How to hang ’em…

shutterfly hangs

shutterfly hangsWe’ve all matured past the point of taping prints onto the sheetrock, right? >cough<

And tacks? Please no…

It can be tricky to get your large prints up onto a drywall, let alone concrete or other materials. Shutterfly is offering a thorough overview of how hang a big photo on just about any type of wall.

“Creating a gallery wall is easier than you think,” the company says. “Whether you want to create a family wall or add decorative artwork to your office, our design-a-wall tool will help you do just that. You can hang canvas prints, metal prints, wood wall art and more. This guide will help you hang pictures on any surface: drywall, plaster, brick and concrete.”

The full infographic is here.

(via PetaPixel)


Can Instagram drive sales?


Instagram_logo smallAccording to Entrepreneur, Instagram imagery can boost your brand and better your bottom line.

“Instagram is a unique medium for brand advertising unlike any other platform in the social space,” the business site notes. “The visually driven community allows users to communicate in the universal language of photos and videos, opening the world to the possibility of more “humanized” content. Instagram’s growth and reach speaks to its massive appeal to the millennial audience.”

While the article is aimed at “brands” instead of small businesses, its tips can still apply:

1. Users today want content that speaks to their real interests in a genuine manner.

2. Audiences demand personal interaction — they want to speak to another person who understands them and speaks like them.

3. Analytics: Instagram provides a simplistic user experience but provides vast amounts of data regarding users and content generated.

The full story is here.


5K iMac improves photo editing

apple Mac27retina

apple Mac27retina

Attention photo editors: Apple just announced the world’s highest resolution display — and not only are they selling it for less than currently available lower-resolution monitors… it’s also part of a complete high-end computer.

The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display has 14.7 million pixels, a resolution at which Apple says “text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in your photos.”

The 5120 x 2880 resolution has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display, so “you can see more of your high-resolution photos with pixel-for-pixel detail.”

The tech specs are interesting, as Apple says it had to hammer out its own chips and retool its manufacturing to get this many pixels in the thin case: “iMac with Retina 5K display uses a precisely manufactured oxide TFT-based panel to deliver vivid display brightness from corner to corner. A single supercharged Apple-designed timing controller (TCON), with four times the bandwidth, drives all 14.7 million pixels. …The display also uses highly efficient LEDs and organic passivation to improve image quality and reduce display power consumption by 30 percent, even while driving four times more pixels at the same brightness. To improve the contrast ratio, …the display uses a new photo alignment process and a compensation film to deliver blacker blacks and more vibrant colors from any viewing angle…. (it) is calibrated using three state-of-the-art spectroradiometers to ensure precise and accurate color.” Phew!

The computer also has the latest quad-core processors, high-performance graphics, and a Fusion Drive (combining solid-state and spinning platter storage). “It’s the ultimate display combined with the ultimate all-in-one,” the company says. Pricing starts at $2,499.

ipad air 2

Apple also introduced its iPad Air 2, which has an improved display “for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos.”

The latest model weighs less than a pound and is 6.1 mm thick.

With an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 percent, a 40 percent faster CPU, and improved cameras, the company highlighted the tablet’s photo capture and editing capabilities.

“Innovations to the iSight camera enable better photos and videos, with an 8-megapixel sensor and advanced optics to help capture rich, detailed images and add new features including panoramic in Photos, time-lapse video, slo-mo and 1080p HD video,” Apple says.
Pricing starts at $499.


Canon claims longest 4K ultra-telephoto lens

canon cineservo

canon cineservo

First: yep, it’s $78,000. So no, you likely are not the target customer for this hunk o’ glass.

However, Canon says its “the increasing use of large-format single-sensor 4K cameras for field productions like sports and nature documentaries” means there might indeed be more potential buyers for its new ultra-telephoto CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens.

It has a 75-1500mm focal length to “offer cinematographers new possibilities for shooting scenes in HD, 2K and 4K on single-sensor cameras,’ the company says. “The use of large-sensor 4K cameras is rapidly spreading beyond motion pictures and episodic television, into many new types of productions such as broadcast sports and nature documentaries.”

It’s available in either EF- or PL-mount, and “provides outstanding aberration correction and high image quality extending from the center of the image to all edges. For professional users, this lens enables close-up 4K imaging of wildlife subjects or athletes while maintaining the physical distances necessary in such shooting situations,” Canon adds.

There’s more information here.


LifePics to print Picture Keeper pics

picture keeper

picture keeperPicture Keeper says it “makes photo backup easy for anyone” with “the world’s first all-in-one USB device with embedded software to protect pictures and other irreplaceable files.” Now the company is teaming with the LifePics photo product fulfillment system, and says “Retailers will see the benefit of increased traffic from customers who have rounded up all their digital photos, and now have a very easy path to print them.”

Picture Keeper manufactures USB storage devices that automatically back-up all of a consumer’s images from a PC, and “helps people find and save their precious photos,” the company says. It has more than 400,000 users, who will now “print images through any retail store in the LifePics network” of 23,000 stores using the white-label solution for photos and personalized print products.


Photo book finds funding, ties to mobile

smolan tracks

smolan tracks

Famed photographer Rick Smolan is enhancing one of his earliest works with a smartphone-enabled coffee table book — for which he has now completed a first round of funding on Kickstarter.

Inside Tracks: Alone Across the Outback is based on a woman’s solitary 1,700 mile camel trek across the Australian Outback, the book she published about her journey, the photos Smolan captured — and the new movie hitting screens soon.

Smolan was a twenty-eight-year-old photojournalist when he was sent to document Robyn Davidson’s nine-month Australian adventure. National Geographic published his initial photos; she wrote her own book about the journey; and Smolan later published his own photo book, From Alice to Ocean.

Inside Tracks will be a self-published 224-page landscape coffee-table book, 30-inches wide when open. It will “weave together three experiences of her journey,” Smolan says: quotes from her book, the best of his photos, many of which have never been seen before, and images and the screenplay from the new movie.

With integrated HP technology, Smolan adds, “you simply point your phone or tablet at specially marked photos and immediately you’ll see a clip from the movie showing how that photograph was brought to life.”

The Kickstarter funding has met Smolan’s initial goals — but you can still sign up now to get a good deal on the finished volume, and help ensure the publication.


Adobe changes time, removes haze

adobe demoes haze

adobe demoes haze

The latest update to Adobe’s Creative Cloud did not provide any of the eye-catching new photo-editing features the company debuts every year or two — but that doesn’t mean more new tricks aren’t in the works.

At its recent conference Adobe showed it could alter the apparent time at which a photo was captured. The Defog demo automatically cuts down on environmental haze that sucks out contrast and saturation in objects that are far away from your camera, reports Popular PhotographyThe full story is here.

On the PMA Podcast: Options in output – Moving from kiosks to mobile


PMAN PMApodcast_100pxPhoto Finale spun-off from Lucidiom a year ago. In September 2014, the original company declared bankruptcy, so we spoke with co-founder Steve Giordano Jr. about what lead to the birth of each firm, where things stand in the photo output business today, and how you can better employ analytics and targeted marketing in your own business.

You can subscribe to our podcast or download this episode here.

Or tune in now through the embedded player below.

Thousands of private photos hacked



It was bad enough when a few famous celebrities had their private photos stolen and publicized — but now apparently hackers are preparing to do the same to thousands of would-be anonymous users of the Snapchat instant communications app.

Business Insider reports “a giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years…”

Reportedly the “” service that allowed users to receive photos and videos and save them online. (Wait, isn’t that alone completely opposing the point of Snapchat and its instantly self-destructing images?) The article alleges “the site was quietly collecting everything that passed through it, storing incriminating Snapchats on a web server, with the usernames of senders attached.”

The full story is here.


Ricoh’s latest rough cam adds WiFi

Ricoh wg30w

Ricoh wg30wThe latest “adventure-proof camera” from Ricoh Imaging adds WiFi connectivity and smartphone interoperability.

“Designed to capture outdoor activities effortlessly, the WG-30w has a durable construction and a variety of outstanding features that make it ideal for those with an active lifestyle,” the company says.

The camera is waterproof down to a depth of 40 feet, shockproof from a 5-foot drop, crushproof against 220 pounds, and coldproof down to -10 degrees C.

The $300 camera has a back-illuminated 16-megapixel sensor, and six macro lights around the lens to illuminate any subject. The “Handheld Night Snap” mode automatically captures four images of the same nighttime scene and produces a single blur-free composite image from them.