Entertainment Radio Network to broadcast live from The Big Photo Show


TheBigPhotoShow_verticalWe are excited to welcome Entertainment Radio Network back to  The Big Photo Show LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 17, 2014! Entertainment Radio Network produces nationally syndicated and internet radio shows including Popular Technology Radio, Working Mother Radio, and Popular Science Radio – all of which will be broadcasting live and recording episodes from The Big Photo Show. Program hosts Mike Kahn, Alan Taylor, and Bettina Bush will be onsite, covering news, technology, equipment, creative photo display and product ideas, and more, as well as interviewing exhibitors, photographers and attendees at the event. Several programs will air live, and others will be recorded for later broadcast.

To listen live, please visit the ernlive.com website with the links below:

Popular Technology Radio from 9-11am PT

Popular Science Radio from 12-1pm PT

Working Mother Radio from 9-10pm PT

Mike Kahn, Host of Popular Technology Radio, which is heard by over a million listeners coast-to-coast, commented, “I am thrilled to be broadcasting for the second year in a row at the Big Photo Show LA. Our mission at Popular Technology Radio is to bring our listeners the facts on the latest technology that makes our lives easier and more interesting. Understanding the advantages of imaging capture and sharing that knowledge has mass appeal to our fans. Be sure to tune in to Popular Technology Radio for all the coverage of The Big Photo Show.”

“We are so happy to welcome Entertainment Radio Network back to The Big Photo Show LA, where they will again be broadcasting live from the show floor. This is a great way to not only share all the excitement of the event with ERN’s huge national audience, but also get all those listeners even more enthusiastic about photography, camera equipment, photo education and creative output ideas,” said PMA President Bill Eklund.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

Panasonic joins growing list of exhibitors at The Big Photo Show LA


TheBigPhotoShow_verticalI’ve got great news for people who love photography in Southernpanasonic logo California: They will get to discover, try, and buy innovative new equipment from Panasonic, which will be one of our many exciting exhibitors at The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles, Calif., May 17-18.

Panasonic joins a growing list of exhibitors including Sony, Sigma, Fujifilm, Tamron, Samy’s Camera, Popular Photography and dozens of others.

At The Big Photo Show, Panasonic will be presenting the company’s entire line of Lumix camera products, featuring the G Series interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. Thousands and thousands of photo enthusiasts in Southern California will discover Panasonic’s leading camera technology, including the Lumix GH4, which captures video in 4K resolution, as well as the company’s complete line of Micro Four Thirds compatible lenses for Lumix cameras.

“Panasonic is excited to be exhibiting at The Big Photo Show and presenting our line of Lumix cameras and lenses, as well as our entire line of Adventure products,” said Thomas Curley, Business Development Manager for Panasonic North America. “Our camera products are of interest to professionals looking for the latest in hybrid imaging or video production gear, as well as photo enthusiasts seeking a great picture taking solution for family or fun – and we think the Big Photo Show is the perfect place to be. See you in LA!”

The Big Photo Show is a series of premier events for photo hobbyists, amateurs photographers and pros, offering the latest photography equipment; photography education, at both beginner/intermediate and advanced levels; live model shooting arenas, where attendees can shoot side-by-side with successful pros, who will offer tips and tricks; creative photo product displays, and much more.

Want a free trip to LA for The Big Photo Show? If your customer wins our photo contest, so do you


TBPS_Contest_combined_blue_h_200x237Surely, by now, you’ve heard all about The Big Photo Show, being held in Los Angeles for the second time May 17-18. I bet you’d love to win a free trip for yourself and guest to LA, to see it for yourself — and you can. All you have to do is get your customers to enter The Big Photo Show Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge.

The Grand Prize is a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend The Big Photo Show, as well as a Canon T3i kit and Pixma printer, and a deluxe framing job from On the Wall Gallery & Frames. If the winner learns of the contest through a PMA member photo retailer, that photo retailer also wins a trip for two to LA for The Big Photo Show.

Photo retailers throughout the U.S. are encouraged to promote The Big Photo Show and the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge to customers on their websites, through social media outlets, in newsletters and emails, and by using in-store signage and fliers. All promotional materials are available for download here, or by emailing a request to info@thebigphotoshow.com. If your customer wins the Grand Prize, you and your guest will win round trip airfare to Los Angeles from anywhere in the contiguous United States, accommodations in The Big Photo Show host hotel for up to three nights, and admission to The Big Photo Show.

“We are very excited at the initial response to the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge, leading up to The Big Photo Show LA. We received a great number of entries in the first weekend of the challenge. The images cover a wide range of topics, but they all convey the photo enthusiasts’ love and excitement for photography,” said PMA Operations Officer Melissa Aldrich. “With a start this strong, we will easily surpass last year’s great challenge results, and continue to spread the word about The Big Photo Show.”

Entries for the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge are being accepted now through April 16. Winners will be chosen in two categories – popular choice, and professionally judged. Popular choice voting begins March 26 and ends April 21.Winners chosen by our panel of professional photographer judges will be announced on April 23.

Prizes have been furnished by generous sponsors including: Canon, Fullerton Photographics, LumiQuest, Macphun Software, Nations Photo Lab, On the Wall Gallery & Frames, Orange County Center for Photography and Digital Arts, Panasonic, Ricoh/Pentax, Sigma, Sony, Tabelz, Tamron, ToCAD, and Westcott.

In addition to earning valuable prizes from these top companies, winning images will be on display at The Big Photo Show, May 17-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. All winning images and many top entries will also be featured on www.thebigphotoshow.com.

Complete rules and eligibility requirements can be found at www.thebigphotoshow.com.

On the DIMAcast: How to be successful with photo booths

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New DIMAcast 2.0 logoThis was a fun DIMAcast for me, because I had the chance to interview one of my favorite folks in this industry, Chris Lydle, owner of Chris’ Camera Center in Aiken, S.C. Chris is the author of a new book, available here, called “The Photo Booth Book – A business guide to photo booth rentals.”

In the interview, he offers a little peek into the many great tips and advice on making money with photo booths. Listen in at www.dimacast.com or using the onsite player below, and hear his advice for buying a photo booth vs. building your own, the biggest mistakes most people make with photo booths, the best thing you can do to be profitable with photo booths, and more.

On the DIMAcast: PMA 2014 Hall of Fame Award recipient John Segall

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New DIMAcast 2.0 logoDuring 2014 PMA@CES in January, John Segall, formerly Vice President of Business Development and now a consultant of Lifetouch, received the PMA Hall of Fame award, PMA’s highest honor, which is bestowed in recognition of extraordinary service to the imaging industry. On this episode of the DIMAcast, John shares the remarkable account of his family’s history, how his business got its start and how his company grew to become an extraordinary success. Listen in to his fascinating story, and hear John’s advice for a successful future in the imaging industry, at www.dimacast.com or by using the player below.

John Segall of Lifetouch receives 2014 PMA Hall of Fame Award

John Segall receives PMA’s highest honor. Photo by Diane Berkenfeld.
John Segall receives PMA’s highest honor. Photo by Diane Berkenfeld.

John Segall receives PMA’s highest honor. Photo by Diane Berkenfeld.

I’m delighted to announce John Segall of Lifetouch is the recipient of the 2014 PMA Hall of Fame Award – PMA’s highest honor — for decades of service to PMA and to the imaging industry as a whole.

John was born into a photographic family. His grandfather, Louis Segall, was a portrait photographer in Germany; his father, Karl Segall, a Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA) Past President and a recipient of the PMA Distinguished Service Award, joined Louis in opening a photography studio after they immigrated to America in 1938.

John and his brother Jeff joined the family business more than 40 years ago. In 1995, the Segall brothers sold both Segall-Majestic and Elegant Images to Lifetouch Inc., and continue to work with Lifetouch to this day.

John attended his first PMA seminar in New Orleans in 1974. He joined the PSPA Board of Directors in 1982, and served until 1988. He was elected President of PSPA in 1985 (a position John’s brother Jeff also held, in 1995). John served on the PMA Board of Directors from 1989-1997, and was elected President in 1993. He became a PMA Lifetime Member in 1994, and was a member of the PMA Services Board of Directors from 2004-2012. John was the organizer of the industry gift to Roy S. Pung, upon Pung’s retirement from PMA in 2002, and serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Michigan State University Roy S. Pung Best Practices in Management Lecture Series. John received the PMA Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and the PSPA Lynx Award in 2012.

John currently serves the imaging industry as Vice President and Board member of the International Photographic Council (IPC), and organized and staged the United Nations Exhibition of Photography on behalf of the IPC at Photokina in 2012. He is also a member of the Buck Rogers/NPG Group.

“With his long and remarkable service to PMA and the entire imaging industry, John continues and builds upon a proud family legacy,” said PMA president Allen Showalter. “On behalf of the entire PMA membership, it is truly a privilege to recognize John with the PMA Hall of Fame Award, as a symbol of our thanks for his lifetime of hard work and dedication.”

John will be presented with the PMA Hall of Fame Award on Jan. 7, 2014, during 2014 PMA@CES, Jan 7-10, 2014, at the LVH in Las Vegas, Nev. Look for more about John in the upcoming Jan./Feb. 2014 issue of PMA magazine.

November/December issue of PMA magazine is now available


PMAMagazine_NovDec2013_250x331I’m very excited about the new issue of PMA Magazine – Connecting the Imaging Communitieswhich is now live and online. You won’t want to miss out on all the great information!

The cover story this month is on The Imaging Depot – the second successful photo specialty retail business operated by Ron and Mat Inkley. You will also find an article on Kodak Alaris and what it means for your business; tips on making social marketing effective and easy from PMA 2014 Conferences speaker Georgia McCabe; and an examination of the most important buyers in the imaging industry – photo enthusiasts.

Also in this issue:

  • A preview of the PMA 2014 Conferences and 2014 PMA@CES
  • The expansion of the powerful “Print It or Lose It” campaign – free to PMA members
  • A visit to “the land of happy photo retailers”
  • Advice from PMA 2014 Conferences speaker Ed Monahan of Kodak Alaris on prosperity in today’s market
  • How you can save big money on shipping through PMA’s members-only deal with FedEx

PMDA names 2014 Person of the Year

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pmda logoIt’s always exciting to see people honored for their contributions to the industry. PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) announced today that Myoung Sup Han, president of the Digital Imaging division of Samsung Electronics, has been named their 2014 Person of the Year.  This distinguished award is being given to Han in recognition of his contributions to the highly innovative Samsung Galaxy digital imaging products that are driving new consumer experiences in digital photography and connectivity.

Han will be honored at the 48th Annual PMDA Awards Dinner, which takes place on January 6, 2014 at XS Nightclub at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, just before the start of 2014 PMA@CES.

In addition, Dr. Ren Ng , founder and executive chairman of Lytro, will be given the Herbert Keppler Technical Achievement Award; Don Franz , publisher of Photo Imaging News, will be awarded the Norman C. Lipton Lifetime Achievement Award; and a special Visionary Award will be given to the Eddie Adams Workshop in celebration of their 25th anniversary of promoting young photographers. In addition, famed rock-and-roll portrait photographer Lynn Goldsmith  will be presented with the 2014 Professional Photographer Award.

“We’re pleased to be able to recognize these distinguished individuals for their accomplishments in the field of digital imaging,” said Mike Kahn , president of the PMDA. “Our event will once again shine the light on the many accomplishments and innovations that has kept the digital imaging industry on the forefront of the consumer electronics revolution. It will certainly be a night not to miss.”

PMA 2013 Convention soon to begin Downunder


AusPMA2013ConvSquareWhile my colleagues and I in the U.S are hard at work preparing for the 2014 PMA@CES and PMA 2014 Conferences early in January, our counterparts at PMA Australia, Peter and Barbara, are set to begin the PMA 2013 Convention. It’s taking place in Sept. 12-15 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and will offer attendees the perfect chance to:

  • learn some innovative ways to market products and services
  • interact and network with like minded colleagues
  • participate in panel discussions with topics that are relevant and current
  • discover strategies to put in place right now
  • listen to experienced industry leaders
  • attend the Annual General Meeting of and have your say
  • arrange dinner with colleagues or mingle over a quiet drink

Also taking place are the PPFA 2013 Convention, being held Sept. 13-15, and the PSPA 2013 Convention on Sept. 14.

“This is just a fantastic opportunity to take the time to work on your business, not in it,” Peter said. “Really, the only incentive you need to attend is the future of your business and your own peace of mind – the chance to learn from those who have done it, and find ways to succeed — even when everyone is telling you how bad things are. It’s a convention you can’t miss.”

Registration is available here. Contact the PMA Australia office for more information and assistance, and be sure to look for coverage of this event in PMA Newsline.

Fujifilm restores photos for Oklahoma community ravaged by tornado

Pat McCarthy, Fujifilm photographic specialist, photographs Vicki Sheppard and son Micah, whose home was destroyed by the tornado.
Pat McCarthy, Fujifilm photographic specialist, photographs Vicki Sheppard and son Micah, whose home was destroyed by the tornado.

Pat McCarthy, Fujifilm photographic specialist, photographs Vicki Sheppard and son Micah, whose home was destroyed by the tornado.

After a tragedy occurs, I always wish I could do something to help. But Fujifilm did a lot more than just wishing for the people of Moore, Okla., after a devastating tornado tore apart homes, lives — and precious family photos.

Along with Wal-Mart, Fujifilm held a  Fujifilm Photo Event from July 17 through July 21, to both restore damaged photographs and to provide new family portraits, taken free of charge. The combined Fujifilm-Walmart teams created over 135 family portraits for Moore community families that had lost their photographs — and some even their entire family possessions — to the tornado.  Using laptop computers and scanners, the team scanned in nearly 100 damaged family prints and saved them to CDs.  They sent them to a Fujifilm partner for complete restoration to a digital file, to be given to the family so that they can make additional prints at their convenience.  In addition, Fujifilm printed more than 2,000 prints for the families of the Moore community.

“Fujifilm wanted to help the community of Moore, Oklahoma  in a way that only we could accomplish – by restoring damaged images and taking new family portraits to replace the ones that were lost in the tornado,” said Manny Almeida, senior vice president & general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corp., Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions.  “We hope that our efforts will help the families renew their spirit and strength that make the Moore community special.”