Get Ready for Pinhole Photography Day!


O pinhole photography, we love you so.

Ever since our first oatmeal box pinhole camera in 5th grade, we have adored you. Your artsy images, your depth-of-field — our wee hearts go pitter-pat, o pinhole.

If you haven’t tried pinhole photography for yourself, now’s the time: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is this Sunday, April 26th!

We’ve got everything you need to get ready for the big day: photos to get you inspired, ways to make your own camera (or where to buy one) and crazy DIY cameras that other folks have made. Let’s go!

Photojojo’s Pinhole Photography Day Special

p.s. We hear Mom’s Day is coming up again. Order by Tuesday April 28th if you want to surprise her with an awesome Custom-Made Photo Bag!

Photo credits: .=BB=. and kant_think (away..)


Take a Picture of the Whole Entire Planet


Got big plans for Earth Day?

Gonna build a windmill out of recycled soda cans? Or modify your car to run on potato peelings and hope?

Yeah, sure you are. How about something that’s simple enough to actually DO?

Something like taking a day-in-the-life portrait of the whole entire planet!

It’s easy, just take some photos of the world around you on Wednesday April 22nd. Send your best snap to the good folks at Earth Mosaic, and they’ll use it to create a giant photo mosaic of the Earth!

Then you can totally brag to your greener-than-thou friends about how you participated in a global art project on Earth Day and all they did was buy organic yams. Wusses.

Join The Earth Mosaic Project!

p.s. Been meaning to get your hands on a super fantastic Photojojo Gorillapod? Our friends at MCP Actions might be able to help you.

Make Your Own Cardboard Ring Frames

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Silver dollars, vinyl LPs, Oreos — So many of the best things in life are circle-shaped.

Isn’t it about time your picture collection got with the program?

Circularize your photos and show them off in a urban-chic constellation of modular cardboard rings.

Snappy-lookin’, expandable, and keeps a coupla paper towel rolls out of the landfill. What’s not to like?

Photojojo’s DIY Cardboard Ring Frames

Photo credits: Fabulous Muscles, Digital Sophia, ‘stpiduko’, and moriza.


Recycled Seat Belt Camera Straps

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Time to buckle up, Photojojo fans.

We’re not sure who decided that camera accessories should be ugly, bulky and downright drab, but we’re not fans.

So we’ve got a huge crush on these hip new camera straps we just found.

Salvaged from the back seats of some funky old automobiles, these straps feature adjustable slide buckles and are super-comfy, and super-strong.

Plus, each one is made by hand in Chicago using only love & recycled materials.

Get yours in Porsche Purple, T-bird Teal, Mercedes Gold, or Dodge Silver!

Seat Belt Camera Straps   Twitter It!
$20 for one, $35 for two at the Photojojo Shop. Available now!

Using Old Photos to Tear the Fabric of Space-Time Itself


Photojojo science update: we have learned of a way to tear holes in the space-time continuum and stare back into the mists of time.*

Being the existential daredevils that we are, we’re risking reality as we know it to share this discovery with all of you. Proceed with caution.

Step 1:
Find a very old photo of a street or landmark near where you live. (Try your local historical society or check the public library — many of them keep collections of historic photos).

Step 2:
Go to the exact place where the photo was taken.

Step 3:
Hold up the picture and match the view of bygone days to the ultra-futuristic scene in front of you.

Be warned: though you may peer into the window in the space-time continuum, do not fall through. The other side of the window is a nightmarish half-life of Morlocks, flux capacitors and Michael J. Fox.

Using Old Photos as a DIY Time Machine

*Yeah, we know that the last four times we tore holes in the space-time continuum we ended up destroying the known universe. We swear that won’t happen again this time. Probably.

p.s. Hey everybody, sorry about the broken link in Monday’s newsletter. Boy, are our faces red.

Photo credit: jasonepowell

Make a Magnetic Photo Bulletin Board for Under $15


We are known far and wide for our love of shiny metal objects.

And some of you may have heard a rumor that we also like photos.

So, naturally, when we found a big ol’ piece of shiny sheet metal at the hardware store,

  1. we simply had to have it, and
  2. we had to find a way to cover it with pictures.

Enter the magnetic bulletin board: huge, affordable, and so easy to make you just won’t believe it.

How to Make a Magnetic Photo Bulletin Board


12 Ways to Use Your Camera as a Tool


Never leave the house without two things:

  1. a Swiss Army knife, and
  2. your camera.

Why the knife? Because it’s a multitasking tool that you can use a kajillion different ways.

Why a camera? For exactly the same reason.

We’ve rounded up so many alternate uses for your camera that you’ll start bringing it everywhere. Use it as a flashlight, a memory aid, or a mirror, and you’ll never let it leave your side again.

Your camera may be a toy, but there’s no reason it can’t also be a tool.

12 Ways to Use Your Camera as a Tool


Hello, Photo Corner Stick’ums!

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Photojojo is pumped to be introducing a colorful newbie this week that’s both versatile and tactile: Photo Corner Stick’ums!

Use Stick’ums to display your most precious papery goods — then remove them without damage and re-stick’um elsewhere!

Each delightful decal package contains 28 L-shaped colorful stick’ums with matching nameplates for maximum post-ability.

We <3 the infinite amount of uses for these little corner-shaped ditties. Here at Photojojo HQ we've stick'rd our laptops, walls, and even our cats. But don’t stop there, refrigerators, cabinets, windows, laptops… Nothing too small! Nothing too big! Nothing too complicated!

Well howdy, Photo Corner Stick’ums!

p.s. Been meaning to get your hands on something sticky? We’ve got a brand new bundle with Corner Stick’ums and Re-Stickable Decal Frames that we think you’ll be interested in.

The Lensbaby Composer — A Quick ’n’ Dirty Review


We’ve been trying out the Lensbaby* Composer lately: it’s an odd little lens that gives you a moveable area of sharp focus, surrounded by a dreamy halo of blurriness.

After knocking around with it for a few weeks, here’s what we think:

The Good:

  • Easier to focus and sharper optics than the original Lensbaby.
  • Easier to move the “sweet spot” of focus and get repeatable results.
  • Good for photos where you want to draw the eye to one particular detail, like food, product or portrait shots.
  • If you decide you don’t want the Lensbaby “look” for a particular shot, you can reduce the effect dramatically by using the narrowest aperture. A friend of ours uses it as his go-to lens because of the sharp optics and light weight.
  • Gadgets! Optional, interchangeable optics and wide-angle or telephoto adapters give you lots of different looks from one lens.

The Bad:

  • Having to change the apertures manually can slow you down a lot.
  • Manual focus makes it harder to capture fast-moving action, and it’s tricky to focus in low light.
  • Wider apertures are prone to some pretty serious lens flare.
  • The Lensbaby takes some getting used to. It’s a good idea to practice with it for a while before taking it on an important shoot.

The Ugly:

  • Sorry, we’re fresh out of ugly.

If we got stranded on a desert island with only one lens, we might make it this one (with the possible addition of a wide-angle adapter). It’s light, versatile, sharp (when you want it to be) and really fun to use.

The Lensbaby Composer

*Full disclosure: Lensbaby is a Photojojo advertiser, but our love for them is true. (Their first lens was one of the first things we reviewed when we were just starting out almost three years ago.)

p.s. We put our test shots up here in case you guys wanna see ’em.

How to Develop Film Using Coffee and Vitamin C! Srsly!

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Survival scenario #117:
You’re trapped in a grocery store. Zombies are closing in from all sides. You have a crucial photo that could end the carnage, if only you had some way to develop the film.

What do you do?

You grab some instant coffee and vitamin C, you develop the film, and you vanquish the zombies.

What, you don’t think we’re serious?
First of all, zombies are an inevitable part of life.
And secondly, you really can develop film using vitamin C and coffee. For reals.

Read on, and we’ll show you everything you need to know. Quick, before the zombies regroup!

How to Develop Film with Coffee and Vitamin C
via Found Photography