Photo Philosophy to Brighten Your Brainy Bits

Award-winning photojournaist James Pomerantz is studying for an MFA in Photography, and now you can read the books that he’s reading.

His list is dense and scholarly (what’s this, no excerpts from the Photojojo book? Haaaaaarumph) but your gray matter (and your photographic output) will thank you for peeking over James’ shoulder.

For example, Barthes’ “Rhetoric of the Image” ponders:

“if the image is in a certain manner the limit of meaning, it permits the consideration of a veritable ontology of the process of signification. How does meaning get into the image? Where does it end? And if it ends, what is there beyond?”

That noise your hear are your dendrites cheering.

Twenty-Six Thought-Provoking Essays on Photography
(Our fave: Michel Foucalts’s “Of Other Spaces: Heterotopias.”)

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon

The Best Roundups of the Best Photos of 2009

Ready to throw yourself in a heap across the finish line of yet another decade?

Say goodbye to the Nads and hello to the Tweens with our roundup-roundup: the best photos of 2009 as chosen by experts at Time, National Geographic, Billboard, and more.

Of course, it’s fun to reminisce about Twitpics of planes on the Hudson, or to imagine that there could have been life before Glee.

But it’s even more fun to imagine the photo-ops that await us in the new year.

Your mission: Say a proper goodbye to 2009, and go make two-thousand-and-awesome the best photo year yet!

The Best Roundups of the Best Photos of 2009


Add an SLR Lens to your Cameraphone

Coaxing together some duct tape, cardboard, and a disassembled laser, lens-hacker Bhautik Joshi presided over the marriage of a big fat SLR lens and an iPhone.

Despite looking a bit like a hippo riding a skateboard, the “Phone-O-Scope” yields an attractive mix of low-fi digital grain and classy SLR-style depth of field.

Even better: it’ll work on any cameraphone.

Next up: attaching a telephone booth to a point-and-shoot.

How to Attach an SLR Lens to Your Cameraphone

p.s. Today’s Photojojo brought to you by our pals at Animoto. We loved their automatic, pro-quality animated slideshows two years ago. They’ve come a long way.

E-Cards Needn’t be Lame. No, Really.

They’ll save you a stamp, a couple bucks, and a trip to Hallmark. But it’s not just the thought that counts.

If you’ve simply waited too long to send a real card this year, we’ve got your back.

ElfYourself, the grand daddy of upload-your-photo-and-make-yourself-look-completely-ridiculous, has returned!

Upload a photo of yourself (and now, up to four others) and they’ll create a thoroughly embarrassing, thoroughly entrancing, dance video featuring you.

No, it’s still not a real card. But it’ll make you (and your family or coworkers) look ridiculous enough to earn a chuckle, and that may be enough to make ’em forget. ;-)


p.s. Apologies to the Photojojo crew members that were omitted from these sample videos… and to those that weren’t.

Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

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Another holiday morning after:

You come to wearing a lampshade, mistletoe strewn everywhere, lying on a four-foot-high pile of empty airplane-size liquor bottles.

You’ll never remember that party, but at least you can remember the aftermath.

Turn those baby booze bottles to bauble: fill them with photos and hang them on your tree.

Who to enshrine in your miniature snowglobe wonderland? How about:

  • The cabbie who drove you home
  • The pal who drew on you with a Sharpie
  • The co-worker who now winks at you for reasons you can’t recall
  • The saints that invented Pepto-Bismol, Alka-Seltzer and Tylenol

Who knows? Maybe next year you’ll have learned your lesson. (Yeah, right.) Read on to learn how to make ’em. Happy Chrismukkawanzaa everybody!

Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

p.s. There’s still time to order best-selling photo goodies from the Photojojo Store. Order today with 2-Day shipping, or tomorrow by 3pm EST with Overnight shipping.


Make Your Own Cork Photo Coasters: Corksters!

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There’s one sure-fire way to make mom throw her hands in the air and scream this holiday season… Coasters!

No, not the roller type. Super fun photo-coasters made of cork! Corksters!

They’re the perfect gift for a mom who loves nothing more than seeing your smiling face stare up at her from under a beverage AND keeping water rings off of her coffee table.

Really, your mom HATES those rings.

So make her shriek with delight this Christmas, by making her some photo-coasters… and promising to use ’em.

How to Make Photo-Corksters


Our Best-Sellers & 3 Final New Photo Goodies for 2009


It’s our last gift guide (*sniff*) and the Photojojo elves are nearly out of midnight oil.

But with 3 new goodies, our best-sellers, and some easy-gifty bundles that are sure to please.

p.s. For Christmas delivery order by Mon, Dec 14 by 1st class, Wed, Dec 16 by Priority Mail, Fri, Dec 18 by UPS 2-Day, and Mon, Dec 21 by UPS Next Day.

BACK IN STOCK & ready to ship.

Popular Gifts
IN STOCK and ready to ship.

Three fun bundles for the loves in your life

DSLR Starter Kit
Bad-ass Bowler bag, Diana Lens adapter (Canon or Nikon), Level Camera Cube. $100 $122

Photojojo Lover Kit
The Photojojo Book, $25 Gift Card, and Camera Keychain. $50

The Stocking Stuffer
Magnetic Photo Rope, Squirt Gun Camera, Fotoclips. $25

And… the last new goodies of 2009!

      You-Vision Video Glasses

We’re like the Alfred to your Bruce Wane, the Q to your James Bond.

Here’s a pair of glasses with a teeny tiny camera in the bridge to record what you’re seeing with the press of a button.

You-Vision Video Glasses
$150 at the Photojojo Store

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The Double Shot Camera

Two halves make a whole lotta great photos!

This petite cam takes two shots per frame in bold and beautiful colors (yes that’s twice the amount of photos per roll).

The Double Shot Camera
$45 at the Photojojo Store

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Photoshop Fridge Magnets

Photoshop has been adding the secret sauce to our digital photos for years now. So why not our printed ones, in the kitchen?

Here’s your chance to stylishly surround your photos in the real world with their adobe counterparts. Love!

Photoshop Fridge Magnets
$25 at the Photojojo Store

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Photo Project: Before I Die I Want to…


Some people want to travel the world before they die.

Some want to be rich and famous.

And others just want to knit themselves a bodystocking out of albino poodle fur.

What do you want to do before you shuffle off this mortal coil?

Wait, wait, don’t answer yet.

Get a pal to snap a Polaroid as you tell them your dream. Then write your answer on the photo and send it off to the kids who thought up this crazy project.

New pictures go up each month from people all the planet, people just like you who appreciate travel, riches, and the comfort of discarded poodle hair.

The “Before I Die I Want To…” Polaroid Project

p.s. They’re only accepting Polaroids, so what if you’re outta film? Start your own project! with Instax or digital prints. ‘Cause nobody puts you in the corner, pally.

p.p.s. Still plenty of time for Photojojo Goodies for Christmas! Order by Mon, Dec 14 by First class (or FREE SHIPPING) and Wed, Dec 16 by Priority Mail (other methods available for later).

The Photojojo Gift Guide 2009, Part 2


Just when you thought we couldn’t possibly find more amazing photo goodies… We’re back with our second installment for Holidaze ’09.

Nü today: Super-cool new gift cards, custom gift wrapping, and a fistfull of brand-new photo goodies for your enjoyment.


p.s. Shopping for the ho-ho-holidays? For Christmas delivery, order by… Mon, Dec 14 by 1st class, Wed, Dec 16 by Priority Mail, Fri, Dec 18 by UPS 2-Day, and Mon, Dec 21 by UPS Next Day.


The Fisheye Lens Adapter

Finally, a way to get that wide angle Fisheye look without dropping bank.

Our Fisheye Lens Adapter is a thrillingly circular solution to a rectangular world, and works with any DSLR or SLR.

The Fisheye Lens Adapter
$50-55 at the Photojojo Store

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The New Zumi 2.0

NOW IN STOCK! A store fave, the Zumi cam takes digital images and videos that have the look and feel of vintage film.

The just-released Zumi 2.0 now records sound and has a new B&W mode — same lovable camera, two new ways to make a masterpiece!

The Zumi 2.0
$170 at the Photojojo Store

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      Polaroid’s Little Brother

BACK IN STOCK! It’s Fuji’s answer to instant film and our answer to fun.

This brand-new mini cam spits out tack-sharp prints that develop in the palm of your hand. We’re smitten.

The Fuji Instax
$90 at the Photojojo Store

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Do-it-yourself Photo Kits

Two DIY photo kits to remind us that photos are made with light and magic — not just gigabytes.

Make your own working camera, and print your own prints! Great for the crafty photographer that loves to get their hands dirty.

Pinhole Camera & Sunprint Kits
$25 for both at the Photojojo Store

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Magically Magnetic Photo Frames

They’re wood, they’re magnetic, they’re marvelously modern looking.

Tack photos of any shape or size to these natural wood beauties with neodymium magnets included with each frame. Slick!

Woodnetic Frames
$20 at the Photojojo Store

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Super-Secret Spy Lens

A sneaky shop favorite that allows you to take photos undetected.

The camera-shy, candid moments, those hammy kids — all victims to your sleuth-like Spy Lens. Muahaha. hah. hah.

The Super-Secret Spy Lens
$50-55 at the Photojojo Store

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Pictory: The Photo Magazine, Re-imagined


Take one part’s Big Picture, one part This American Life, and one part Laura Brunow Miner. Simmer for 8 months.

The result? Pictory.

Launched last night by the former Editor-in-Chief of JPG Magazine, Pictory is a photo magazine, re-imagined for the web.

The mission: Tell the best stories with photos.

Her formula is simple — anyone can submit a picture and a story, and the best are featured in lush photo essays. The first essay and interview only whet our appetite for what’s to come.

This one’s worth a bookmark. We mean it.

Pictory: The Photo Magazine, Re-imagined