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Photojojo science update: we have learned of a way to tear holes in the space-time continuum and stare back into the mists of time.*
Being the existential daredevils that we are, we’re risking reality as we know it to share this discovery with all of you. Proceed with caution.
Find a very old photo of a street or landmark near where you live. (Try your local historical society or check the public library — many of them keep collections of historic photos).
Go to the exact place where the photo was taken.
Hold up the picture and match the view of bygone days to the ultra-futuristic scene in front of you.
Be warned: though you may peer into the window in the space-time continuum, do not fall through. The other side of the window is a nightmarish half-life of Morlocks, flux capacitors and Michael J. Fox.
*Yeah, we know that the last four times we tore holes in the space-time continuum we ended up destroying the known universe. We swear that won’t happen again this time. Probably.
p.s. Hey everybody, sorry about the broken link in Monday’s newsletter. Boy, are our faces red.
Photo credit: jasonepowell
We are known far and wide for our love of shiny metal objects.
And some of you may have heard a rumor that we also like photos.
So, naturally, when we found a big olâ€™ piece of shiny sheet metal at the hardware store,
- we simply had to have it, and
- we had to find a way to cover it with pictures.
Enter the magnetic bulletin board: huge, affordable, and so easy to make you just won’t believe it.
Never leave the house without two things:
- a Swiss Army knife, and
- your camera.
Why the knife? Because it’s a multitasking tool that you can use a kajillion different ways.
Why a camera? For exactly the same reason.
Weâ€™ve rounded up so many alternate uses for your camera that you’ll start bringing it everywhere. Use it as a flashlight, a memory aid, or a mirror, and youâ€™ll never let it leave your side again.
Your camera may be a toy, but there’s no reason it can’t also be a tool.
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Photojojo is pumped to be introducing a colorful newbie this week that’s both versatile and tactile: Photo Corner Stick’ums!
Use Stick’ums to display your most precious papery goods — then remove them without damage and re-stick’um elsewhere!
Each delightful decal package contains 28 L-shaped colorful stick’ums with matching nameplates for maximum post-ability.
We <3 the infinite amount of uses for these little corner-shaped ditties. Here at Photojojo HQ we've stick'rd our laptops, walls, and even our cats. But don’t stop there, refrigerators, cabinets, windows, laptops… Nothing too small! Nothing too big! Nothing too complicated!
Well howdy, Photo Corner Stick’ums!
p.s. Been meaning to get your hands on something sticky? We’ve got a brand new bundle with Corner Stick’ums and Re-Stickable Decal Frames that we think you’ll be interested in.
We’ve been trying out the Lensbaby* Composer lately: it’s an odd little lens that gives you a moveable area of sharp focus, surrounded by a dreamy halo of blurriness.
After knocking around with it for a few weeks, here’s what we think:
- Easier to focus and sharper optics than the original Lensbaby.
- Easier to move the “sweet spot” of focus and get repeatable results.
- Good for photos where you want to draw the eye to one particular detail, like food, product or portrait shots.
- If you decide you don’t want the Lensbaby “look” for a particular shot, you can reduce the effect dramatically by using the narrowest aperture. A friend of ours uses it as his go-to lens because of the sharp optics and light weight.
- Gadgets! Optional, interchangeable optics and wide-angle or telephoto adapters give you lots of different looks from one lens.
- Having to change the apertures manually can slow you down a lot.
- Manual focus makes it harder to capture fast-moving action, and it’s tricky to focus in low light.
- Wider apertures are prone to some pretty serious lens flare.
- The Lensbaby takes some getting used to. It’s a good idea to practice with it for a while before taking it on an important shoot.
- Sorry, we’re fresh out of ugly.
If we got stranded on a desert island with only one lens, we might make it this one (with the possible addition of a wide-angle adapter). It’s light, versatile, sharp (when you want it to be) and really fun to use.
*Full disclosure: Lensbaby is a Photojojo advertiser, but our love for them is true. (Their first lens was one of the first things we reviewed when we were just starting out almost three years ago.)
p.s. We put our test shots up here in case you guys wanna see ‘em.
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Survival scenario #117:
You’re trapped in a grocery store. Zombies are closing in from all sides. You have a crucial photo that could end the carnage, if only you had some way to develop the film.
What do you do?
You grab some instant coffee and vitamin C, you develop the film, and you vanquish the zombies.
What, you don’t think we’re serious?
First of all, zombies are an inevitable part of life.
And secondly, you really can develop film using vitamin C and coffee. For reals.
Read on, and we’ll show you everything you need to know. Quick, before the zombies regroup!
Ever picked up the SkyMall catalog on a long flight and been struck dumb by the motivational posters?
Now really, who (besides Angela) ever got motivated by a picture of a kitten and a pithy slogan?
You’re better off making your own motivational posters. And with these two tools, it’s easy — upload your photo, slap on a caption, and skip the corporate dreck.
Pro tip: If your office actually has motivational posters, replace ‘em with your versions and see how long it takes for your boss to notice. Heh heh heh.
p.s. What’s the difference? Well, both of ‘em are free, and both of ‘em let you buy prints. But if you use the code JOJO25, our pals at Big Huge Labs will give you 25% off!
p.p.s. We heart iHeartFaces. Check out their latest giveaway featuring yours truly.
Photo credit: sirgabe
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Introducing the Wrap-Around-the-Corner Frame, a modern geometrical marvel of rectangularity! You thought our magnetic photo rope was radical — well, the newest addition to our store is even more mind bending (and wall bending)!
The Wrap-Around-the-Corner frame is an all-in-one stack o’ frames that’s guaranteed to hug corners better than a Ferrari Enzo.
This puppy is truly a turning point in frame design, displaying up to 12 photos at a time whilst clinging to the corners of your wall.
Espresso stained wood keeps it classy, and ordinary frame brackets make it easy for the frame to grab your walls.
p.s. Wanna save some sweet sweet dollaroos? Get in our extra-special week-long promotion for the Wrap-Around-the-Corner frame! Find out more here.
Wait! Don’t change the channel yet!
We promise you that business cards don’t have to be stuffy, expensive or soul-crushingly dull, especially photographers’ cards.
In fact, your cards should be more creative than anybody’s, especially when the economy’s gone all pear-shaped. An artistic card will make people remember you/ think you’re awesome/ give you money.
Want proof? OK! We’ve found 12 smart, well-designed cards that deserve a place of honor in any art buyer’s contact list.
Photo credit: dailypoetics
So here’s the thing: we know you guys are crafty sometimes, but crafty doesn’t necessarily mean girly.
Dainty? No need for it. Lady-like? Not our style.
With a little inkjet-printable canvas and a few minutes of time, you can make yourself a set of badass photo cuffs. Use any photo you want on them and you’ll instantly be the envy of all your friends with their sad, naked little wrists.
Best of all: no sewing required! Read on to find out how…