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

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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

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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

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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!

Bring Lost Cameras Home with a Digital Summoning Spell


Oh no, you just lost your camera! (Not really, but let’s pretend.)

But never fear: writer Andrew McDonald employs a clever trick to call home his wayward cameras.

In the event that he accidentally leaves it behind, Andrew created special picture-messages specifically to be found by anyone snooping through his camera’s memory.

Discovering a delicious mélange of jokes and guilt trips (and bribery) will prod all but the most heartless to hand your camera back over to you.

How to Summon Home a Misplaced Camera

p.s. For more inspiration, browse Andrew McDonald’s pictorial guide!
p.p.s. Thanks to reader Jay for the tip! Drop us a line anytime, y’all.

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Turn a Disposable Camera in to a Reusable Flash Slave

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Become a one-person gaggle of flash-bulbing paparazzi by transforming disposable cameras into a flash slaves that obey your digital camera’s every command.

Surrounding yourself with an army of strobing minions requires a bit of tinkering, but who’s afraid of a little electrical tape and a microchip or two? “Not I!” said the brave photographer. (That’s you.)

Buying a flash is way too easy — fashioning a Frankenflash in your secret underground lair, now that takes true photographic gumption.

DIY Disposable Camera Flash Slave