPG.

Read about the how and why these tips work in this article by Photoshelter, and start uploading pics to FB without losing your hard-earned quality.

Photo by Allen Murabayashi

A Truly Adventurous Giveaway From PJ and Poler!

We’ve teamed up with Poler for the ultimate roundup of summer fun/camping/roadtrip essentials.

Check out our favorite Poler gear, and their favorite picks from our shop.

It’s never too late to start your summer adventure.


Photograph Summer Fun From
Festivals to Farmers Markets

Street fairs and block parties and farmer’s markets, oh my!

Summer’s the time for outdoor fun. But so much activity can be overwhelming. How do you make sure you capture it all?

You use this list we made just for you! It has all the photo actions you’re gonna wanna take during your next outdoor summer extravaganza.

Now slap on some sunscreen and let’s go!

Photograph Outdoor Summer Memories


A Little Sleight of Hand for Surreal Shots

The Great Outdoors definitely lives up to its name, but sometimes the summer heat is just too much. Staying in doesn’t have to be a total wash though, there’s loads of creative photos you can take in the Cool Indoors!

We’re totally digging these 10 tricks for setting up surreal snaps at home. Create mini worlds with a little papercraft, fool gravity with glue or create some intruige with smoke. Most of these fun setups require supplies you likely have already. So you’ll feel resourceful and productive on your day in.

Also check out some of our own ideas for indoor fun. Now you have all the excuses you need to keep out of the heat!

Stay cool, yo.

Photo by Dina Belenko

Make the Most of Your Phone Vids

You know your phone is often your best bet for photos, but don’t forget videos too!

Some of the best vloggers are using their phone these days, but how? What are they doing to get smooth shots, clear sound and incredible depth of field?

Well, we’ve figured it out. Check out our best tips and tools for making high quality vids with your phone! Everything you need to hit record.


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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