How to Make Picture-Perfect Pads of Paper

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iPhones and Crackberries are all very well, what with their apps and widgets and electronic functionality.

But there are moments in life when the prosaic pressed-pulp appeal of proper paper is preferred.

For those particular purposes, we proudly present these paper pads, complete with pictures on the cover.

Fabricate a few fetching folios with photos of your friends, or pair them with pencils to make pleasant presents!

You’ll swoon for these sleek stacks of stationery sheets, so let’s get started!

How to Make Picture-Perfect Pads of Paper

p.s. Happy Halloween week! We ate all the bite size snickers — so we filled our candy bowl with free Magnetic Photo Rope instead. Just spend over $50 bux in our lovely shop to get your treat!

p.p.s. Help us find cool new stuff for the Photojojo Store and get a $50 gift card. (More info…)

Photo credits: geoftheref, Ferdinand Reus, Michael (mx5tx), Capitan Giona


A Whole New Do, a Whole New You. Here’s how.

Have you heard? “There’s no headbands in college!” WHAAAT?!!

It’s time for a whole new style!

Lucky for you, we’ve found a couple of great photo makeover sites to help visualize the possibilities.

InStyle has a star-studded makeover site — just upload a photo of yourself (or friend or foe) and you, too, can sport the hottest celeb styles.

From Robert Pattinson bed-head to the Victoria Beckham reverse mullet, they’ve dozens of do’s for you to try on.

For a little more kick, check out the very creepy Motion Portrait from Japan. (Click “change” to get started… you’ll see what we mean.)

If Leighton can go sans band, we can all branch out.

Give yourself a digital makeover

Creepy Motion Portraits

Photo Credits: i_am_today and Kim Marius Flakstad

p.s. Thx again to ScanCafe for sponsoring Photojojo this week. Want to have your old prints digitized? They’ll scan 20 prints for free, with free touch-ups. (Shipping extra.)

p.p.s. It’s the final day for our Light Painting Challenge at JPG, where you can win one of 10 copies of you know what.

The Dashing DIY Hand Strap

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“Butterfingers”, they called us. “Slippery Sam.” “Ol’ Johnny Drop-a-Lot.”

Fine, we said. Names can’t hurt us.

But then we dropped our 17th battered camera for the 143rd time and we knew it had to stop.

That’s why we’ve whipped up this natty lil’ hand strap for our SLR!

It’s simple to make from simple materials, plus it’s fetching as can be.

And since we love you (and your cameras), we’re teaching you how to make one too! Click on through for the full scoop.

How to Make a Dashing DIY Hand Strap

p.s. Thanks to ScanCafe for sponsoring Photojojo this week. And BIG UPs for giving all Photojojo readers a free photo restoration today only! (Up to $50-worth.)

Help us spread the word and your followers can get a free restoration, too!

p.p.s. We’re hiring a writer/editor/DIYer in San Francisco. Apply or pass it on!


What Was Your Toughest Photo?


Was it the time you had to dodge a charging hippopotamus?

Or when you braved the beer-soaked mayhem of the World Moustache Championships?

And remember the time you wrapped a model in 10,000 meters of dental floss for the cover of Ukranian Vogue?

Well, what was your most difficult shot?

Show us a snapshot and tell us your tale!

Enthrall us with your moxie and tell us how you plunged into the maw of Photography Itself. (Plus, you know, show us your pictures.)

The most fabulous story of perseverance wins an equally fabulous mystery prize! Ooh la la!

Post Your Very Most Difficult Photo!

16 of the Hardest Photos Ever
via Kottke

p.s. Jalbum (an app for creating and sharing photo albums) is dishing out freebie Premium Accounts to the first ten Photojojo fans that RT @JalbumFrog!

p.p.s. It’s week 2 of 3 of the knock-down, drag-out JPG lightpainting challenge. Enter your finest pic to win one of 10 copies of our book!

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


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


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


2 Tag-team Photo Projects For You + Your Pal


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)


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.


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!