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How to Photobomb

Photobombing is the art of inserting yourself into someone else's photos unexpectedly. Here's how to pull off this move for maximum effect.


  • Step 1: Find an photograph Find an opportunity for a photobomb. Look for people posing for a picture, where your presence would be grossly out of place.
  • TIP: Weddings and parties often provide many photobombing opportunities.
  • Step 2: Prepare to photobomb Get in position to sneak into the picture. Estimate the photographer's likely field of vision to ensure you'll make it all the way into the photograph.
  • Step 3: Time it right Choose the exact moment to photobomb. Watch for the photographer to count down, or the subjects to pose or say cheese.
  • Step 4: Make it memorable Right before the shutter clicks, move into frame. Make expressions or gestures to upend the photo's context.
  • Step 5: Flee the scene Leave the immediate vicinity to avoid the victims' revenge. Once you're safe, be on the lookout for the next carefully planned photo setup to disrupt.
  • FACT: A 1997 Seinfeld episode revolved around one of the characters being hired by someone he'd unintentionally photobombed years earlier.

You Will Need

  • Photograph in progress
  • Timing

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