Make a Tripod Out of a Paperclip!

feature-paperclip
Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3

Of all the species of office supplies, none is more adaptable than the wily paperclip.

Over the millenia, paperclips have evolved to form chains, lamps, and, surprisingly, a house in Saskatchewan.

Now introducing the latest incarnation, the paperclip tripod!

A couple of strategic bends transforms the humble paperclip into a stand for your camera.

Scrounge a couple of clips from work and tuck them in your camera case.

Then when you need a quick shot of you and your best mate at the coffee shop, just whip one out, prop your camera on it and shoot.

The stand will hold a point-and-shoot horizontally or vertically with a little balancing.

Bending and paperclips: the solution to so many of life’s problems.

duo-500

How to Turn a Paperclip into a Camera Stand
via Lifehacker

p.s. Hey you… wanna win a camera? ‘Cause we’re giving away 10 Kodak cameras this week to celebrate our new book! It’s like lotto, ya gotta be in it to win it!

Refractographs: How to Take Photos of Light Reflections

feature-refractographs
Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2

Ya know somethin’? We love camera tossing. We love light painting.

But we’ve got a brand new favorite: refractographs!

They look super high-tech, but you just need a flashlight and a piece of clear glass or plastic to make ’em happen.

Shine the light through the glass and take pictures of the patterns that come through!

Try it with marbles, Lite Brite pegs, hyperradial lighthouse-grade fresnel lenses or anything else you have lying around!

How to Make Refractographs

We’re giving away 10 Kodak cameras this week to celebrate our wizard new book!

It’s ridiculously easy to win. (Do it!)

READ MORE

The Happy Helmet Camera Mount

helmet
Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2

Some Photojojo Safety Advice:

Never ever (ever ever) ride your bike without a helmet.

And while your at it, never ride your bike without a camera.

We love bikes. And we of course, love cameras. So we’re quite tickled by the Happy Helmet Camera Mount.

It’s a simple little strappy with a tripod mount for your camera, so it can always ride shotgun!

The Happy Helmet Camera Mount  Twitter It!
$20 at the Photojojo Shop!

p.s. We’d love to see our lovely yellow book traveling the planet. Did you know The Photojojo Shop ships internationally? Cause we do, er, it does.

p.p.s. Surprise! We’re giving away Photojojo books (today only) on Facebook and Twitter. Find out how over here.

Photojojo! The Book

feature-bookExtra photos for bloggers: 1, 2

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.

Photojojo! The Book  Twitter It!
$21.99 at the Photojojo Shop & bookstores near you!

p.s. To celebrate our launch we’re giving away tonso stuff from the Photojojo Shop; Bottle Cap Tripods, Level Camera Cubes, Magnetic Photo Rope and ten copies of our book. All week long!

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.

Inside the Book: CD Jewel Case Mural

READ MORE

Fotopedia: Wikipedia for Photos

feature-fotopedia

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.)

Fotopedia: The Photo Encyclopedia of Everything

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.

Get Greater Depth of Field with the Brenizer Method

brenizer-feature
Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3

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!)

How to Apply Brenizer Method

A million thanks to Ryan for letting us feature a few of his photos.

READ MORE

How Shooting Just One Thing Can Improve Your Photography Chops

feature-polafood

You know how Monet became an unstoppable Impressionist juggernaut? He painted the same stuff over and over again.

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!)

Leftovers: The Prettiest Polaroid Food Blog You Ever Saw

Thanks for the heads-up @cecilefig!

On twitter? Follow @photojojo and let us know if you’ve seen a site we should write about!

Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 2: What’s In a Name?

feature-bizname

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.

Starting a Photo Business Part 2: Whatcha Gonna Call It?

p.s. In case you missed it, be sure to read Starting Your Photo Biz Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?.

Photo credit: Banalities

READ MORE

How to Blur a Distracting Background Armed Only With a Point and Shoot

feature-psbackground
Extra photos for bloggers: before, after

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:

  1. Put the camera on the “portrait” setting.
  2. Move the subject away from the background.
  3. Back away. Far away. Farther. Keep going. OK, stop.
  4. 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!

How to Blur a Distracting Background (Plus More Handy Tips!)

p.s. Say hello to our buddies over at Virb and get 15% off at the Photojojo Shop. We <3 their fantastic photography collection!

The Zumi Digital, Vintage Video

zumimain
Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2

*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!

The Digital Zumi  Twitter It!
$170 at the Photojojo Shop!

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 ;)