Archives for March 2011

Hide your face in online photos

Don’t personally share the exhibitionist traits now so common on the web? Here’s an interesting new free service: will blur your face in online photos. 

PhotoHide is the only online service in the world to hide the face in your personal photos,” the site says. “This service is suitable for every situation in which you want to keep your privacy.”

Well, perhaps not so interesting: the site merely lets you upload one image, and download a new version with the face blurred — something anyone can do in any number of free image editing tools.

It does point the way to what might be a popular tool, however, if it were possible: a service at which you have your face recognized, and then give permission to have your face blurred in pictures anywhere on the web…


Flickr shares everywhere

Flickr updated its share functionality to make the site “the hub for your photos on the Internet.”

Most photographers “probably have multiple places out there on the Internet where you express yourself,” the company says. “Maybe you use Facebook to connect to your college friends, Twitter for people who share your interests, or your blog as your megaphone to the world.” And so the site integrated options to share photos “as a key part of the photo page, making it easier for you to access and get your photos out to the places you want.”

Flickr's made it easier to share on other sites the images it hosts.


It particularly improved flexibility of sharing to Facebook, and users can share non-public content with Facebook friends, without making the pictures public on Flickr. And accounts can be set up to automatically share public uploads directly to a Facebook feed. Flickr also serves images to Twitter and Tumblr.


Tamron USA launches MyPhotoExhibits

Photographers can create customizable online 3D exhibits of their work “with a vibrant interactive experience,” says Tamron USA. “MyPhotoExhibits transforms the way images are viewed and shared.”

Photographers upload high-resolution images, and create a personalized exhibit space, the company says. After organizing the exhibit and captioning the photographs, users can put the finishing touches on their exhibit space, choosing from a variety of gallery spaces (wall and floor textures and colors), photo frames, furniture, and lighting options.

Exhibits can be viewed by “invitation only” or remain open to the public. An viewing application is also available for the iPhone.

To kick off the launch of MyPhotoExhibits, Tamron is sponsoring a photo contest, and the winning exhibit will be featured in the September/October 2011 issue of American Photo magazine. The winner will also receive a Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD 15X all-in-one zoom lens (valued at $649).


Intel invests in InVisage

InVisage Technologies, which demonstrated its “QuantumFilm” sensor technology at our 2010 6Sight Future of Imaging conference, will use an investment from Intel Capital to bring its products into mass production.

“Image sensors for smart phones and handheld devices are a huge market opportunity and InVisage is well positioned to capture significant market share,” Intel Capital says.  “InVisage is the first company in a while to think differently about image sensors and we are confident that its products will lead the imaging market on a new vector of innovation.”

InVisage is a fabless semiconductor company developing quantum dot imaging technology designed to replace conventional CMOS silicon image sensors. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Menlo Park, California.

Intel Capital is Intel’s global investment organization, and makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide.

Woodside Capital Securities LLC acted as a financial advisor to InVisage. Managing partner Rudy Burger also presented at 6Sight, in our financial analyst panel — a transcript of which is in the Jan-Feb issue of The 6sight Report.

Also covered in that issue is the conference’s Camera panel, which featured InVisage CEO Jess Lee.

Silicon Hive also presented a Showcase at 6Sight last fall — and received an investment from Intel.


AP: Kodak CEO compensation fell 66 percent in 2010

Antonio Perez, CEO and chairman of Eastman Kodak Co. saw his pay package drop 66 percent to $3.5 million in 2010, compared to $10.2 million in 2009, according to an Associated Press analysis of a proxy statement. The report said Perez’s performance-based cash bonus slumped 80 percent to $341,000 and the value of his stock awards when they were granted fell 72 percent to $1.7 million, from $6.2 million in 2009. In 2009, he received stock options valued at $1.1 million when they were granted, but he received none last year. His compensation also included $320,194 in perquisites, up 38 percent from 2009, including for personal use of company aircraft, $7,000 in financial counseling and $3,034 for home and personal security. His base salary of $1.1 million rose 11 percent from the previous year.

Since taking the helm in 2005, Perez’s salary has remained unchanged, except in 2009 when it was reduced to $988,600. The company trimmed the salaries of top executives that year as the global downturn sapped demand for digital cameras, film and other photography products, the report said.