The Chalkboard Speech Bubble

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Are you tired of counting to three with your finger on the shutter, only to receive meek grins and stiff shoulders?

Well we’ve found just the thing to get your portraiture out of the dark ages: The Chalkboard Speech Bubble. It’s a security blanket for the photo fearing and inspiration for the photo fearless — a true savior indeed.

The Chalkboard Speech Bubble 
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$29 each at the Photojojo Shop!

p.s. Special thanks to our SF lovelies who attended the Photobooth Party. You were the bestest models we could ever ask for. Check out our Flickr for more shots of you being awesome.

Make a DIY Fisheye Lens from a Peephole and Soda Can


It’s ugly, green, and it’ll make people stare at you.

And that’s why we love it.

Our pal Bhautik is no stranger to camera hacking, so we were excited when he told us about his newest creation: an adjustable-focus fisheye lens you can make from a peephole and soda can.

Follow the step-by-step tutorial for an afternoon of fun photo hackery. (For an inexpensive readymade version, see: The Fisheye Lens Adapter.)

Make a Tin Can Fisheye Lens

*NEW* in the Photojojo Store: Smoke Drops! Pro-Grade Special Effects at home. A 4/20 special!

Smokey Photo EFX Drops


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Taking a great photo is kinda like making magic happen — leave it to us to really Houdini the heck out if it.

Introducing our new Pro-Grade Smoke EFX Drops. Magical elixirs that give you the power to make smoke appear out of thin air enticing endless photo inspiration.

Smokey Photo EFX Drops 
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Wondering how they work? Brave the jump young apprentice!

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Why Richard Renaldi Makes Strangers Touch Each Other


A chasm between. An awkward lean. Arms draped around shoulders… loosely.

While most photographers sweat to make their subjects appear casual, their camera invisible, Richard Renaldi went another way.

He approaches strangers of all walks of life, and he asks them to touch each other.

Viewing the photos without knowing his setup, one can’t quite guess why they’re wrong or what’s going on, but there’s an inescapable mystery to them. In a country where physical touch is taboo, his project is daring.

And you thought taking ordinary portraits of strangers was hard!

Touching Strangers via Conscientious

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p.p.s. The 4GB Eye-Fi Explore (free geo-tagging and video) is now only $79 in the Photojojo Store! (Limited supply)

“What’s in your bag?” — a Photo Project

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Atlanta photog Jason Travis approached attractive young people and asked them to hand over their bags and man-purses. Instead of slapping him, they complied.

Jason put a new spin on the purse-flotsam photo with two secret ingredients:

#1: A meticulous grid layout that lends the project an air of sculpture.

#2: His startling subjects: a mom who carries Versace glasses with her child’s pacifiers; a tattooed girl with a copy of Logan’s Run; and this collection of tiny hats.

Inspired to photograph your own carry-alongs? There’s no better place to begin than the “What’s In Your Bag” pool on Flickr.

“What’s in your Bag?”

p.s. Have you seen these fun videos we made for our friends at Sony? Learn how to turn a panorama into a lampshade, paint with light, play party games with your camera, take better photos in the dark, and make simple frames from cardboard boxes!

Aquatopiary: The Photo Trick that Sculpts Water into Shapes


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Bored of photographing plain old water?

Try an Aquatopiary, the incredible photo trick that sculpts water into shapes. (If you can splash around in a tub, you can make an Aquatopiary.)

All you need is something glass or plastic, a bucket of good old H20, and some digital jiggery-pokery.

Soon enough, magical shape-shifting splashes will become a swan, an elephant, a train, a face.

Bending water and reality? All in a day’s work for a photo wizard like you.

How to Make Aquatopiary

p.s. We’re hiring in San Francisco! Must write sharp copy, know how to spread ideas, and eat social media for breakfast. info…

p.p.s. Thanks to returning sponsor New York Institute of Photography for supporting Photojojo. Grab a free course catalog!

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Did Simon Hogsberg Shoot the Widest Photo Ever Taken?


The trouble with photographers like Simon Hoegsberg is that it’s difficult to choose only one of his projects to tell you about.

To create We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence, he stood on a railroad bridge in Berlin for 20 days, photographing strangers.

The result: a print 30 inches high, and 100 METERS wide. Gasp.

He captured 178 people in all, each experiencing a beautifully simple moment of their lives, completely unaware.

Thanks, Simon, for reminding us that sometimes you don’t need to go far for inspiration, you just need to wait.

100 Meters of Existence
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p.s. Calling all SF Bay Area Photojojo fans! We need your smiling faces for a wacky photo session at Photojojo HQ this Thursday. Find out more!

Photojojo’s Ultimate Hipstamatic Guide

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We’ve been addicted to Hipstamatic lately, this iPhone app that lets you take retro-look photos with your future phone. You can change up virtual lenses, flashes, and even films.

Thing is, since each lens, film, and flash produces a different look, it can get overwhelming. You know, like, what does the Jimmy lens look like if you use Pistil film and the Dreampop flash?

6 lenses + 7 flash options + 8 films = 336 different combinations. YIKES!

So we took 336 photos with every possible combination of the Hipstamatic arsenal. (Because we love you.) And we’ve even broken it down into an easy guide to tell you which combos go together. (Ditto.)

Photojojo’s Ultimate Hipstamatic Guide
Here’s where we break it down by lens, film, and flash

Big Wall of 336 Photos
Find the look you like, click it to find out how to do it!

p.s. We’re hiring in San Francisco! Must write sharp copy, know how to spread ideas, and eat social media for breakfast. info…

p.p.s. Thanks to reader Kara for heppin’ us to Hipstamatic!

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Light Painting with Moth Trails


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OMG, it’s finally Spring!!! Get ready for the warm, lazy, insect-laden nights ahead!

Don’t wrinkle your nose — buggy nights are the best! Once you train flying insects to do your photographic bidding, that is.

Long exposures make moth trails show up as squiggles of light in your night photos: like light painting with bugs!

Grab a tripod and keep reading to learn how to harness the power of the insect kingdom!

Light Painting with Moth Trails How-To

p.s. We’re hiring in San Francisco! Must write sharp copy, know how to spread ideas, and eat social media for breakfast. info…

p.p.s. Thanks to new sponsor New York Institute of Photography for supporting Photojojo. Grab a free course catalog!

Thanks: @yayfiona, xenmate, estatik, Just Slip Away, and jpshannon44.

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Keep Calm and Snap On Prints

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Life holds such great pleasure. Like fresh laundered socks, the smell of library books, the release of a brand new version of Photoshop …

Though sometimes it’s easy to forget the most simplest of all: the snap of a camera shutter. Pure. Beauty.

Which is why we love our new Keep Calm and Snap On Prints.

Their sharp design (and vibrant colors) look mighty fine. But best of all, they remind us to sit back, breathe, and put a camera in our hands. Ahh yeah.

Keep Calm and Snap On Prints  Twitter It!
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