GPOYW = (Self-Portraits) – (Narcissism)


Admit it: You desperately want to post photos of yourself, but you’re afraid to look vain.

Fear not, friend.

Four years ago, Noah showed the world that self-portraits can be profound.

Today, Tumblr users rock the self-portrait with Gratuitous Picture of Yourself Wednesday (GPOYW).

It’s simple. Stand and flail your arms by yourself — you’re loco. Do it with 1000 others in a crowded stadium — it’s the wave. GPOYW is an internet-wide wave for self-portraits.

Add a quick caption (about a pickle <3, your dad, your doo) — and you’ve preserved this moment in your life.

It’s okay to post a picture of yourself. On Wednesdays.

How GPOYW Got Started

Our Top 10 Favorite GPOYWs

p.s. Help? Amit’s speaking at PMA on Saturday, and he’d love your help with this 60-Second photography survey. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Photo Credit: Nicole_Writes

See Your ‘Hood anew in Noticin.gs Photos


Are you a photo-robot? Stuck in a routine, taking the same photos day in and day out? (Insert sad beep-boop noise.)

The simple act of rediscovering your surroundings is at the heart of a game called Noticin.gs.

To play, just remove your robot-visor and start snapping cool things around your ‘hood, then upload the pics to earn points.

Soon, a photo map of your city springs to life… Dragons! Elephant poo! A poem embedded in a street! Who knew the Photojojo office was surrounded by such awesomeness?

Noticin.gs shows you your own backyard afresh: through eyes that are not made of diodes and LEDs. (Sorry, Roomba! You’re still #1 at vacuuming.)

Play Noticin.gs

p.s. Need a quirky valentine gift? ScanCafe puts you in scenes from Casablanca or Gone with the Wind, free! Frankly, my dear, that’s adorable.

Make a Tennis Ball Photo Frame in 3 Easy Steps


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Tennis, anyone?

With its magnificent rallying, split-stepping, and headbands, it may be the most photographable of sports. (Aside from full-contact checkers.)

Our pals at Papernstitch found a super-cute way to turn a plain old Penn ball into a bright yellow photo stand.

Now you can fill your priceless Agassi-autographed ball with pictures of the mulletted man himself.

Or curry favor with the ref by slipping him a neon-yellow sphere with a few tasteful yet seductive self-portraits.

We have it on good authority that this how the Queen displays all of her Wimbledon photos. Oh, Liz, you crafty creature!

Turn a Tennis Ball into a Photo Stand

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Folding + Photos = Origami Photo Twister


You are getting sleeeeeeepy.

Enter an endless loop with Kaleidocycle: a hypnotic blend of photos and papercraft that appears to have originated in a dream that Steven Hawking once had about the shape of the Universe.

Feed four photos into the site, and then after some printing and folding you’ll have a curious origami photo-display, similar to what we called “cootie-catchers” in 2nd grade. (Your geographic appellation may vary.)

Now all that’s left to do is flip through your photos by spinning the möbius-like paper geometry again … and again … and again … and again …

Just don’t try to count its faces! We can’t be certain, but there’s a chance that this shape can’t possibly exist in our dimension.

Fold Your Photos into Papercraft with a Kaleidocycle

p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide (of Love)

Here comes Valentine’s Day! Yes, again.

For those of you who just love love, Photojojo has matched up the cutest, sweetest, huggiest and kissiest photo gifts of the season.

Our gift pairings are just right for romantic romps in the park, strolling along the shore (Jersey or otherwise), or for undertaking exciting projects in the comfort of home.

And if the season finds you all too keenly aware of your solitude, perhaps one of these items will be enough to catch the eye of that flirty creature who always sits across from you at lunch.

Happy Valentine’s Day one and all! Now, if you’ll excuse us, these candy hearts aren’t going to eat themselves.

Valentines Day Ship Deadline for US Priority Mail is Monday 2/8.

POLAROID NECKLACE
$24.95

You’re a fashionable photog and your sweetie is too. Woo her with this shop newbie: a handmade laser etched alder wood Polaroid necklace. Instant cute!

COLLAPSIBLE CAMERA EXTENDER
$24.95

Finally get your photo obsessed honey into the shot with you. This collapsible pocket tripod extends your camera’s view to capture both of you being too cute for words. Gross.

How About Those Multi-Photo-Spanning Collages!
It’s the perfect photogift for your sweetheart: a collage of photos featuring the two of you, with extra shots spilling out of the sides of the frame. It’s a technique we call “Photospanning” and it’s totes easy to do!
The Photojojo Guide to Photospanning

ZUMI DIGITAL
$170

A sleek and sexy cam to show off your artsy sensitive side. The Zumi is a digital toy camera that takes the dreamiest lo-fi video and still shots.

SLR SLOOP
$149

w00t w00t The SLR Sloop! Our latest and greatest good-looking cam bag for your person who means everything and all of their every-things (camera, lenses, more lenses flash etc.)

Looking for More Lovey-Dovey DIY Goodness?
This isn’t our first Valentine’s Day, y’know. We’ve done this a couple times now — stick with us, kid, we’ll show you the ropes. Check out these time-tested eyelash-batting projects that’ll woo even the frostiest of paramours:
Valentine’s Day Photo Ideas
The Ones We Love: Portraits of Your Sweetheart

DOUBLE SHOT CAMERA
$45

This little 35mm half frame camera takes two frames per print creating the coolest diptychs. You know what they say — double the pleasure!

BOWLER BAG
$50

Your main squeeze is one Bad-ass Betty. Here’s a bag that matches her ‘tude while fashionably fitting an SLR + its lens. Ring-a-ding-ding!

Photospanning: For Photos So Big They Burst Out of Their Frame


Some things are just too colossal to fit in one photo: Easter Island heads. An extended family reunion. Conan’s pompadour.

Don’t give in to the tyranny of the frame! Bust your subjects out of their borders with a technique we call “photospanning.”

Photospans cross multiple frames: the Easter Island chin in one shot, the face in another, and a third shot of the brow sitting on top.

With just a little planning-ahead, they’re easy to make (and: easy to simulate).

After all, your photos have always been big! It’s just the picture frames that got small.

The Photojojo Guide to Photospanning

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Freelensing! Turn any Lens into a Tilt-Shift or Macro


A great philosopher once told us, “first, you must first learn to focus without focusing.” Or maybe it was our optometrist. Whatever. It’s deep.

That transcendental magic is at the heart of Freelensing, a photographic process that begins with the removal of your lens.

Freelensers simply hold unattached lenses in front their camera’s exposed sensor, and delicately tilt it until focus emerges.

Hand-manipulating a lens will reinvent your focal plane, producing amazing macro and tilt-shift effects that were previously only possible with special glass.

And more importantly, it will reinvent your concept of the universe. Or at least, tilt it slightly.

Photojojo’s Complete Guide to Freelensing

p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!

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The SLR Sloop Camera Bag

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We looked everywhere for a camera bag that could carry everything (really, ehv-re-thang). But the ones that could were dreary, drab, and very un-cool.

So heck, we made our own. Say hello to The SLR Sloop. A camera bag with room for your SLR, lenses, flash, keys, wallet … and most importantly, room for your style.

The SLR Sloop Camera Bag 
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$149.00 at the Photojojo Shop!

Shape Your Photos into a Cat, Dog, Boyfriend, Vampire, or Anything Else!


Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, once observed that computers are like a pointy-haired boss: incapable of organizing anything without human help.

But ShapeCollage bucks that trend, automagically jostling your photos into instant-collages that match whatever shape you desire.

The possibilities are endless: lay your photos on an olde-tymey background or even your own face, construct a map, make a cherry tree out of cherry trees, assemble by color, hide a familiar face amidst the art, or our favorite, assemble a dashing vest.

Of course, now that you’re actually expecting it to organize things, your computer may deserve a bouquet on Administrative Professionals’ Day. Up to you.

Photo-Shapes in Moments with ShapeCollage

p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!

p.p.s. Thx for the tip, Sairam! See something we need to know about? Tell us!

Snapsort Finds the Best Camera for You


There’s tons of camera-comparers out there, but newcomer Snapsort introduces a new element: jousting! Statistically, that is.

The site lets you saddle up any two cameras, point them at each other, and stand back as they knock each other off of their steeds (statistically) by comparing stats like screens, video, weight, and memory.

Just tell the omniscient index which cameras you’re interested in, and it’ll identify a victor with bold statements like “has 35% more zoom” or “takes higher resolution photos by 18%.”

This combination of Renaissance Faire and photo stats sets our nerdy hearts aflutter. Now, have at you, Sir Nikon!

Use Snapsort to Find the Best Camera for You


p.s. Some comparisons we liked: the Canon XSi vs T1i; Nikon S630 vs Pentax P80; and Casio EX-G1 vs Panasonic DMC-ZR1.
p.p.s. Our PJ Shop peeps are headed to Tokyo in search of awesome photo stuffs! Do you speak the language? Have valuable advice? Do share, most knowledgeable one!