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What do you call dye that uses sunlight to develop photos on fabric? Frakkin’ amazing, that’s what.

You could also call it our Photo Fabric Dye Kit! A kit of red, orange, and blue gives you enough dye to create some serious awesomosity.

It’s a little like making cyanotype sun prints, only in a jillion different colors.

The Photo Fabric Dye Kit
$35 at the Photojojo Shop

BONUS!: We’ve been playing around with this amazing stuff. Here’s what we learned!

How to: Make Sun Prints on Fabric with the Kit

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Photo Fabric Dye: Make Multicolored Sun Prints!


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Marsupials are jerks.*

Look at ’em, with their beady little eyes, lording it over us because they’ve got pouches. “Look at us,” they say, “our young don’t even have to walk because we’ve got these rad pouches.”

We found the cure to pouch envy.

It’s an amazing way to turn photos into pouches. All you need is some easy-to-find photo fabric and some glue: you don’t even need to sew.

These are just like the pouches you see in hip shops that look like cassette tapes, tacos or PB&J sandwiches. You can make your pouch look like any object you can find!

Now we can carry anything: cameras, credit cards, spare batteries, tiny fetal marsupials…Take that, smug koalas of the world.

How To Make a Pouch That Looks Like Anything

p.s. Facebook called. It said you should probably “like” us.

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Make a Photorealistic Gadget Pouch


Darn you Ikea:
so easy on the wallet,
so hard on the soul.

Okay, so Ikea haiku may not be the Next Big Thing. But Mykea might be!

This clever collective lets you design custom photo decals (or any artwork) to cover up your bland, standard-issue Swedish furniture.

Upload a photo, use their template to make it fit your Ikea furniture from the Malm to the Billy bookcase and they’ll send you the decals to transform “meh” into “meee-yow!

It’s a radically new way of displaying your photos. Think of all the photographic splendor that has yet to grace your room and/or office — the gorgeous snap from your trip to Maui, the badass pic of you and your BFFs, or the sweet mural you shot the other day.

And as a bonus, there’s no more need to be embarrassed when you watch that scene in Fight Club.

Mykea: Cover Your Furniture With Photos

p.s. Follow us on Tumblr! It’s like Photojojo “Uncut!”

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Mykea: Photos + Ikea = Custom Furniture Art


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In preparation for holiday celebrations sweeping the nations, may we present:

Ornamentation!

With some simple perforations (and no lamentations) your festive decorations will garner adulation!

To feel the elation, click this link for the demonstration.

Origami Photo Ornaments in 5 Minutes! Squee!

p.s. Do you like things that are awesome? Yeah, us neither. But if you did, we’d tell you to check out our most-favorite new site, Svpply. Here’s why:

(1) Svpply is an endless stream of amazingness from the coolest stores ever.

(2) If you sign up and follow Photojojo on Svpply now, and you’ll get EARLY ACCESS to 3 new Photojojo goodies next week. (It takes 10 seconds.)

#DIY
Scissor & Fold Photos into Origami-like Ornaments!



Some street artists think they’re sooo hot just because their work is billboard-size big.

Well, we say Banksy is an overgrown dinosaur. Twist is a hulking mammoth. Even Phil Lumbang sometimes acts like he thinks size matters.

Tiny is where it’s at.

Our new fave Slinkachu’s street art is tiny. How tiny? Put it this way: the guy graffiti tags snails.

After making a teeny tableaux of itty-bitty model people, he leaves them on the street for anybody to find. But first he takes rad macro photos so the wee little scene is never really lost.

Wanna try it yourself? Snag some little plastic people at the local hobby shop and slap a macro lens on your camera or camera phone.

If you prefer staying indoors, photograph tiny people in clever food-scapes, like Mini Miam did. Now all you need is a tag name!

The Tiniest Street Art Around

p.s. Happy Cyber Monday kiddos! We’re giving everyone $5 for sharing their store favorites. Head to the shop for more tidbits.

p.p.s. Oh! Did you know that shipping is free on orders over $50? Cause yeah, it is.

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Shoot Miniscule Street Art in Macro!

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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).

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Photo Project: Before I Die I Want to…

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O tiny fledglings, the time has come to spread your wings and graduate from Photojojo’s School of Photographical Biznezz.

Before we send you out to conquer the world, allow us to impart a few more nacreous accumulations* of wisdom.

In a fit of journalistic fervor, we interviewed Dane Sanders (’cause he’s Mr. Profitable Photo Business Guy) about getting your business noticed, keeping it successful and having a fine old time in the process.

Pop open the bubbly and prepare to break it over the prow of the S.S. Photo Biz!

Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 4: Fame and Fortune

p.s. TODAY ONLY: We’re giving away Fuji Instant Cameras and our Ultra Wide Cameras on Facebook and Twitter. Find out how to win!

p.p.s. LAST DAY for free shipping in the Photojojo Store!

p.p.p.s. Read the guides that went before: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Photo credit: Banalities

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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 4: Fame and Fortune

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We thought wedding photos were just something that came free with the double Elvis special in Las Vegas.

Fancy our surprise when we saw the lush spread from Design*Sponge’s wedding extravaganza!

Design*Sponge is one of our most favoritest design blogs ever, so you know it’s gonna look good when two of those kids get hitched.

What we really love are the shots of small details, like a glass of tea or a vase of flowers, because we don’t always photograph the little things that keep a memory fresh in our minds.

Keep the details in mind the next time you want to remember something well, whether it’s your wedding day, your trip to Croatia, or just a lazy sunlit picnic in the grass.

The Design*Sponge Wedding Gallery: Part One

Part Two: Decor

Part Three: DIY

Part Four: Flowers

Part Five: Food

Photo credits: Belatheé

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Wedding Photos You’ll Love (Even if You Hate Wedding Photos)

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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!

#Inspo
What Was Your Toughest Photo?

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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.

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Vertoramas: Just Like Panoramas, Only More Vertical

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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.

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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!

#Technique
Make a Tripod Out of a Paperclip!

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Ya know somethin’? We love camera tossing. We love light painting.

But we’ve got a brand new favorite: refractographs!

They look super high-tech, but you just need a flashlight and a piece of clear glass or plastic to make ’em happen.

Shine the light through the glass and take pictures of the patterns that come through!

Try it with marbles, Lite Brite pegs, hyperradial lighthouse-grade fresnel lenses or anything else you have lying around!

#Inspo
Refractographs: How to Take Photos of Light Reflections

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Why hello there! And welcome back to Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!

So, you’re thinking about maybe starting a photo biz. You’ve checked out the pros and cons, but you’re still on the fence.

Here’s a little sumpin’ to mull over while you’re deciding: what would you name your business?

Thinking about names gets your mind into gear and prepares you for gettin’ that business off the ground.

Should you use your real name? Make up a studio name? Why? Why not? And more importantly, wherefore?

Chillax. Just keep reading and we’ll help you sort it out.

Starting a Photo Business Part 2: Whatcha Gonna Call It?

p.s. In case you missed it, be sure to read Starting Your Photo Biz Part 1: You Sure ‘Bout That?.

Photo credit: Banalities

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Starting Your Photo Biz… Part 2: What’s In a Name?

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Bored with your lens? Need a creative boost? Call a plumber!

Here are 2 tilt-shift lenses that you can make with just a few bucks’ worth of plumbing hardware.

Both give you that dreamy selective focus look you love so well, but they work a little differently.

Plungercam #1 is kind of like a Lensbaby — you bend and squish the rubber housing until your image is in focus, then you fire away.

Plungercam #2 is more like a traditional tilt-shift lens — you set up your shot and focus, then lock the lens into position. This means you can get repeatable results and can make killer time-lapse photos.

Grab some plumbing gear this weekend and make yourself a plungercam. Humming the Roto-Rooter song while you work is optional.

The Amazing Plungercam, Version #1

The Amazing Plungercam, Version #2

Photo credits: Bhautik Joshi

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Plungercam! 2 DIY Tilt-Shift Lenses You Can Make With Plumbing Hardware

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Ever taken a picture of a cough?

Not just somebody coughing. No, we mean the actual air currents as they’re being expelled.

Well, they just did it at Penn State, thanks to the magic of schlieren photography.

Schlieren” are density variations in a gas or liquid that you can’t see with the naked eye, like air currents caused by heat, movement, or explosions.

The super-crazy, holey-moley, you’re-not-gonna-believe-this part is that you can take these kinds of pictures at home, without a ton of special science-y stuff or fancy equipment.

Click below to learn more about schlieren photography, and learn how you can try it at your very own abode.

Photojojo’s Guide to the Mysterious World of Schlieren Photography

Photo credits: Gary Settles, Science Photo Library

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Schlieren Photography: How to Photograph the Invisible

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How much do you think it would cost to make a ring light for your camera?

$50 bucks? $25 smackeroos? Nah. $5.

All you need is a fistful of LED lights and a strip of velcro to wrap around your camera lens.

That’s just the beginning of what you can do with LEDs, the tiny titans of the lighting world.

Lightpainting, highlighting pinpoint details, macro photography… you name it!

At 50 cents each, buy ’em by the bucketful and experiment to your heart’s content.

#Technique
How to Light With LEDs

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Which would you rather have?

  1. An ugly black camera strap with a giant logo on it
  2. A comfy stylish camera strap in your favorite color
  3. A wild untamed Sarcophilus harrisii

If your answer was #1, you can skip today’s newsletter. Sit quietly until recess.

If your answer was #3, that’s probably illegal. Definitely inadvisable. Also bitey.

If your answer was #2, you’re in luck!

Here’s how to make a reversible cover that slips over your generic camera strap, instantly making it unique, comfortable and ever-so-dashing.

It’s super easy to make, so you can rock the strap cover even if you’ve never touched a sewing machine before.

Now get in there, tiger!

How to Make a Reversible Camera Strap Cover

p.s. We’re giving away Magnetic Photo Ropes today and tomorrow! Head to the Photojojo Shop to find out how you can get in on the action.

#DIY
How to Make a Reversible Cover for Your Camera Strap

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The glorious spring clamp: helper of hobbyists, buddy of builders, crony of carpenters.

And now, we have 3 ways to make it the most useful object a photographer can have!

  1. Instant fill light — Use a clamp to hold a piece of mirror or white cardstock when photographing small items.

    Bouncing light off a card fills in shadows and instantly makes any shot better. (Ya hear that, Ebayers?)

  2. Clip-anywhere camera mount — Spring clamps have holes just the right size for a 1/4-inch screw. Convenient, eh?

    Use a thumbscrew and your camera’s tripod mount to attach your camera to the clamp. Then clip it anywhere a regular tripod can’t reach!

    You can fancy it up by attaching a mini tripod head, or use an umbrella adapter to hold a flash unit.

  3. Portable lighting stand — Need a bit more flexibility? Use a length of Loc-Line tubing to create a clamp mount with a flexible arm that holds a flash unit.

    Not in a DIY kind of mood? You can buy the new commercial version, but the price tag will probably put you in a DIY mood.

So much utilitarian goodness from one little clamp. How you gonna beat that, bucko?

How to Make a Clip-Anywhere Camera Mount

How to Make a Flexible Lighting Clamp

p.s. If you couldn’t get to our Guide to the Most Perfectest Panoramas on Monday, here’s the link. Sorry ’bout that!

Photo credits: Matthew G. Monroe, six million dollar dan

#Technique
3 Tricks to Turn a Spring Clamp Into Your Best Photo Accessory

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Our photos were a crooked conundrum — it was sheer panoramic pandemonium.

That is, until we found The Perfect Pano, a rotating tripod tool that clicks into place every 30 degrees so you can overlap your shots evenly. Plus, The Level Camera Cube, a triple axis bubble level that mounts to your hot shoe for straight shooting.

Their powers combined will give you the bestest, all around, straight across, most perfect shots you could ask for in one go.

The Perfect Pano  Twitter It!
$17 at the Photojojo Shop!

The Level Camera Cube  Twitter It!
$15 at the Photojojo Shop!

Never done a panorama? Don’t know how to start? You know what’s coming, don’t you…

We’re going to teach you! We’ll tell you what panoramas are, how to shoot one, how to put it together, and where to find free software to help you. Just keep reading, bucko.

Photojojo’s Guide to the Most Perfectest Panoramas

#Gear
A Guide to Perfect Panoramas Starring 2 New Photog Tools!

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“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.

p.p.s. This week only: Our Brit buds at Moo are giving Photojojo readers 25% off everything! Check out their spiffy biz cards, mini cards, post cards + more!

Photo credits: krunkwerke

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How to Photograph Lightning

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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

Photo credit: jeansman

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Make Your Own Photo Puzzle Blocks

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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.

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Why Your Camera Needs a Dogtag

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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

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

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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)

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Resurrect a Broken Camera as a Flowerpot

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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! *

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

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“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

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Photojojo’s Guide to Kodachrome

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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

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Make Sure Nobody Steals Your Joe with a Photo Coffee Cuff

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Pa, Da, Dad, Daddy,
Father, Baba, Papi, Pops…
Whatever you call him, he’s an OK guy.

And he deserves a shout-out this time of year, so do the man a favor, show him some love.

Lure him out of the Barcalounger and take some pictures together, or pick up a little sump’m sump’m for the guy.

We’ve got all you need in that department: presents to procure, gadgets to grab, and projects to perpetrate. Poppa’s livin’ large this year.

Photojojo’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2009

p.s. Pssst… Father’s Day is June 21st this year. Hop to, kiddos!

Photo credit: maessive

#Gear
Photojojo’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2009

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Jimmie went to a bad part of Rio. Jimmie’s nice shiny camera got stolen.

Jimmie uglified his next camera. 4000 photos later, Jimmie still has his camera.

The moral: an ugly camera attracts less attention when you’re shooting in a rough area.

How to uglify your camera:

  • Cover the shiny surface with artist’s tape or black photo tape, which come off without leaving residue on your camera.
  • Color the tape with black and/or brown markers to make it look dirty.
  • Use pieces of duct tape to make the camera look barely held together (layer the duct tape over artist’s tape to avoid sticky residue).

Using your ugly camera:

  • Don’t carry a nice camera bag. Use a nondescript bag or a diaper bag instead.
  • Turn off the LCD screen (or cover it up) and hold the camera to your eye instead. If thieves think you have a film camera, they won’t want it. Sad but true.

Urban Camouflage: The Uglified Camera
via jimmieprogers.com

Photo credit: connors934

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Make Your Camera Theft-Proof: Harness the Power of Ugly!

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Sveinn Birkir has been collecting images from 1976 to make a visual anthology of the year he was born.

Freaking rad!

Wanna make your own Project 1976? Search Flickr or Google Image Search for your birth year and see what comes up.

Look for events that happened and things that came out that year (cars, products, albums, movies). Who was on the cover of Time or Rolling Stone? Who died or was born that year?

Sprinkle in some family photos and show off your time capsule! Start a photoblog, or print the photos and stick ’em on the wall.

Better yet, do this for a pal (or your kid, if you’ve got one of those) and make it into a book for their birthday. Better even than cupcakes, amigo.

Project 1976
via Kottke

p.s. We really wish our name was Sveinn.

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Project 1976: Making a Photo History of the Year You Were Born

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Does your mom want jewelry for Mother’s Day? Nah. Bath salts? Nope. A pet tarantula? Probably not.

What she really wants is time with you! (Also possibly lunch.)

Your mom sounds nice. So we’ve got 11 different ways to make her happy on Mother’s Day!

We’ve got ideas for photos to take, things to make, and things you can do together.

You’re a good kid.

11 Ways to Make Your Mom Really Really Happy This Mother’s Day

p.s. Mother’s Day is May 10th this year. Get crackin’!

Photo credit: kjsydney

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11 Ways to Make Your Mom Really Happy This Mother’s Day

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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..)

#Technique
Get Ready for Pinhole Photography Day!

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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:

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.

Conclusion:
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.

#Gear
The Lensbaby Composer — A Quick ’n’ Dirty Review

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Ever picked up the SkyMall catalog on a long flight and been struck dumb by the motivational posters?

Now really, who (besides Angela) ever got motivated by a picture of a kitten and a pithy slogan?

You’re better off making your own motivational posters. And with these two tools, it’s easy — upload your photo, slap on a caption, and skip the corporate dreck.

Pro tip: If your office actually has motivational posters, replace ’em with your versions and see how long it takes for your boss to notice. Heh heh heh.

Make Your Own (De)Motivational Posters at Big Huge Labs

…Or at Despair, Inc.

p.s. What’s the difference? Well, both of ’em are free, and both of ’em let you buy prints. But if you use the code JOJO25, our pals at Big Huge Labs will give you 25% off!

p.p.s. We heart iHeartFaces. Check out their latest giveaway featuring yours truly.

Photo credit: sirgabe

#Inspo
Make Your Own Motivational Posters

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Introducing the Wrap-Around-the-Corner Frame, a modern geometrical marvel of rectangularity! You thought our magnetic photo rope was radical — well, the newest addition to our store is even more mind bending (and wall bending)!

The Wrap-Around-the-Corner frame is an all-in-one stack o’ frames that’s guaranteed to hug corners better than a Ferrari Enzo.

This puppy is truly a turning point in frame design, displaying up to 12 photos at a time whilst clinging to the corners of your wall.

Espresso stained wood keeps it classy, and ordinary frame brackets make it easy for the frame to grab your walls.

The All-New Wrap-Around-the-Corner Frame!

p.s. Wanna save some sweet sweet dollaroos? Get in our extra-special week-long promotion for the Wrap-Around-the-Corner frame! Find out more here.

#Gear
Photojojo Presents… The Wrap-Around-the-Corner Frame!

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What do David LaChapelle, Steve McCurry, and the cute art student who sells prints at the local coffee shop have in common?

Business cards.

Wait! Don’t change the channel yet!

We promise you that business cards don’t have to be stuffy, expensive or soul-crushingly dull, especially photographers’ cards.

In fact, your cards should be more creative than anybody’s, especially when the economy’s gone all pear-shaped. An artistic card will make people remember you/ think you’re awesome/ give you money.

Want proof? OK! We’ve found 12 smart, well-designed cards that deserve a place of honor in any art buyer’s contact list.

12 Awesome Photography Business Card Ideas

Photo credit: dailypoetics

#Technique
12 Awesome Photography Business Card Ideas

obama valentine

He was Man of the Year. He had a school named after him before he even got sworn in. And the country of Antigua is renaming their highest mountain after the guy.

People just love Barry.

But how do you prove that he loves YOU? With cold hard photographic evidence, that’s how.

Send the nice folks at ScanCafe a photo of yourself, and they’ll concoct a photo of you and the Big O on a date. It’s realistic! Convincing! Not creepy at all! (:-/)

Next up: Convince your friends that Barack’s leaving Michelle and his adorable kiddies for you, because you’re just that hot.

Obamafy Your Valentine’s Day

p.s. Thanks to reader/secret agent Molly for sending this our way!

p.p.s. Holy smokes! Reader/secret agent Damien Murphy entered a National Geographic contest on our advice, and he won! Go congratulate him!

#Inspo
You and Obama, Sittin’ In a Tree

family bed

We love hearing from our adoring faithful Photojojo fans. And what we’ve heard lately is that you kids love the photo projects, but you really love the short photo projects.

Good news, everyone! This project will only take you one day.

Here’s the plan:

  1. Find another photographer.
  2. Take a portrait of that person with whatever matters most to them, be it their family, their cat, or their first-edition copy of Molecular Quantum Mechanics.
  3. Give them a copy of their portrait, on one condition:
    they have to do the same for another photographer.

There you go: one day of shooting, and you’ve set the wheels in motion for an ongoing (possibly never-ending) project. Get everyone to post their photos online, and see how long you can keep the project rolling.

We’ve started a special forum thread just for all of you, so let’s see what you’ve got!

Pay It Forward Portrait Project

p.s. Thanks to Joel Weibner for tipping us off about John Michael Cooper’s original Pay It Forward project!

Photo credit: sesame ellis.

#Inspo
Pay It Forward: Portraits of Other Photographers

perpetual photo calendar
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One of our readers, Sandy Weisz, sent us this idea for a calendar made out of number photos. He said it sounded perfect for us because:

  • It’s a photo project.
  • It’s a DIY project.
  • It’s functional.
  • You can use it forever.
  • AND it looks amazing on the wall!

What, are you kidding? We LOVE this!!

It’s typography! It’s photography! It’s design! And it looks freakin’ stunning.

Plus we can rearrange the numbers each month, so we’ll never need to buy a calendar ever again. We’re so in love right now.

The DIY Perpetual Photo Wall Calendar

#DIY
The Perpetual Photo Wall Calendar

candy canes and tinsel

You know for a fact that we at Photojojo love you little munchkins.

And, because we love you so very much, we stuffed your stockings last night with twelve little goodies! Merry Christmas everybody!

(If you’re not a Christmas person, we declare today your Unbirthday. That’s the reason we got you all these awesome presents!)

Four things for printing:

Lens hoods: Print these out on cardstock for a disposable alternative to the standard pricey lens protector.

DIY flash bouncer: If you bounce your flash unit’s light off the ceiling, it makes your flash pictures look less harsh. But what do you do if there’s no ceiling or if it’s too far away? Use this handy little device instead, bucko. Ta-dah!

Readymech cameras: Pinhole cameras to print and fold together. Now in five super-stylish designs! Oh my!

Wax paper flash diffuser: You know those little white plastic caps that go over the end of your flash unit to soften the light? That’s what this is, except it’s made out of wax paper and costs about 2 cents to make.

We couldn’t fit everything in your stocking, but there are four more printable projects over at DIY Photography!

Three crafty projects:

Photo ornaments: Got a couple extra prints lyin’ around? Then you got yerself some ornaments, Ace.

DIY snow globes: What says Xmas better than Ye Olde Snow Globe? Ye Olde Photo Snow Globe, that’s what.

Paper elves: Full disclosure here: these have nothing whatsoever to do with photography. But they were such awesome little figures that we just had to put them in your stocking. You can make Santa too!

Two games for playing:

Elf Yourself: Our favorite holiday photographic dancing elf site is back! Slap your face on an elf’s body and virtually boogie to your heart’s content.

There are some changes this year; you can’t turn yourself into Scrooge anymore (Bah! Humbug!), but you can make five different elves and make all of ’em dance at the same time. This season’s dance crazes include country, disco, and the Charleston.

Like that? Head on over to Jib Jab and check out their insert-your-photo-here version of It’s a Wonderful Life!

The holiday alphabet game: Take pictures of holiday things that start with each letter of the alphabet. “T” is for tinsel, “C” is for candy cane. Get it? Post your photos on Flickr, or just put ’em up around the house.

One photo guide:

Photographing the holidays: Everything you need to know about taking photos of lights and presents and shiny shiny baubles.

And a partridge in a pear tree. Hurrah!

#Gear
Stocking Stuffers Juuuust For You! Yay!

Happy Festivus!

Here at Photojojo, we’ve dallied with all the major winter holidays. Chrismukkawanzaa, St. Bodagisil’s Day, The Feast of a Thousand Hams… you name it, we’ve tried it.

But Festivus is our favorite.

As many of you know, Festivus was popularized 11 years ago by an episode of “Seinfeld” and is now celebrated by discerning holiday-makers around the globe. Unbeknownst to many, Festivus was in fact started in the 1960s by the father of a future Seinfeld writer.

Festivus (long may it live) has three fine traditions:

  1. The Festivus Pole
  2. The Airing of Grievances
  3. The Feats of Strength

One of these traditions is a bit difficult for us, but we’re leading up to that. If you want to learn how to celebrate the finest winter holiday the Photojojo way (i.e. with cameras, photos and a double helping of silly), keep reading.

A Photojojo Family Festivus

p.s. Like us? Nominate @photojojo for a Shorty Award with a quick twitter.

Photo credit: Mark Demeny

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A Photojojo Family Festivus

Orders placed in the Photojojo Shop today will arrive for Christmas
In stock items to the U.S. only, choose flat-rate $6 Priority Mail shipping at checkout
(Or choose 2-Day shipping by 12/21 or Next Day by 12/22)
Poladroid pictures

Well gang, we fought the good fight, but it’s official: Polaroid isn’t making any more film after December 31st, 2008.

Sad though we are, we’ve found a few bits of good news scattered amid the wreckage.

1) The New Instant Camera
Fuji’s instant camera, the Instax, is now available in the United States. The photos are rectangular instead of the old familiar square format, but it’s the next-best-thing to our beloved Polaroid cameras.

Have a look at the Flickr Instax pool to see what the photos look like.

2) There’s Still Some Film Left
Unsaleable, our favorite source for Polaroid goodness, has morphed into Polapremium. You can still buy film there, sorted by camera type or film type, along with books, accessories and stuff like that. (The name’s no lie: it’s quite pricey now that supplies are limited.)

Polaroid no longer sells film on its website, but it lists sources including Calumet, Amazon, and B&H.

3) Fuji Makes Substitutes
Fuji makes versions of Type 100 and 4×5 Polaroid film. That means if you use a medium-format Polaroid back, a Polaroid pinhole or Holga camera, or a 4×5 view camera, you can still get film.

4) New Zink Technology
Instead of making film, Polaroid’s branching out with the portable digital PoGo printer. We were a little disappointed when we tried it, because it’s basically just a tiny printer. It doesn’t feel the same as having instant photos magically pop out of your camera. Sigh.

We have higher hopes for the TOMY xiao, which combines the camera and printer in one, but so far that’s only available in Asia.

5) You Can Take Action
If you refuse to go down without a fight, get an action pack from Save Polaroid. It includes pre-printed postcards to send to the powers-that-be at Polaroid. It’s worth a shot, right?

6) There’s Still Time to Play
While you can still scrounge up some film, you can still mess around with it. Try double exposures or manipulating the emulsion, especially if the film’s already expired. What have you got to lose?

7) There’s Always Poladroid
If all else fails and there is no more film, at least there’s Poladroid. It’s a free application that’s as close to real thing as it gets. You can drag & drop your photos into Poladroid to make them look like Polaroids. You can even shake the picture while it develops. Aaaahhh, that’s nice.

Bye Polaroid! We still love you! Please sell the 600 and Type 80 rights to another manufacturer so we can have them back! Pretty pretty please?

Save Polaroid
News, information, and hope for the lovelorn Polaroid fan.

p.s. We’ve teamed up with our superpals at Vimeo for a contest for the best Stop-Motion Video! Three winners get gift certificates to the Photojojo Store, and 1st place gets their video printed in our upcoming book! Go read all the details and enter. (Already on Vimeo? Just tag your video “PhotojojoBook” to enter.)

p.p.s. Check out some fun Photojojo photo projects in December’s issue of Macworld magazine!

#Technique
Polaroid: R.I.P. in 14 Days :(

family with silly glasses

Since time immemorial, family portraits have been constructed thus:

Everybody put your nice clothes on and pose in front of this decorative interior/ body of water/ big rock. Now smile.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But if you already have that picture and want something new, here are some ideas.

1) Work with contrasts: John Olson did a brilliant series for LIFE in 1970 of rock stars with their parents, including David Crosby, Frank Zappa, and Eric Clapton. The whole set’s on Google now that LIFE has put their archives online.

How you can do it: Olson contrasted scruffy rock stars with their clean-cut families. Try posing your goth cousin with Grandma in her Sunday best and you’ll get the same effect.

2) Use downtime: Katrina D’Autremont takes advantage of quiet moments like watching TV or resting on the comfy chair. Some of her best family photos don’t even have people in them, just the space they occupy.

How you can do it: D’Autremont uses stillness as her ally. Take photos of your family when they’re not posing, just being themselves. And remember to document the rooms and things that mean home to you.

3) Be a complete spaz: Akihiro Furuta takes hilarious (and definitely memorable) family pictures using silly outfits, odd situations, and matching costumes.

How you can do it: Furuta dresses his family in goofy costumes and has a lot of fun. If you must have matching outfits, go for ponchos and bunny-ears instead of white shirts and khakis.

70s Rock Stars with Their Parents
Keep clicking “more” to see the whole set.
via FFFFOUND!

Katrina D’Autremont’s Family Portraits
via Conscientious

Akihiro Furuta’s Goofy Family
via Swiss Miss

Photo credits: Akihiro Furuta and © Katrina D’Autremont

old man at tableman with accordion and doggirl with christmas tree

#Inspo
Take Family Portraits That Break the Rules. Because You Answer to No One.

Dawn to Dusk photos

Once a year, a small army of photojournalism majors swarms over Athens County, Ohio, taking photos of everyday life from sunup to sundown.

It’s called the Dawn to Dusk project.

Documenting a whole day in a county sounds like a big, complicated undertaking. But break it down, and you’ve got a project doable for just about anyone.

In fact, you can do this with only as many people as you can count on your hand (even if you don’t have extranumery digits).

Read on for our tips on how to do your own Dawn to Dusk project: where to shoot, who to involve, and how to show off all your hard work.

Capturing Life from Dawn to Dusk

Photo credits: Sam Saccone, Alex Snyder, and Rachel O’Hara.

#Inspo
Capturing Life from Dawn to Dusk

kids with camera

We all remember our first camera, whether it was digital, 35mm or Polaroid. But we might not remember taking our first picture.

And why not? Because most of us started taking photographs when we were little.

There’s something about cameras that draws kids like a magnet. Teaching a child how to take pictures could be the spark that starts a life-long interest.

Grab your kid, or a friend’s kid (or that strange toddler that followed you home from the convenience store after you bought two cases of Tastykakes) and open their eyes to the world of photography!

Turn Your Kid Into a Photographer

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

#Technique
Hold the Camera, Kid: Luring your Child into the World of Photography!

spoonflower fabric

Listen up, young whippersnappers: when we were your age, we had to trudge fifteen miles to work every day. Barefoot. With wild raccoons biting our ankles the whole time.

And if we wanted to have photos on our fabric, we had two options: glue and thumbtacks.

But all you young punks have to do is choose a photo and have Spoonflower print it on cloth for you. Your very own photo-print fabric: yards and yards of it.

And we suppose you rapscallions will make clever things with your fancy photo fabric:

Young people these days with their shoes and photo cloth and raccoon-free commutes.

What’s the world coming to, dagnabit?

Spoonflower Custom-Printed Fabric

#DIY
Make Custom-Printed Fabric Using Your Photos

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In honor of the Dia de los Muertos (November 2nd), we’re digging up a lesser-known piece of photographic history.

Memorial photography was the common practice of taking a person’s portrait after they passed away.

Since our culture now fears death more than we mourn it, these photos are seen today as macabre. But it was actually a beautiful tradition that helped families keep a small memento of the loved ones they had lost.

Though it’s a bit of a departure from our usual fare, we wanted to share some history that’s gone but not forgotten.

Memorial Photography
Thanks to reader Blake Nolan for the idea!

p.s. This article does show photos of dead people, so don’t click through if that kind of thing freaks you out.

#Technique
Day of the Dead: Memorial Photography

Phoenix logo

Why do we like Phoenix?

  1. It’s an image editor that works just like Photoshop. It’s got magic wands, layers, masks, blend modes: the whole enchilada.
  2. It’s web-based, so you don’t have to download any software or use up space on your hard drive. You can use photos already on the web, too: Flickr, Facebook and Picasa all work.
  3. There are 40+ free tutorials that range from beginner to advanced, so you can learn how to use all them fancy tools.
  4. There’s a very good free version, as well as a souped-up hotrod version that’s actually worth paying for.

And, after months of invitation-only anticipation, Phoenix launches tomorrow to the general public!

But you, dear chums, you are not the general public. Far from it. You are the faithful cadre of the Photojojo elite. Which is why we wrangled, bargained, and mud-wrestled a live alligator to obtain (just for you) special passes!

The first 2000 Photojojo readers to sign up will get $55 off a year’s subscription to the premium version. Fly quick, chickadees!

Phoenix Web-based Image Editor

p.s. While you’re there, be sure to check out Aviary’s other tools (they work together like Adobe’s Creative Suite). Toucan creates color swatches and palettes, Peacock generates patterns and terrain, and Raven (the newest hatchling) is a vector editor similar to Illustrator.

#Inspo
Four Reasons to Love Phoenix

polling place

If you happen to live in the United States, all you’ve heard about lately is the elections. (Chances are you’ve heard a lot about it even if you don’t live here.)

But when you get right down to it, the actual act of voting is so mundane, so taken-for granted, that more than a third of Americans didn’t even bother in 2004.

That’s why we like the New York Times’ Polling Place Photo Project. It elevates the ordinary, bland places where history is made.

Photographing your polling place is a great challenge: it makes you rethink the importance of what goes on there.

We challenge you to cast that church basement or high-school auditorium in heroic light, to raise the sleepy, coffee-deprived people lining up before work onto their proper civic pedestal.

And why stop there? Why not get out and document the process leading up to the election? Photograph the rallies, the clever posters, your friends arguing politics. If there was ever a year for political photography, this is it.

The Polling Place Photo Project

If you’re not in the United States, we’re dying to see how politics work in your country. What do the campaign posters look like? Do you have voter registration cards? Where do you vote? Post your pictures on the Photojojo Forum and tell us all about it!

Submit Photos of Your Country’s Political Process

p.s. New to the neighborhood? Don’t know where your polling place is? Google can tell you where to go.

p.p.s. Don’t forget to enter our Macro-zoom-ography Contest before it ends this Sunday, 10/26! The Nature Photography Contest is still going strong, too: enter here!

p.p.p.s. Some cities/counties/states allow photography in the polling place and some don’t. If yours doesn’t, please respect the rules, and be nice to your polling officer!

#Inspo
Vote With Your Camera: The Polling Place Photo Project

Flickr bike

It’s purple. It’s solar-powered. And we’ve got one right here at the Photojojo Workatorium.

What could it be? Why, it’s a super-duper GPS camera bike with special Flickr sauce!

It has a built-in camera mounted on the handlebars that takes pictures as you ride, then automatically geotags and uploads them to its very own Flickr stream.

The only downside to this brilliant bike is that only 20 of them were made, and most of them are already in the clutches of the digerati.

So, how can you get your mitts on one? Choose one of the following:

  • A. Waylay an unsuspecting Photojojo drone and ply us with wine-coolers until we confess the secret coordinates of our precious purple bike.
  • B. Enter the Purple Pedals giveaway contest and win one of your very own.
  • C. Make your own DIY version!

If you answered B or C, we like you. If you answered A, we raise a suspicious eyebrow at you and move the bike to extra-extra-secret coordinates.

How The Solar-Powered GPS Camera Bike Was Made

Make Your Own Camera Bike (the Easy Way)
Adding an Eye-Fi Explore card will automatically geotag and upload your photos, just like the fancy bikes do.

p.s. Contest time everybody! Post your most beauteous nature photos and win an amazing tripod from Trek-Tech. Enter here by October 31st!

p.p.s. If you’re going to be in Austin, TX this weekend (Oct. 18-19) stop by Maker Faire and say hi to Uncommon Projects, the smart kids who made the Purple Pedals bikes.

#DIY
The Amazing Picture-Takin’ Geotaggin’ Solar-Powered Super Bike

good-lookin' portrait

The photographer’s worst nightmare: being hauled out from behind the lens and forced to stand in front of a camera.

Why must people photograph us? Yes, photographers are adorable, and yes, we have unparalleled style. But we are shy, and we prefer to hide behind our cameras like frightened woodland creatures behind large trees.

Still, people do insist on taking our pictures. So, what to do when you can’t avoid being photographed? Stand tall and follow our tips for instant photogenicity.

The Top Ten Ways To Look Good in Pictures

#Technique
Ten Ways To Look Fabulous in Pictures

photomicrographs

Looking at photomicrography is like walking into a whole new dimension.

It knocks us out that there’s this whole invisible world present, yet utterly ignored, in every aspect of our lives. Plus there’s a whole branch of photography we never even thought of.

The bad news is: 1) most of us don’t have the specialized equipment to really get into photomicrography, and 2) it’s hard to pronounce.

The good news: we can learn to photograph very small things that are visible to the naked eye.

Macro photography is supposed to be for Serious Photographers, but anyone with a decent point-and-shoot can master it.

Come on along and we’ll let you in on the settings, lighting info, and technical gear you need to know about to get started.

Photojojo’s Guide to Macrophotography

Photo credits: Klaus Bolte, Michael Klymkowsky, Dr. Dennis D. Kunkel, and Dr. Heiti Paves.

#Technique
Photojojo’s Guide to Macrophotography

Welcome back to returning advertiser Lensbabies
they’ve got some cool new lenses we just saw at Photokina.
Find out why Photojojo advertisers keep coming back.
dumped food portraits

How?

How in the name of the Jolly Green Giant did Meg Wachter get anybody to pose for these portraits?

Was it bribery? Hypnosis? Did she promise them a guest spot on “You Can’t Do That On Television”?

Probably all of the above.

Tell ya what we’d do if we wanted to get pictures like these, though:

We’d host a big end-of-summer BBQ/pool party, with lots of soupy side-dishes, and we’d wait ’til everybody all had their bathing suits on, and then we’d break out the camera for the hugest, sloppiest, food-fight photo extravaganza there ever was! Yeah!

We’re not saying you have to spend this coming weekend that way, it’s just, you know, it is the end of summer. And they would be really awesome pictures. We’re just saying.

Meg Wachter’s “Dumped” Portraits

p.s. Congratulations to the winners of our Lomography + Photojojo Photo Tip Contest! First prize goes to lauramary, followed closely by shanegoguen, tom_ashor_bhaan, halfawakehaiku, and ginnymae.
Thanks to everyone who entered- you’re all brilliant!

#Inspo
Dump Food on Your Friends & Take Pictures

balloon aerial photography

On July 2, 1982, “Lawnchair Larry” Walters strapped himself into a lawnchair tied to 45 helium-filled weather balloons, and floated away into the sky.

14 hours later, after disrupting flight paths at LAX and blacking out a Long Beach neighborhood by floating into some power lines, he shot the balloons with a pellet gun and returned unharmed to terra firma.

Don’t do what Larry did.

If you really want to see the view from on high, do what David Trawin did instead: hang a camera from a bunch of balloons and send it aloft to take pictures for you.

Read on for full instructions on how to make an aerial balloon camera rig, in Part Three of our continuing quest to get our cameras higher and higher into the air.*

David Trawin’s Aerial Balloon Camera

*What will be next? Dirigibles? Trained eagles? Sending candygrams to the Air Force until they let us borrow a fighter jet?

p.s. Don’t miss Part One: Kite Photography and Part Two: Camera-on-a-Stick!

#DIY
Better Than a Lead Balloon: Aerial Balloon Photography

Postcard

Remember the first time you made a mixtape? Up all night, headphones on, slaving over a hot stereo until you got it exactly right?

Making your own postcard at Postcard.fm feels like that. Except it’s practically instant, so you can skip the up-all-night part!

All you have to do is choose your greatest photo, upload a song that captures the moment, and send it off with a message to your favorite person. Here’s one we made.

You can make a musical postcard for any occasion, but if you’re looking for some ideas try these on for size:

Best Valentines Ever: Send a foxy photo of you along with your intended’s favorite sappy love song. Hot-cha!

Party Invites: Send a festive postcard with all the party info to yourself, then forward the link to all your friends.

Sorry I Broke Into Your Apartment and Stole All Your Socks: OK, fine, maybe we’re the only ones that need to send those on a regular basis.

Now get out there and start mixing it up!

Make Your Own Postcard at Postcard.fm

#Inspo
Musical Postcards For Every Occasion (Flag Day, St. Swithin’s Day, The Festival of Lice…)

inkjet image transfers
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We recently saw this cool post on Craft Chi* about inkjet transfer stamping, and our brains nearly exploded.

“Hmmm,” we thought, “we could use our inkjet printer to mimic rubber stamps, only we could use our own pictures.”

“In fact,” we mused, “we could go beyond plain old stamps and go full-color. Golly Moses,” we postulated, “we could transfer photos onto paper, or wood, or nearly anything, just like Xerox transfers but without the fumes!”

We would have gone on thinking huge and glorious thoughts, except the bus driver got tired of our muttering to ourselves and waving our arms around and kicked us off the bus.

But our humiliation is your gain, sweet reader, because after we walked home, we wrote an image transfer tutorial just for you. Armed only with an inkjet and some copier transparencies, you too can put images on anything you like.

*via Craft!

p.s. Thanks to all our peeps who came to see us at Maker Faire this weekend! We feel so loved.

#DIY
Inkjet Image Transfers

Draw Your Face
   

If you send Damien Weighill a photo, he will draw your face and put it on his blog.

When he does you will have a mustache. Or perhaps there will be a gorilla behind you. Maybe you will be a dinosaur.

He is unpredictable. Approach with caution.

Your Face
via Jennifer Daniel. Send us links!

p.s. Remember that Squarespace Portfolio Makeover Contest we had? We hear our winner Jennifer Konig is pretty excited about her new website:

“It’s gorgeous!!! You ROCK!
The admin UI is really, really intuitive.
I’m seriously impressed.”

Check out her swank new portfolio!


Photojojo Live! This Saturday only!

We’ll be at Maker Faire on Saturday May 3rd demonstrating our ever-so-fabulous photo block kits. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come by the Craft Zone at 5:00pm and watch us rock the house. It’s gonna be huge. Arena-rock huge.

#Inspo
Make Some Guy Draw Your Face

robot
   

Stop us if this sounds familiar:

You’re wandering around your favorite thrift store/ flea market/ crazy cat-lady neighbor’s attic and you find a great vintage camera.

You get all excited until you open the back and discover it only takes some bizarre outdated film that hasn’t been around since President Taft was voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” So you put it back, sigh, and daydream about that naughty naughty Taft.

But hark, dear reader: you can take digital pictures using that incredibly cool old camera. Combine your digital camera with your kitschy cam, and you’ll end up with some serious vintage-style awesome.

Come on along and we’ll let you in on the secret.

Digitize Your Old Camera

#Photojojo Original
Resurrect Your Vintage Camera, Digital Style

Milk Farm sign
   

Oh cross-processed film, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways…

    The super-saturated colors
    The ultra-high contrast
    The retro, artsy style
    The way everybody asks, “How did you DO that?”

But alas! Alack! Our digital camera gives us no film to cross-process! How shall we reclaim our Paradise Lost?

With Photoshop, gentle reader: glorious Photoshop. With a curves layer and a “hey nonny nonny”, we are reunited with our favorite old dark-room technique.

Huzzah!

Photoshop Cross-Processing Tutorial

p.s. Today is Chuck Norris’ birthday, which means it’s also the International Day of Awesomeness! Get out there and be the best awesome you can be!

Monster Face Contest Winners!
Monster Face Contest Winners
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New Contest:
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Monday Stinks
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Photo Credits: Jo Durber and Lou Hamilton.

#Technique
How to Fake Cross-Processing in Photoshop (And Why You’d Want To)

film canister flash diffuser
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Harsh, unflattering flash got you down? Grab an old roll of film and make it all better.

Follow Flickr user natuurplaat’s lead, and turn an old film canister into a flash diffuser! A few strategic cuts make it easy to slip the canister onto your pop-up flash, and voila! Soft, beautiful lighting.

Keep reading and we’ll show you how to make your very own little piece of genius.

Film Canister Flash Diffuser
Thanks to reader Jeff Gamble for the tip!

#DIY
Reduce, Reuse, Diffuse: Make Your Own Flash Diffuser from an Old Film Container