You Only Need 5 Things to Make Your Own Home Studio

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Photography doesn’t have to be all about fancy gadgets and technology. (Though sometimes it’s more fun that way.)

Like a master chef or Jackie Chan in a bar fight, it’s all about knowing what to do with whatever you have on hand.

If you just want some great-looking product shots for your Etsy shop, or tutorial photos for that Instructable you’re writing, you only need a simple home studio.

If you’ve got a tripod, a flash and a window, you’re more than halfway there already. Read on for how to make an inexpensive, so-simple-it’s-practically-zen photo setup.

The 5 Things You Need to Make a Studio

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Ask Photojojo: Photojojo’s Photo Pros Answer All Your Questions!


Have you ever wondered what Photojojo’s deepest dreams and desires are?

What does Photojojo think about in the wee hours of the night?

Maybe you’ve just wondered how to make the best DIY home studio or which DSLR is hot right now.

We went to Twitter to ask Photojojo fans what question you would ask us if you could.

Here are our answers! Amit, Jen, Billy, Kiran, Kelly, Julieanne, Laurel…

See the faces behind the names along with our expert photo and DIY advice!

[Have a question? Ask us!]

Our Answers to Your Questions

p.s. Wanna work with us? We’re hiring in and outside of San Francisco. Seeking web developers, product buyers and sourcers, photographers, and writers!

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Father’s Day: The Alite Twig Pod — A Monopod Optimized for Outdoor Photo Fun!


Your dad taught you all you know about the outdoors.

What better nod to all the campfire fun the two of you had than the Twig Pod?

It’s the coolest collapsible lightweight monopod that your dad’s ever seen!

A cleverly designed foot lets him prop the ‘pod into the ground, and a flexible ball-head mount makes shooting from any angle easy.

Think of all the places your dad can take it — hikes, picnics, concerts. After all, he’s an active dude!

Make sure you nab one today, cause we’ve teamed up with Alite Designs – makers of the Twig Pod – to offer something special.

You’ll get $28 credit to the Photojojo Store after you send in a review to Alite! With your expert photog feedback, Alite will be able to make even more bad-ass camera goodies.

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$28 at the Photojojo Shop

p.s. It’s a 2-fer Twitter giveaway TODAY! Follow Photojojo & retweet this to win 2 Twig Pods for you and your dad.

p.p.s. Congrats to our Photo Run Facebook winner, Julia Hochstetler! Play this week for a chance to be featured!

Make a DIY Photo Flip-Flap — Hipper Than Your Average Photo Album


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Move over humdrum photo albums, cuz we got a new photo case in town.

It’s the fantastic photo flip-flap!

A cheap and simple way to display your photos in neat-o book form, the flip-flap is named for the unique noise it makes when you open it!

Flip flaps are neat because you can see all the photos in the book at once instead of flipping through page by page by page, as is the case with regular ol’ photo albums.

Why go out and get some generic photo album when you can make your own that just requires some scrap paper, some folding, and some adhesive?

Make a Photo Flip-Flap Album

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The Underwater Digi Cam — Take Your Camera Swimming!


Taking your camera to the beach is like giving your cat a bath: it gets finicky when wet.

Don’t let your camera short-out (or claw you in the face)!

Presenting your new swimming buddy: the Underwater Digi Cam, an underwater digital camera that shoots photo and video.

Dunk this digi cam as deep as 100 feet for ethereal underwater scenes Cousteau could only dream of. Shooting through a plastic lens, you’ll get that classic analog look reminiscent of film while fitting up to 90 photos in one outing!

It’s so much more than just a pool-adventuring snapper. It’s a sturdy, affordable digital camera you can toss into the ocean or even the Bering Strait!

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$35 at the Photojojo Shop

p.s. Play in the Photojojo Photo Run, a weekly photo challenge on Facebook! Winner gets spotlighted on our FB page and announced here in our newsletter!

The Ultimate Guide to Photo Shadow Play: 30 Ways to Show Shadows Some Love

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In Photo 101 the third thing they teach you, after “remove your lens cap” and “this is a shutter button,” is to keep shadows out of your photos.

In Photojojo’s Photo 1-0-FUN, shadows are chillin’ at the cool kids’ table.

The secret to success is in knowing how to work with them. Our list-o-awesome shadow ideas can help you get started.

Learn how to make your shadows multi-colored, transform teeny props into massive monsters, or create a cinematic scene with dramatic light.

Unless you’re a Vampire, grab your shadow and head towards the light!

30 Shadow Play Ideas

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The Classic Mini Digital Camera – A Spy Cam for Photo Lovers


What if we told you Minox, the guys who made spy cameras for the CIA in the 1940s, were still designing sneaky little photo-makers?

Indeed they are, and get ready to fall in love with their latest, a Leica M3 look-alike: the Classic Mini Digital Camera.

It’s a 2″x3″ mini digital camera that hails from the days of secret spy missions, vocoders, and dudes named Boris.

Plus, make sure to scope out our newest and easiest photo-holder yet, the Snapshot Dot. Minimal in design, these hip lil’ dots let your photos shine by giving you a clean and colorful way to show them off.

p.s. You like cameras right? Right! Think you could answer these two questions for us? It’d mean the world.

The Classic Mini Digital Camera

Made by the same company who designed spy cameras for the CIA in the ’40s, the Classic Mini Digital Camera is a tiny digital camera with dapper analog looks.

This 2″x3″ digi cam is a finely detailed replica of the Leica M3 right down to the film advance lever and German-engineered glass lens.

It wears a clever disguise: Analog on the outside, digital on the inside — how can you resist?

Classic Mini Digital Camera
$179 each in The Photojojo Shop

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The Snapshot Dot

Instead of giving your photos an acupuncture session (pins=ouch), try a kinder option.

With a gentle grip, these hip 2″ silicone dots sit flat on your desk, holding your prints upright for a clean and colorful display.

Switching photos is extra easy — just slip prints in and out, all the while keeping them free from rips and bends.

The Snapshot Dot
5 dots for $12 in the Photojojo Shop

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How to Use Your Android as a Photo Tool + Top 10 Apps


Nikon vs Canon, Mac vs PC, Rebecca Black vs Justin Bieber.

2-sided feuds aren’t a foreign concept considering you’re a Canon/Mac/Bieber appreciator.

When it comes to phones, you’re an Android lover.

This week, our Twitter and Facebook peeps voted on their favorite Android photo apps – apps for editing, filtering, friend-sharing, and even afternoon snacking (i.e. Pudding Cam!).

These are the top 10 crowd favorites!

Plus, as an added bonus, we rounded up apps designed to make life easier while you’re out shooting with your non-phone camera.

Whether you’re working with a gingerbread, cupcake, or a little green robot, your photo app folder is about to get real happy.

Use Your Android as a Photo Tool & Top Voted Apps

p.s. We’re throwing a Facebook giveaway today with our pals at Fracture! Fracture turns your photos into gorgeous glass prints that make snazzy wall hangings! READ MORE

Photo Science: How 5 Photo Techniques Work & How You Can Play With Them!


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Ever wonder how your camera works?

…If instant photos are actually made of something other than magic?

We sure as heck do!

In fact, we think the science of photography is half of the reason that being a photographer is so freakin’ cool.

While photography usually feels like magic, it’s actually very scientific and mathematical. (We even know the ISO of the human eye!)

We’re going to show you some of our favorite basic photography techniques, what makes them tick, and how you can try them all yourself for a hands-on view of how all your favorite photo stuff works!

5 Ways to Play with Photo Science

p.s. We’re searching for a few fabulous photogs to take photos for the shop! Got what it takes?

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What iPhoneography Apps Are Hot Right Now


We’ve been wondering what photo apps the cool kids are using on their phones these days. Instagram? Hipstamatic? Diptic maybe?

So we rounded up 12 of our favorite smarties and asked for their top 3 faves.

Who’d we ask? Photographers (of course), web entrepreneurs, illustrators, designers, the guy who invented the #hashtag, and even a Mythbuster!

Here’s what we found out.

[BTW, we’ve got Android apps in here, too!]

The Top iPhoneography Apps Right Now

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