Adobe acquiring stock photo supplier Fotolia



Adobe  reports it will acquire privately-held Fotolia, “a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for approximately $800 million in cash.”

Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe’s Creative Cloud, providing members with access to more than 34 million images and videos. Also, Adobe plans to continue to operate Fotolia as a standalone stock service, “accessible to anyone.”

Fotolia was founded in 2004, operates in 23 countries, and has websites in 14 languages.

There’s more information here.


DI Reporter names Dealer of the Year

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Which photo retailer exhibited leadership, innovation and exemplary customer service in the digital imaging industry? Digital Imaging Reporter named National Camera Exchange as this year’s winner.

The industry trade publication says the 2014 Dealer of the Year “is a true success story, that has… transformed itself to become one of the leading retailers of the industry.” The Golden Valley, Minn., company is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year, and has also “stayed true to it’s roots — the legacy of the Liss family continues to impress the photo world, and we’re proud to bestow this honor upon them.”DoY2015-thumb-large

National Camera Exchange began as a camera store willing to exchange almost anything for a camera, from guns and gems to a St. Bernard dog, Digital Imaging Reporter adds. “But their true genius was in innovation and customer service.” It is now a 5-store chain.

The full story is here.


Instagram grows to 300 Million

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facebook and instagramFour-year-old online photo sharing service Instagram reports it now has more than 300 million members — up from 200 million just nine months ago.

Users have shared 30 billion photos, USA Today notes. Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012.

“What began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos each day,” writes CEO Kevin Systrom on the company blog. “…As Instagram gets bigger, we’re focused on helping you discover photos and videos from people who you care about, whether it’s a friend or your favorite musician.”

The service also announced a new “verified badges” feature for celebrities, athletes and brands, “making it easier for you to connect with the authentic accounts you’re looking for.”


Wedding photo app makers raises $4.25 million



The developers of a photo sharing app aimed specifically at wedding photography have had their business model validated to the tune of more than $4 million in new investments.

TechCrunch reports North Carolina-based WedPics closed $4.25 million in Series B funding.

The sharing app for wedding couples and their guests is acquiring 25,000-30,000 new brides per month, the company claims, and hosted more than 6,000 weddings per weekend this summer “with 175,000 guests joining and users uploading a photo every second… Over half of WedPics’ users upload at least one photo, and of that 55%, 76% upload at least three photos.”

The full story is here.


Photographers become self-publishers

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photographers self publish

Time Magazine looks at the business side of publishing a photography book — when the publisher is also the artist.

“An increasing number of photographers are bypassing traditional photo book publishers, setting up, instead, their own imprints,” the article says. “Progressively, photographers who choose to self-publish are taking it to the next level. They’re turning one-time hits into more permanent structures that release works by other artists. Many have chosen this avenue as a way to snub the major publishers who are increasingly asking their authors to bring not only a great body of work, but also a check.”

The full story is here.

Also: Time presents its picks for the best photography books of the year here.


MailPix expands with Winkflash acquisition


winkflash-logo Photo printing and gifting site MailPix has acquired Winkflash, a 12-year-old photo-printing site based in Attleboro, Mass.

Fred Lerner, CEO of MailPix and former president of PMA (2005-2006), notes the recent news of industry leaders Shutterfly and Snapfish by HP seeking buyers is continued evidence of on-going consolidation of the online photo personalization and printing market — and says his company is “well-positioned to continue its accelerated growth path, through both acquisitions and organic expansion via mobile and technical innovation. Our executive team is prepared to act swiftly on appropriate opportunities.”

In memoriam: Jim Lord

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Jim Lord

Jim Lord

Jim Lord, proprietor of Lords Photodigital in Brighouse, U.K., died  after a short illness on October 7, 2014, at the age of 68.

He was a well-known and respected figure in the photo trade, having run Lords Photodigital (formerly Lords Photography) in Brighouse since 1979.

Lords Photography was founded in Cleckheaton in 1966 by Jim’s father Bil, a photographer. Soon Jim left his job at Simmon’s Cameras in Bradord and went to work with his father in the shop. His forte was running the business, serving customers and keeping the books whilst Bill took the photographs and worked in the darkroom. In 1974 his brother Steven joined the business.

As the business flourished further shops were opened, first in Heckmondwike and then in 1979 in Brighouse, taking over Bentley’s Camera Centre.

In the 1980s, Jim was one of the first members of PMA in the UK.

Jim was always an active member of Kodak Express, which he joined over 20 years ago. He embraced the change from film to digital photography and, once again, was one of the first shops in the country to install a Kodak Apex minilab and kiosks. These have been regularly upgraded and he was very proud to recently install the latest wide screen kiosks and promote printing from mobile phones via the Kodak Moments app.

When not at work, Jim was usually to be found photographing modern railway trains, capturing images of every livery variation in the country. At home he loved to listen to music, mostly classical but he had an eclectic ear for all genres. He also enjoyed films and TV.

However, he was most proud of Lords Photodigtal, the business he built up along with his brother Steven, who is currently UK chairman of PMA. Steven will continue to run the company.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, work colleagues and his many loyal customers.

50,000 body-worn cameras — White House proposes funding


axon_flex_hero_vertical_shotThe use of wearable cameras has been slowly accelerating in recent years, especially among police forces. You can now expect these tools to take off rapidly as the US government reacts to recent increased violence.

“Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and around the country have highlighted the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect,” the White House press office posted.

Amidst the proposals and task forces, the post says the President “proposes a three-year $263 million investment package that will increase use of body-worn cameras, expand training for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), add more resources for police department reform, and multiply the number of cities where DOJ facilitates community and local LEA engagement. As part of this initiative, a new Body Worn Camera Partnership Program would provide a 50 percent match to States/localities who purchase body worn cameras and requisite storage.  Overall, the proposed $75 million investment over three years could help purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras.”

(Pictured here: Taser’s Axon system first marketed in 2012.)


In memoriam: Charlie Abel


CHARLIE ABELChas Abel Photo Service president Charles (Charlie) Abel passed away last month. Toronto’s Star newspaper reports the store’s “Photo Finish” sign “was a landmark for countless drivers on the Gardiner Expressway for decades.”

His grandson writes at the Toronto Sun that “If you lived in Canada, especially Toronto, since 1906 and held a four-by-six photograph in your hands, my family has touched your life. And Grandpa Charlie, who died at the age of 88 on Nov. 24, was a big reason for that.”

Abel was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and was known for loving fishing, boating, big band jazz, and “the singing of Frank Sinatra,” the Star adds.


Yahoo acquires photo startup Cooliris


CoolirisPhoto service Cooliris announced it was acquired by Yahoo.

The company was founded in 2006, with a simulated 3D wall for displaying and browsing photos online. It recently launched an app to look at photos across multiple online sites, and the BeamIt messaging tool.

The buy is more of an acqui-hire according to the Yahoo announcement TechCrunch reports: “In order to build inspiring products, grow engagement, and ultimately revenue, everything starts with having the best people to help us accelerate our transformation in our growth areas.. We are excited to welcome 17 employees from Cooliris to Sunnyvale, where our core communications team is located.”

The full story is here.




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