Help Portrait: Take Portraits & Give Them, Too!


Superheroes were never paid for their humanitarian efforts. Come to think of it, they kinda just did all their do-goodin’ for free!

Maybe it’s because there’s something intrinsically awesome about helping others. It just makes you feel good.

On December 10th, you can take part in Help Portrait by giving a portrait to someone in need!

With the forthcoming Christmas tree installations and mall traffic, give a portrait to restore dignity, bring smiles and even remind people, many of whom have forgotten, how beautiful they are.

How to Give a Portrait to Someone in Need

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DIY: Turn Phone Photos into Mural-Sized Prints!

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What’s on every phoneographer’s wishlist? A phone with resolution to rival your DSLR’s!

What you may not have known is that you have all of the photo power you need with the phone in your hand.

Couple your phone with a scanner, pump up the res and BAM, giant print!

Phoneography is evolving far past Facebook default photos. It’s a legitimate art form.

Here’s a guide to turn your phone photos into prints big enough to blanket gallery walls.

Phone + Scanner = Infinite Resolution!

p.s. It’s Cyber Monday! Create and share your Photojojo Wishlist *today* for $5 off and the chance to win every photo goody on your list!

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Top 10 Tips from Our Fave Kid Photographer!

Holiday. Photo. Time.

Three innocent little words that when strung together can cause much anxiety in parents around the globe.

To reduce the stress and end up with photos that really capture the true spirit of your family, we nabbed professional kid photographer and author of Click!, Rachel Devine.

Rachel’s neatly rolled up her top notch advice in this guide that’ll last you straight through your eggnog supply and into next year!

Top 10 Tips for Photographing Kids

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Photojojo’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011, Part 1!


You calmly plug your ears at the first hint of a Christmas carol and politely refuse your co-worker’s gingerbread cookies.

The Holidays, already?

Well cheer up scrooge! Here’s a darn good reason to end your holiday denial: The Photojojo Holiday Gift Guide Numero Uno.

We’ve been (really, really) pumped on these photo goodies all year. So without further ado:

     

The iPhone Lens Dial

FREE SHIPPING! A complete three-lens optical system for the iPhoneographer that’s got it all.

Made from aircraft-grade aluminium and high quality glass, these Fisheye, Wide Angle and Telephoto Lenses are top notch.

Just twist the dial to choose your lens of choice!

The iPhone Lens Dial
$249 at the Photojojo Store

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Camera Tote & Pouch

This tote bag and zipper pouch are decked out in awesome illustrations of vintage cameras. Both boast plenty of room for all your crafty photo tidbits.

A bag that loves cameras as much as you? Makes sense to us.

Camera Tote & Pouch
$25 at the Photojojo Store

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      The Light Paint Can

Looks just like a spray paint can, but paints light instead of, erm, paint!

This guy is equipped with a super strong LED for drawing with light when your camera is set on a long exposure.

The Light Paint Can
$39 at the Photojojo Store

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Vintage Camera Mobile

Vintage cameras are our favorite kind of eye candy.

Handmade and intricately detailed, the Vintage Camera Mobile satisfies your old-school camera lust. Without costing you a pretty penny!

Vintage Camera Mobile
$35 at the Photojojo Store

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DIY Twin Lens Camera

Put your expert camera knowledge to a test! Build your own camera with this DIY kit!

You’ll learn all about how cameras work and have a brand new camera to play with.

And hey, “learning new things” sounds like a great excuse to get a new camera to us!

DIY Twin Lens Camera
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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Lens Cap Strap Holder

Isn’t it nice when really smart solutions are also really simple?

Example: a lens cap holder that keeps the cap safely attached to your camera strap while you shoot.

No more wandering lens caps. No more scratched lenses. No more ruined photos. Ahhh.

Lens Cap Strap Holder
$18 at the Photojojo Store

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Photo Food Tags: A Thanksgiving DIY Project

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Thanksgiving at your house. You know how it goes.

Poppa Bob has to have rolls with real butter, Uncle Dave made a vegan pecan pie, Cousin Michelle brought vegetarian green bean casserole.

You’ve got enough on your plate! Try photo food tags this year, a clever photo project for easily identifying dishes.

Pre-empt any unseemly food confusion with your camera, a few slices of cheese and a set of alphabet cookie cutters!

Make DIY Photo Food Tags

p.s. We’re on Twitter tweeting all kinds of amazing photo stuff everyday, like these absolutely amazing photo recreations. Don’t miss out!
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How Cameras & Toys Change Kids’ Lives


We’ve all been there: not having the words to express what we feel. Kids in war zones know this too well.

Brian McCarty had a thought: what if cameras were the key to teaching kids how to tell their stories?

He traveled to Jerusalem, the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to find out.

Brian asked kids to draw what they’ve seen, and then recreated the scenes in a photograph with toys. He found that a combination of play and art therapy was a powerful and life changing way to give kids a voice.

Photographers often turn to their camera when words just won’t do. Turns out kids are no different.

Wanna get involved? Watch a short video at the Kickstarter link below!

War Toys: A Therapeutic Photo Project

p.s. Share your favorite photo goody from the Photojojo Shop today and get a little something special from us. Head here for more!

Photo Fabric Dye: Make Multicolored Sun Prints!

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What do you call dye that uses sunlight to develop photos on fabric? Frakkin’ amazing, that’s what.

You could also call it our Photo Fabric Dye Kit! A kit of red, orange, and blue gives you enough dye to create some serious awesomosity.

It’s a little like making cyanotype sun prints, only in a jillion different colors.

The Photo Fabric Dye Kit
$35 at the Photojojo Shop

BONUS!: We’ve been playing around with this amazing stuff. Here’s what we learned!

How to: Make Sun Prints on Fabric with the Kit

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DIY: Turn Photos into a 3-D Tunnel Book!


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What do moles, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and photos have in common?

Why, they make awesome tunnels, of course!

Yup, photos can make tunnels! By separating the layers of your photos into cut-outs, you can turn your photos into a sweet 3-D diorama.

Use this project as a crafty way to study depth of field or turn your photos into magical miniature worlds.

The last time you tried to reach out and touch a 3-D photo? You got a handful of air. Womp-womp. Here’s the kind of 3-D photo you can really touch!

How to Make a 3-D Tunnel Book

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Two Easy Ways to Add Texture to Your Photos

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Gritty cell-phone photos are the new faux-vintage, but we’ve got another way to add filters to just about any photo.

We’ll teach you two ways to add pattern to your pics. A little lace and some sunlight will re-invent your shots with shadows.

…While a scanner and crumpled paper will make people want to reach out and touch your photos (mind the fingerprints on the screen!).

Add Texture to Your Photos

p.s. Our pals at Artsy Couture are giving away 3 free photo wood block sets on Facebook today! (Plus a 25% sale on their site, w00t.)

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One Day On Earth — Take a Collective Snapshot of Earth on 11-11-11!


What if everyone on Earth took a photo at the same exact moment?

It would be the most thorough snapshot of mankind itself! On 10-10-10, One Day on Earth got pretty darn close to accomplishing just that.

The One Day on Earth project asked people all over the world to take a photo or film footage of the most important thing to them on October 10, 2010.

They were able to reach out to a wide array of people all over the world through 60 non-profits and the United Nations.

The resulting footage is an exciting peek into what matters to who around the world: everything from each other to science to politics to the environment.

They’re now turning the 3000 hours of footage into a feature film, for which you can see a trailer of. They’ve also created a searchable online archive!

There’ll be another day of shooting on 11-11-11 this year, so click on to see how you can take part in a collective snapshot of Earth!

One Day On Earth – Take a Snapshot of Earth! [via Good]