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Once a year, a small army of photojournalism majors swarms over Athens County, Ohio, taking photos of everyday life from sunup to sundown.
It’s called the Dawn to Dusk project.
Documenting a whole day in a county sounds like a big, complicated undertaking. But break it down, and you’ve got a project doable for just about anyone.
In fact, you can do this with only as many people as you can count on your hand (even if you don’t have extranumery digits).
Read on for our tips on how to do your own Dawn to Dusk project: where to shoot, who to involve, and how to show off all your hard work.
Our parents are still complaining about the Year of the Box. That was the year they got us this really big, fancy, expensive toy for The Holidays, and (rotten little squirts that we were) we had more fun playing with the box it came in.
It wasn’t really our fault, it’s just that you can make such great stuff out of cardboard boxes. Forts, spaceships, hats, even picture frames!
Oh yes, that’s right, cardboard picture frames.
Big urbane one-of-a-kind picture frames that will make you the envy of all the other kids on your block. (Well, the figurative kids anyway. Real ones aren’t that big on interior design.)
No matter what we get this year, weâ€™re going straight for the box it comes in and making a whole wall full of these hip frames.
We’ve been scouting out new photo goodies like they’re going out of style, and today we’ve got not one or two, but five new goodies to put a smile on your face.
1. Our new Re-Stickable Decal Photo Frames.
These retro frames are made of high-quality wall decal vinyl. They can be removed and repositioned easily, meaning you can swap in new photos in seconds, or move your frames around on a whim.
They’re way cheaper, and far more fun than a trip to the framer.
Re-Stickable Decal Photo Frames are safe for any kind of wall, and we include 8 in every package. Only $20!
2. Redesigned Magnetic Photo Rope.
Our all-time bestseller, this simple and modern photo hanger consists of a flexible metal wire with a loop on one end. Stick a pushpin or a thumbtack through the loop, and use the included 8 super-strong, super-tiny neodymium magnets to show off photos of virtually any size.
It works everywhere, and you can swap in new photos in a split-second!
Just in time for the holiday season our friend’s sporting a new longer length and five spiffy new colors. As low as $9.33 each!
Watch our fun demo video to see how it works.
3 & 4. The Hoodie and the Scoop are camera cases that like to party.
These stripey neoprene-y, felt-lined cases are made to fit a variety of slimline cameras. (Pocketable, less than 1″ thick.)
They feature belt loops, expandable pockets for memory cards or extra batteries, and a hard EVA core to protect your fragile LCD screen.
Retire that boring black case and carry your new camera in style. Each case is unique and just $12 and $15!
5. The Flickrverse T-shirt from our friends at Flickr.
For the very first time, you can now buy Official Flickr gear online — only from the Photojojo Store!
These tees are the perfect way to show your love for what is quite possibly the world’s best photo-sharing site.
Printed on American Apparel and available in guys and girls sizes. $20!
p.s. Have we gone too commercial? Not quite. But the Photojojo Shop does help put bread on our table, and lets us afford to put together fun photo projects all year long. Plus, we’re quite proud of it. If you’re shopping for fun gifts this holiday season, we hope you’ll give it a look.
Well, to be fair, we can’t really promise you any minions. Minions are hard to come by these days.
But still, fame and glory! And in some cases, cash money!
Contests build character. They make you take a long hard look at your photos and admit that some of them are really, really good.
What have you got to lose?
(We’re young and foolish and this price is crazy. Take advantage.)
Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US of A.
It’s our favorite holiday because it involves:
- Hanging out with people you like,
- eating yourself stupid, and
- falling asleep on the couch in the middle of the afternoon.
Some friends of ours host Thanksgiving for all their pals who aren’t going home for the holiday. When they sit down to eat, instead of saying grace, everyone at the table says one thing they’re thankful for.
Now that’s a tradition we can get behind. We don’t usually think about the things we’re grateful for, but today’s a good day to start.
This week, take some pictures of the things that make you thankful, whether it’s the big stuff:
- your friends
- your spark of creativity
- being able to see well enough take photos
or the little stuff:
- warm socks on a cold night
- the first cup of coffee in the morning
- that album that always makes you feel better when you’re in a bad mood
The next time somebody tells you to count your blessings, just whip out your photos and say, “I’m way ahead of you, buddy.”
Post your photos of the things that make you glad.
Take a photo each week of something you’re grateful for.
Photo credit: Angela Martini
We all remember our first camera, whether it was digital, 35mm or Polaroid. But we might not remember taking our first picture.
And why not? Because most of us started taking photographs when we were little.
There’s something about cameras that draws kids like a magnet. Teaching a child how to take pictures could be the spark that starts a life-long interest.
Grab your kid, or a friend’s kid (or that strange toddler that followed you home from the convenience store after you bought two cases of Tastykakes) and open their eyes to the world of photography!
Photo credit: Thomas Hawk
You already know what motion blur is: the subject’s in focus, but it’s moving so fast that the background streaks into a mere blur.
And you already know what kind of photos look great with motion blur:
- High-speed sports
- Busy streets
- Small children wrestling an alligator atop a speeding train
But we’ll bet you hadn’t thought of using it for slow-moving subjects. Wind, water and clouds look surreal and dream-like when photographed slowly enough to capture their movement.
The next time you wake up to a dark and windy day, don’t snuggle back under the covers with a cup of hot cocoa. Those are the best days to catch clouds and wind on the move.
So bundle up, grab the tripod and stop down to your tiniest aperture: it’s time to go out and explore the other side of motion photography.
(Then you can go back to bed.)
p.s. Thanks to everybody who came out for our recent Photo Safaris in New York City and San Francisco! We totally have the best fans anywhere. If you haven’t already, sign up for updates. We’ve one in SF this weekend.
Listen up, young whippersnappers: when we were your age, we had to trudge fifteen miles to work every day. Barefoot. With wild raccoons biting our ankles the whole time.
And if we wanted to have photos on our fabric, we had two options: glue and thumbtacks.
But all you young punks have to do is choose a photo and have Spoonflower print it on cloth for you. Your very own photo-print fabric: yards and yards of it.
And we suppose you rapscallions will make clever things with your fancy photo fabric:
- Wrap skirts with photos of grass on ‘em (Get it? Grass skirt?)
- Custom-made camera cases.
- Camera straps that actually look good around your neck.
- Aprons with photos of food all over them.
- Or even a whole quilt!
Young people these days with their shoes and photo cloth and raccoon-free commutes.
What’s the world coming to, dagnabit?
Find out why Photojojo advertisers keep coming back.
There’s something about pointing a professional-looking SLR camera at people that makes them pay attention.
And when you’re aiming for candid, unposed shots, attention’s a bad thing.
Enter our Super Secret Spy-Lens.
Shooting street photography, photo-reportage wedding photography, or just the kids in their natural habitat? The Spy Lens and its precision-made 90 degree mirror assembly let you go undetected.
How? The Spy Lens attaches to the end of any zoom lens and has a cut-out on the side. Point off into the distance and your subject thinks you’re shooting straight ahead, but you’re really shooting to the side. (Choose which direction by rotating the Spy Lens.)
We hear it’s 007’s lens of choice.
Available now at the Photojojo Store
We’re gonna call it now — the flatbed scanner’s headed the way of the landline, the fax machine, and (dare we say it) the polaroid.
Sure, it’s probably got a few more years in it, but if you’re like us, you’re already using your scanner about as often as your thermal-paper fax.
Why fight it?
With a bit of foamcore and bit of Sunday afternoon, you’ll turn your flatbed into a frankenstein camera, ready to take ghostly images anywhere. Learn how in this video tutorial from our pals at Make.
See also: Stephen Miller’s Scanner Camera gallery
p.s. Wow. You guys pulled out all the stops for the Get Outside! Nature Contest. We are seriously impressed. photojunky35 wins the TrekPod Go! and RollsUp and benmorrow each win a T’Pod. And don’t miss these Honorable Mentions: the-ninth, ange, scattered1, lyndsey matthews, and Leigh. Amazing work, everybody.