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Welcome, new readers!

It’s been a year since I’ve written a “welcome to Photodoto” post. In that time, we’ve attracted a bunch of new subscribers. Thanks for reading! For the benefit of new readers, here’s a brief tour of and some things you may have missed:

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Popular older posts from our extensive archives:

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Tiny Time-Lapse Digital Camera


This is kind of a neat idea. It’s a camera called the “Pet’s Eye View” that you clip to your pet’s collar. It takes still photos on an interval timer, like a security camera, so you can download them at the end of the day and see what your pet has been up to.

That might make a neat time lapse video.

They say it’s for pets but I bet it works equally well on children. Let’s see… if I stick one to each kid maybe I’ll finally find out who’s been leaving the kitchen such a mess…

Pet’s Eye View Digital Camera

Funky Christmas Gifts

Need something a little more unusual than photo books and gorilla pods (so last year!) to give the photography-obsessed people in your life this festive season? Check out these funky offerings:

  • Fashionable and funky neck straps, wristlets, and lens cosies from My Funky Camera. Ranging from $25 to $32. International shipping costs the same as domestic.
  • The super secret spy lens from The Photojojo Store. $80 for the lens and all adapters.
  • The Flickerverse Official T-shirt, also from The Photojojo Store. $20 for one, $36 for two.
  • “Death to Film” Tote Bag for the digital camera convert from About Digital Cameras Cafepress Store. $15.99
  • “Keep Film Alive” Hoody for the old school photographer, also from About Digital Camera Cafepress Store. $37.99
  • Get photography related cartoons printed on everything from chopping boards and aprons to shoulder bags and umbrellas or just regular old framed prints, from CartoonStock. Ranging from £6 to £41 (available in the US by selecting “buy through Zazzle” at checkout).
  • Vintage cameras like the Bessler ColorPro 50mm/f2.8 or the Kodak Imprint 920 Instant Camera available on Etsy (limited supplies). $20-$27.
  • Camera Parts T-shirt from shopshopdesigns on Etsy. $20
  • VW Camper Van Memory Stick for transferring photos in a funky way, from Totally Funky. £19.99 (only ships to UK addresses)
  • Chocolate Covered Photo Oreos from Custom Creations, they also offer a variety of other sweet photo-printed treats including lollipops and graham crackers so you can eat your favourite photo on your favourite cookie. Oreos are $2.12 for two.
  • 5×7 I Love Photography Print on velvet fine art paper from elsiecake on Etsy. $14
  • Popular Box Cameras (Brownie Camera Series) Puzzle Magnets from SayHiBeth on Etsy, good gift for a child who like photography. $12
  • Scrabble Tile Pendant – Vintage Camera from ThePendantFactory on Etsy. $5

If you have any funky photography-related gift ideas let us know in the comments.

Shutterfly Sale

If you’re thinking of giving a photo book as a gift this Christmas you might want to check out Shutterfly today where they’re having a “secret sale” until tomorrow (December 3rd). There’s 15% of 4×4 and 5×7 photo books, 20% off the 8×8 and 8.5×11 books, and 30% off the12x12 book. Plus free shipping if you spend $25 or more. The sale also includes other photo gifts including mugs, posters, ornaments, and canvas prints. Check it out here.

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