The Fuji Instax Instant Camera

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We employed an army of dinosaurs. We made books the new internet. And now, we eat instant film for breakfast.

Check it: the new Fuji Instax Mini. An instant film camera like Polaroid — but with sharper, bolder, crisper, and smaller (credit card sized) prints.

Now that’s insto-awesome.

The Fuji Instax Instant Camera  Twitter It!
$90.00 at the Photojojo Shop!

p.s. The beloved (so beloved we can’t keep it in stock) Zumi Digital is back in the shop. Grab one while you still can!

Vertoramas: Just Like Panoramas, Only More Vertical

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We hereby proclaim our allegiance to vertical. No more horizontal for us!

Vertical is clearly greater than horizontal.
Waterfalls > rivers.
Skyscrapers > urban sprawl.
And funicular railways beat garden-variety train tracks all to pieces.

Try making a few vertical panoramas and you’ll see we’re right. It’s just like taking normal panoramas, only you go up instead of across.

Vertorama Version One: Stack two horizontal photos on top of each other to make a single square one.

Why, you ask? Because you can get the foreground & background in focus at the same time. Ultra wide-angle + infinite depth of field? Don’t mind if we do!

Vertorama Version Two: Keep stacking photos until the panorama’s as tall as you want!

You’ll find it quite useful for photographing the vertical wonders of the world, like:

Vertoramas: 2 Horizontal Photos = 1 Vertical Panorama

p.s. We’ve teamed up with JPG for an all-out lightpainting challenge! Get your flashlights a-flyin’ and you could win a copy of our choice new book! Look, tips!

Photo credits: PK Koduri, backpackphotography, and Monica Arellano-Ongpin.

Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 3: The Nitty-Gritty Business Details

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Time once again for Photojojo’s School of Photographical Biznezz!

C’mon kids, let’s have some fun with tax forms, business plans and cash-flow management! Wheeee!

What’s the matter? You don’t look excited.

Come on, sure it’s business-y but it’s still photography. Your dream job, remember? Thing about dream jobs: they’re still jobs. So you have to do some jobby stuff.

But once you’ve got this down, you can get out and start living the dream!

Think of it like bungee jumping — there’s a lot of preparation and equipment testing ahead of time, but when you finally take the plunge it’s all worth it.

Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 3: The Nitty-Gritty Business Details

p.s. Don’t miss the first two in our photo biz series:
Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?
Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 2: What’s In a Name?

p.p.s. Hey Mom, we’re famous! Look, we were on TV!

Photo credit: Banalities

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2 Tag-team Photo Projects For You + Your Pal

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You already roped them into wearing the “Be Fri” bracelet that matches your “st ends.” Now it’s time to convince your bestie to do a collaborative photoblog!

Here’s the big idea: You and a buddy each post a photo a day side-by-side. It’s a simple concept but the results are often brilliant.

Two of our all-time favorite collaborative photoblogs: Minty Forest, the work of good friends Nina and Josh, and Don’t Wiggle, featuring BFFs Ranjit and Spatialk’s daily photos inspired by Webster’s word of the day.

Grab a pal, grab a camera, and get snapping.

the Minty Forest and Don’t Wiggle
via reader Matt Nuzzaco

Take that Frame Off-the-Wall and Frame Your Shots in Style

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One frame to frame them all!

Quick! Reach between the couch cusions, empty out the change jar, run down to the thrift store, and splurge on one fabulous frame to fancy up all your photos.

We were inspired to hit the streets, frame in hand, by the work of Geo Geller, who shoots with a frame in each of his shots.

So get into the right frame of mind and read our tips!

Our Off-the-Wall Guide for Fantastic Framing
(via reader Michael Galpert)

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Make a Tripod Out of a Paperclip!

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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.

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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

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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!)

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The Happy Helmet Camera Mount

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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

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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.

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

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Fotopedia: Wikipedia for Photos

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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.