Archives for November 12, 2012

Aptina adds HDR to automotive image sensors

CMOS imaging systems provider Aptina introduced two dedicated automotive image co-processors that enable flexible camera platforms using high dynamic range sensors.

The two-chip solutions “combines megapixel-resolution sensor support, superior image quality including HDR, and optimal heat dissipation,” the company says.

The AP0101AT delivers 1.2-megapixel video at 45 fps and 720p video at 60 fps, and supports 185-degree fisheye lens distortion correction, perspective correction and multiple view options such as split side view, triptych and trailer hitch. The HDR sensors include the 1/3 -inch optical format AR0132AT.


Olympus cuts profit forecast, expects camera loss

Olympus cut its operating profit forecast by 24 percent on an expected loss at its camera unit, BusinessWeek reports.

Operating profit will be $478 million in the year ending March; the camera unit is expected to report a loss of 8 billion yen in the current fiscal year, compared with its previous forecast of a 1 billion yen profit, as the compact camera market is shrinking, the Tokyo-based company said. “The compact camera market is shrinking rapidly because people are switching to smartphones.”

Olympus cut its full-year sales forecast for digital cameras by 11 percent to 7.3 million units.

The full report is here.


On the DIMAcast: Corel combines photos in Windows 8 app MediaBook

Corel says its Windows 8 app Roxio MediaBook “easily combines photos and videos with audio and text to create dynamic and interactive ebooks.”

In this episode of the DIMAcast, Corel product manager Sam Hui explains how the new software was designed from scratch specifically for Windows 8 and its new generation of touch enabled devices, to a new way to experience personal media, and create visually rich and interactive ebooks.

The full interview is here.


App combines photo editing and sharing

Latin American publisher Movile says its PhotoFun social photo-editing app for iOS combines quick and creative photo editing with seamless sharing “for an interactive experience and the ability to create meaningful and funny photo memories.”

PhotoFun users can take pictures within the app or upload existing photos to transform them with a variety of fun frames and a caption.

PhotoFun is available for free in the app store here.

Movile is a mobile services and mobile content publisher in Latin America offering payment and entertainment apps.

Gentec International distributes Vitec Group Imaging

Gentec International announced it will be the exclusive distributor for Vitec Group Imaging Division in Canada, beginning January 1, 2013.

The relationship includes Vitec Group Imaging Division’s entire range of products, including photo and video supports, carrying/protective solutions, and lighting categories. Brands include Manfrotto, Kata, National Geographic, Gitzo and Avenger.

“Gentec’s business philosophy, product mix, distribution and logistics center, and channel diversification provide all of the critical elements required to execute our strategic plan,” Manfrotto/Vitec says in a statement. “This partnership ensures that all of our products remain easily accessible for our Canadian consumers, which is always a top priority for the brand.”

“It is our goal to work with Manfrotto and take their extensive range of photo, video and lighting products to the next level and to markets that are not presently served,” Gentec says.


Copyright laws change in Canada, giving photographers ownership of all images

Bob Moggach, PMA Director of Canadian Activities, called me today to chat about the Modernized Copyright Act, the new copyright law that went into effect in Canada on Nov. 7, 2012. Previously, if a customer paid a photographer to take photos, that customer owned the copyright to the images taken. The new law states that as of Nov. 7, the person who takes a picture owns the copyright of that image, regardless of whether he or she is paid to capture it.

Now, when the image was captured will determine which copyright guidelines are in effect. The copyright on commissioned images captured prior to Nov. 7 will remain owned by the customer.

“The impact on our members is the same with respect to making copies, insomuch as they have to do their due diligence and ensure that the person asking for a copy of a print file, etc., is the real owner of copyright for it,” Bob told me. “The task will be more complicated as we go forward in time, and the date when the image is created will affect who the actual owner of copyright might be.”

He added that PMA Canada will be updating current files, lab forms and information for members regarding copyright in the near future.

Paul’s Photo launches Creative Photo Academy — and so can you

Photo Classes in the Creative Photo Academy where photographers of every age, skill and interest level can learn and excel.

I was really happy to feature a cover story in my first issue of PMA magazine since becoming publisher on what two of our most brilliant industry members, Mark Comon of Paul’s Photo and Mike Woodland of Dan’s Camera City, are doing with their incredibly successful photo classes. Their remarkable skills and vision in this area are what led us to get Mark and Mike to develop PMA Academy, which gives all PMA members the tools and resources they need to run these fantastic photo classes themselves.

Mark is about to take this to a new level. Friday, Nov. 16, will be the grand opening of his newest venture, Creative Photo Academy. Adjacent to Paul’s Photo, the new facility features two state-of-the-art classrooms where photographers can learn in a traditional classroom environment with how-to instruction or participate in hands-on workshops, where they learn by doing.  The classrooms also serve as a product and portrait studio for teaching experience, as well as for the use of local professional photographers.

The Creative Photo Academy Gallery will showcase the talents of local photographers, Academy students and the community through monthly photographic exhibits.  The Gallery currently features the work of the El Camino College Photography Dept. and the amazing images of David FitzSimmons and his Curious Critters.

Mark says the Creative Photo Academy is a life-long dream. He has built the facility as a place for photographers of all age, skill and interest levels to gather, share and grow in the photographic arts.  The Academy offers classes in how to use your camera, creative photographic techniques plus computer editing, enhancements and digital printing.  Academy students will be able to participate in Photo Walks to scenic South Bay locations, Photo Bus Tours to Southern California’s photogenic venues and Photo Adventures to National Parks and other fantastic photographic destinations.

“Much of what I’m doing is available to other photo retailers through PMA Academy. I want to help people raise the bar in terms of what they do with classes,” Mark says. “You can take what you learn through PMA Academy and go as far as you want with it — and if anyone needs help, I am always willing to assist them.”


Share your Sandy stories in PMA Newsline — and IPI offers forum topic for hurricane recovery

Has your business been affected by Hurricane Sandy? If so, I want to hear your story. Email me and let me know what happened, and how you’re coping — and how others might be able to help. Be sure to send pictures if you have them, and know that the thoughts and prayers of all of us at PMA are with you.

Here’s another resource: If you’re a member of Independent Photo Imagers (IPI), be sure to visit the new specific topic area in the IPI Member Forum. IPI members and IPI Supplying Partners impacted by Hurricane Sandy can communicate with one another, discuss recovery efforts and possibly assist one another with the multitude of issues that may be common to all.

“IPI was founded by a group of individual and independent business owners joining together for a common cause,” said Brent Bowyer, IPI President and CEO.  “I can’t think of a more important time than now for IPI to be devoting resources to all of those impacted by this terrible event. I’m just hopeful, that in addition to our thoughts and prayers with them, we can help make some difference in our members and Supplying Partners recovery to life and business as usual.”