Long Exposures + Facebook Albums = Gorgeously Layered Photos


We sign in, and within 10 minutes, we’ve seen photo albums of our our Art History professor’s gem collection and our crush’s trip to the Kennedy Space Center (swoon!).

Facebook hands us a magnifying glass, showing us see each others’ lives in an astoundingly close-up view.

Phillip Maisel got to thinking about that – about technology, photographs, and how memories are stored and shared.

He grabbed his digital camera, and setting it on a long exposure, took a photo of his computer screen while he clicked through a Facebook photo album.

The result? Gorgeously layered photographs that resemble double or triple exposures.

A day, a trip, or even a month’s worth of photos all relived in one photo! There’s something pretty magical there.

So, the next time you find yourself flipping through Facebook albums, see what happens when you set your camera in front of your screen! (’causewebetit’llbeamaaazing!)

Phillip Maisel’s Facebook Album Layered Exposures
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How To Make Macro Photos Without Buying An Expensive Macro Lens!


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Photography: it can bring people together and show us stuff that’s out of this world.

…We’ve also heard it can be a hard habit to keep up on a budget. Bummer.

Don’t get too bummed though, ’cause whether your kit contains one lens or ten, we’ve got some great news for you!

We’re going to show you how to take professional looking macro photos with the camera and lens you already have!

Read on and you’ll be making photos of all the miniature stuff in your life as fast as you can flip a lens!

How To Make Macro Photos With The Lens You Already Have

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Double Exposures: A DIY Project That Brings Friends Together With Photos!


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We love hanging out with our friends, and we’ve had a great summer full of lunches in the park, guests from around the globe, and days off at the beach.

With summer winding down, we have a lot less beach days in our future, and no out-of-town guests scheduled to sleep on our couch.

…That’s a problem for us.

Naturally, we tried to fix the problem with photos.

Were we successful? Of course!

Our solution is a fun project that you can make with anyone you choose, whether they share a dorm room with you or live halfway across the world.

How To Collaborate With Friends Using Double Exposures

p.s. We heard Facebook is a good place to make friends (and stare at each other’s faces). Sooo…“Like” us!
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The Mini Model Camera, Complete Your Collection with This Tiny Photo Gem!

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Guess what! Size does matter.

We had it all wrong with “bigger is better,” though.

We took a tip from our favorite camera-centric country Japan, where you’ll find the smallest yet greatest lil’ cameras. Our new mantra? “Go small or not at all!”

Presenting, direct from Japan, The Mini Model Camera, a camera perfectly sized for plastic dinos, Lilliputians, and photo super-geeks!

This tiny gem is a superbly detailed 1/6 scale model of your own life-sized DSLR, complete with three lenses that are interchangeable! (Their lens hoods are removable, too!)

At last, your collection is complete. It’s that hard-to-find camera model that you and your friends don’t have!

Mini Model Camera Set Tweet It!
$28 each at the Photojojo Shop!

Use Photo Magic to Trick Your Eyes And Play Pranks With Friends


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Last week when Jen of team Photojojo went to New York for a few days, we wanted her to know how much she was missed.

We thought long and hard about how we could prank her upon her return…

…Fake parking tickets on her car?
…Stapler in a Jell-O mold?
…Cover everything in post-its?

It was a hard decision, but in the end we knew the best way to prank her would be by using what we all love best: Photography!

What did we do? Read on to find out and try it yourself!

How to use photography to prank your friends and coworkers!

p.s. Hey, Hot Shot!, is choosing one grand prize winner to win $10,000, a solo exhibition, and representation at Jen Bekman Gallery. Deadline is 8/31, so get your hot shots in!
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Instant Photos are Back! Presenting the Fuji Instax 210 Wide Format Instant Camera

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Movie rentals that suddenly appear in your mailbox and cheese pizzas that show up at your door with the click of a mouse…could there be anything more magical?

Yup! It’s Fuji’s Instax 210 Wide Format Instant Camera, bringing instant photography back one big, beautiful print at a time.

This insta-sharp-shooter promises all the best of its instant photo predecessors, and then some:

You get the magic moment of watching a photo develop right before your eyes and the added bonus of gorgeous, colorful wide prints! (Not to mention easy-to-find film!)

In 5 minutes, you’ll have prints ready to color your wall, decorate your desk, and pretty much make life happier in general.

The Fuji Instax 210 Wide Format Instant Camera Tweet It!
$80 each at the Photojojo Shop!

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Photograph Your Friends From Five States Away!


Relationships, fragile packages, our feet. Long distance is hard on all of ’em.

Life would be grander if we could just teleport. Well now we can, in a way!

Boltron (aka Nate Bolt), in collaboration with Paul Octavius, Steph Goralnick, and Laura Miner, created The Shutter Exchange.

It’s a simple yet ingenious method of photographing your friends from states away (and even further!). It gives you control of their camera via the internet!

Quickie tutorial:
1) Connect DSLR to computer via USB cable
2) Use Remote DSLR Pro software to view what your camera sees on your computer screen
3) Give control of your screen to your friends by using Skype or Adobe Connect’s screen-sharing features
4) With the combination of Remote DSLR Pro and screen-sharing, your friends can adjust your camera’s settings and release your camera’s shutter from afar!

Yes. Much easier than breaking our body into a million pieces and putting them back together again.

The Shutter Exchange, Photograph Friends from States Away
[Boltron’s Shutter Exchange in Detail]

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Photo Credit: Collaboration of Boltron, Steph Goralnick, and Laura Brunow Miner

Four Fun and Easy Ways to Make Your Photos Look Vintage


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Recently we asked friends of our Tumblr page what they’d most like to see covered in our next tutorial.

The votes are in. The absentee ballots have been counted. The results are clear:

You want to learn how to make your photos look vintage!

So, we got together to brainstorm and do research. We learned new things, we experimented, and now we’re sharing what we found!

Four Easy Ways to Make Your Photos Look Vintage

p.s. Did you know we’re on Twitter? We are! You can follow us with just one click.
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Attachable Lenses for Your Camera-Phone, Fisheye & Macro/Wide Angle Phone Lenses

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Camera-phones. They’re a wonder unto themselves.

We never fail to whip ours out for in-the-moment shots, and our Facebook mobile album is three times bigger than any other.

So, when we found these nifty fisheye and combination wide-angle/macro camera phone lenses, we were psyched to see our phone photos umphed to the tenth degree!

These two high-clarity glass lenses are like pro lenses for our camera-phone, delivering crisp and clear snaps every time.

They’re compatible with any kind of camera-phone. Plus, they give us all the extreme-angle fun we’ve been dying to have but couldn’t afford in full-size.

Concerts, family reunions, skateboarding adventures, strolls through botanical gardens, Beastie Boy photo-shoots. Yup, we’re set!

Fisheye, Macro and Wide Angle Phone Lenses Tweet It!
$20-$40 at the Photojojo Shop!

How to Make a Tilt-Shift Lens for $10 (Plus Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tilt-Shift!)


And now for a non-dictionary of photo terms:

Tilt-shift: not the crazy-legged move we bust on the dance floor.

Selective focus: not the clever strategy used against parents.

Maybe we’re better off referencing our pal Bhautik’s incredible guide to tilt-shift and DIY lenses! It’ll teach you all sorts about tilt-shift, like –

What the heck is a tilt-shift lens anyway? (A lens that can tilt and shift its planes to focus selectively and make the subjects in your photos look miniature, too!)

Isn’t tilt-shift only for 19th Century men with pointy mustaches, cloaks, and large, fancy cameras? (No! Anyone with an SLR can do it!)

Can’t I just fuzzy out parts of my photos using Photoshop? (Yes, but the real thing is so much more fun. PLUS, you can make videos, like this miniaturized San Francisco vid!)

Where do I get one? (Make your own, it’s easy! 3 tutorials teach you how to make your own plunger- and bendy-cams for about $10!)

Now, select your focus and tilt n’ shift til the cows (photos) come home!

Selective Focus: An Illustrated Guide to DIY Tilt-Shift
[Bhautik’s Selective Focus Gallery]

p.s. Bhautik is a Research Engineer at Industrial Light & Magic (Lucasfilm!!) and the guy who wrote those amazingly popular plunger-cam tutorials!

p.p.s. The Selective-Focus guide is also available in print via Magcloud.

Photo credits: Bhautik Joshi