CONTEST: Fuji Instax Mini 90 – Winner Selected!


Win the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. Advanced features like bulb and double exposures, macro mode and high performance flash make it perfect for capturing those unforgettable moments and printing them on the spot. Learn about it at Fujifim. Value: CA$180

Winner Selected!

Congratulations to Diana Pincombe from London, ON

CONTEST CLOSED: Wednesday, February 29th, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

For the design enthusiast: The Herve Gambs Rose Gift Box: includes a Red Rose Couture Flower Diffuser & 10ml Spicy Earth Home Fragrance Spray, all in a precious gift box. Looks good and smells even better! Find it at Belle De Provence at Bayview Village for $119.

For the travel junkie: The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90: is a camera with advanced features, such as bulb and double exposures, macro mode and high performance flash. Perfect for capturing those unforgettable moments and printing them on the spot. Learn about it at Fujifim.

For the foodie: Green & Black’s Organic Hot Chocolate Drink: add it to hot milk and enjoy the creamy froth, the rounded flavor and enticing aroma. Great for a cold winter night. Find it online at Green & Black’s.

Dabble Digs the Lumix GF3X


In every issue of Dabble, we celebrate photographers in the column, Infusion, where we pick products and Benjamin Moore paint colours inspired by a photo. We recently came across the Lumix GF3X camera by Panasonic and love how easy it is to use. Toronto photographer Jennifer Pearson is sharing tips so that you too can take flawless photos using the Lumix GF3X.

Jennifer’s Tip:
One of the easiest ways to give your shots a professional look and feel is to follow the ‘rule of thirds’. This approach breaks your photo down into thirds or a grid system (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have nine parts. By placing items of importance, like a child’s eyes, in the intersections or along the lines, your photo instantly becomes more interesting.


Be aware of your light source — where is it coming from? Where are the shadows? A common trick used by most photographers is shooting in open shade — a technique where you place your subject (person or object) in the shade but just on the cusp of the light with the sun positioned over your shoulder. This removes harsh shadows and awkward squinting, while placing a lovely light in their eyes.

3 Sites Inspire, Plan and Share

Travel news, insider info and new gadgets from Anne Taylor Hartzell.

Travel inspiration starts innocently enough – you see a photo, a post from a Facebook friend, a great travel deal in your inbox, or have a conversation over dinner – and the trip is suddenly on. But where to stay? Where to eat? Where to play? We rely heavily on trusted resources to answer these questions and ensure a winning trip.

Travel Geek - Liquid Image Explorer Series 3

Liquid Image Explorer Series 5.0MP
Get camera ready for summer snorkelling trips. The world’s only swim mask with handsfree integrated digital still camera and video.
US$98.95 from

Noteworthy Sites:
From the brand that defines luxury, Louis Vuitton’s Amble allows you to plot stops at favourite restaurants and stores on your journey, creating your own city guide. Explore hidden gems in Celebrity Ambles, download the iPhone app, and capture highlights of your trip.

Where I’ve Been
What started as a wildly popular and fun interactive world map on Facebook has blossomed into a community to inspire and share travel ideas. Traveler Scrapbooks are virtual trip planners to share with friends.

IgoUgo’s thorough travel reviews and stunning photos spark wanderlust. Connect with your Facebook account and tap into more than 9,000 destinations worldwide.

Gadgets on Dabble’s Radar:

Travel Geek - Sony Camera

Sony 3D Bloggie HD Camera
Imagine capturing the whale in 3D as it breaches by your boat during your trip to Alaska. 3D imagery is no longer just for Disney Pixar. Sony’s Bloggie changes all that. Video or still image recording, 2D or 3D capability. $249.

Apps for the Road:

Travel Geek - White Noise Lite2

White Noise Lite
Catch some Zs when jet lag threatens by choosing from 40 soothing sounds, like Ocean Waves or Tibetan Singing Bowl. Free to try; upgrade to full version $1.99.