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.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Sleeping Children Around the World or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be left through



Hurricane Sandy — not exactly what we wanted for Christmas

We came across this article on today and thought we’d pass it along — it offers a look at how Hurricane Sandy could impact holiday sales. Here’s quick sample:

“The economic effects of Hurricane Sandy are reverberating beyond areas hit by the storm as businesses warn customers of delays, try to get merchandise out of closed ports and face canceled orders.

In addition to shutting down shipping terminals and submerging warehouses, the storm also tangled up deliveries because of downed power lines, closed roads and scarce gasoline in parts of New York and New Jersey.

The supply chain is backing up at a crucial time, just as retailers normally bring their final shipments into stores for the holiday shopping season, which retailers depend on for annual profitability.”

Read the whole article here.


Telling stories with images on Photobucket, on the Imaging Executive Podcast

Photobucket unveiled an all-new user experience it says “alleviates once and for all the major pain points behind backing up, organizing and accessing all your photos and videos.”

The company also developed “Photobucket Stories,” a feature which will “transform the act of photo sharing into the art of storytelling,” the company adds. “Never before has there been a more complete, collaborative and contextual means for storytelling.”

The Denver-based company says it the largest dedicated photo and video sharing site, with 100 million users, and that it serves 3.5 billion images per day.

In this interview on the Imaging Executive podcast, CEO Tom Munro and Marketing VP David Toner discuss the new features, and the importance of telling stories with photos.


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Red cuts camera prices by thousand$

High-end camera maker RED has substantially lowered priced on its digital movie making equipment.

“We have built an incredibly efficient factory in Irvine, California and over time learned how to make Epics in quantity, lowered our assembly costs, and found better suppliers,” says CEO Jim Jannard. “When we assembled the 1st Epic camera it took 12 hours. It took two more days to de-bug. Today we can assemble an EPIC in 13 minutes and 95 percent need no re-work after diagnostics and testing. It is a testament to our manufacturing team and supply chain teams. Since our costs are now significantly lower we are re-pricing our cameras as of now.”

Body-only, the Epic-M dropped to $24,000 from $39,500; the Epic-X is $19,000 from $34,500.



Kodak app finds film

Kodak developed an iOS app for finding retail locations stocking its professional film.

“Through this app you can learn about our color negative and black and white films. Discover the characteristics of each film and what formats they are available in,” the company says. “Will you be photographing outside or in a studio? This app will recommend the best film for what you are photographing. Once you know what film you want to shoot you can find out where to purchase film, and even where you can have the film developed.”

The app is intended as  a professional shooter’s  “companion when you are traveling,” Kodak adds. “It can tell you where to buy and process film around the world.”

The app is here.