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.

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

Our New Color Lens and Flash Filters, a ROYGBIV for Your Pocket

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Dear friend,

Your infatuation with color is bordering on obsession.

Your light-paintings are filled with EVERY color of the rainbow, and your double-exposures are insane collages of color.

We know your secret. We’ve seen the crinkly mess of color-gels at the bottom of your bag!

Today is the day when everything changes.

The Color Lens and Flash Filters are here, and they’re going to make everything better.

Eight vibrant, pocket-sized color filters hang neatly on a handy ring, ready for you to use over your lens or flash.

No more crazy double-rainbows. Just one, clean ROYGBIV for your pocket.


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$15 each at the Photojojo Shop!

How To Make Instagrams, Hand-made Exposures on Instant Film!

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Did you know that history’s first photographic images were made without a camera?

It’s true!

Way back in the 1830s, William Fox Talbot discovered he could place objects on photo-sensitive paper to make images called “photograms.”

We’re going to show you how to make them with instant film, so we call ’em “instagrams!” (We also call them “awesome!”)

How To Use Your Instant Camera to Make Instagrams!

p.s. On Friday we sold out of our new Camera Lens Mugs faster than you could say espresso. But more are on the way, so order now for a mid-August delivery!


The Camera Lens Mug

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A cup of joe that’ll keep you sharp, in-focus, and happy all day long…and those side effects aren’t from the caffeine.

Introducing: the Camera Lens Mug, a mug rendered to resemble a remarkably realistic 24-105mm Canon lens!

Complete with lens-cap lid and rubber-grip zoom and focus rings, this marvelous mug also features an autofocus switch that actually switches between AF and MF.

We know the warning signs too well. You’ll begin with a cup of Earl Grey, then move onto a banana yogurt smoothie, next, an ice cream fudge sundae, and pretty soon, you’ll be so hooked on your new mug, you’ll be eating dinner out it, too!

Camera-geek meet Camera Lens Mug, your new favorite lemonade/jelly-bean/meatloaf/plant-holder.

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$24 each at the Photojojo Shop!

p.s. Check out its opposite: a lens made from a mug!

Laptopograms: Expose prints with your laptop screen!

Ah, the sun! The big, bright strobe-light in the sky!

We love our reliable ‘ol pal, but with so many new gadgets popping up, we’d be fools not to take advantage of their photo-gramming capabilities!

We’re talkin’ laptopograms.

Aditya Mandayam developed this exciting new way of making prints: press photo-paper against your laptop screen, flash the screen, and dip the paper in developer, stop, and fix.

If you don’t have a laptop, TVs, iPhones, iPads, and other illuminating gadgets work, too! What we love the most about laptopography is that it’s wide open for experimentation.

Curate a show of Facebook profiles, hold a photo-shoot of your friends via Skype, make prints of your camera-phone photos, or create photos from a paused Youtube vid!

Yup, it’s official. Digital asked analog to marry it, and they’re running off to Vegas.

Laptopograms: Expose Prints with your laptop screen!
[Aditya’s Laptopography Tumblr]

p.s. Our pals at CanvasPop turn your most kick-ass photos into canvas art! PJ readers get a $25 gift card! Use code PJJlove to redeem.

Photo Credit: Madmolecule for black and white girl; Aditya for all others

Summer Photo Fun, Under $15!

It’s July! And so far, we’ve had a little lot of fun this summer. This may explain our dwindling funds.

Dwindled or not, funds are a non-factor when it comes to our two newest photo toys! They’ll stretch your summer fun through to the end of August, and beyond! (Dare we mention fall?)

Affordable yet awesome, they’re our two favorite new finds.

Photo Paddles

These 5 clear plastic paddles fit in your pocket, and bring the funny wherever you go.

Just hold up and snap to add a moustache, red lips, a speech bubble (dry-eraser included!), or a cowboy to any shot you take. No post-processing required!

Photo Paddles
$10 each in The Photojojo Shop

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Reusable Underwater Camera

Our first sip of underwater photography only left us thirsty for more. But the cost!

Then we found this little guy — a 35mm wide-angle waterproof marvel with a dreamy ‘toy’ camera lens.

Costs less than a disposable underwater camera, yet it’s reloadable!

Reusable Underwater Camera
$15 at the Photojojo Store. Includes film.

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Turn Your Instant Photos into Reusable Notes, To-Do Lists, and more!

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We love instant photos. They’ve always been fun to make, fun to share with friends, and pretty darn nice to look at.

Now they can be functional too!

We’re going to show you how to make your Polaroid or Instax photos into erasable noteboards that you can use to make your lists, reminders, and other notes so much fun that you’ll almost forget you’re getting work done!

Read on to find out how…

How to Make Instant Photos into Reusable Noteboards