Archives for December 11, 2012

Sony’s Mike Kahn elected President Of PMDA


One of our favorite guys in the business just keeps getting busier: The board of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association elected Sony’s Mike Kahn as president.

Khan is a 25-year veteran in the consumer electronics industry, and is now director of Sony’s Alpha Camera Systems business unit. He also recently joined PMA’s Executive Committee, as the first Special Advisor.

As PMDA’s president, Kahn will “continue the PMDA’s mission to promote and advance imaging while working with member organizations to help chart the industry’s future,” the association says.

Former prez Joellyn Gray, director of marketing for Fujifilm’s Imaging Division, will continue on the PMDA board of directors.




New Photoshop features in the Cloud


I haven’t even tried all the features in the last version, and now there’s more — but the latest features are only available to subscribers: Adobe Systems says its new Photoshop CS6 capabilities available to Creative Cloud members include smart object support for blur gallery and liquify, 3D enhancements including improved live previews of shadow effects, and support for Retina displays on Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Also, the new “Creative Cloud for Teams” makes it easy for creative professionals to collaborate with colleagues, with easy management of virtual workgroups, and 100GB of cloud storage per user.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is $50 per month; Creative Cloud for teams is $70.

Personalized print product market to grow


The overall market for personalized printed products in the U.S. is estimated to grow from around 113 million units in 2012 to nearly 158 million units by 2017, InfoTrends reports.

Due to the popularity of products like photo books, photo calendars, and photo cards, the photo merchandise market has experienced strong growth over the past few years, the research firm adds. But its latest study examines new printed products that are personalized, with a focus on developments in custom printed cards, stationery items including products like contact cards and journals, and photo-based home décor.

These printed products are growing due to a rising installed base of digital printing presses that allow for short-run production of a wide range of products, InfoTrends says, as well as new creative tools and software that give consumers the ability to customize printed products with elements such as text, borders, graphics, and personal photos.

The multi-client study, Next-generation Personalized Printed Products, finds that “the growth in the market for personalized printed products is driven largely by getting consumers to think of traditional products in new ways, which is encouraged not only by the ability to personalize products but also by the availability of new designs and new ways to create and order these products.”

Also, InfoTrends adds, “Personalized printed products are an excellent option for photo merchandise vendors looking to expand their reach, as these products are less vulnerable to seasonality issues and are typically printed on the same equipment, allowing for greater production efficiency.”

More information is here.


Imaging Resource guides you to the best Cameras


“Are you still struggling to locate the perfect gift for the photographer-friend in your life?” asks the Imaging Resource enthusiast camera site. “There are a lot of choices out there, and filtering through them can be a monumental task. But fear not: Imaging Resource has done the heavy lifting for you!”

The Holiday Photo Gift Guide starts with “the bigger-ticket items: a healthy selection of DSLR and mirrorless cameras,” IR says, as well as tips for getting the best lenses — all backed up with the site’s extensive reviews.  (The priciest cameras are listed under “Tax Deductions.”)

“Rest assured,” the article adds, “the items we’ve chosen are those we’d feel happy choosing for our own friends and family.”

The full guide is here.


Pop Photo calls Canon the Camera of the Year


Due to its “ground-breaking low-light performance and Hollywood-esque video flair,” Popular Photography awarded Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III its Camera of the Year title.

The pricey big camera is “the best low-light DSLR we have yet tested,” the enthusiast site says. “A near-perfect tool for the still shooter, it can double as a top gun for the videographer.”

The full write-up is here.