Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Zeiss have unveiled their new online platform, Lenspire. The website's content is grouped into six categories; Photographic Genres, Spotlight, Ambassadors, Gear, Know-How and Live. "With Lenspire, we are pursuing an educational approach by emphasising professional dialogue and direct contact between Zeiss experts and the user as well as between the users themselves," says Nicole Balle, the Marketing Manager for the Americas at Zeiss. "It's important to us to not only explain different applications, but also to present our ambassadors as mentors and to help users take advantage of their expertise."
Monday, August 24, 2015
Less than a year after its UK launch, calendar publishing platform Calvendo has reached the 1000-user milestone. As a professional publishing platform for wall calendars, Calvendo offers a unique service: creative users can design their own calendars online, and sell them on Amazon and other retail platforms. Before release, each calendar goes through a quality assessment process to ensure that products are fit to go to market. The service is free of charge, and Calvendo self-publishers get royalties for each calendar copy sold. The company’s UK division now has almost 1100 registered users and around 4500 calendars. “We’re very happy that so many English-language photographers and artists are already creating and publishing calendars with us, “ says Calvendo Managing Director Hans-Joachim Jauch. “We see a similarly successful development as when we initially launched in Germany in 2012 and are excited about our platform’s development for the upcoming calendar season.”
Friday, August 14, 2015
Pixbuf has just launched into public beta, and introduced photographer's analytics. Creating a platform for aggregating data from all available services, Pixbuf gives photographers an idea of who likes their pictures and what communities they are from. Acting as a photographer’s hub for automated sharing on various services, Pixhub enables you to easily upload your pictures, set up sharing and head out to take more pictures. “We want to give photographers back the time for photography,” says Filip Molcan, founder of Pixbuf. “Making an exceptional picture is very difficult today. Standing out from the crowd on the Internet is even harder and that’s where we want to help.” Pixbuf is available for free at the website below.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Google Chrome version 43.02357, which came out in May, proved to be a nightmare for photography enthusiasts. Most - albeit not all - photos viewed in this version of the popular Web browser suffered from a serious colour burning/clipping issue with abrupt tonal transitions in the shadows. (The more technically inclined among you might like to check out this discussion thread on the Chromium Project website.) Needless to say, this was a potentially huge problem for any photographer displaying and selling their work online. Version 44.0.2403 - now available on all platforms - comes with a fix and appears to display all images properly, so if you happen to have stopped using Chrome for this particular reason, you may want to consider giving it another chance.
Monday, July 27, 2015
PhotoShelter's Pro plan now allows for unlimited file storage. This means that pro members are no longer restricted to 1TB, having the freedom to upload as many images as they like; at no extra cost. "As a PhotoShelter Pro, you'll have full control over what, when, and how you choose to store with us," the company says. "Upload any file format or size, with as many images as you like -- as often as you like -- and rest easy knowing your original files can be accessed anywhere, anytime." The subscription fee is $49.99 / month.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Flickr have just unveiled their new Pro membership plan. Available to both existing and new members, this subscription offers improved stats, a discount on Adobe software and more. Flickr members who do not currently have Flickr Pro can purchase it for $5.99/month or $49.99/year. Flickr members who have existing Pro accounts will automatically be upgraded to the new Pro membership will automatically be upgraded to the new Pro membership while being able to keep theirexisting pricing and unlimited space. Existing Flickr Ad-Free account holders will be automatically upgraded to the new Flickr Pro with no change in price or renewal date.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
GoPro have just launched a premium content licensing portal for global advertising brands and agencies to license GoPro footage and imagery. According to the company, the portal "eliminates the pain points creative professionals have when sourcing content by helping them clear copyrights and likeness rights, easy access to creators’ content and organised, efficient, time-saving tools to search, download and preview content to license for use in advertising, news and other media and entertainment."
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Adobe today launched Adobe Stock, which is billed as "the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the content creation process and the tools creatives use every day." Available through Adobe Creative Cloud, this new service is a curated collection of 40 million images, which is deeply integrated into the latest releases of Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Designers can launch Adobe Stock directly within CC desktop software, add watermarked images to their Creative Cloud Libraries, and then access and work with images across multiple desktop tools. When they are ready to license the image for finished work, they can do it directly within the desktop software they are working in. Thanks to Creative Cloud’s CreativeSync technology, all edits made on a watermarked image are automatically applied to the newly licensed image, saving hours of potential rework. Pricing for Creative Cloud individual and team customers is £7.19 incl VAT for a single image; £23.99 per month for 10 images monthly (with rollover of unused images); and £143.99 incl VAT per month for 750 images monthly. Separate pricing is available for Adobe Stock customers who are not Creative Cloud members. Adobe also announced it will offer industry-leading rates, to photographers and designers contributing content to Adobe Stock.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Google have introduced Google Photos — a new service that promises to give you "a home for all your photos and videos." The free service incorporates a standalone app for both Android and iOS, a web-based interface, unlimited photo-video hosting, automated syncing and backups. The original resolution is maintained for up to 16 megapixels for photos and 1080p for movies, and your works are automatically organised by people, places and other parameters. The new Google Photos Assistant creates animations, collages and videos from your still images. Pictures, movies and entire photo sets can be shared easily via social networks.
Website: Google Photos
Monday, April 13, 2015
Photography magazine InMyBag has launched what it calls the World's only searchable database of photographers and their gear. “We want to be able to pull out fascinating observations about photographers, for example, how little gear woman photographers tend to use compared to the male counterparts, to the most popular lens for portrait photographers and how it varies by country,” said Simon Ellingworth, Editor of InMyBag. “What’s interesting about this project is it has an open door policy and so embraces photographers of any skill, level, genre, or location. It doesn’t matter if you use an iPhone, GoPro, video or traditional film – everybody’s welcome.” To encourage photographers to submit their images, this InMyBag have teamed up with Elinchrom and are offering the chance to win £3,000 ($4,400 USD) worth of gear.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Amazon has announced unlimited cloud storage with Amazon Cloud Drive. The Unlimited Photos Plan (free 3-month trial, then $11.99 per year) allows users to store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices. Customers can upload existing collections and store all future photos taken. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files. The Unlimited Everything Plan (free 3-month trial, then $59.99 per year) eanbles anyone to stoe an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Showfy is an online media sharing service from Magix which allows users to upload and view pictures and videos from practically anywhere. Media uploaded to showfy are saved to so-called streams (galleries in the cloud). Users can be create and manage streams, and add them to a multitude of devices and operating systems. "Whether on your PC, smartphone, tablet or television, showfy supports more devices and platforms than any other sharing program," the company claims. "The showfy apps are available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and showfy supports the latest devices from LG, Philips, Toshiba, Panasonic and Samsung. Users can also easily share vacation and wedding albums with friends and family in their own living rooms via the smart TV app and Google Chromecast." Showfy users can grant access to anyone by sending invitations via email. Magix guarantees that only the people they invite — and no one else — can view their favourite photos and videos. The basic showfy account is free, and offers every user 2GB of storage space for their media. Users that require more space can upgrade to showfy Premium for $1.99/month to increase their cloud storage to 25GB.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
BitTorrent have just launched Version 2.0 of Sync, their file hosting/sharing/synchronisation tool for Free BSD, Linux, Mac OS and Windows. Updates are also being rolled out to Android, iOS, Kindle and Windows Phone devices. "All of the core functionality we introduced in version 1.4 last August still exist in 2.0, letting you securely share folders across all platforms, with visibility into who has access," says Erik Pounds, Vice President of Product Management for BitTorrent Sync. "A bunch of new functionality has been added, from enhanced user interfaces across desktop and mobile platforms to a new certificates-based security model with even greater control and ease-of-use." The company has also introduced a Pro tier that adds additional functionality for business workgroups and individuals that need more capabilities and control. For more information, visit the website below.
Website: BitTorrent Blog
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Foap is a mobile app (iOS and Android) and website that connects brands with a vast library of authentic, high-quality, user-generated images. The Foap process is simple: users upload their photos via the mobile app, tag them with relevant keywords and submit them for approval. Once rated by five other users, the photo appears in the Foap marketplace where brands and agencies can purchase it for their editorial or advertising purposes. Users make $5 on every photo they sell. Brands seeking photos for a specific campaign or purpose can even host Foap Missions, a call for entries for users to submit photos that fit the brand’s requirements.Mission winners receive a cash prize if their photo is selected, and all other photos remain in the brand’s library for future purchase. For more information, visit the website below.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Lomographic Society have just relaunched their website, lomography.com. The site has been totally redesigned and is now optimised for all screen sizes. It also has a number of new features and improvements including a new uploader, new photo filtering optins and a dedicated Shoutbox. "For now, we realise that some much-loved features from the old site such as LomoWalls are not yet integrated," Lomography says. "We will be polishing these and rolling them out one by one to best work your feedback in."
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Canon has added new updates to its cloud-based image management service, irista. The new features include one-touch photo book creation, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom integration and full access to irista's functionality on tablet devices. The irista updates are accompanied by a pricing refresh for the subscription tiers, which increases the storage options at all levels. The updated free tier now offers 15GB of cloud storage space, with full functionality. Thoses with larger image libraries can now get 200GB and 500GB tiers available for a monthly or annual cost.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
LensRentals today announced the official launch of its "try before you buy" Keeper programme. Allowing customers to hire equipment and apply up to seven days of rental fees towards the purchase of the product(s), the Keeper programme offers something for every level of enthusiast. Consumers can visit the LensRentals website, browse through the huge range of equipment for rental to discover items with a green "Yep. It's a Keeper!" badge that identifies products eligible for the Keeper programme. Clicking on the green badge presents consumers with a range of prices and how the discounts are applied. "Cameras and video equipment can be very expensive. We know that many consumers would prefer to try and test certain items before deciding to make that investment," said LensRentals, Founder and CEO, Roger Cicala. "We're thrilled to officially launch the Keeper programme and offer everyone the opportunity to keep items they know and love."
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Gary Fong today introduced his new Interactive Virtual Camera Modules. With a model-specific virtual camera, photographers have the ability to intuitively navigate through information-packed Premium Video Tutorials that directly reflect what each button does. The Premium Videos behind each press of the virtual camera’s buttons contain extended, carefully-detailed tutorial courses from Gary Fong himself. “Customer education is the cornerstone of our business,” Gary says. “It is imperative we explore new approaches to learning, such as the Interactive Virtual Camera Modules, to teach our customers how to bring their cameras to life.” The Interactive Virtual Camera Modules are currently available for the Sony a6000 and the Sony A7 II. Modules for the Canon 7D Mark II and Nikon D750 are coming soon
Monday, January 12, 2015
Inspired by the Hungarian Fortepan project, the University of Northern Iowa has announced the establishment of a new public digital photo archive featuring curated photos made by ordinary Iowans over the 20th century. Taking its name from a panchromatic black-and-white film stock manufactured in Hungary right up to the closure of the Forte plant in 2007, the original Fortepan archive started out as a private project of collectors Ákos Szepessy and Miklós Tamási, borne out of a desire to demonstrate that photos - even "artistically worthless" snapshots - taken by ordinary people can help us better understand the history of the 20th century. Thanks to donations, the collection has grown to include over forty thousand digitised black-and-white and colour photographs, from a pseudo-bucolic idyll dating back to 1900 to a 1990 photograph of a still-standing section of the Berlin wall. Based on this project, the new Fortepan Iowa archive will display thousands of photographs along a sliding interactive timeline and invite visitors to horizontally scroll through highly curated, well-documented photographs digitised at "tremendously high resolution," the university says. The open-source platform will inspire visitors to engage digitally with the high-quality images — a rare opportunity in a heavily copyrighted age. Fortepan Iowa will launch in March 2015 with at least 2,000 photos in the archive.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Software developer Kolor has just launched Kolor Eyes, a web platform for viewing, sharing and hosting 360-degree videos. The platform was designed around three major concepts; quality, multiple players and community. Visitors can easily "like" and share the videos on social networks or embed them on their websites or blogs. The hosting service is currently provided for free. Paid plans offering professional features will be offered soon.