“Well that’s weird,” you thought. “My Instagram photos are moving.”
What you thought might be the coolest side effect of downing too much coffee turned out to be Instagram’s latest major app update — Instagram video!
Just when you were totally kicking butt on Vine, Instagram video showed up with its 15 filters, extra long video length and the fact that you get to share your videos with all your friends on Instagram.
Now is the time to put your cinematographic moves into high gear, which is why we’re here to bestow on you, dear readers, a heap of Instagram video pro-tips.
Learn how to edit your shots, get better sound, and make your friends say “ooooh” at the creative ways you’ll be playing with video, all in the confines of 15 seconds.
Now you can sip your coffee with ease ’cause all you need is a tap to focus.
p.s. We’re hiring for an amazing opening at Photojojo. We’re looking to re-invent what/how/where we publish online, and we’re seeking one amazing somebody to lead the charge. Learn more and apply for our Editorial & Community Lead.
p.p.s. Tell friends!
It’s summer! Time to make some photos with a little help from your pal, Mr. Sunshine!
The bright summer sun can lead to backlighting and harsh shadows, ick.
But, with a little help from the Pocket Reflector you can bounce Sunster’s rays onto your subject for bright even lighting.
Then grab the Inkodye Photo Fabric Dye Kit and paint sun-sensitive dye onto fabric. Expose it in the sun under a photo negative or object (lace! leaves!) for brilliant blue prints.
Now that’s solar power!
Published on July 8, 2013 — See more Buy This
So you can trust us when we say Face to GIF is the quickest way to make a GIF of your face.
It all happens in your browser. All you do is hit the “make a GIF” button, and it’ll record you via your computer’s webcam. Almost instantly, it’ll deliver a GIF of your face sitting behind the screen.
Now that you have the power of instant GIF-ing, you can shoot reaction GIFs (for forum and commenting fun), show Tumblr your pop n’ lock moves, and maybe even sit your favorite cat in front of the camera.
Life’s too short to not be making GIFs of your face… or pets, so have a blast.
The perfect DSLR camera case can be hard to come by.
And more often than not, it doesn’t even resemble any of your fave animals. What gives?
That’s where the DIY Dog Camera Cozy swoops in to save the day. It’s a soft camera cozy for your DSLR, and our pal Sarah Goldschadt is the clever crafter behind it.
Here’s the story from Sarah:
“In 2009 I bought my first DSLR …I had recently learned how to crochet with the help of my friend Alicia Kachmar.
I ended up using the basic shape of slippers to create a lens cover and then kept crocheting around my camera to see what would happen.
When I finished, adding on buttons and ears seemed like a no-brainer. Since then, I’ve upgraded to a better camera and bought a new lens, so it’s always the perfect excuse to crochet a new cover.”
Inspired? Get your craft on, and make your best friend look like man’s best friend.
After today, Google Reader’s officially gone.
It’s a sadface situation (Google Reader was there for you day-in, day-out!), but you know what’s even more sadface?
Good thing it’s an easy fix! All you have to do is switch to a new reader.
What other readers are out there?
Digg just made an awesome new reader.
Feedly‘s a good one, too.
Both will automatically switch your entire Google feed in one click.
How do I add Photojojo to my RSS feed?
To do it manually, log in to your reader. You’ll see an “add” or “+” button.
Simply click on that button. Then copy & paste this URL: http://www.photojojo.com/content/feed
Wait, what’s an RSS feed/reader?
It’s a way of staying informed with updates happening on Photojojo’s site (and other sites).
Just list which websites you want to keep an eye on, and your RSS reader will show you the most recent posts from those sites all in one place.
You can get fancy and categorize them, or keep it simple and have them in one steady scroll. Read more about RSS.
When school’s out, most kids are thinkin’ “Oh man, summer’s here!”
Us? We’re thinkin’ “What are we gonna do with all these binders???”
Staring at binders all summer long is no fun, so our buddies Chris Rutter and Jeff Meyer (of Digital Camera World) showed us how to turn them into a sweet light tent — perfect for casting beautifully diffused light onto your photo subjects.
That means your photos won’t have harsh shadows from the sun, and your camera will catch all of your subject’s details.
Everyone has a binder or two at home, so you can start this project today!
Plus, this portable light tent gives you great lighting on flowers, insects, and other small stuff without having to pluck them out of the ground.
Throw it in your bag, and you’ve got a mini studio wherever you go this summer.
Move Photos Onto Your Phone, Wire Free!
Your camera is going to love this. It finally has its own way to play with that smartphone it sees you tapping on all day.
The new Eye-Fi Mobi SD Card gives your camera a wifi connection to your phone. Simply stick it in your camera to automatically send your photos to your phone, as you shoot!
The newest card from our pals at Eye-Fi is optimized to work with mobile devices. The set up process is simpler than ever, under 10 seconds on any iOS or Android tablet or phone.
Combine your DSLR’s best features (high quality optics and complete photo taking control) with your phone’s easy to use go-anywhere super duper editing skillz and sharing powers.
Your camera and your phone just became BBFL (best buds for life).
Published on June 25, 2013 — See more Buy This
[Today's guide comes from rad photographer and Photojojo buddy, Helena Price!]
If you’re a photographer or aspiring photographer-to-be, building community with other photogs is an essential part of getting your work noticed and building your name in the photo world.
Before being a full-time freelance photographer, I built communities for companies and products for a living, and I’ve been an active part of communities ranging from tech to food to photography.
I’ve distilled down everything I’ve learned over the years into the five fundamental ways to start building and connecting with a photo community.
What is the “photo community,” you ask? It’s however you define it. It’s a big social web of photographers, both online and offline, who know each other, inspire each other, and help each other make the best work they possibly can.
You should most definitely be a part of it, and here’s how.
Published on June 20, 2013 — See more Guides
Here’s a riddle! Or the toughest photo assignment ever.
How do you shoot a portrait without any people in it? Or a landscape without any land?
While thinking about how Ansel Adams might shoot that second one is fun, we’re totally enamored with Camilla Catrambone’s response to the first.
She shoots portraits of people not by having them sit for her but by laying out a person’s belongings and photographing that instead!
Camilla shows us her grandfather with an old rotary phone, a watch, a well-worn leather briefcase. Her grandmother — a red comb, a collection of silver spoons, a pearl necklace.
It’s the things we choose to surround ourselves with that tell the story of who we are.
Photographing a person’s possessions is a way of bringing that person to life. What a way to solve a riddle.
Late at night, we slide on our headphones and furiously type a succession of zeros and ones.
It’s by the end of the first Prodigy track that we realize we have absolutely no idea what we’re doing.
That’s why we leave the hacking to the hackers. Just a couple days ago, Photo Hack Day 2013 brought the best of them to a 24-hour hackathon in Berlin.
In this edition, you’ll find out about all the raddest new photo apps thought up by clever young developers.
We’re talking apps that’ll teach your cat to shoot selfies and apps that turn your photos into spectacular light shows. Hackers were cool in 1995, but we think they’re even cooler in 2013!
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