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By Charlie Carpenter
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In a world where people take endless photos of irrelevant things, ZenCam’s goal is to get people to slow down and take mindful photos of the things that really matter.

Remember film rolls? Remember the excitement of receiving a pack of photos with no IDEA how they will look? Miss it? We do, which is why we’re bringing it back! ZENCAM is an app that emulates the old camera experience, using seamless technology. Once you take a picture, it’s not visible until it pops through your door, printed! 

 1. Noise. Nowadays we take too many pictures of almost everything: duplicates, selfies, screenshots, food, documents etc.

2. Missing out. Our obsession with taking pictures stops us from experiencing and living in the moment. “People so often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly to capture a moment, to the point that they are missing what is happening right in front of them”.

3. Bad quality. It is estimated that 60 % of the pictures we take are dismissible in some form. Some are the same picture taken in different angles. Others are blurred, dark, with red eyes or we just feel we don’t look quite right.

4. Lack of time. In fact, most of us never take the time to look over our digital archives to edit and organise them, leaving them to take up space and gather dust.

5. Memory Loss. Research has recently shown that people remember less about their activities when they take countless pictures rather than when they just look at them.

 1. Slow Down. Start taking meaningful photos instead of endless average ones:

> Observe. 

> Be fully present in the moment

> Capture the moment in one great shot

3. Be Selective. When you can only take 20 pictures you become a lot more selective and you will pay more attention to the art of taking pictures, which cherish and encapsulates that moment in time.

3. Surprise Yourself. How long has it been since you’ve experienced the exciting feeling of receiving something new and unexpected? Too long probably. Now it’s going to be at the tip of your fingers.

> Holidays. How many holidays have you come back from and promised yourself you'd print your photos? The chore of choosing and printing is eliminated with ZenCam, just snap away and we'll take care of the rest.

> Weddings. Gone are the days of leaving disposable cameras on each table then having to track them down at the end of the night. Just share a ZenCam code with your guests and all their photos will be delivered through your door!

> Parties. Wouldn't it be great to have 20 printed photos from every party you've ever attended to look back on? Start making this dream a reality, and fill up a film roll in ZenCam at your next party! 

 1. Dark Room. Your personal safe & secure photo studio that offers access to the negatives of your pictures online. We want to give you the opportunity to revisit, easily edit, crop, add text and re-print your images, as well as share them with friends.

You can also treat the Dark Room as your personal cloud storage, a place where you can store, download or print your photos. Best of all it's FREE. 

In a world where your archive is filled with noise, this is a place where you can safely store your most cherished memories.

Digital Negatives - Your Personal Dark Room
Digital Negatives - Your Personal Dark Room

I found this picture (Creative Commons), click on the picture to read the story of a Mother explaining what Film is to her child. 

2. Android Version. We know that there is a big world outside of Apple so we will also be building a version for you lovely Android users shortly after this project. Sit tight and we'll keep you in the loop on when it's ready. 

3. Print Variety. In the near future, ZenCam users will be able opt in to having their photos printed as beautiful Frames, Posters, Polaroids and more. Leave us a comment of what you want and we'll create it for you! 

Beautiful Picture Frames
Beautiful Picture Frames

The photographs you receive are printed on quality 350 GSM paper, with a smooth matte laminate finish. They are 9.75cm x 9.75cm in size and are perfect for albums, scrap books, gift cards, labels and more. 

What do I get for free?

- Up to 2 film rolls per month. That's 40 FREE Prints. 

What do I pay for?

- Postage & Packaging (UK delivery £2.49 & Worldwide delivery £3.49)

- Additional prints in various formats (Polaroids, Frames, Posters)

- Tracking & Expedited delivery (Price TBC)

Our goal is bring this project to life as quickly as possible. The team is small, agile, fuelled by chocolate and coffee. So you'll have ZenCam on your mobile and be receiving free prints before you know it. 

Current release date is scheduled for >> December 5th

We love print and know it very well. We are the team behind Kite.ly, a print on demand cloud platform, that services multiple apps and businesses. We also have our own print shop called Huggleup - that prints your favourite photos from Instagram, Facebook and your mobile / desktop

This project is an attempt at bringing back the nostalgia of printed photographs, the delight and surprise of receiving never seen before photographs and getting people to slow down and take less, but more meaningful photographs.  

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is that people won't be interested in printing pictures that they didn't get to preview first. We wonder whether people today are too used to being snap happy and won't like releasing control of the outcome of the photos.

Our challenge is to get people to 'Slow Down' and embrace the values of the app itself. Take time to choose what moments you want to capture on camera, the moments you'd like to suspend in time. Then instead of spending the rest of the time taking selfies and photos that you will never look at again, get on with actually living life.

A potential risk is scaling the film development for the app (a.k.a Photo Printing) assuming we see a large amount of downloads in the first few days/weeks. However, we aim to handle this by creating a waiting list on a 'first come first serve' basis, then slowly rolling out access to the app to users. This will ease any printing fulfilment risks - so we can keep all our users happy!

We are have fantastic print partners, who we've successfully worked with for a number of years on other projects. Therefore, we can guarantee the highest quality prints and efficient world wide distribution.

Customer service is always a challenge with delivered goods. But our team are super friendly, and already have expansive customer service experience. No query is too big or small and we promise customers will love every step of this experience.

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