PhotoShelter offers photo storage for corporations

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PhotoShelter says its new business service “offers a best-in class photo library that’s easy to set up, accessible anytime, anywhere, and gives you complete control over the use of your company’s imagery.”

Libris” offers a centralized image database, advanced search, user access control, sharing functions, archiving, and image rights management. Venture Beat reports it’s “kicking off with 70 paying client companies” and is priced at $5,500 per year for five editors, an administrator, and an unlimited number of end users such as photographers or marketing agencies.

The New York City-based company has offered professional photographers image management tools and services for 10 years, hosting 200 million images for more than 80,000 pro photographers, the company says.

There’s more information here.

 

Photosolutions.pro launches hybrid video system for event/souvenir photographers

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PhotoSol_LOGO_300Three well-known names in the imaging industry, Will Crockett, Dan Foster, and my own former colleague at PMA, Jeff Frazine, have launch a cool new company in the hybrid photography space, Photosolutions.pro. The startup provides a remote auto-editing and auto-uploading video system for high volume photography applications. The final product is a combination of a pre-roll video, graphics, music, and post-roll video, wrapped around an individualized 10 to 45 second video clip — delivered in a texted or emailed URL, in 720HD, in less than 4 minutes.

“We are committed to growth in the souvenir and event photography business through the delivery of a value added personalized video product,” Jeff said. “The millennials expect a more dynamic, personalized and easily shared memory of their life moments. By combining the action of video with the crystal clear audio that the  system enables, our customers have a more desired product to offer at their high volume venues.”

Launched at the iconic SkyDeck in the Willis Tower in Chicago in early December 2014, Photosolutions.pro grew out of the founders’ vision to develop a system that would create a short video, fully expressing the excitement and emotions experienced while visiting a memorable location or event — then quickly share that with friends and family via text or through social media channels.

“Photosolutions.pro is sharply focused on bringing hybrid photography and the automated production of eProducts into photo mainstream — as we believe that the electronic, moving, talking photo will one day replace the still printed photo product as the moneymaker for almost all of photography,” Jeff added. “What was once thought of as ‘impossible’ in the photo world, is now working well and creating happy customers for hybrid photographers.”

Night photography from way on high

VV above NYCs

VV above NYCs

How high? Try 7,500 feet over New York City — leaning out the open door of a helicopter on a dark night.

That’s high enough to be looking down on not only the city — but other aircraft. It’s higher than a chopper should go…
Daredevil shooter Vincent Laforet says it was “both exhilarating and terrifying all at once… the scariest helicopter photo mission of my career.”

Why the trip? “These are pictures I’ve wanted to make since I was in my teens,” he says, “but the cameras simply have not been capable of capturing aerial images from a helicopter at night until very recently. Helicopters vibrate pretty significantly and you have to be able to shoot at a relatively high shutter speed (even with tools like a gyroscope) and that makes it incredibly difficult to shoot post sunset.”

You can read the full story and gander at the images here.

 

See how to succeed in the Future of Imaging

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2015_AIE_button_250x108It’s a tumultuous time for all of us in the photography industry, with constant changes in how people capture, share, print, and enjoy pictures.

To better prepare our businesses, the Future Imaging Summit looks ahead into the next five years of imaging technology and its impact on photography.

What new sensors, processors, and other technology will be in next year’s cameras? What apps, sites, and services will people use to share and view photos? How will they permanently display their favorite shots in albums or wall displays?
At the Future Imaging Summit, top imaging executives will focus on the most important trends and technology coming to market, and look ahead into the next five years of imaging. There are no presentations or sales pitches — just lively debate! To forecast photography’s future, they will participate in four in-depth panel discussions:
• Capture: Upcoming technology for taking better pictures.
• Sharing: Changes in photo viewing caused by online imaging and smartphone sharing.
• Software: Desktop and mobile apps for managing, editing, and enhancing images.
• Output: Tools, techniques, and materials for physical photo display.

mylio-blackThis year’s Summit sponsors include image management developer Mylio; print providers HP Indigo, CeWe Color, Mixbook, Mailpix, Digipix, and Kodak Alaris;  camera makers Panasonic and iON; and software providers Athentech and MediaClip.
Additional speakers from Fujifilm, Imaging Resource, Magisto, muvee, Photo Finale, Ricoh, RPI, ColorCentric, and Samsung are confirmed, with more to come.

The Future Imaging Summit is Jan. 4–5 2015, at Bally’s in Las Vegas — immediately preceding the 2015 PMA trade show during CES.

If you make a living in photography, you can’t miss out on these informative sessions.
Click here to register now!

Customizing cameras at National Geographic

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national geographic customizer

Off-the-shelf cameras are getting better every year, but some extreme use cases call for some extreme alterations.

At National Geographic, Kenji Yamaguchi has a shop that “could be mistaken for Sid’s workbench from Toy Story, a place where mangled lenses and broken shutters crowd out bare areas of his workspace.”

In a basement office “filled with drill presses and electric saws… surrounded by robotic motors, modified macro lenses, and custom flashes, Kenji builds contraptions that can’t be bought,” the magazine says. “When a photographer needs to fasten a camera onto a thirty-foot pole to capture a bird in her nest, or build a wide-angle macro lens to identify pollen on a flower with mountains in the background, he’ll call Kenji.”

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.

 

The new issue of PMA Magazine is here

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Magazine_issueQ4_2014_700x416I’m happy to announce the newest issue of PMA Magazine — Connecting the Imaging Communities, is now live! With this issue, we are beginning our new, quarterly publication schedule.

In it, you can read about the PMA 2015 Conferences and Digital Imaging/Photography Exhibits and Sessions, presented by PMA, at 2015 International CES. You will also learn about Mark Wallenfang, owner of Shooting Star, whose fascinating career spans photo retail, professional picture framing, teaching, and being the photographer for the Green Bay Packers.

In addition, read about the huge rent bill that drove Fotofast out of its Brisbane location – and right into a much more successful future. Be sure to check out the Fourth Quarter issue for these stories, and lots more.

  • Beating the camera sales challenge – PMA 2015 Conferences speaker Heino Hilbig says we’re all wrong about why camera sales have declined
  • Going mobile with retailers – Now spun off from troubled parent Lucidiom, Photo Finale helps photo retailers unlock mobile images
  • Stop, thief! – PMA 2015 Conferences speaker Jack Reznicki on how to keep people from stealing your images
  • Chuck’s back – With his new namesake photo design bar, Chuck Wolf is back in the business

DxO OpticsPro clears atmospheric haze

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DxO Labs say the new ClearView feature in its DxO OpticsPro 10 imaging software eliminates atmospheric haze “in a spectacular fashion.”

The automatic ClearView “eliminates the phenomenon of atmospheric haze visible in many landscape photos,” the company says, “as well as the smog often present in urban images.” It analyzes the color components of each pixel and locally improves the image contrast, DxO adds. “Due to its physical nature, the phenomenon of haze increases with the distance between the camera and the subject. That’s why DxO OpticsPro establishes a kind of depth map of the image scene, and removes the impression of grey veil only when necessary.”dxo clearview 2

Also, the Prime noise reduction approach (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) now reveals more details, and at an increased speed, the company says: up to 4 times faster.

The $129 software provides optical corrections, optimization of exposure and contrast, and preservation of colors and details.

There’s a fully functional free trial version here.

 

On the PMA Podcast: Protect your photos with copyright registration

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“You really feel violated when  you are infringed, when someone takes your work and uses it illegally,” says commercial photographer Jack Reznicki.

There are tried-and-true ways to head that off, and Reznicki will provide the legal and practical details at his presentation at the PMA Conference in Las Vegas in January. We sat down with him this Fall to get an advance look at that talk, and a look back at where he came from.

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

 Or listen in now through the player below.

5K iMac improves photo editing

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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.

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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.