Category: Consumer

WPPI Show Going Strong

David Haueter
Mar 20, 2015

It seems like every day, we see a new story or statistics about the smartphone decimating the camera market or pro photographers getting laid off from publications or news organizations. So, as a photographer it’s very encouraging to attend a show like WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) and be around vendors and other attendees who are excited about the future of the photo market. WPPI is targeted at wedding and portrait photographers, of course, but also draws photographers that specialize in many other areas, such as fine art, advertising/commercial, and nature & wildlife photography.

WPPI is held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

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The FAA drones on; pro photographers should listen

Ed Lee
Mar 12, 2015

Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also known as drones, have caught the attention of consumers, commercial operators, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Drones are widely available for purchase, relatively easy to fly, and cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Initially, drones were ‘blind’ and did not offer much utility, except the entertainment value from flying them around. Recently, they have become more specialized in their purposes and uses. The addition of cameras, especially ones that provide live viewing, has opened a new world of opportunities for drones. Suddenly, drones have become cameras with wings.

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Mobile World Congress 2015 – Photography Featured Prominently in New Smartphones

Carrie Sylvester
Mar 6, 2015

The 2015 Mobile World Congress was held the first week of March in Barcelona Spain. The show is hosted by The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) which is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardization, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system. During this trade event there were many new products, services, and accessories introduced with a mobile play (phones, tablets, etc.) and included in those introductions were many new smartphone products. This blog focusses on the smartphones that featured photography prominently.

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The Next Step in Intelligent Imaging is About a Foot

Alan Bullock
Mar 5, 2015

InfoTrends estimates that consumers worldwide will take about one trillion photos in 2015 – and that doesn’t even include the ones that are deleted right away. As a result, users of smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, action cameras, lifelogging cameras, and other picture-taking devices are accumulating massive collections of photos and videos. Keeping them organized so that memories of a person, place, or event can be easily located when desired is a daunting task. Read more »

To protect your most important photos, you need to print them

David Haueter
Feb 27, 2015

It’s a simple fact that many people have no plan in place for protecting their digital photos. Despite all the good things that digital technology has brought us, it hasn’t really made preserving photos any easier. Things were much simpler back in the film days – you dropped off a roll of film at your local retailer and you got back a print of everything on the film roll, often in duplicate. The best photos would usually be placed into a photo album while the others usually ended up in a shoebox under the bed or in a closet. One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up was to pull my Grandmother’s photo albums off her shelf and look at pictures that went back decades of her and my Grandfather as much younger people and of my Dad as a kid.

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Office Supplies and the Death of Traditional Competition

Michael Whalen
Feb 9, 2015

 

America’s two largest U.S. office supply chains are once again challenging the views of antitrust regulators – and this time, if they succeed, it could spell the demise of traditional competition in that business sector. Read more »

HP Future-Proofs Customers with its Next Generation Printhead Design

Ron Gilboa
Feb 6, 2015

HP has long been at the forefront of innovation in the digital printing marketplace with inkjet solutions spanning consumer, office, and production. HP’s announcement of its High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) shows how inkjet technology is evolving, but the main take-away shouldn’t be just about high resolution, redundancy, or better print quality. The important part of this announcement is how it helps future-proof investments made by HP customers.

The centerpiece of the announcement is a new 2,400 dot-per-inch, dual channel, thermal inkjet (TIJ) print head Read more »

Best Buy Gets Back Into the Camera Game

Ed Lee
Jan 30, 2015

During the golden days of digital camera sales, Best Buy was a dominant retailer. It offered consumers a wide selection of compact cameras at good prices. However, with compact camera sales waning, Best Buy has seen its influence on the market diminish, as consumers and vendors focus on more profitable digital interchangeable lens camera sales (DILCs). While Best Buy has sold DILCs, the selection was limited, merchandising was lacking, lens selection was limited and locked away behind glass, and in-store personnel were not trained to answer probing technical questions.

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2014 Camera Wrap-Up – Fewer Cameras but Plenty to Choose From

Carrie Sylvester
Jan 5, 2015

There were some BIG ticket items on people’s gadget wish lists during 2014 – from gaming systems, hybrid laptop tablets, and flat screen TVs. Another one of the most popular gadgets people want are digital cameras (aka Phoneless Cameras).

Although there were many new camera models introduced in 2014, there were far fewer than in previous years. In 2014, there were 98 camera models introduced compared to 127 in 2013 and 146 in 2012 (Source: InfoTrends U.S. Camera Model Tracker). It is expected that the number of cameras introduced will continue to drop by anywhere between 10% to 20% in 2015.

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Intuit Rebrands Check to Mint Bills

Matt Swain
Dec 16, 2014

Recent Intuit acquisition Check will now be known as Mint Bills.

When the mobile bill pay company’s acquisition was announced earlier this year, Check co-founder and CEO Guy Goldstein noted that his team looked forward to merging their “talent, mobile mindset and spirit of innovation with Intuit to build products that delight consumers and become a part of their everyday financial lives.” This rebranding helps to publicly solidify that intent to integrate the services.

Intuit has simultaneously used this opportunity to refresh the Mint logo, with each of its products having a subtle difference in the colored line in the leaf to distinguish them from one another. Read more »

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