How to Photograph Lightning


“The reason lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn’t there the second time.”
Willie Tyler

All the more reason to get that perfect lightning photo the first time!

Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to take flabbergasting shots of this summer’s lightning storms: how to keep the camera still, how long to leave the shutter open, what to get in the shot.

Just remember to stay grounded and not be the tallest thing in the field, OK?

How to Photograph Lightning

p.s. Heads up –> Our new book comes out in 2 months!

It’s our baby and we’re really excited.

We’re looking for contacts at Readymade, Real Simple, Dwell, Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping and other magazines we should be in.

Know someone? Email us please help us spread the photo love.

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Photo credits: krunkwerke

Make Your Own Photo Puzzle Blocks

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Writer’s block.
Photographer’s block.

People say that like it’s a bad thing, but we happen to like blocks. Lego blocks, glass blocks, Irina Blok… we’re big fans.

That’s why we came up with this photo block puzzle. It’s a little like our Photo Blocks, but squarer and bigger and harder to solve, and with a bunch more photos.

It’s a set of blocks we’d proudly display on our coffee table any day of the week.

How to Make Your Own Photo Puzzle Blocks

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How to Make Moving Pictures (Just Like Harry Potter!)

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Snape. Malfoy. Hogwarts. Horcrux.

If none of those words make any sense to you, you’re not a Harry Potter fan.

The rest of you know that in the Wizarding World, people in photographs don’t stand still. They move, wave at you, wander out of the frame for a cup of tea…

In honor of the new Harry Potter movie (eeeeee! we can’t wait!) we’re teaching you how to make your own moving pictures.

It’s so easy, even Muggles can do it!
(That means you.)

How to Make Moving Pictures a la Harry Potter

p.s. We just snatched up the much anticipated Eye-Fi PRO Wireless Memory Card for the Photojojo Shop. Hooray for RAW uploads!


Why Your Camera Needs a Dogtag


After being separated from his owners, Bobbie the Wonder Dog walked 2,800 miles to get back home to them.

Cameras don’t do that.

If you lose your camera in some far-flung locale, it’ll need help from a good-hearted stranger to find its way home again.

Give it a leg up by attaching a dogtag with your name and address to your camera or neckstrap. Small metal or plastic ID tags only cost a few bucks, and you can get them made at any pet store.

It’s nice to depend on the kindness of strangers, but giving them a mailing address helps too.

Make a Dogtag For Your Camera

p.s. Are you following us on twitter? If not, you didn’t hear about this *charming* stop-motion video, the new most popular camera (you’ll be surprised), or get this iPhone photo tip. The cool kids follow @photojojo.

Road Trip! New Tips for On-The-Road Photography


It’s road trip time! We’ve got some shiny new tips to add to our Road Trip Photography Guide:

  1. Find weird stuff to take photos ofRoadside America: the ultimate resource for finding odd, obscure, & photogenic places.

    Create a map of your route before you get on the road and don’t miss a single photo op: Stonehenge(s)! Drive-thru trees! Space acorns! Fuh reals. Space acorns.

  2. Plot your photos on a map — Making a photo map of your trip is like a photo album and diary rolled into one.

    Eye-Fi Explore cards and GPS trackers record where your photos were taken, or you can map them in Flickr. Pull up “Your Map” (under “Organize”), then drag & drop your pics into place.

  3. Play with landmarks — Avoid boring landmark pictures by crushing them beneath your mighty feet.

    Get far enough away to make the monument look small enough to hold/prod/stomp on, pose a friend, and shoot. Godzilla’s got nothin’ on you, pal.

Have a peek at our Original Road Trip Photography Guide, then get out on the open road!

Photojojo’s Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Photography

p.s. We’re giving away an Eye-Fi Share Wireless Memory Card on Twitter … why?! Cause gosh ‘darn it, we like you. Follow or re-tweet @Photojojo before Monday to enter.

Photo credits: jasoneppink, dotbenjamin

How to Make a Leaf Silhouette Portrait

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Forget photosynthesis. Leaves are for photo-projects-thesis!

Grab a photo and a leaf, and in few simple steps you can turn everyday foliage into a unique silhouette portrait of someone you love.

Simple and elegant, leaf silhouettes look great in a frame or on a book or a card.

So, as Biff would say, “make like a tree and get to work on a silhouette leaf portrait!”

How to Make Your Very Own Leaf Silhouette Portrait


Resurrect a Broken Camera as a Flowerpot

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What shall we do with a broken camera
What shall we do with a broken camera
What shall we do with a broken camera
Ear-ly in the morning

Fill it with dirt and put a plant in it
Fill it with dirt and put a plant in it
Fill it with dirt and put a plant in it
Ear-ly in the morning

Click the big link to see how to do it
Click the big link to see how to do it
Click the big link to see how to do it
Ear-ly in the morning

Resurrect a Broken Camera as a Flowerpot

p.s. If you didn’t click that 1st link, you gotta see it. It’s like Michael Scott singing sea shanties. Plus it’s from a show called “Hootenanny!”

p.p.s. Hey U.S. peoples, our guide to photographing fireworks may come in handy this weekend!

Photo credits: Dr Cullen (Nikon camera), Kelly Jensen (others)


Make Photo Necklaces, Earrings, Magnets and More Using Shrinkable Plastic

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Seems like everything keeps getting smaller these days: computers, dogs, headphones

And now even photographs are joining in the smallness, thanks to the magic of biaxially oriented thermoplastic polystyrene (that’s Shrinky Dinks to you).

You can print photos on plastic using your inkjet printer, and shrink them down small enough to make into necklaces, fridge magnets, earrings, or practically anything you can think of.

See? Just like that, the world is your bivalve mollusc of the family Ostreidae! *

How to Turn Photo Shrinky Dinks Into Wonderful Things

Photo credits: city: Christopher & AmyCate, giraffe: milkfat, tree: left-hand, bird: lucianvenutian


Photojojo’s Guide to Kodachrome


“Life” wouldn’t have been the same without it. “National Geographic” would have been a washed-out mess.

Heck, they even named a state park after the stuff.

It’s Kodachrome. And it’s been discontinued.

So enjoy it while it lasts! Shoot just one roll of Kodachrome so you can say you used the greatest film of the 20th Century.

We know where to find it, we know what’s so great about it, and we’re gonna tell you, ’cause we want you to feel like all the world’s a sunny day.

Photojojo’s Guide to Kodachrome

Photo credits: diner sign: afiler, female workers: Alfred Palmer


Make Sure Nobody Steals Your Joe with a Photo Coffee Cuff


Convert a cut of corduroy into a cuff for your cup, and keep your coffee calienté!

Complete with a clever cutout, your cuff can show off captchas of your cute kids, curvaceous cutie, or capricious canine.

Carry your cuff to the cafe, and counter the calamity of cold coffee!

Make Sure Nobody Steals Your Joe with a Photo Coffee Cuff
Thanks to reader Janelle for the tip!

p.s. Sorry about all that- sometimes we’re prone to C-sickness.

p.p.s. The picture-frame coffee cozy was originally designed as a Father’s Day gift, but we figured the ladies would want to get in on it too. Why should dads have all the fun?

Photo credit: Leigh Ann