It works for photographers too — Cecile Figuette takes a Polaroid of everything she eats. Every. Single. Day.
Focus on one subject, and you’re forced to evolve your style to keep it interesting… change your perspective, change the way you see things, change everything!
Do it for a while and everything you shoot starts looking better, not just your spicy sopressata with Italian Fontina and pesto on country bread. (Fancy pants!)
Thanks for the heads-up @cecilefig!
Published on September 4, 2009 — See more Inspiration
Why hello there! And welcome back to Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!
So, you’re thinking about maybe starting a photo biz. You’ve checked out the pros and cons, but you’re still on the fence.
Here’s a little sumpin’ to mull over while you’re deciding: what would you name your business?
Thinking about names gets your mind into gear and prepares you for gettin’ that business off the ground.
Should you use your real name? Make up a studio name? Why? Why not? And more importantly, wherefore?
Chillax. Just keep reading and we’ll help you sort it out.
p.s. In case you missed it, be sure to read Starting Your Photo Biz Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?.
Photo credit: Banalities
The mission: Take a great portrait in front of a distracting background.
The equipment: The crummiest point-and-shoot camera on the market.
Your task: Throw the background out of focus so you can emphasize the subject.
Mission Impossible? Hardly. Even with the simplest point and shoot, you can get the blurry background you crave. Here’s how:
That’s it! Try it for impromptu street portraits, vacation photos, or any time you need a great picture in a lousy location.
Click on through for the fine details and more clever photo tips!
Published on August 27, 2009 — See more Tips
*A Photojojo Confession*
For all the boasting, and oh my gosh wowing over digital photography stuffs — we sometimes miss shooting with film.
What we don’t miss is the hassle of buying film and getting it developed.
Which is why we are so truly, deeply, and madly in love with The Digital Zumi. She’s a palm sized camera that takes the dreamiest lo-fi videos (and photos) that look just like vintage film.
All the charm of film with the ease of digital? This camera is so us!
p.s. We’ve only got a bit of our Zumi stock in and more is on the way. So if you’ve got a hankering, best act now to reserve for the next shipment ;)
Bored with your lens? Need a creative boost? Call a plumber!
Here are 2 tilt-shift lenses that you can make with just a few bucks’ worth of plumbing hardware.
Both give you that dreamy selective focus look you love so well, but they work a little differently.
Plungercam #1 is kind of like a Lensbaby — you bend and squish the rubber housing until your image is in focus, then you fire away.
Plungercam #2 is more like a traditional tilt-shift lens — you set up your shot and focus, then lock the lens into position. This means you can get repeatable results and can make killer time-lapse photos.
Grab some plumbing gear this weekend and make yourself a plungercam. Humming the Roto-Rooter song while you work is optional.
Photo credits: Bhautik Joshi
Published on August 20, 2009 — See more DIY
Ever taken a picture of a cough?
Not just somebody coughing. No, we mean the actual air currents as they’re being expelled.
Well, they just did it at Penn State, thanks to the magic of schlieren photography.
The super-crazy, holey-moley, you’re-not-gonna-believe-this part is that you can take these kinds of pictures at home, without a ton of special science-y stuff or fancy equipment.
Click below to learn more about schlieren photography, and learn how you can try it at your very own abode.
Published on August 17, 2009 — See more Guides
How much do you think it would cost to make a ring light for your camera?
$50 bucks? $25 smackeroos? Nah. $5.
All you need is a fistful of LED lights and a strip of velcro to wrap around your camera lens.
That’s just the beginning of what you can do with LEDs, the tiny titans of the lighting world.
Lightpainting, highlighting pinpoint details, macro photography… you name it!
At 50 cents each, buy ‘em by the bucketful and experiment to your heart’s content.
Photo credits: udijw
Published on August 13, 2009 — See more Tips
Which would you rather have?
If your answer was #1, you can skip today’s newsletter. Sit quietly until recess.
If your answer was #3, that’s probably illegal. Definitely inadvisable. Also bitey.
If your answer was #2, you’re in luck!
Here’s how to make a reversible cover that slips over your generic camera strap, instantly making it unique, comfortable and ever-so-dashing.
It’s super easy to make, so you can rock the strap cover even if you’ve never touched a sewing machine before.
Now get in there, tiger!
Published on August 11, 2009 — See more DIY
The glorious spring clamp: helper of hobbyists, buddy of builders, crony of carpenters.
And now, we have 3 ways to make it the most useful object a photographer can have!
So much utilitarian goodness from one little clamp. How you gonna beat that, bucko?
Published on August 6, 2009 — See more Tips
Our photos were a crooked conundrum — it was sheer panoramic pandemonium.
That is, until we found The Perfect Pano, a rotating tripod tool that clicks into place every 30 degrees so you can overlap your shots evenly. Plus, The Level Camera Cube, a triple axis bubble level that mounts to your hot shoe for straight shooting.
Their powers combined will give you the bestest, all around, straight across, most perfect shots you could ask for in one go.
Never done a panorama? Don’t know how to start? You know what’s coming, don’t you…
We’re going to teach you! We’ll tell you what panoramas are, how to shoot one, how to put it together, and where to find free software to help you. Just keep reading, bucko.
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