instagram vids

I’m loving the new video feature on Instagram- the only thing is I would like to make my videos better with a tripod or a steadying grip, (which are actually available! at photojojo). Here are some general pro tips for shooting better instagram videos (also courtesy of photojojo). I really enjoy watching the videos that people spend a bit of time and thought into shooting (this applies to pictures as well). No one wants to see your grainy under-lit dinner!! Putting some light and composition into your ‘grams and vids makes the internet and instagram feeds a more beautiful place.

What are your instagram video secrets?

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haute tech series 4: christopher plummer is on your iphone

dachshundwebSince I was feeling in an illustrative groove this week I made an iPhone/iPad screen saver for you. This one goes out to the folks at the Department of Home Affairs. No explanation needed.

(click through above for the higher resolution picture)

PS Check out my DIY at the Minnetonka Moccasins blog. I’ll be doing one more and then hosting a contest for one lucky reader to win my favorite pair of moccs. It will be open to US and South African residents!

**Welcome to haute tech, wherein I fool around with CS6 to produce pretty illustrations to for your tech

haute tech series 1: make zen your machinery




On any given day I (and you, and everyone else) am constantly staring at my tech, whether it’s my mac, iPhone or iPad, some kind of screen is usually commanding my attention. I try to make my machinery zen by changing up backgrounds (usually I pick something lovely from Design Love Fest) and so I thought I’d make my own. Here for your viewing and downloading pleasure I have a desktop background and two iPhone/iPad/tablet lock and home screens (click through above, and if you don’t know how here are some instructions for iphones).

Also, speaking of zen machinery here is a sleek case for your iPhone.

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weekend away in Durban, photographed

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We had a lovely weekend in Durban full of Indian food, sea food, and photo oppors. I hustled to get some good shots for P’s article and I hope they will suffice. Since we live in land-locked Jozi, it was a special treat to be able to do my running along the ocean. They have a great wiiiide paved sidewalk next to the beach and it’s full of Durbanites working out. If I had an ocean to run next to on a daily basis I imagine I’d do a lot more of it. Life gets crazy over the next month for both P and me so it was nice to chillax together before it all blows up. This week I’ll be working on editing my photos for P’s article and chilling with the dog before we go on a hike for Easter (sadly, mini daxy puppies are not equipped for hardcore hikes).

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botswana, zimbabwe and zambia instagrammed

We had a lovely holiday with my parents through 3 countries and lots of animals. I took lots of shots that still need to be edited but here is what I got on my iphone. We safaried by air, land and sea (mokoro) through the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe, and viewed Victoria Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was fun to add countries to our list and log even more safari time (you can never have too much safari) and get up close and personal with crocs, lions, elephants etc. We kept the mosquitos away (but not the spiders, I have a huge nasty bite) and kept cool to boot. There was lots of quality time and great memories.

iPhone week: holga filter & lens turret

The last iPhone accessory I purchased from Photojojo is the Holga Special Lens & Filter Turret (now available here). Amidst my  incessant instagramming, it’s fun to use ACTUAL lenses and filters, it makes your iphoneography more of an experience. Plus, I think it’s a nice alternative to an actual Holga camera, since I don’t really have the patience to wait for film.

The lenses and filters include a macro mode, a heart outline, and lots of other fun stuff. I also like it because you don’t have to take the lenses on and off like my other iPhone lenses- sometimes they’re a pain because I drop them all the time. The Holga is ready for spontaneous photo action anytime the moment arises.

iPhone week: second time’s a charm

Despite my good intentions and lofty proclamations of posting while on vacation, it wasn’t to be: safari doesn’t allow for internet, not even a 3g stick worked. So I’m back on the horse this week- my page hits are as higher than ever, and I want to give the people what they want! We had an incredible week on vacation with my in laws- we got to show them where we live- touring around Jozi, introducing them to our friends, and taking them on safari- one of the great privileges of living in South Africa as a foreigner is being able to take your friends and family (lots of them!) on their first ever safari. I don’t think anything on this planet Earth compares to the first time a rhino or a lion is chilling a few feet away from you in its natural habitat. I’ll post pictures from our trip later on.
The second iPhone accessory that I acquired were some lenses from Photojojo for my iPhone. My idea was to iPhone-a-graph our safari. I didn’t quite work out as I wanted it to because I just couldn’t resist reaching for my telephoto but I managed to get some cool shots which I’ll share later.
For now, here are some examples of what you can do with your iPhone + simple lenses. PS. the Macro and the Fisheye are my favorites!