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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“Smartphone Mums” risk losing memories

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In London, imaging software developer Nero says its research shows “44 percent of this first generation of ‘smartphone mums’ admit that they would lose all of their photos if their phone was lost or broken.”

The study found 92 percent of UK mothers use smartphones to photograph their children, and 49 percent believe social media pages are the safest place to store photos, the company adds.

One-fifth “complain they have lost a treasured digital photo.”

“We would urge parents not to play roulette with precious memories when backing up securely is such an easy and simple thing to do,” Nero says. “Children grow up so fast that losing even a small amount of images can cut out a large chunk of a child’s life. Backing up is simple and easy, so there really is no excuse to forget.” (Yes, they sell back-up utilities — but the general idea is true of all “mums,” and hey, many other young mothers too.)


Shutterfly acquires photo-printing subscription service



In the late 90s/early 2000s, it seemed that at least once a year Kodak acquired another online imaging service that appeared to provide many of the same functions as previous acquisitions.

Of late Shutterfly also looks to be acquiring overlapping if not redundant start-ups. This week the photofinishing service paid $14.5 million for Groovebook.
The app distinguishes itself somewhat from the crowd with a subscription service that — like Ecce Terram and timeshel — combines 100 photos into a personalized 4.5×6.5-inch book, for $3 every month.
The new company is best known for receiving a $150,000 investment on the TV show Shark Tank.

In a press release, one of the start-up’s founders says joining Shutterfly will help get costs down for the sub service, and the Shark Tank investors are quoted as saying the original entrepreneurs are now “financially independent and free”  — but what prevented Shutterfly from launching its own subscription service (perhaps one even tied into any of the other apps it’s acquired) instead of spending $14.5 million? Apart from a reported 500,000 paid subscribers, “adding GrooveBook to our family of brands,” Shutterfly says, “will introduce a new photo book form factor while leveraging the viral, social, and word of mouth nature of the GrooveBook mobile apps.” Those many sub-brands now include Tiny Prints, Penguin Digital, Wedding Paper Divas, R and R Images, Treat, MyPublisher, and ThisLife.

On the PMA Podcast: Investing in photography’s future

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evan NEntrepreneur Evan Nisselson has a long history of working with new companies in the photography field — and now with LDV Capital, he’s investing directly in start-ups that can capitalize on the changes still affecting imaging.

In this episode of the PMA Podcast, Nisselson explains what changes are having the most impact in imaging now, what he looks for in a new company, and why the Photography field remains one in which profits can be made.

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

Or listen in now with the player below.

Shutterfly: Americans fail to share memories

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shutterfly logoOnline photo service Shutterfly reports most Americans take most of their pictures with their phones — and leave them there, as “more than half of new photos aren’t being shared after they are snapped.”

A survey of 1,169 regular photo takers “reveals that Americans now take more than 10 billion photos every month,” the company says, “bolstered by the ever-present mobile phone, which nearly 60 percent of respondents say is their primary photo taking device.”

• Half of the respondents hasn’t looked at a picture that is more than ten years old in the last month.
• Millennials snap more than 100 photos each month on average, and they’re unlikely to have looked at an old photo in the past month.
• Ninety percent agree that revisiting and sharing the story behind a photo with someone else makes it more meaningful.
• 84 percent learned about their family memories from photos accompanied by verbal stories or detailed captions.
• Nearly half of people say that as a society, Americans are not spending enough time with family revisiting the stories behind photos. 


Canon claims longest 4K ultra-telephoto lens

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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.


In memoriam: Chuck Lynch

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Chuck Lynch

Chuck Lynch

Charles Edwin (“Chuck”) Lynch Jr., age 64, died unexpectedly from a heart condition on Oct. 10, 2014 while visiting family in Georgia. Chuck was born on March 30, 1950, in Richmond, Va., and grew up in Camden, South Carolina. Following graduation from Camden High School, he attended Georgia Tech University, where his love of photography and technology began.

He began his long career in the photography industry in 1981 at Meisel Professional Lab in Atlanta, and continued with the Hamlin Photo Co., also in Atlanta. In 1989, he and his young family moved to Minneapolis for his work with Lucht Engineering, and five years later they moved to North Carolina for Chuck’s employment with Church Impressions. In 2002, he joined Inter-State Studio in Sedalia, Mo., where he worked until his death.

Chuck is survived by the love of his life, Karen Bradford Lynch; son, Charles Edwin Lynch, III; daughter, Jennifer Jane Lynch; step-daughter, Valerie Lynn Roper; and sister, Jane Lynch Coghill..

To honor Chuck and celebrate his life, family and friends will gather at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow at Inter-State Studio. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Sedalia Lions Club in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel


Photo book finds funding, ties to mobile

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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.


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.


Printers and services: HP to split into separate companies.

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hp logoA few years back there was talk that the well-liked head of HP’s immensely profitable printer division would take the reigns of the whole company after another boardroom kerfuffle. Instead, HP favored the direction heralded by its purchase of Autonomy and EDS: enterprise IT services.

Today the company says it will split in two along those old battle lines: Printers and PC will now be sold by HP, and services will be the business of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Current shareholders will own a stake in both new businesses.

Reuters report is here.