Animags — Magnetic Photo Stands/Our New Best Friends

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We’d been saving up for our dream trip to Japan ever since we saw Lost in Translation.

After hours of nodding in and out of second-run movies and throwing hot towels on our face, we made it! And guess what? Japan truly is the land of all things magical and rare, just like Sofia promised!

We couldn’t possibly leave all that magic behind, so a week later we stuffed our pockets full of Animags, put on our most innocent look, and dashed through customs.

What the hey are Animags? Only the most adorable magnetic photo-holders shaped like animals. Ever.

Intricately-detailed zebra, grizzly bear, deer, and hammerhead shark each split in two with hidden magnets for sandwiching and holding your prints. Photo-farm > Farmville.

Animag Photo Stands Tweet It!
$9 each at the Photojojo Shop!

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Scanography: Self Portraits via Scanner!


Standing in single file lines, cleaning lunch trays, and turning in essays every week? Booooooring.

Us? We’d rather relive the fun parts of high school (like that time we stuck our face in the copy machine and made MILLIONS of copies).

Russian duo Timur Akhmetov and Yulia Yukashova agree, so they created an online gallery called Face Your Pockets.

The instructions are simple: place your face along with the objects in your bag or pockets onto a scanner bed and scan away. They call it scanography.

The results are like those of an anthropological study!

Who’d have thought that a body’s most essential belongings could say so much? Who are these people who cart Kermit dolls, sequins, and plastic animals in their purses?… Because we’d kind of like to meet them!

Face Your Pockets Scanography Gallery

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Ultimate Photo Movie Roundup: Top 50 Movies Photo Fans Need to See

Did you know one of the very first movies ever made was of a galloping horse?

Not much plot-line there, but back then, it was the best movie ever!

An animated movie of sorts, it was made of a series of photographs pasted onto a drum. You cranked it by hand to watch!

Since film wouldn’t have existed without photography, we got to thinking about all the movies that pay homage to photography. Turns out there a lot of photo-related movies out there, so we’ve compiled our top 50.

Grab some popcorn, draw the curtains, and get those DVD/Blu-ray discs spinning/Netflix streaming/iTunes downloading.

Top 50 Photography Movies Photo Fans Must See

p.s. We’ll be watching one of these movies at our office in San Francisco on Thursday. You should come and bring some snacks! (Space limited, so you gotta RSVP!)

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Fourth of July Special: Paint Your Photos with Sparklers!

We have some funny traditions here in the U.S., especially when it comes to the Fourth of July.

A typical Fourth goes like this:

1) Wake up. Go to beach or pool and acquire sunburn.

2) Eat an oblong food (i.e. hot dog, corn, popsicle, beer, etc).

3) Set things on fire and watch them explode.

Obviously, the best and most anticipated part of the day is #3!

But after the fireworks show, we’re left in an anticlimactic daze. Not to fret: we found the perfect solution…painting your photos with sparklers!

You don’t have to live in the U.S. to play with sparklers this weekend! All you need are friends, a camera, and a pack of sparklers for an evening full of oh-so sparkly play!

How to Paint Your Photos with Sparklers

p.s. Want more? Check out our 11 Tips for Great Fireworks Photos!

p.p.s. Save the date! We’re having a lil’ photography movie night in SF on Thursday. Watch this space for details!
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Unchartered Photography: 7 AM Portraits


7 AM is a whoooole other dimension.

It’s a land of poofy hair, sleepy eyes, and disheveled jammies (with an occasional appearance of a bad-breathed grouch).

In a stroke of genius, Meredith Andrews decided she was going to venture into this uncharted land. Yes, it was terrifying, but like a brave, camera-wielding Magellan, she did it!

She woke people up and photographed them in their sleepiest state.

The resulting photos are full of squints, grimaces, and yawns — photos that most would answer with the delete key.

But looking at her portraits reveals something pretty amazing: we’re one and the same! Everyone gets sleepy, and everyone looks funny in the morning. And that’s kind of great.

We hope Meredith will inspire you to jostle your loved ones awake tomorrow for an early Tuesday morning photo session. They’ll LOVE it. Promise. ;-)

Meredith Andrews – Sleep/Wake [via Art Sponge]

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p.p.s. More sleepy photos from the New Yorker.

Fonts, Handmade from Photos


Would it be dramatic of us to say our font choice is a privileged glimpse into our soul?

Yes. Yes, it would.

But, we can all agree that choosing a font is pretty important.

It’s kind of like picking out a car or choosing an outfit for a first date  (so, we’ll be staying faaaar away from Comic Sans AKA the poofy bride dress of fonts).

Lucky for us, two camera-happy brothers at HandMadeFont took on the challenge of merging the two things we love to stare at all day long: photos and fonts.

Maksim and Vladmir had the brilliant idea to cut letters out of bread, toast those letters, photograph them, and make them into a font!

BUT THEY DIDN’T STOP THERE. These crafty bros went onto photograph and font-ify caviar, shattered glass, smoke, and donuts! (and more!)

HandMadeFont’s Photographic Fonts
(See how they did it!)

p.s. Think you can design an equally fantastic font? Try the software at Photofont.com or follow this tutorial on how to make your own font from handwriting.

p.p.s. Check out our pals Carbonmade, they make creating a gorgeous photo portfolio EASY.

How to Make a Pop-Up Photo Diorama!


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We’ve come a long way since 2nd grade with our Instapaper iPhone iPad apps and our acquired appreciation for oil barons who drink other people’s milkshakes.

But just because we’re “grown-ups” doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy an occasional crustless PB&J or even a serious diorama-making session!

Dioramas are an original way to show off your photos when you don’t have a frame handy (or even if you do).

All it takes is a pair of scissors and a few drops of glue to get your photos from flat to pop.

How to Make a Pop-Up Photo Diorama!

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Sci-Fi Movie Locations -> Otherworldy Photos


What would you do with a Yale MFA in photography, a job as a private eye, and a passion for alien landscapes?

We’d probably watch Planet of the Apes and then take a really long nap.

Not Allison Davies! She packed her photo-bag and embarked on a quest for the true land of the Apes: the deserts of Arizona.

12 years later, Allison debuted Outerland, an astonishing assortment of images taken on “whoa”-inducing sci-fi film locations all over the world.

A look through Outerland will take you to Argentina, Iceland, and California….or is that Endor, Tattooine, and Vulcan?

Wanna organize your own sci-fi photo safari through Avatar, 12 Monkeys, Gattaca, Children of Men, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and more? Use our Sci-fi Shooting Locations Google Map to get there!

Allison Davies’ Outerland [via Conscientious]

p.s. More film location sites for your photo adventures: 15 Famous Sci-Fi Locations, Movie Locations, Star Wars Locations

Floatation 101 for Photographers


Why is it that we just can’t come to terms with gravity?  In the boxing ring of flight v. falling, Icarus = 0 and Newton = 1.

No less, flight-seeking photographers like Beijing’s Li Wei will never give up the anti-gravity fight.

Relying on a crafty combo of acrobatics and wire harnesses, Lei creates unbelievable scenes of folks in flight.

His impressive collection includes men shooting out of high-rise windows, children jumping 20 feet off the ground, and flocks of people scattering from trees.

Did you know anyone can levitate? Learn how here!

Lie Wei’s Anti-Gravity Photography
[See more of his photos on our Tumblr!]
Check out this video showing how Li Wei made this incredible image.

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Our New Favorite Camera Bag! (plus Father’s Day Gift Ideas)

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Buckles, zippers, and straps — covert architects of lost photo opportunities everywhere.

We can’t count the number of times our trusty SLR was at our side but we missed the shot, thwarted by a case too slow to open.

Then we found it.

Our new fave camera bag, the Cloak, lets you shoot while your camera’s still in the bag!

How it works: a zippered bottom can stay open while you walk because the bag’s strap doubles as the camera’s strap. And stealthy elastic side slits let you get your hands on the controls in a flash. It’s as if the camera’s right there in plain sight. But only you can see it. (learn more)

Now when that perfect moment occurs, we just lift our camera bag to our face and snap! (Scroll on for more Father’s Day Gift ideas…)

The Cloak Camera Bag, our new fave!
$49, available now in the Photojojo Store. Ships free!

Classic StrapA classic alternative to the drab strap that came with your Daddy-o’s Rebel.

Sturdy silver swivel clips, leather-wrapped buckles and a rich hunter green shade are just the stuff to put some strut in his photo walk.

The Classic Camera Strap
$30 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

Gifts for the Spy Dad

dadsday-spylens.jpgThe Spy Lens is a 90° zoom lens adapter that lets dad go undetected for candid street photography, photo-reportage weddings, and kid photography.

Available in a wide range of sizes (and fits-all Ultimate Kit) for any SLR lens.

The Spy Lens
$50-55 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

dadsday-videoglasses.jpgThe You-Vision Video Glasses make your dad’s nerd dream a reality.

A stealthy little camera in the bridge records full-motion video at the press of a button!

Built-in rechargeable batteries, 2GB of memory (enough for hours of video), works with Macs and PCs, charges via USB.

You-Vision Video Glasses
$149 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

dadsday-smokedrops.jpgFor dads looking to take their photo sorcery to the next level (which should be all of ’em)… this is the stuff.

These liquid drops combine to form INSTANT SMOKE! Imported from Italy.

Smoke EFX Drops
$49 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

Gifts for Go-Go-Gadget Dad

dadsday-whitebalancelenscap.jpgIs dad a rapid-fire shooter? Fixing dozens (or even 100s) of photos with just slightly different colors, one-by-one, is a pain only too familiar.

The White Balance Lens Cap is the simplest way to white balance photos when you take ’em, the right way. Best of all, there’s nothing extra to carry.

The White Balance Lens Cap
$45-65 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

dadsday-extender.jpgDad may not have go-go-gadget tripod arms, but the Collapsible Camera Extender is almost as good.

This telescoping monopod fits in dad’s pocket and is perfect for vacations, group shots, and getting dad in the photo. For once.

The Collapsible Camera Extender
$25 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

dadsday-level.jpgIf re-shooting, cropping, and re-shooting again is the closest dad’s been to virtue and balance — perhaps we can help.

This 3-axis bubble gauge slides into any SLR hot shoe, and makes sure dad stays on the level.

The Level Camera Cube
$15 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

dadsday-bottlecaptripod2.jpgThe Bottle Cap Tripod fits on top of pretty much any kind of bottle, turning it into an instant camera tripod! 1″ square, and it goes everywhere

Self-portraits, group photos on self-timer, and steady low-light shots just became a whole lot easier!

The Bottle Cap Tripod
$10 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

dadsday-decals.jpgDad may sleep with his Nikon, but he can’t take it everywhere.

For those times when he has to leave his precious at home, this easily-applied, easily-remove decal will remind others his your other laptop is a DSLR.

Camera Dial Laptop Decal
$18 at the Photojojo Store, available now!

Gifts for the Dads with it All

dadsday-giftcards.jpgFor the dad with everything, there’s only one thing: A Photojojo Gift Card good for, well, everything!

Customize an eco-friendly electronic version, or buy a paper version with bonus camera keychain and let dad get whatever he wants this year.

Photojojo Gift Cards
Many amounts. Customize and send instantly!