Photo Lessons From the Street

Street photography can be intimidating. Snagging candids of strangers is uncomfortable, at first.

While it’s best to simply to get out and learn as you go, it is nice to arm yourself with a few tips. Marius Vieth, a seasoned street-photog, doles out 10 lessons learned in this article. He includes advice on how to blend in, predict patterns and be ready for that crucial moment.

Our favorite tips from the article are:

  • Minimal gear – Take only your camera and forget the added gear. You don’t want to be swapping lenses when the perfect photo-op pops up.
  • Find natural contrasts – Your foreground should be different enough from the background to make them both visually interesting.
  • Simplify your choices – Try focusing on one element (like a color or pattern) for a couple hours.

Photo by Marius Vieth

PJ Throwback! Our Favorites From Then and Now

Whoa, it’s been a minute since we launched back in 2006. Free Hugs were everywhere, Pluto was downgraded (tear) and we were all Crazy for Gnarls Barkley. While we’re still waiting on Pluto to take back the planet title, our shop has upgraded universally.

Today, we’re throwin’ it back with a mash-up of our favorite items of yesteryear (that are still rocking in our shop!) and their new counterparts.


Class Is In Session! Turn
Photos Into School Supplies

Can it be? Summer’s almost over? It feels like it just started.

Guess that means it’s time to switch sunbathing for school supplies. But hey, that’s not a bad thing. Really!

Just check out our list of DIY school supplies that you can make out of your very own photos and you’ll see what we mean.

Now go get crafty and make all your classmates jelly!

Landscape Comp Tip for Absolute Beginners

Landscapes are some of the easiest shots to take – no arranging meetups with others, no double chins, and that fresh air is super invigorating!

If you’re just getting the hang of creating gorgeous landscape shots, you’ll benefit from understanding how to add a sense of depth with composition. Think of your photo as having three parts: foreground, middle-ground and background. Try to make sure there something of interest in all three sections.

Check out this article for a perfectly simple visual example of great landscape composition.

Photo by Scott Bourne

Foldio 2 is Here! Bigger and Brighter Than Ever.

Foldio, our favorite and only portable light studio, is back and reinvented. Bigger size, brighter lights, dimmable option and a diffuser. It is everything.

All the added goodness without added complication. Foldio 2 still folds flat and pops up easily. The even light and crisp backgrounds bring perfection to product shots, food blog photos, pictures of your pets, profesh manicure snaps and sooo much more.

Check out some fun examples of what people are doing with their Foldio, and tips on how to make the most of yours. Or, run to the shop and order your bigger brighter Foldio, now!


Take Your Snapchat
Game to the Next Level

Snapchat! That app that has everyone saying either, ‘duh!’ or ‘huh?’

For the huh?-ers, Snapchat’s a photo/video messaging app where you can view a Snap for 10 seconds before poof! It’s gone.

For the duh!-ers: you know Snaps can be outstanding photographic art, right? Right!

So read on to learn tricks for creative “snapsterpieces” that are guaranteed to have all of your friends talking.


Take Photos, for Science!

You’re usually out snapping away at flora and fauna, so why not use those photos to help document our world?

Add your nature shots to iNaturalist and help increase the already huge online database of plants, furry creatures and creepy crawlies.

Upload your photo, tag the location and name the organism if you can. No worries if you don’t know the name, iNaturalist is teeming with people eager to help classify.

It’s a cool way to connect with other nature-lovers, learn about the life around you and add your talent to scientific research!

Photo by RJAdams55

Kayaking with Cameras:
Keep your Gear Dry in Watery Situations

These hot summer days make us want to jump in a lake (or pool – or river – or ice chest) to keep cool. But let’s face it, wet cameras make for sad photographers.

We’ve been packing our gear in our favorite waterproof cases to document our summer adventures. Our pals Margo and Sara just took a few out for a test drive float down the river.

Check out their camera-filled kayak adventure and pick up some near/in/on/under water photography tips along the way …


Makin’ a Splash!
Photo Fun on Rainy Days

Rain, rain, go away…

Or don’t! Because rainy days make the outdoors a big ol’ playground for photographers.

In fact, we put together a list of photo ideas so you can have fun taking pics before, during, and after the rain.

Who says you have to stay in just ’cause it’s a little wet outside? Grab your cam and make the most of it!


Meet PJ:
Lana Edition

Name: Lana “Captain Coffee” Douglas

What Do You Do Here? I steer our team of happy customer helpers. (AKA the buck stops with me!)

Favorite Camera: Canon 7D.