Posts tagged: Photo

Photo Merchandise in China: Beyond Photo Books

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 Jun 29, 2012

If you are looking for photo merchandise in the United States, the top sites that appear in a search engine are websites like Shutterfly or Snapfish. There, the product scope and promotional offers are focused predominantly on photo books, calendars, and greeting cards. In China, the top sites that appear in a search engine take the concept of photo merchandise a step further. While some sites, like Fujifilm’s SeeHere, have comparable product focus and promotional offering to Shutterfly or Snapfish, top sites like Dudencheng and Woxingwoying  offer a much more diverse range of products.

At Duducheng you can include personal pictures on products like pillows, T-shirts, puzzles, cups, magic squares (Rubik’s cubes), canvas bags, umbrellas, refrigerator magnets, and crystal gifts.

Crystal gift example from Duducheng.com

Rubik's cube example from Duducheng.com

 

 

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Apple’s New iPad – It’s All Good or It’s All Bad

Jeff Hayes
 Mar 8, 2012

Now that the speculation frenzy has been relieved with Apple’s introduction of the new iPad yesterday, I’ll give my perspective on what it means for the market. The short answer is that if you are a publisher, content producer, advertiser, marketing services provider or Google, it’s all good. If you are a printing company or equipment supplier with no presence in digital media, it’s all bad.

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SmartPhones, Tablets and the Collapse of Print

Jeff Hayes
 Mar 1, 2012

A couple items caught my eye this morning as I read the Boston Globe … on my iPad. I still subscribe to the paper edition of the Globe. I have enjoyed reading it over breakfast ever since I was a paper delivery boy back in the 1970’s. But it was raining quite hard this morning and I was running a few minutes late, so instead of going down to get the paper I pulled out my iPad and perused a variety of sites.

At the site The Atlantic was a blog titled “The Collapse of Print Advertising in 1 Graph“. After looking at the chart my reaction was - Holy Schlitz!

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Amazon Lights the Kindle Fire

Alan Bullock
 Sep 29, 2011

The tablet market got a little more crowded this week. What remains to be seen is whether the top 80% or the bottom 20% feels the squeeze, or if maybe the whole pie gets bigger to make room for a new player. Amazon’s entry had been widely anticipated and predicted to be a potential “iPad killer”. The announcement of the Amazon Kindle Fire, a 7-inch Android device with an aggressive $199 price point, made headlines on Wednesday, but measuring it against the iPad may be comparing apples to, um, Apples. Read more »

Ford SYNCs the CD – Time to Rescue Your Photos?

Alan Bullock
 Jul 29, 2011

While the CD is not quite dead, another indication that its days are numbered surfaced this week. A number of news outlets reported that Ford Motor Company will begin to discontinue in-dash CD players as standard equipment in some of its cars, starting with the 2012 Ford Focus. Read more »

Mourning the Demise of the Optical Viewfinder

Ed Lee
 Jun 10, 2011

The handwriting is on the wall. Optical viewfinders on compact digital cameras are almost extinct. By our most recent count, there are only two current compact cameras that offer an optical viewfinder, the Canon PowerShot A1200 (MSRP $109.99) and the Canon PowerShot G12 (MSRP $499.99). While the A1200 is an entry-level camera that any photographer can afford, the G12, with all its advanced features, is targeted at the serious photographer with a few extra dollars to spend.

The demise of the optical viewfinder will be a lost opportunity for the industry, as a need still exists. Our research shows that many consumers still have a problem with framing photos using the LCD screen in bright sunlight. Plus, basic photography training still teaches that holding the camera up to your eye creates a very stable position for taking photos.

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Apple’s iOS 5 and iCloud Connect People and Their Photos

Alan Bullock
 Jun 8, 2011

On Monday, June 6, Apple unveiled iOS 5, the latest version of its operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices, and iCloud, a new set of free cloud services for managing content across up to ten synchronized devices. (My colleague, Shelly Ortelt, blogged about the news here.)

Many of the 200+ new iOS features promise to improve the traditional and connected photo experience for Apple users. Here are some first impressions along with a few observations and questions along the way: Read more »

New Opportunities for Imaging in Brazil, Russia, India, and China

Ed Lee
 May 18, 2011

As the developed regions of the world, like the United States and Western Europe, experience a maturing of the digital camera and photo printing markets, new sales opportunities will come from emerging markets, most of which are in early stages of market development. Among these emerging markets are Brazil, Russia, India, and China, also known as the BRIC countries. These countries are ripe for growth in digital photography and have common traits that will appeal to digital imaging vendors.

Low household penetration rates for digital cameras and large populations are a good combination for increased camera sales to first-time buyers; however, growth rates may be hindered to some degree by low penetration of personal computers and home Internet access, as well as low household incomes in these countries. Nevertheless, growth in these adjacent markets will help fuel the digital photography market.

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Facebook Goes High-Res

Alan Bullock
 Oct 1, 2010

Late yesterday, Facebook, on its blog, announced plans to support “print-quality, high-resolution” photos. Maximum image size will be increased to 2048 pixels on the longest side, up from the current 720-pixel limit, which itself was an improvement from just 604 pixels earlier this year. This is significant news, sending ripples of both opportunity and uncertainty throughout the photo industry. Read more »

Photokina 2010 – End of show thoughts

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 Sep 30, 2010

photokina-2010-logoAnother Photokina has been and gone. There was no particular theme that emerged from the show. Perhaps the statement that most vendors made was “we are still here and we are doing okay in spite of the tough times”.

Photokina was smaller than previous years. This year only 6 of the 11 halls were in use. Most notably the massive Hall 10 was empty. Photokina has yet to announce an official number for attendees, but it seemed to us to be fewer people visiting the stands. In an unofficial poll of taxi drivers the consensus was that visitors were down by 50% on 2008. That said, the big brands pulled in the crowds and there were times when it was almost impossible to move around the Canon and Nikon stands. When speaking with exhibitors they seemed generally satisfied with the show. Although Photokina is not as big as in previous years it is pulling in the right crowd of people.

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