Make Your Photos Move with a Thaumatrope!


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Thauma-what? Sounds Greek to us…

Well, opa! it is. “Thauma” is Greek for magic, and “trope” means something that turns. So a thaumatrope is a magical turning object.

Now put some photography into the mix, and you get a magical turning animated object!

Yeah, you read right—animated!! Thaumatropes are an easy and fun way to create a simple animation without a whole lotta effort.

No need for shiny high-tech tools, it’s hand-made magic for the DIY-inclined.

(EXTRA BONUS!: The added joy of yelling “MAGIC” every time you take your thaumatrope for a spin.)

Make a Photo Thaumatrope

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How-To: Turn Digital Photos into Artistic Sunprints!


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Boy, do we love digital photos.

They’re easy to make, and we can take hundreds of pictures every day without wasting a single roll of film.

Yet after hours of photo-editing and Instagramming from our phones, sometimes we’re left yearning for some old fashioned hands-on photographic fun.

So, imagine how happy we were to discover a super fun, easy, and chemical-free method that you can use to transform your digital pictures into homemade photo sunprints!

While we’d love to spend lots of time in darkrooms printing all our photos, this method let’s us get into some analog printing fun while playing with our digital-based creations.

Make Sunprints from Digital Photos!

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The Ring Flash Adapter


Ever wonder how photographers get that glowing halo in their portraits? Or that slick ring of light in their model’s eyes?

They use a ring flash! One-up every other DSLR-set-up out there with this ultra-affordable Ring Flash Adapter.

It uses the external flash you already have to give you evenly lit photos that are great for parties, portraits, and even macros!

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$40 at the Photojojo Shop

Plan the Photog Party of the Century in 5 Easy Steps!


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We all do it – pass by the same awesome thing everyday and think, “Someday I’m gonna take a picture of that!”

It’s time to admit that our “Someday” list is growing and growing, Jack and the Beanstalk style (no end in sight!).

Instead of tackling that giant list on your own, turn your ‘someday list’ into a group effort by having the most-fun-you-ever-had-with-a-group-of-photog-nerds: a photo scavenger hunt.

Write out your shoot list, invite your peeps, and cue up some Andrew W.K. ’cause it’s time to party.

Plan an Epic Photo Scavenger Hunt Party

p.s. Andrew W.K. is on Twitter, and so are we. (a.k.a. All the cool kids are doin’ it.)
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Best Pet Portraits Ever: DIY Backdrops + Strategic Angles


Did you know cats spend 73% of their lives lying down? (That’s what we guesstimate at least.)

So if your cat – or dog, ferret or snake – spends its days lolling about your living room floor, why not turn that unused energy into creative ambition?

Theresa did. While others might’ve merely seen a cat sprawled on the ground, Theresa saw pure photographic potential.

Scissors and paper were all Theresa needed to create a fanciful underwater backdrop. Angling her camera from above, she was able to capture the best pet portrait ever: a scuba scene starring her beloved cat.

With what started as one incredible photo quickly turned into a whole new way of capturing her cat on camera.

Soon enough, her cat went form the laziest feline on the block to a balloon-wrangling, umbrella-dancing wonder.

Sure, Theresa’s cat was probably knocked out in half the shots, but if babies and kids can have dreams, pets can, too.

Make DIY Scenes for the Best Pet Portraits

Make a Photorealistic Gadget Pouch


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Marsupials are jerks.*

Look at ’em, with their beady little eyes, lording it over us because they’ve got pouches. “Look at us,” they say, “our young don’t even have to walk because we’ve got these rad pouches.”

We found the cure to pouch envy.

It’s an amazing way to turn photos into pouches. All you need is some easy-to-find photo fabric and some glue: you don’t even need to sew.

These are just like the pouches you see in hip shops that look like cassette tapes, tacos or PB&J sandwiches. You can make your pouch look like any object you can find!

Now we can carry anything: cameras, credit cards, spare batteries, tiny fetal marsupials…Take that, smug koalas of the world.

How To Make a Pouch That Looks Like Anything

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The iPhone 8x Telephoto Lens


Ever since the iPhone became your go-to camera, you’ve been experiencing lens-envy.

Well, now DSLR owners aren’t the only ones who get to have all the telephoto fun. With the iPhone 8x Telephoto Lens, you’ll get all the shots you’ve been missing out on…

…the lead singer at concerts, your little bro at the T-ball game, or that rad hawk that frequents your front yard.

This little (big) lens is like a 400mm lens for your iPhone! (That’s just as close as sports photographers get!)

For ultimate long distance iPhoneography, the lens comes with 1) a sleek black matte hard case that the lens attaches to, 2) a mini-tripod, and 3) a cleaning cloth.

Get it in one of two versions: the iPhone 3G/GS or the iPhone 4 (compatible with both AT&T and Verizon phones). The view from your iPhone now = to the 8x power.

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iPhone Lens, Case, and Tripod for $35 each at the Photojojo Shop

Valentine’s Day: 5 Fun Ways to Share Your Love With Photos!


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Valentine’s Day: that special day each year when we get to show our cameras (or *cough* loved ones) how much we ♥ them.

Whether you have a valentine or not, it’s a great time to give love (and chocolate!) to your friends, GF/BF, family, or yourself. Just keep your hands off our Leica, she’s spoken for! ;)

With that in mind, what better time to round up some feel-good photo projects than Valentine’s Day?

We’ve whipped up a quick batch of our sweetest photo projects to shower your friends, loved ones, and walls with photo love!

Read on for secret valentine film rolls, origami photo hearts, color-me-in photography valentine cards, and even more (omg).

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Making Photos without Seeing – Blind Photographer Pete Eckert


You’re ready to frame your shot. Lifting your camera to face, you see nothing.

Blinded for just a moment, you’ve left your lenscap on (again!). What a relief to see that glorious image through your viewfinder.

It makes you wonder what you would do if that moment of blindness lasted longer than a few seconds. Would you give up photography all together?

Pete Eckert is a blind photographer who didn’t.

Amazingly, he embraced the craft even more so after becoming blind, shooting ethereal double exposures and vivid light paintings with his Mamiyaflex TLR.

He visualizes the image he wants to create in his mind and uses his senses of sound, touch, and memory to make a photograph. (Watch this 4 minute documentary to see how he frames his shots!)

He explains, “Sound gives an image just like light gives an image…My work is a byproduct of learning how to see again using sound.”

Who’d have thought the impossible was actually possible? Thanks to Pete, we’ll never forget it.

Making Photographs without Seeing, Pete Eckert
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Valentine’s Day Lo-fi Gift Guide

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There are many ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day — elaborate floral bouquets, rare colored diamonds, chocolate covered bacon…

But we prefer the photo way. And we’re pretty sure you feel the same.

So we’ve come up with a new Holiday for photographers: Lo-Fi Love Day.

And we’re celebrating with two new cameras and two new frames: one you wear and one your house wears (Hah! Housewares…get it?!).

     

Instax Mini 7s Instant Camera

Back just in time for Valentine’s Day, this popular classic snaps mini instant prints that magically develop in the palm of your hand!

For that extra special Valentine, grab the Lo-Fi Love Bundle: an Instax Mini Camera, a 20-exposure pack of film, Instant Photo Caption Sticker Kit, and an Instant Print Window (all that for only 9 extra bucks!).

Fuji Instax Mini 7s Instant Camera
$90 at the Photojojo Store

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Instant Photo Frame Pins

Going steady used to be about wearing letterman jackets and promise rings, but the Instant Photo Frame Pins are here to retire those old-timey gestures o’ love.

These instant-photo-shaped pins function as miniature frames, making them perfect for carrying photos of or by your loved ones.

Instant Photo Frame Pins
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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      The Zumi Triple Plus Digital Camera

Pluses are good. There are A pluses, plus-ones, and it’s always a plus when you see that special someone.

And now the new and improved Zumi is the Zumi Triple Plus!

What’s the “Plus” all about? 10 new filters that’ll give your pics and video all kinds of dreamy vintage color and pop (and even 3 shades of monochrome!).

The Zumi Triple Plus
$175 at the Photojojo Store

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Instant Photo Frame Decals

Maybe your significant other has a slight major instant photo obsession. (You swear you’ve caught them snuggling up to a print late one night.)

Now your S.O. can turn every photo into an instant snapshot! These reusable decals frame any 8×10 photo with a sweet instant photo look, and they even come with faux decal push-pins and tape. A-dorbz.

Instant Photo Frame Decals
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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