Photojojo’s Gift Guide 2010, Part 1!


It’s the holidaze! Well, almost.

First up: the annual eating contest known as Turkey Day.

Then, it’s one grand slam holiday after another. (We call it Christmakawaanzikuhestivus!)

It’s our duty to make sure you’re prepared — by bringing you only the best, newest, most insanely fun photo goodies that you ever did see.

Plus, we’re offering free shipping on all domestic orders over $50! (Yay!)


Juice Box Camera

Sip on a this refreshing box of 100% photo juice.

It’s a 35mm camera jam packed with tasty, bold colors and gorgeous vignetting.

Our favorite part: the straw is the shutter.

Juice Box Camera
$25 at the Photojojo Store

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The Pocket Square

Free Shipping! Don’t let its sleek outer casing fool you. This pocket digi cam has the heart of a Rollei.

It shoots in square format! You’ll see the world in a whole new way: square sunsets, square portraits, square everything!

Plus, four vintage style filters will capture only the dreamiest lo-fi photos and vids.

The Pocket Square
$99 at the Photojojo Store

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      Wide Angle & Macro Lens Adapter

Free Shipping! How do you give your regular ‘ol lens the shooting power of two extra lenses (without breaking the bank)?

Attach a Wide Angle and Macro Adapter to your lens!

It’s the most genius way to fit twice as much into your photo and even snap incredible up-close macro detail.

Wide Angle & Macro Lens Adapter
$60-90 at the Photojojo Store

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Twin Lens Holga with Color Flash

Free Shipping! He isn’t one to brag, but TIM is pretty much 10 cameras rolled into 1.

With two lenses for eyes, he shoots half-frame and 3-D pics.

And just when he’s filled your mind with 50+ shooting experiments, he’ll multiply that 10-fold with a multi-exposure button and a 5-color flash.

Oh, TIM, what can’t you do?

Twin Lens Holga with Color Flash
$50-60 at the Photojojo Store

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Bokeh Filter Kit

Here’s a lens filter that turns out of focus light into any shape you want!

21 shapes are included to fill your night-scapes with hearts, birds, planes, and more. (Including a few blank sheets to make your own!).

Bokeh Kit
$25 at the Photojojo Store

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How to Turn Instant Photos into Dreamy Image Transfers with Impossible Project Film

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It was just a year ago that Polaroid’s certain doom lurked around dark corners.

Incredibly, we were rescued from the extinction of instant life as we knew it: The Impossible Project created their very own instant PX films! What made these films especially wonderful was that they could be used with the Polaroid cameras we already had at home.

With practice, we discovered a fantastic little secret about these PX films…something no integral Polaroid film could do before.

Their emulsion can be lifted and transferred onto paper! Transferring your photos is a fun, hands-on way to transform your instant images into painterly works of art.

We can literally take the image off the film, play with it in our hands, and then, put it back on something else.

Wanna learn how? Then check out:

Create Image Transfers with PX Film

p.s. Tumblr’s kind of like our secret notebook where we keep track of our favorite photo stuff and mini projects, like this easy/friggin’ cool instant film frame idea.


Nikon Lens Mugs, The 360 Panoramic Camera, Plus Photojojo Tees!

Every year, November fills us with excitement! We look forward to pumpkin pie, apple cider, and electric carving knives (What? They’re fun!).

Well, here are three more reasons to get pumped this month:

(1) A mug that looks just like your Nikon lens, (2) a camera that takes amazing 360° panoramic photos like you’ve never seen before, and (3) a new tee that guarantees you’ll always have a camera around your neck.

The Photojojo Camera Strap Tee

Wine gets better with age. We thought t-shirts would, too.

Guaranteed pre-worn 5 years by a Photojojo team member, we present The Photojojo Camera Strap Tee!

Choose from two of our favorite cameras: Polaroid on grey or a Leica on red.

The Photojojo Camera Strap Tee
$20 each in The Photojojo Shop

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Nikon Zoom Lens Mug

Feeling out of focus? Here’s a mug that’ll snap you out of blurry mornings.

It’s a mug that looks just like a 24-70mm Nikon lens. The best part? It zooms!

Nikon Zoom Lens Mug
$30 in the Photojojo Shop

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The 360 Spinner Pano Camera

One pull on the Spinner’s ripcord (Shutters: out. Ripcords: So in) and you may never stitch another panorama in Photoshop again.

Custom-built for taking breathtaking, stitch-less, analog 360° photographs. There is nothing else like this.

The 360 Spinner Pano Camera
$145 each in The Photojojo Shop

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Re-Animation: Turn Found Photos into Mesmerizing Videos

Did you know you can make an animated video without picking up a camera?

Cassandra C. Jones creates mesmerizing animations using her method “Snap Motion Re-Animation.”

It started one day when she realized that if she collected enough photos of one thing, she could put those photos together in just the right sequence to make an animated movie.

Take a galloping horse: she was able to create a movie of a single galloping horse using photos of 12 different horses in mid-step. (She sifted through 5,000 photos to find ones that perfectly matched up!).

A few of her other animations include: 97 photos arranged to show snow melting in a person’s hand, 900 photos to show the moon waxing and waning across the screen, and 17 photos showing a car spinning while on fire.

With a whole lot of patience and an eye for movement, Cassandra has combined photo-hunting and animation into a whole new craft!

We’ll leave you with these two hypnotizing re-animation videos. May they inspire you to make your own: “After Muybridge” and “Stripes (Lightning Walk).”

Snap Motion Re-Animation
[Bonus! An awesome interview with more re-animation vids.]

p.s. Our pals Animoto make rad videos out of your uploaded photos, and they’re giving a free video (normally $3) to every Photojojo reader! Just use code “PHOTOJOJO” this week only. We even made our own video! Check it out: “A Day in the Life of Photojojo!”

Photo Forensics: How to Tell if a Photo’s Been Faked

Seen this 1940’s photo floating around the net with a “time-traveler” seemingly sporting an SLR, shades, and NIN t-shirt? Wondered if it’s real? So did we.

So, we decided to turn to photo forensics: the Error Level Analyzer!

Slip a photo URL into the Analyzer, and like a CSI computer, it instantly highlights possible alterations. Turns out our time traveler’s legit — there are no distinctive color differences. (Here’s the full story.)

Try this shark-meets-helicopter photo though, and the sharks show up pink and white. This photo’s been ‘shopped!

How does it work? The analyzer looks for decreases in the quality of a jpeg that happen every time you save it. Those areas are most likely to contain edits.

Sleuth away! Analyze internet photos that you’ve always wondered about: time traveler pics, anti-gravity photos, or fashion spreads.

Extras: Check out photo tampering through history and the Cottingley Fairies Hoax.

The Error Level Analyzer
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Photo Secrets: Show Off Your Photos Using Materials You Can Find for Free!

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We LOVE mail.

Sending and receiving packages, mailing out photo postcards, and even that newfangled electronic “e-mail” stuff.

We love sending you emails packed with the coolest photo stuff, but we extra-specially love when you write us back!

Recently we’ve gotten a few emails asking for tips on what to do with all those extra photos you have around your house.

The thought of our photo friends being tucked away in a dark closet or between book pages for such a long time makes us sad!

In an effort to fix this photo nightmare ASAP, we’re going to let you in on two of our easiest, cost-free, and most creative ways to display your snapshots in DIY style.

How to Make Photo Displays Out of Free Materials!

p.s. Check out our pal, Thrillist, a free email that delivers the one cool new thing you need to know about each day. If you sign up now, you’ll be entered to win a $1000 Apple gift card!

How to Turn a Photo into 175 Hours of Solar Power

Like Robin to Batman, your camera is your trusty sidekick, always by your side.

You’ve dreamed of the day you could help mankind with Photon (that’d be your camera’s superhero name). And, guess what? That day is finally here.

Simply upload a photo to Flickr through GE’s Ecomagination Photo Project site and tag with “Wind,” “Water,” or “Light.”

In turn, GE will donate:

  • 4.5kW hours of wind energy for every wind photo
  • 175 hours of solar power for every light photo
  • 480 gallons of drinking water for every water photo

(They’re working with three charities to make it all happen.)

Cool, right? Your photos combined will build wind turbines to power clinics in rural Peru, give families in East Timor solar-powered lanterns, and build wells to provide clean water.

In other words, it’s an easy breezy way to turn your photos into positive action. World, meet the best photog super action team this side of Gotham City: You (and Photon).

Upload a Photo, Help Mankind: GE’s Ecomagination Project

p.s. Check out the Ecomagination Flickr group with photos people have submitted so far!

Photo credit: Albert Valles, Xiahui, and Katie Kuberra.

Glow-in-the-Dark Photograms: Turn Your Photos into Spooky Glow-in-the-Dark Wonders

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All Hallow’s Eve: it’s the holiday that summons our creative jojo powers from the beyond.

There’s something about the crafty sea serpent costumes and elaborate dino pumpkin sculptures that really gets our inner DIY-er pumped.

That’s why we’re harnessing our Halloween-infused excitement into a truly awesome photo project that our pal Ken Setzer taught us: glow-in-the-dark photograms!

This mystifying project will transform your very own photos into spooky glow-in-the-dark wonders and will even get you back into the dark room…if you dare!

Mua ha ha. Ha.

How to Turn Your Photos into Spooky Glow-in-the-Dark Images!

p.s. Got an idea for an awesome new Photojojo Store goodie? We’d love to hear it, anytime! Just contact us *here*.

Photo Treats: Wooden Cameras, Caption Kits, and Instax Mini Photo Windows!

‘Tis the season to trick or treat.

And boy, have we some photo treats for you!

No costumes, no doorbells, just a few of our favorite new finds.

One to satisfy your camera-loving appetite, one to dress up your instant prints, and another to give your Instax Mini prints a home of their own.

Wooden Camera Gift Set

These French vintage style wooden cameras are the ultimate photo gift for Francophile camera fans.

Treat your favorite photog to a camera stamp, photo stand, and magnet set.

Lovingly crafted and painted wooden “Poulain,” “Fotka,” and “Alpha ” cameras and even a “Coleur” film roll are included!

Wooden Camera Gift Set
$10-25 each in The Photojojo Shop

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Instant Photo Caption Kit

Dress up your prints with hip stickers that you can write on!

The pack comes with speech bubbles, caption squares, colorful banners, “Happy Birthdays,” and all sorts more.

You can even transform prints into postcards!

Instant Photo Caption Kit
$10-18 in the Photojojo Shop

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Instax Mini Print Window

Instead of tossing your precious Instax Mini prints into a box of no return, display them in a sleek Photo Window!

It’s your Instax Mini prints’ window to the world and is perfect for your wall or bookshelf.

Instax Mini Print Window
$12-20 each in The Photojojo Shop

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Instagram: Share Phone Photos with Friends, In the Moment

We’ll never stop <3ing our DSLR, polaroids, or film cams.

But it’s our camera phone that’s always with us. Like when we spotted a pug trotting down the street sporting goggles or that guy unicycling up the steepest hill of all time.

Enter Instagram.

Not just another camera app or more filters for your pix. Instagram is THE way to share the fleeting moments of your life.

What makes it different? It’s simple and fast. Take a photo, choose a filter (optional), you’re done. It uploads automatically.

Or tap the feed and see all your friends’ everyday lives through their eyes in about 20 seconds. The lack of editing + the immediacy of phone photography makes the experience raw, addicting, and kind of magical. In short, Instagram is what the camera phone was made for.

Download it, then peep our getting started guide (with help from Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram) for who to follow and the best tips for Instagram.

Our Instagram Tips and Best Users to Follow

p.s. Yes, it’s iPhone-only, but versions for other phones are in the works! (Let ’em know you want them.)

p.p.s. Today only, we’re running the 1st-ever Instagram photo contest on Instagram! Follow Photojojo to learn more!