A Little Sleight of Hand for Surreal Shots

The Great Outdoors definitely lives up to its name, but sometimes the summer heat is just too much. Staying in doesn’t have to be a total wash though, there’s loads of creative photos you can take in the Cool Indoors!

We’re totally digging these 10 tricks for setting up surreal snaps at home. Create mini worlds with a little papercraft, fool gravity with glue or create some intruige with smoke. Most of these fun setups require supplies you likely have already. So you’ll feel resourceful and productive on your day in.

Also check out some of our own ideas for indoor fun. Now you have all the excuses you need to keep out of the heat!

Stay cool, yo.

Photo by Dina Belenko

Make the Most of Your Phone Vids

You know your phone is often your best bet for photos, but don’t forget videos too!

Some of the best vloggers are using their phone these days, but how? What are they doing to get smooth shots, clear sound and incredible depth of field?

Well, we’ve figured it out. Check out our best tips and tools for making high quality vids with your phone! Everything you need to hit record.

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Meet PJ:
Janette Edition

Name: Janette Crawford

What Do You Do Here? Marketing for our all-new brand Parabo Press, coming very soon!

Favorite Camera: iPhone 6.

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What’s In Your Cam Bag?
We Asked, You Answered!

Ever wonder about the goodies that photographers hide away in their camera bags?

Wonder no more! We asked seven photogs from all walks of life to open up their cam bags to us so we can see what exactly they’re working with.

As you’d expect, no two bags are the same. The one thing they all have in common, though? They’re unique and awesome, just like the photogs they belong to!

Camera Bag Items Revealed!

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InstaMeets: A National Park Meetup For Photogs

You know that feel when you’re left behind in a tour group because you’re too busy snapping photos? All the time. You’re not alone (this time) and a resourceful Park Ranger noticed your dilemma.

Ranger Tim created InstaMeets, in Glacier National Park, as a solution. It’s a meetup for photographers to go on photo walks, safely and slowly, together. They’re a great way to connect with and learn from other photo enthusiasts.

Hopefully this brilliant idea is picked up by other National Parks. In the meantime, if you’re headed toward Glacier, check out when the next InstaMeet is here.

Photo by NPS

Fab Four New Items
for Your DSLR!

It’s time to class the place up with new accessories for your DSLR!

We’ve got four brand new items in the shop full of style, sophistication and juuuust a dash of futuristic rainbows.

Everything on your DSLR’s wishlist.

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Q&A With TOAST:
Urban Photography Fun

San Francisco is the most gorgeous city on this planet (sorry, New York.)

But if we’re being honest, the postcard views of the City are getting a little – dare we say it – boring.

Combating that is TOAST, a self-proclaimed urban explorer. We spoke to him on what he sees in between the lines and what draws him to beneath the city surface.

Learn his tips and pick up a few urban exploring tricks of your own!

Urban Photo Tips From TOAST

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Meet PJ:
Taylor Edition

Name: Taylor “Sweet T” Meredith

What Do You Do Here? I have way too much fun writing articles every week for the Photojojo blog.

Favorite Camera: Whatever I’ve got in my hand! Currently a Nikon D40x.

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See a Silhouette and Snap it

Silhouette shots are one of those styles that seem super easy, but are honestly difficult to get “just right.”

The Phoblographer wrote about three things to keep in mind when shooting silhouette shots, and we think they’re spot-on excellent advice!

  • Highlights way up: This is best achieved in post-processing, but keep it in mind while shooting so you can adjust exposure and focal points.
  • Ship Shapes: Silhouette photos rely on visually interesting shapes rather than color contrast or subject matter. Be on the lookout for unique, but recognizable, shapes.
  • Composition: Keep a good balance of shadow and light, or create drama with slightly more of one than the other.

Check out the Phoblographer’s perfectly put article here!

Photo by Chris Gampat

DIY a Working 35mm Camera with Konstructor!

The best way to fully immerse yourself in any hobby is to delve in, hands first, from the ground up.

The DIY Konstuktor Camera Kit is your full immersion into photography because you build a fully FUNctional 35mm film camera!

It’s super easy to assemble and a great way to further develop (heh) your love of cameras, or spark a photo-interest in young ones.

We’re throwing in a roll of 35mm film with these kits too, so you’ll be ready to shoot. You’ll soon be handling real prints from a real camera you built yourself.

Dive into your photo hobby with a little DIY love.

Build Your Konstruktor Camera
$39 at the Photojojo Shop