Zee Avi’s Swell Window

Sunday and Zee Avi’s songs goes hand in hand, especially this one from her album Ghostbird, 2011.

(photo from deersummer’s flickr roll)

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a film camera. Since the arrival of the iPhones and other mobile devices, I feel that most of us are slowly losing our appreciation of what true, meaningful photos are. True photography, as a craft takes hours. These days, it takes seconds! It is true that you can take surprisingly good photographs with your phones these days. The quality is not as grainy as before, the lenses are not bad too, but yet I dearly miss the times when we have to process photos.

Since the holidays started, I have also started to pay more attention to how I take photos, be it with my iPhone or digital camera. I begin to learn about the rule of thirds, photo compositions and how to focus an image perfectly. With this said, I’m not implying we should abandon our current Instagram-ish behaviour totally. But if we want to learn photography as an art form, let us not constrain the possibilities to just our mobile devices.

Talking about film cameras, I think it’ll be really interesting to live life from his perspective.


Instagram Keepsakes

It’s no secret the Facebook-owned photo sharing app, Instagram has taken the world by storm! Today, Instagram’s daily use has more than septupled, growing from 900,000 people to around 7.3 million people a day. On Thanksgiving day itself,  there were over 10 million photos shared of all things delicious.

As we enter this festive season of gift-giving, here are 4 awesome ideas to transform your instagram photos into real keepsakes.

(photo via Prinstagram)

Printstagram transforms your photos into an assortment of products like physical square prints, mini-sticker book, spiral-bounded book, a poster and calendar! At US10 for 252 mini square stickers, I think it’s a pretty good deal!

(photo via CanvasPop)

There is nothing more satisfying than decorating your walls with artwork and photos entirely by your own creation. CanvasPop makes it easier for you to do so. It allows you to make gorgeous canvas prints of any size and resolution from your Facebook, Instagram, Photobucket or Flickr.

(photo via digital camera world)

Introducing a refreshing concept called the Instagram SocialMatic camera – a camera that lets people snap photos, share them online and print them out as squared sticky-note-style photos. With neat specs like 16gb of storage space, wi-fi and bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen capability, LED flash and an internal printer, I’m sure it will be a hit among photo enthusiasts all around the world. Proposed released date of mid 2013. Price unreleased.

(photo via Kickstarter – Projecteo)

Projecteo is my favourite of them all! The whole idea of Projecteo is to allow users to store photos in collectible photo wheels of 35mm film that are compatible with their mini projector. I really like this idea. I remember playing with something similar when I was younger, minus the projection part.

As of today, this concept is currently under a Kickstarter project where the team hopes to gather public funding via pledges. If everything goes smoothly, manufacturing will commence in Jan 2013! Currently retailing at US20 for early-pledgers and US25 subsequently.


Meet Bobine, an ultra flexible smartphone charger as well as a tripod. It’s stiff but flexible body allows you to bend it into various shapes and angles. Say goodbye to awkward self-capture shots! While a little on the pricier side for a cable at US 30, I think it’s pretty value for money considering it’s multi-functional capabilities. Available at PhotoJojo.

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Yummy Apps for your iPhone

A Netherlands-based illustrator , Julian Burford cheekily transformed modern food products into squarish app icon sets. Very impressive and detailed work indeed! I wish these app icons were on sale!