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.

Love,
Us

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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!

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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!
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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

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Make a Masterpiece from Your Contact Sheets!


The scene: 9 am, you wake up. Your room is eerily silent. You sense something’s off, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.

You run to your computer. Photoshop is gone! All that’s left is your scanner, camera, and film. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Create art IN your camera!

Martin Wilson did, and the results are incredible: each contact sheet is a self-contained work of art, made of cleverly-composed patterns and words.

It’s not easy — every time he picks up his camera, he has to know precisely what each frame should look like before he shoots it — a single roll can take months to shoot. But the product: a Contact Sheet Masterpiece, with nary a cursor in sight.

With a little patience and a pint of planning, may we all aspire to the Martinistic school of contact!

Martin Wilson’s Masterpiece Contact Sheets

p.s. Our BFFL’s at MOO are giving PJ readers 25% off their Mosaic Frames! Check. it. out.

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.

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$9 each at the Photojojo Shop!

p.s. Our pals at Vimeo are putting together an *awesome video festival*. Enter yours, you might win a $25,000 grant!

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

p.s. [UPDATE: This promo is over!] CanvasPop prints your photos to canvas, and Photojojo readers get $25 off any order through Monday! (Use code photojojo7y11b)

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

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