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The Best New Photo Gifts of the Season

We’ve been scouting out new photo goodies like they’re going out of style, and today we’ve got not one or two, but five new goodies to put a smile on your face.

photo decal frames1. Our new Re-Stickable Decal Photo Frames.

These retro frames are made of high-quality wall decal vinyl. They can be removed and repositioned easily, meaning you can swap in new photos in seconds, or move your frames around on a whim.

They’re way cheaper, and far more fun than a trip to the framer.

Re-Stickable Decal Photo Frames are safe for any kind of wall, and we include 8 in every package. Only $20!

magnetic photo rope2. Redesigned Magnetic Photo Rope.

Our all-time bestseller, this simple and modern photo hanger consists of a flexible metal wire with a loop on one end. Stick a pushpin or a thumbtack through the loop, and use the included 8 super-strong, super-tiny neodymium magnets to show off photos of virtually any size.

It works everywhere, and you can swap in new photos in a split-second!

Just in time for the holiday season our friend’s sporting a new longer length and five spiffy new colors. As low as $9.33 each!

Watch our fun demo video to see how it works.

scoop and hoodie camera cases3 & 4. The Hoodie and the Scoop are camera cases that like to party.

These stripey neoprene-y, felt-lined cases are made to fit a variety of slimline cameras. (Pocketable, less than 1″ thick.)

They feature belt loops, expandable pockets for memory cards or extra batteries, and a hard EVA core to protect your fragile LCD screen.

Retire that boring black case and carry your new camera in style. Each case is unique and just $12 and $15!

flickrverse flickr t-shirt5. The Flickrverse T-shirt from our friends at Flickr.

For the very first time, you can now buy Official Flickr gear online — only from the Photojojo Store!

These tees are the perfect way to show your love for what is quite possibly the world’s best photo-sharing site.

Printed on American Apparel and available in guys and girls sizes. $20!

Re-Stickable Decal Photo Frames   Twitter it

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Flickrverse Official Flickr Tee   Twitter it

p.s. Have we gone too commercial? Not quite. But the Photojojo Shop does help put bread on our table, and lets us afford to put together fun photo projects all year long. Plus, we’re quite proud of it. If you’re shopping for fun gifts this holiday season, we hope you’ll give it a look.


   
   
12 Photo Contests to Enter Right Now: Win Fame, Glory and an Army of Minions!
contest roundup graphic

Well, to be fair, we can’t really promise you any minions. Minions are hard to come by these days.

But still, fame and glory! And in some cases, cash money!

Contests build character. They make you take a long hard look at your photos and admit that some of them are really, really good.

What have you got to lose?

12 Photography Contests to Enter Right Now

p.s. Turkey Day Special — 1st time ever sale on Eye-Fi (gives any camera Wi-Fi).
Normally: $99 One week only: $78.88 [Buy Now]

(We’re young and foolish and this price is crazy. Take advantage.)

p.p.s. Our super-popular new Super-secret Spy Lens is finally back in stock! Get it while it lasts. [Buy Now]

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What Are You Grateful For?
Thanksgiving dog

Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US of A.

It’s our favorite holiday because it involves:

  1. Hanging out with people you like,
  2. eating yourself stupid, and
  3. falling asleep on the couch in the middle of the afternoon.

Some friends of ours host Thanksgiving for all their pals who aren’t going home for the holiday. When they sit down to eat, instead of saying grace, everyone at the table says one thing they’re thankful for.

Now that’s a tradition we can get behind. We don’t usually think about the things we’re grateful for, but today’s a good day to start.

This week, take some pictures of the things that make you thankful, whether it’s the big stuff:

  • your friends
  • your spark of creativity
  • being able to see well enough take photos

or the little stuff:

  • warm socks on a cold night
  • the first cup of coffee in the morning
  • that album that always makes you feel better when you’re in a bad mood

The next time somebody tells you to count your blessings, just whip out your photos and say, “I’m way ahead of you, buddy.”

What Are You Grateful For?
Post your photos of the things that make you glad.

The 52 Blessings Project
Take a photo each week of something you’re grateful for.

Photo credit: Angela Martini


   
   
Hold the Camera, Kid: Luring your Child into the World of Photography!
Don’t miss our second San Francisco Photo Safari this Saturday!
kids with camera

We all remember our first camera, whether it was digital, 35mm or Polaroid. But we might not remember taking our first picture.

And why not? Because most of us started taking photographs when we were little.

There’s something about cameras that draws kids like a magnet. Teaching a child how to take pictures could be the spark that starts a life-long interest.

Grab your kid, or a friend’s kid (or that strange toddler that followed you home from the convenience store after you bought two cases of Tastykakes) and open their eyes to the world of photography!

Turn Your Kid Into a Photographer

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

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Motion Blur: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
motion blur

You already know what motion blur is: the subject’s in focus, but it’s moving so fast that the background streaks into a mere blur.

And you already know what kind of photos look great with motion blur:

  • High-speed sports
  • Busy streets
  • Small children wrestling an alligator atop a speeding train

But we’ll bet you hadn’t thought of using it for slow-moving subjects. Wind, water and clouds look surreal and dream-like when photographed slowly enough to capture their movement.

The next time you wake up to a dark and windy day, don’t snuggle back under the covers with a cup of hot cocoa. Those are the best days to catch clouds and wind on the move.

So bundle up, grab the tripod and stop down to your tiniest aperture: it’s time to go out and explore the other side of motion photography.

(Then you can go back to bed.)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Capturing Motion Blur

45 Brilliant Motion-Blur Photos

p.s. Thanks to everybody who came out for our recent Photo Safaris in New York City and San Francisco! We totally have the best fans anywhere. If you haven’t already, sign up for updates. We’ve one in SF this weekend.

Photo credits: T.MoE, Extra Medium and Mace2000


   
   
Make Custom-Printed Fabric Using Your Photos
Don’t miss our second New York Photo Safari this Sunday!
spoonflower fabric

Listen up, young whippersnappers: when we were your age, we had to trudge fifteen miles to work every day. Barefoot. With wild raccoons biting our ankles the whole time.

And if we wanted to have photos on our fabric, we had two options: glue and thumbtacks.

But all you young punks have to do is choose a photo and have Spoonflower print it on cloth for you. Your very own photo-print fabric: yards and yards of it.

And we suppose you rapscallions will make clever things with your fancy photo fabric:

Young people these days with their shoes and photo cloth and raccoon-free commutes.

What’s the world coming to, dagnabit?

Spoonflower Custom-Printed Fabric


   
   
The Ultimate Tool for Street Photography, Kid Photography, and the Camera-Shy
Welcome back to returning sponsor Lensbaby and their cool new Composer lens.
Find out why Photojojo advertisers keep coming back.
Spy Lens
Extra photos for bloggers

There’s something about pointing a professional-looking SLR camera at people that makes them pay attention.

And when you’re aiming for candid, unposed shots, attention’s a bad thing.

Enter our Super Secret Spy-Lens.

Shooting street photography, photo-reportage wedding photography, or just the kids in their natural habitat? The Spy Lens and its precision-made 90 degree mirror assembly let you go undetected.

How? The Spy Lens attaches to the end of any zoom lens and has a cut-out on the side. Point off into the distance and your subject thinks you’re shooting straight ahead, but you’re really shooting to the side. (Choose which direction by rotating the Spy Lens.)

We hear it’s 007′s lens of choice.

The Super-Secret Spy Lens
Available now at the Photojojo Store


   
   
DIY Scanner Camera — Take Ghostly Photos with Your Repurposed Scanner
The 1st Photojojo Safari in SF, with Heather Champ of Flickr. This Sat!
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We’re gonna call it now — the flatbed scanner’s headed the way of the landline, the fax machine, and (dare we say it) the polaroid.

Sure, it’s probably got a few more years in it, but if you’re like us, you’re already using your scanner about as often as your thermal-paper fax.

Why fight it?

With a bit of foamcore and bit of Sunday afternoon, you’ll turn your flatbed into a frankenstein camera, ready to take ghostly images anywhere. Learn how in this video tutorial from our pals at Make.

Make your own Scanner Camera
See also: Stephen Miller’s Scanner Camera gallery

p.s. Wow. You guys pulled out all the stops for the Get Outside! Nature Contest. We are seriously impressed. photojunky35 wins the TrekPod Go! and RollsUp and benmorrow each win a T’Pod. And don’t miss these Honorable Mentions: the-ninth, ange, scattered1, lyndsey matthews, and Leigh. Amazing work, everybody.


   
   
Day of the Dead: Memorial Photography
Our first Photo Safari in San Francisco is this Saturday!
parents with daughter
Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2

In honor of the Dia de los Muertos (November 2nd), we’re digging up a lesser-known piece of photographic history.

Memorial photography was the common practice of taking a person’s portrait after they passed away.

Since our culture now fears death more than we mourn it, these photos are seen today as macabre. But it was actually a beautiful tradition that helped families keep a small memento of the loved ones they had lost.

Though it’s a bit of a departure from our usual fare, we wanted to share some history that’s gone but not forgotten.

Memorial Photography
Thanks to reader Blake Nolan for the idea!

p.s. This article does show photos of dead people, so don’t click through if that kind of thing freaks you out.

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Photojojo’s Ultimate Guide to Taking Portraits at Night
night portrait

Nights on the Riviera…
Costume balls in Cancun…
Dancing until dawn in the glittering palaces of Monaco…

Life at Photojojo is one mad whirl of unbridled hedonism.

What? It totally is. Mad, we tell you. Whirly.

Okay, fine, we didn’t really think you’d buy that. But if we did lead lives like that, you better believe we’d have some great photos to show for it.

If there’s one thing we know, it’s how to take an awesome portrait at night. Use a tripod, moderate your flash… oh heck, just keep reading. Everything you need to know is in here.

Photojojo’s Guide to Night Portraits

p.s. We had a great turnout for the Macro-zoom-ography Contest! The winners are: subbyguy, mazzer, and Jana. Thanks to everyone who entered- you made it really hard to choose!

p.p.s. Want to take some spooky ghost pictures this Halloween? Try capturing the mystery of entopic phenomena!

Photo credit: sgoralnick.

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