PMA & AIE to Forecast Photography’s Future

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With The Future Imaging Summit, the Association of Imaging Executives looks ahead into the next five years of imaging technology and its impact on the photography business.

It’s a tumultuous time for all of us in the photography business, with constant changes in how people capture, share, print, communicate with, and otherwise enjoy pictures.

What new sensors, processors, and other technology will be in next year’s cameras? What apps, sites, and services will people use to share and view photos? How will they permanently display their favorite shots in albums or wall displays?

To answer these questions and many more, The Association of Imaging Executives, a PMA member organization, will present The Future Imaging Summit. This four-session conference will held concurrently with the DIMA 2013 and PSPA/SPAA Conferences, Jan. 6-7 2013, immediately preceding 2013 PMA@CES, in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Summit will focus on the most important photographic trends and technology coming to market — those changes that will most impact the businesses of our members within the next 5 years.

If you are making a living in photography, you can’t miss out on these informative sessions:

Sunday, January 6 —
1:30–2:45
Capture
From the ever-improving optics that focus the light in the first place, to the larger sensors, faster processors, and increased storage inside, cameras are advancing at an increasing pace with new designs and paradigms coming to market.
This session will feature speakers from top camera companies and phone manufacturers, as well as those behind the electronic components, discussing which changes in image capture will let us take better pictures, and let the industry continue to sell better cameras to upgrading customers who want to share, print, and enjoy improved images.

3:15–4:30

Sharing
Most people take pictures to show important or interesting sights, events, and faces to our friends and families.
In the last decade Internet services and mobile phones have transformed how we see, send, share, and display our images. What changes are yet to come as even more people use smartphones for instant sharing, as well as services like Facebook and new competitors?
How can professional photographers use online services to grow their business?
And most importantly, how will instant sharing further impact the rest of the imaging infrastructure, particularly prints?

Monday, January 7 —
1:30–2:45

Software
This session looks at the desktop programs and mobile apps coming out for editing, enhancing, and managing images.
Taking the picture is only the beginning of digital photography: software can transform a poor capture into an image worth keeping, and make a good shot into an even greater finished photograph.
What further enhancements are brewing in the labs of the top companies and universities? Which will require a full desktop computer as opposed to the functions that a phone can handle in a simple app?
And once all those photos are captured and enhanced: what software will finally let us organize, manage, and easily access those important images?

3:15–4:30

Output
What does the future holds for tactile hard-copy and other “real world” imaging media?
Even as more pictures are seen on screens, Prints and other physical output are growing in variety if not volume, with more surfaces, substrates, and different items than ever before.
This session will feature leading print producers and spotlight the leading revenue-generating output technology, as well as the best business practices for convincing customers to continue to purchase physical pictures.

If you are interested in speaking at or sponsoring these sessions, please contact us now.

Amazon stores Android images in the Cloud

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Online retail giant Amazon is furthering its ties to the Android operating system [which runs its Kindle tablets] with a new app that automatically stores images.

Cloud Drive Photos makes it “even easier to upload, store, share and enjoy photos from Android phones and tablets,” the company says. Users get 5GB of free storage, “and have thousands of their photos at their fingertips in the Amazon Cloud… The app makes it simple to save memories into Cloud Drive and have them automatically available on your Kindle Fire or Android Phone or Tablet.” Cusomters can purchase additional storage for $10 a year for 20 GB. The Cloud Drive “uses the same reliable and fast data storage infrastructure used by Amazon to run its own global network of web sites,” the company adds.

The app is here.

Truesense sees CMOS sensor

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Kodak spin-off Truesense Imaging announced its first CMOS sensor targeting applied imaging markets such as machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, and surveillance.

The 12-megapixel KAC-12040 combines high resolution with very high frame rate, flexible readout, and excellent near-IR sensitivity, the company says, “features that address the critical requirements of many current and emerging imaging applications.”

Based on a 4.7-micron pixel, the platform provides both global and rolling shutter for versatile image capture, very high frame rate, and excellent near-IR sensitivity, Truesense adds.

The sensor is available in monochrome and Bayer color configurations, and is sampling today with production planned for Q2, 2013.

Kodak’s Ed Monahan discusses his company’s recovery strategy

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KodakIn a new interview airing this week on the DIMAcast, Ed Monahan, Worldwide Strategy Director for Eastman Kodak Co., talks about how Kodak plans to recover from bankruptcy and other recent losses and setbacks, and return to a position of growth:

“Kodak has encountered the same difficulties that everyone in the industry has faced, though on a much broader scale. Digital has transformed our markets and really taken its toll on our perennial cash cows, and while we have done a lot to migrate to a digital portfolio and new business models, in the end we needed the re-organization under chapter 11 to resolve our financial situation.

That said, there is a lot good going on at Kodak to prepare to emerge from Chapter 11.  The company is preparing to sell the Personalized Imaging business which includes our traditional film and paper business and the retail kiosk/thermal business.  The Kodak that emerges will largely focus on the commercial printing business and the Personalized Imaging businesses will be sold to generate capital towards that emergence.

In terms of the traditional film and paper business we solidly believe in them and are excited about the prospect of their sale to bring about greater investment and focus for them.  We are not shutting down or exiting these businesses, and in fact the market for color paper remains very strong.  In fact, we have continued to make capital and other investments in our portfolio to serve the needs of the market.  These are strong, healthy businesses that are part of a market structure that continues to generate sales and earnings, and will be attractive to prospective buyers for their breadth, market coverage and market position.

What I can say is that the selling of these businesses is viewed in a very positive light.  It is exciting to consider new ownership that is able to make further investments, and the process is proceeding very well.  We are hopeful to complete the sale by the middle of next year and be in a position to serve the market as we always have – with market leading products, with innovation, and with further advances in products and services that follow into the digital ecosystem.  And it is that digital ecosystem and digital lifestyle that we will talk about next that more than anything will shape not only what Kodak does but what the members of the industry must do to win going forward.”

In the rest of the interview Monahan talks about his upcoming keynote address on chancing consumer behaviors at the DIMA 20133 and PSPA/SPAA 2013 Conferences in January.

Listen to the whole interview on the DIMAcast, or use the player below.