Archives for December 5, 2012

Instagram disables image viewing on Twitter


Personally, I already don’t bother to look at most of the pictures in my Twitter news feed. Now it’ll happen even less:

In a volley the NY Times called “The Photo Wars” but we’d call a tiff amongst the social imaging giants, Instagram disabled the code support that allowed Twitter users to embed Instagram images in their tweets that others could fully see in the Twitter newsfeed without going to the Instagram site.

“Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter,” Twitter says. “This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience. So, when users click on Tweets with an Instagram link, photos appear cropped.”

Many online pundits see this as a more of a struggle between Twitter and Instagram’s new owner Facebook than an actual overt move on Instagram’s part.

On the one hand: big whoop, it’s hardly a huge inconvenience to click the photo link and have it open a new browser window in which the photo appears full size — and it’s arguably better that way than the tiny inline image Twitter shows in its newsfeed… Instagram argues just that, actually: it wants its photos to be seen on its web page where it can optimally display them.

On the other: this seems like a power grab that spites only its own users: If I take a photo and upload it to Instagram, hey, it’s still my photo, not theirs — and if I want to embed it in a tweet and have it visible on Twitter, that should be my right. Instagram’s attempt at authority will likely have only two effects: Twitter readers will see far fewer Instagram images [unless you like overly filtered shots, hardly a loss] and Twitter posters will use another image service — most likely the one from Twitter and Photobucket — instead of Instagram. Twitter was likely to add filters and boost sharing there, and now that will happen sooner rather than later.



Ilford offers… single-use black & white cameras?     And webinar on paper choices.


Hey, I like niche products as much as the next guy… but every now and then comes an item where I have to wonder if the potential buying audience numbers only in the dozens…?

But then, you might be exactly the customer Ilford has in mind for its new cameras — or your own customers might enjoy such an item.

What’s so niche here? Well, it’s not just a single-use camera. It’s not just a film camera instead of digital. And it’s not just black & white instead of color. Nope, it’s a B&W film disposable camera. That’s right. B&W. Film. Disposable. Just what you’ve been looking for, right?

(And here’s where dozens of enthusiasts adamantly exclaim “Hey Paul you elitist moron, that IS what I’ve been looking for!”)

Ilford says it disposable cameras are “perfect for party and wedding celebrations.” There are two film choices available, each with 27 exposures. The XP2 can be processed at any shop using C41. The HP5 is intended for processing at locations with standard black and white film processing and printing chemistry, “resulting in true, real black and white prints that have a unique look as the images are made from silver.”
The cameras have a flash and “a smart clean new look.” They’re priced at about $15 and $25, and are out now only in the U.K., apparently.

Offered everywhere is free webinar — tomorrow, Thursday the 6th. Ilford’s webinar will focus on the considerations such as weight, brightness and surface texture that go into selecting the best paper for your inkjet print.

Interested attendees can sign up here.

Draw, pahdner! Your camera from its bag, that is.


How quickly can you capture the action — especially when your camera is in a bag instead of your hands?

In a takeoff of an Old West challenge to duel, Kata Bags has a video-screen cowboy who isn’t a gunslinger, but instead whips out a camera.

The Kata Shoot Out game pits you against the outlaw opponent, armed only with the 3-N-1 Sling Backpack the company is promoting with its “fastest quick-draw competition in the Wild Wild Web.”

Kata has an online training center, and the “Live Shootout” contest, which takes place at stores and events around the world.

Dates and locations are here.

The Imaging Resource has more on the story here.


New Nokia phone doubles up on colors


The third and most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Nokia has a “more fun, youthful appeal, and compact design,” the company says.

A new finish “delivers a variety of striking color and texture effects,” Nokia adds. The “Dual-shot” adds a second layer of colored, transparent or translucent polycarbonate on top of a base layer to produce secondary color blends and depth effects.

The Lumia 620 has a five-megapixel main camera. The Cinemagraph feature adds simple animations to still photographs; Smart Shoot creates a single shot from multiple images, and can remove unwanted objects from the picture.
The $249 phone has a 3.8-inch display.
More information is here.



On the DIMAcast: Colorized provides social sketchpad

My buddy Paul did an interesting interview with Yan-David Erlich for the DIMAcast. Erlich is a three-time entrepreneur, and his latest venture combines the interests of an enthusiasm photographer and life-long doodler. He says many imaging apps let you take a shot, add a filter, and then you’re done — but with Colorized, that’s just the start: you then draw over the stylized photo — and when you publish it, others can also add to and alter their own versions of the shot.

Listen to the interview here, or use the player below.