Archives for November 5, 2012

Instagram adds social Web features, Facebook adds filters

If it wasn’t for the fact that Facebook already acquired Instagram, we’d say this is the kind of move that the mobile imaging firm would make to compete with the social network: whereas once Instagram was all-but a mobile-only service, it’s now added Web-based profile pages for its members.

“You’ve asked for Instagram on the web and we’ve listened,” the company says. “Your web profile features a selection of your recently shared photographs just above your profile photo and bio, giving others a snapshot of the photos you share on Instagram. In addition, you can follow users, comment and like photos and edit your profile easily and directly from the web. It’s a beautiful new way to share your Instagram photos!” Members can set whether their profiles and photos are private or public.
The full announcement is here.

Instagram usage certainly hasn’t peaked: the company says more than 800,000 photos were recently posted about Hurricane Sandy.

And late Monday, news broke on TechCrunch that Facebook added photographic filters to its iOS mobile app, as well as multi-photo uploads. The moves come as the company transfers the primary features of its standalone photography app to its mainstream complete one.

Also: Twitter is rumored to soon be adding filters to its photos as well. And just when we would have guessed that filter fanaticism had seen its peak… The NY Times reported late Monday that the founder of Instagram himself says “filters are pretty ubiquitous at this point.”


Shooting Manhattan’s black-out from above

“Shooting in the dark, with a handheld camera, in a vibrating helicopter, 5,000 feet above land sounds like a photographer’s nightmare,” writes journalism site Poynter in its profile of the shooter who captured the “image of a half-illuminated, half-powerless New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy captured the nation’s attention on the cover of New York magazine.”

The shot was taken with a Canon 1D X with the new 24-70mm lens on full open aperture, and was “the kind of shot which was impossible to take before this camera was there,” the photographer said.

The full story is here.


CNN: Photography not a great career

In its listing of “stressful jobs that pay badly, CNN Money includes Commercial Photographer — reporting the median pay is $43,600, and everyone polled — 100 percent — say their job is stressful.

“The job may sound glamorous,” the article says, “but commercial photographers, who capture models, merchandise and landscapes for books, advertisements and catalogs, have to contend with long days, picky personalities and demanding deadlines — sometimes withstanding precarious positions just to get that perfect shot.”

The full list of bad jobs is here.


MailPix lets users easily access their own Facebook and Instagram images — and those of their friends

Everyone knows there are gazillions of pictures on Facebook. If we can just get people to start using them to make photo products, the potential is simply staggering. New online photo printing company MailPix is trying to do just that.

The company says users can print Facebook and Instagram photos directly from their MailPix account — as well as photos from their friends’ pages. Even without a MailPix account, users can login with their Facebook IDs. Once logged in, the user’s Facebook or Instagram albums, and those of their friends, show up as folders in the picture browser — where the images can then be accessed and used to create photo products.

“With millions of images uploaded each day to Facebook, there are unlimited memories to be preserved in prints, in photo books, in photo cards and on canvas,” says Fred Lerner, president and CEO, MailPix.

Industry research shows many online photo projects are left unfinished because the user doesn’t have the right photos to finish it; but access to the Facebook albums of friends and family solves that problem, the company says.

In memoriam: Ross Rawlings

Ross Rawlings, owner of  McCutcheon’s Camera Shop Oakville, Ontario, Canada, for more than 40 years, and founding member of Fotosource, now the largest photo-marketing group in Canada, passed away on Oct. 30. Rawlings served PMA as a Territorial Vice President for Central Canada from 1980 – 1982, and as Canadian National Chairperson from 1982-1985.

He is survived by Trudy, his wife of 55 years; children Tracy (Gary), Scott (Brigette), Kent (Lisa), Sherrin; six grandchildren and five siblings. A celebration of his life was held Nov. 3 at St. Elizabeth’s Anglican Church, Burlington, Ontario.

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