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Three years ago, we set out on a mission: to inspire your digital photos to be more than mere megapixels.
So we started a website, and sent out a newsletter. And then we sent out more newsletters. Then the Photojojo Shop was born (while we kept sending newsletters).
And now … WE HAVE A BOOK! You know — paper, ink, a table of contents. The whole shebang.
Complete with 192 full-color pages of our most popular photo projects (all souped up) plus tons of new ones, and some great ideas from the most talented folks we know.
It’s been a year in the works, and we can. not. wait. for you to see it.
Just RT @photojojo … we’ll be picking winners until Friday.
AND we started a Photojojo Book Group on Flickr for everyone to share their first cuddly book moments.
Look! Below the jump! A sneak peek for you, darling reader: one of the projects from our super fantastic master work of literature (plus 3 more crafty tidbits). Enjoy.
Remember when everyone thought Wikipedia was a crazy idea? If they’d heard about it at all?
A wannabe encyclopedia anyone could write? What good was that?
And now? It’s the largest organized repository of all human knowledge in existence. Comprehensive and current enough to make Douglas Adams proud.
Which brings us to Fotopedia. Just like Wikipedia, it’s a wannabe encyclopedia (of photos of everything). Just like Wikipedia, you can add to it (upload your own photos and help decide which photos go in).
Just like Wikipedia, you probably haven’t heard of it. (Yet.)
p.s. We’re gonna be on TV! Watch The Early Show on CBS Tuesday to see Amit & Kelly (and Molly the Dog) chatting (woofing) up the new Photojojo book.
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Do you dream of faster lenses, larger apertures, and ice cream?
We do too!
Too bad, brand new lenses don’t drop into our laps everyday.
Fortunately, photographer Ryan Brenizer has developed a way to get specular results from your thrifty fifty or a basic kit zoom lens. By stitching together multiple shots, Ryan makes impossibly shallow depths of field, possible.
Follow a few easy steps and you too can take photos with the look of a faster more pricy lens.
(And when you spend less on new lenses, there’s more money for sundaes!)
A million thanks to Ryan for letting us feature a few of his photos.
It works for photographers too — Cecile Figuette takes a Polaroid of everything she eats. Every. Single. Day.
Focus on one subject, and you’re forced to evolve your style to keep it interesting… change your perspective, change the way you see things, change everything!
Do it for a while and everything you shoot starts looking better, not just your spicy sopressata with Italian Fontina and pesto on country bread. (Fancy pants!)
Thanks for the heads-up @cecilefig!
Why hello there! And welcome back to Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!
So, you’re thinking about maybe starting a photo biz. You’ve checked out the pros and cons, but you’re still on the fence.
Here’s a little sumpin’ to mull over while you’re deciding: what would you name your business?
Thinking about names gets your mind into gear and prepares you for gettin’ that business off the ground.
Should you use your real name? Make up a studio name? Why? Why not? And more importantly, wherefore?
Chillax. Just keep reading and we’ll help you sort it out.
p.s. In case you missed it, be sure to read Starting Your Photo Biz Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?.
Photo credit: Banalities
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The mission: Take a great portrait in front of a distracting background.
The equipment: The crummiest point-and-shoot camera on the market.
Your task: Throw the background out of focus so you can emphasize the subject.
Mission Impossible? Hardly. Even with the simplest point and shoot, you can get the blurry background you crave. Here’s how:
- Put the camera on the “portrait” setting.
- Move the subject away from the background.
- Back away. Far away. Farther. Keep going. OK, stop.
- Zoom in on the subject and take the picture.
That’s it! Try it for impromptu street portraits, vacation photos, or any time you need a great picture in a lousy location.
Click on through for the fine details and more clever photo tips!
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*A Photojojo Confession*
For all the boasting, and oh my gosh wowing over digital photography stuffs — we sometimes miss shooting with film.
What we don’t miss is the hassle of buying film and getting it developed.
Which is why we are so truly, deeply, and madly in love with The Digital Zumi. She’s a palm sized camera that takes the dreamiest lo-fi videos (and photos) that look just like vintage film.
All the charm of film with the ease of digital? This camera is so us!
p.s. We’ve only got a bit of our Zumi stock in and more is on the way. So if you’ve got a hankering, best act now to reserve for the next shipment ;)
Bored with your lens? Need a creative boost? Call a plumber!
Here are 2 tilt-shift lenses that you can make with just a few bucks’ worth of plumbing hardware.
Both give you that dreamy selective focus look you love so well, but they work a little differently.
Plungercam #1 is kind of like a Lensbaby — you bend and squish the rubber housing until your image is in focus, then you fire away.
Plungercam #2 is more like a traditional tilt-shift lens — you set up your shot and focus, then lock the lens into position. This means you can get repeatable results and can make killer time-lapse photos.
Grab some plumbing gear this weekend and make yourself a plungercam. Humming the Roto-Rooter song while you work is optional.
Photo credits: Bhautik Joshi
Ever taken a picture of a cough?
Not just somebody coughing. No, we mean the actual air currents as they’re being expelled.
Well, they just did it at Penn State, thanks to the magic of schlieren photography.
The super-crazy, holey-moley, you’re-not-gonna-believe-this part is that you can take these kinds of pictures at home, without a ton of special science-y stuff or fancy equipment.
Click below to learn more about schlieren photography, and learn how you can try it at your very own abode.
How much do you think it would cost to make a ring light for your camera?
$50 bucks? $25 smackeroos? Nah. $5.
All you need is a fistful of LED lights and a strip of velcro to wrap around your camera lens.
That’s just the beginning of what you can do with LEDs, the tiny titans of the lighting world.
Lightpainting, highlighting pinpoint details, macro photography… you name it!
At 50 cents each, buy ‘em by the bucketful and experiment to your heart’s content.
Photo credits: udijw