How to Make a Difference with Photography: Post Your Portrait!


The Banksy of the photo world wants you to be in his next project!

2011’s TED Prize winner JR is known for combating social inequalities with photography. He’s plastered massive 20 foot tall portraits from Paris to Brazil, Nairobi, and Cambodia.

Inside Out is a photo project that asks anyone to upload their portrait with their personal story.

After uploading, your photo’s then mailed to you as a poster that you can post in public*.

The goal? To give individuals a voice and unveil the untold stories of people around the world. Awareness and mutual respect are the aim!

8,000 photographers from everywhere have already posted their own portraits and awesome/inspiring/fascinating stories which you can browse in the online gallery.

INSIDE OUT: Be a Part of a Global Photo Project [Watch JR’s short vid about the project.]

*No defacing necessary. Prop it in a window or tie it to a fence, bench or balcony.

p.s. Pssst we’re giving away THREE Fuji Instax Instant Cameras from the Photojojo Shop today! Head here for more.

Polaroid Week 2011: Our Favorite Projects, Tips, and Ways To Use Instant Film


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It’s that time of the year again…

Polaroid Week!

Also Known As: A magical week when photographers around the world celebrate all things instant and make photos like crazy.

We’re already having a blast celebrating,
and want you to join us!

Because we ♥ you, we’ve rounded up our favorite projects, tips, & inspiration to get your instant ideas developing! (See what we did there? har har.)

Grab your camera, feed it some film, and read on to learn how to use instant photos to decorate, stay organized, make hand-made photograms, and even see-through instant prints!

Tips, DIY Projects and Where to Get Film

p.s. Wanna win the smartest & comfiest camera strap your shoulder’s ever met? Follow @Photojojo and tweet this for a chance to win a Split Strap!! *squeeeee!* READ MORE

The Split Strap – The Most Comfy Strap Your Shoulder’s Ever Met


Your neck and shoulder hate photography.

Why? Because they know they’re gonna get yanked, strained and dug into by that uncomfy torture device known as a camera strap.

Make a truce! Here’s how: The Split Strap, the comfiest strap we’ve found yet.

Everything about this strap is designed to fit the anatomical needs of your body: a smart slit at the strap’s center ergonomically contours to your neck and shoulder!

The neoprene shoulder piece absorbs shock, weighs close to nothing, and is super breathable. Plus, 2 rotating heads at the base of the neckpiece give you a full range of motion.

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$39 at the Photojojo Shop

p.s. Whoa, our iPhone SLR Lens Mounts were gone before you could say ‘iPhoneography.’ More are on the way though — reserve yours now here.

How to Make Your Photo Gadgets See-Through!


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We’ve always suspected our camera was a neo-postmodernist.

Always subverting the establishment, our humble DSLR likes to challenge the limits of art and convention. We’d easily say it belongs up there with the best of Dadaism.

Now our camera has joined forces with our tablet and phone to throw our minds for an even more psych-optic monkey wrench.

By cleverly overlapping gadgets and photos, you can make picture-in-picture art that makes your electronic gizmos look completely transparent. Your meta masterpiece is waiting to be made!

Make Crazy Awesome Picture-in-Picture Art

p.s. Our pals at Bausch + Lomb are celebrating the release of their new hi-def contact lenses with a photo contest for Photojojo prizes. Enter here!

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New Lens Mugs for Your Imbibing Pleasure + a DSLR Bank!


Is this an alternate dimension you’ve stepped into?

Lenses that you can sip out of and DSLRs that hold money inside!

All is not what it seems.

Behold, the 70-200mm White “Canon” Mug, the Extra Tall “Nikon” Lens Mug, and the DSLR Bank.

Three photo gear replicas that are so real looking your photo friends will think they’ve walked into the Photo Twilight Zone.

Extra Tall “Nikon” Lens Mug

Just like a photojournalist, this 70-200mm lens thermos will travel anywhere to get the job done.

…The job being providing you your coffee fix wherever you may be.

This replica of the classic Nikon telephoto lens comes with a cup that unscrews from the base and stainless steel vacuum insulated lining to keep your liquids hot for up to 20 hours (pretty much forever).

Extra Tall “Nikon” Lens Mug
$35 in The Photojojo Shop

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70-200mm White “Canon” Mug

Do you love photography so much that you wish your whole world was made of cameras?

Clocks that tell time in F-stops, cars powered by tiny lens motors, and the best one yet: 70-200mm “Canon” lens travel mugs.

Complete with an air tight sip lid and stainless steel lining, this travel mug will not only entertain everyone around you but also keep you hydrated wherever your shoots take you.

70-200mm White “Canon” Mug
$30 in the Photojojo Shop

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The DSLR Bank

Here’s a DSLR that’ll actually help you save dough for a DSLR.

Slip your coins into the coin slot hidden in this eerily super exact DSLR replica and you’re on your way to getting that amazing new camera thing you always wanted.

It’s so real looking, it’s perfect to use as a photo shoot prop or for pranks on your photog friends. i.e. Launch it across the room and wait to see the look on their faces.

The DSLR Bank
$24 in The Photojojo Shop

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The Pinwide: a Pinhole Lens for your Micro 4/3 Camera


How shiny and new is your Micro 4/3 camera?

So shiny and new that the coolest lenses for it are still being invented!

Point in case: the Pinwide Pinhole Lens, a precisely engineered pinhole lens for your Micro 4/3 camera.

Just throw this lens on for natural vignetting, grainy film-like images, and spectacular lens flares.

Don’t have a Micro 4/3 camera? For a chance to win an Olympus E-PL2 Micro 4/3 Camera and a Macro Arm Light just post this Pinwide link to Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr and tag with #photojojo and #m43 (or just @photojojo on Facebook)!

The Pinwide Micro 4/3 Pinhole Lens Tweet It!
$39 at the Photojojo Shop

p.s. Our pals at Bausch + Lomb are celebrating their PureVision2® contact lenses featuring high definition optics with a photo contest for Photojojo prizes. Enter here!

10+ Awesome Ways to Upcycle Vintage Photo Gear


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They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

You say as long as it’s related to photography, there’s no such thing as trash.

You keep shelves full of broken cameras, expired film, and 1MP digital cameras from middle school. (Nostalgia alert!)

Because we wouldn’t dare give away our precious cameras, we thought we might try to see if we could find some crafty projects to do with our vintage equipment instead!

Read on to learn how to turn an old TV into a glowing photo display, the best way to bring plant life to a dead lens, how you can make jewelry from your broken camera parts, and more!

10+ Ways To Use Vintage to Your Advantage

p.s. Our buds at MOO just launched nifty new stickers that you can customize with your own photos. Head here to get 40% off all MOO stickers until 6/30.

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How To Make Photo Transparencies with Impossible Project Instant Film!


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If you know us, you know we love instant film. A lot.

So, when we heard Impossible Project would be releasing two new & improved instant films, we jumped at the chance to give ’em a whirl.

First we met PX 680: A film that produces beautifully saturated prints that practically ooze with color.

Second, Black Frame PX 600 silver shade: A black and white film with sleek black frames for a classic, gallery-ready look.

Both films are so easy to use and versatile, your camera might write you a love letter for feeding it so well.

Plus: While experimenting, we found a technique that’ll let you transform your new black frame images into photo transparencies!

It’s simple, fun, and takes less than five minutes. We were so impressed with the results, we had to share.

How-To: Make Instant Transparencies
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15 Tips for the Best Underwater Photos Ever


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While we love taking photos on land, and sometimes high up in the sky, we can’t resist the magic that takes place underwater.

Real life Nemos, free floating props, and fashionable mermaids show us that underwater is the place to be!

Get a camera that can work in a (extremely) wet environment, and dive in to capture and
conquer the wonders of the water world.

Here‘s our top 15 list of uh-mazingly easy tips to get your feet wet in underwater photography.

15 Ultimate Underwater Photography Tips

p.s. Work with us! Photojojo’s hiring both in and outside of San Francisco. Seeking web developers, product buyers & sourcers, photographers, and writers.

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How to Make Cinemagraphs — Still Photos that Move Like Movies!

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Yup, that picture moves.

Nope, you’re not going crazy!

‘Cause who said photos can only feature “still” life?

Inspired by the moving pictures created by photographer and motion designer duo Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, we set out to make the magic happen.

Make your pictures move like ours did with a some Photoshop magic!

Make DIY Moving Photos!

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