The July/August issue of PMA magazine is available now

julyaugust2013_cover250x328 It’s always exciting for me to announce a new issue of the magazine, and I’m especially thrilled to unveil this one! Featuring a 5-page pictorial spread of The Big Photo Show, the July/August issue of PMA Magazine – Connecting the Imaging Communities is live and online. Read and discover how Calumet Photographics has made a big success of the three Penn Camera stores acquired a year ago; and read an article on Harrier, the U.K. photofinisher owned by District Photo, that keeps growing where others have failed.

Also in this issue:

  •  Make more money the easy way by offering photo classes – it’s all done for you, with new semesters now available, from PMA Academy
  • What determines the success or failure of a photo app?
  • How Stipple is protecting photographers from losing copyright from orphan works legislation
  • YouTube One can make your business look great on any screen
  • The trade-in debate: Should you or shouldn’t you?

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YouTube offers capture app


One of those things that you would’ve thought was out already: YouTube now has a new app with which its users can capture video that is instantly uploaded to the sharing site.

Of course this’ll mean even more shared moments that might best be kept private if the uploader took a minute or two to think twice, as well as embarrassingly long takes that could’ve benefited from just a little editing…

“Life moves fast,” the company says. “To speed up recording, enhancing and sharing videos with your friends or the whole world, you can now use the YouTube Capture app on your iPhone or iPod touch. YouTube Capture is ready to record as soon as you open it. When you’re done filming, write a caption, select which networks you want to share to, and hit Share.”

You can control who sees your video by setting it to private (only you can view it), unlisted (only people with a link to the video can view it), or public (to let it shine to the world).

Actually, some editing is allowed post-upload: color correction, stabilization, and trimming the length, as well free background music can be done on YouTube.

It’s now on Apple’s App Store, and Android version is in the works.


YouTube, Facebook lead in online video viewing

Market research comScore reports Google’s sites, primarily, ranked as the top online video content property in July with 157 million unique viewers, followed by with 53 million, Yahoo! Sites with 48.7 million, Vevo with 44.8 million, and Microsoft’s sites with 42.7 million.

The latest Video Metrix service also shows more than 184 million U.S. Internet users watched 36.9 billion online content videos in July. 85.5 percent of the U.S. Internet audience viewed online video. The duration of the average online content video was 6.7 minutes, comScore says.

Americans also viewed 9.6 billion video ads in July, with each of the top 4 video ad properties delivering more than 1 billion video ads. Google ranked first, followed by Hulu,,, SpotXchange, and TubeMogul.

The duration of the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes. Video ads accounted for 20.7 percent of all videos viewed and 1.6 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.


Tamron teaches photography with free videos

Optics maker Tamron USA launched a new series of six how-to videos, aimed at beginners and photo enthusiasts.

Topics for the online education range from travel and macro to pet and child portraiture. The videos are approximately 6 minutes in length, the company says, and follow photographers as they explain their approach to capturing images in their signature style. Each photographer provides useful tips to help the viewer to create better photographs.

The videos will be posted on Tamron’s YouTube channel here.

Now available are “How-To Travel Photography: Nature And Scenics featuring Ian Plant,” and “How-To Macro Photography: Equipment, Lighting Tips & More featuring David Maynard.”


YouTube to blur faces

Online video leader YouTube now lets content uploaders choose to have the service blur the faces of people in the clip “with the click of a button.”

“As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them,” YouTube says. “According to the international human rights organization WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere report, “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity.” YouTube is excited to be among the first.”

When users choose the face blurring option, a new copy is created with the blurred faces. They can then choose to delete the original video.

“Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube,” the Google subsidiary says.