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.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Olloclip has officially launched its new website, designed to serve as a social hub for the mobile photography industry. The new website offers an integrated European web store which allows olloclip lenses to be shipped directly from within Europe. This allows local European customers to save up to 25% on their purchase and benefit from fast delivery within 48 hours from placing their order. “The olloclip brand was built on the idea of minimalism and ease of use while pushing the lines of innovation. Our mission is to continually extend the parameters of what is possible in mobile photography, but our website up to now did not reflect that,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder. “There was a need to simplify the shopping experience while efficiently telling our brand story in an engaging and meaningful way. While the revamped site itself doesn’t introduce any new programming innovations, it is more responsive and visually appealing and functions easily on everything from a smartphone to a computer.”
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Robots for Your Photos is a new service aimed at photographers, which automates the photo-sharing process across multiple social media platforms. The service basically takes care of the most boring tasks by automatically uploading your photographs to various photo servers and online galleries (such as Flickr, Facebook, 500px etc.) and publishing each photo at the optimal time of day to ensure it’s seen by the highest possible number of viewers. "Monitoring the reaction to your published photos closely is part of our job," the company says. "We therefore know quite precisely what is the best time for you to publish in order to get the most feedback. And that is when we always publish - at the best times." Moreover, Robots for Your Photos collects all likes, favourites and comments from all services and presents them all in one place. Note that the project is still in the development phase - but you can sign up now to be among the first to try the service once it's launched.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Today Wacom launched Dropzone and Control Room, two new cloud based services that offer fast and easy access to images and personal settings. Offering up to 2GB of free storage, Dropzone enables users to easily store and access their images on any computer or device, at any time. Control Room offers a storage service for individual Wacom pen, tablet and display settings, saving the user time on configuration when they want to use their familiar settings on a different device of the same type. Both Dropzone and Control Room are easy to use, free of charge and work independently from existing services or operating systems. Note that a Wacom Cloud account is required for both services.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
LightRocket has launched a new free membership plan, which includes 5GB of cloud storage, the ability to publish a collection of images on LightRocket's commercial archive, a configurable portfolio website and a host of other professional media management tools. For those who want to go to the next level, LightRocket's 'premium' members pay a little less than a dollar a week for their first year which gains them access to an even broader array of tools while offering greater visibility on LightRocket's consolidated media archive.
Monday, November 10, 2014
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Friday, October 24, 2014
CameraPeddler.com is a new online marketplace designed for photographers. Developed by Jorge Torralba - the man behind ZeissImages.com, JustNEX.com and other photo related sites -, CameraPeddler.com offers the ability to focus strictly on photographic equipment from individuals and trustworthy reliable dealers. "The intent was to develop a site where buyers and sellers can trust each other and feel comfortable with the transactions they engage in while utilising the features of the site," Jorge says. Click through / scroll down for more information.
Monday, October 20, 2014
The Tiffen Company has launched Tiffen ImageMaker, a community-oriented social media hub site. ImageMaker allows visitors to explore some of the world’s most beautiful locations, get a sneak peek of how Tiffen products are created and produced in its U.S. manufacturing facilities,and v view Tiffen’s featured picks from images shared on Instagram.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Canon USA has launched its "Canon See Impossible" campaign, a branding effort aimed to inspire customers to see impossible with Canon products. As part of the companywide marketing initiative, the Japanese brand has rolled out a new logo accompanied by a 3-D visual of an expanding box (pictured), symbolising Canon’s desire to "break the boundaries of what is possible." Additionally, the company has set up a new microsite housing consumer, professional, and commercial stories of inspiration, imagination, and innovative end-user applications of Canon imaging technology. “As a technology-based brand, Canon is constantly challenged to empower its customers in today’s high-tech and fast-paced world in which new apps and innovations are launching every single day,” said Joe Adachi, Chairman and CEO, Canon USA. “With imagination and customer focus at the core of the Canon business model, ‘Canon See Impossible’ will highlight the combined technological innovation and human ingenuity that makes the impossible possible. Our new rallying cry will extract creative thinking from a place of isolation, encourage exploration of the unknown, and showcase our creativity as it impacts the real world with limitless possibilities.”
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Eyefi has announced the worldwide availability of Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, desktop/laptop or smart TV. Eyefi Cloud offers users the ability to organise, sync and share unlimited photos, and the first 90 days are provided free of charge. Twelve-month memberships start at £34.99 for an unlimited number of photos.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Photo sharing company Forever has announced new pricing for its cloud storage service. The company is now offering 10 gigabytes of permanent sharable storage for a monthly fee of $4, with the 100GB option costing $11 per month. Beyond just sharable storage, these monthly subscriptions include toll-free telephone support, access to all Forever apps across multiple hardware and software platforms, ownership of a custom subdomain (usually based on the member’s name) and inclusion in the Forever Guarantee. Forever's monthly “subscription to own” packages are paid over 120 months. A 40% discount is offered to those who prefer to make an up-front, one-time payment.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Photo Productions, a UK company that produces premium photobooks for the public and professional photographers, have just re-launched their website. Rebuilt from the ground up it's now much faster and easier to use, the company claims. There are more options, international delivery is built in, sample albums can be bought through the site, and there are now eight sizes of albums to choose from. The main albums start at £144 including professional design, printing and UK delivery. To celebrate the website re-launch, Photo Productions are offering free Premium Pocket Books with every 12x15" and 12x18" album.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Panasonic UK has launched a new camera selector tool for its Lumix G range. The Lumix G ‘The One For You’ campaign is designed to make choosing a camera a quick and pleasurable experience, whether you’re an absolute beginner, passionate amateur snapper or dedicated pro. The interactive selector tool features each Lumix G product in the context of how real consumers take photos – making it easy for the viewer to identify the camera most suited to the kind of person they are. Comprising three easy steps, the tool clearly identifies the five cameras in the Lumix G range in line with the real world specifications consumers want, the company says. The new camera selector is featured on the website below.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Fine art and photography printer Point101 has launched its new website. The site, which features Point101’s industry-leading image upload and room preview systems, has been refined and streamlined to give visitors a more enjoyable browsing experience, the company says. s “We’re delighted to have launched such an intuitive, engaging revamp of Point101” said Kerry Keays, director of Point101. “We’ve updated our products. We’ve cleared the site of clutter. Our clients have been asking for features — we’ve added them. Now, we can do our products justice, with all new product photography and large images as a central part of the site."
Singh-Ray Filters have just launched a new website showcasing close to 1000 photographs by over 50 major landscape photographers, including Art Wolfe, Ian Plant, Brenda Tharp, Tony Sweet, Jack Graham, Don Smith, Tom Till, George Lepp, Nevada Wier and Gary Hart. “Our new site celebrates the amazing work of photographers who use our products, in addition to being a site where you can find out about and purchase our filters and accessories," says founder Bob Singh. "Our blog will also include frequent posts by photographers who will share tips and techniques about their photography and how they use filters.”
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
LightRocket, an online photo platform targeting professional photographers and serious enthusiasts, now offers its members up to five times more default cloud storage and expanded 100GB storage units. "Our goal is to make photographers' and visual artists' lives easier and more profitable by simplifying the process of backing up, managing, promoting and selling one's work," explained LightRocket CEO and Co-Founder Peter Charlesworth. "If you make just one sale from LightRocket, you'll probably cover the cost of your subscription for years." The company is currently running an introductory promotion, offering an initial year of 'premium' membership (including 100GB of cloud storage) for $49. New members can try the service free for 30 days.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Calumet Photographic has launched a new ‘Assistant Finder’ tool on its rental website. The easily accessible platform allows assistants to upload a bio, including information on their experience, specialities, location and examples of their work.. The system also allows for reviews and ratings; helping assistantso build their profile and with references from industry professionals that they have worked with. “We are very excited by this online tool; it is going to be invaluable to many of our customers,” says Jon Warner, Managing Director at Calumet Photographic. “So far, we’ve had over 65 assistants register from across the whole of the UK - this is a great start and we’re confident that this service will grow very quickly.” Use of Calumet Photographic’s Assistant Finder is completely free for both professionals and assistants.
Canon has launched a new microsite devoted to camera lenses. "Visitors will be enlightened about the possibilities unlocked through the many different kind of lenses available to them: macro, zoom, telephoto, prime, wide-angle, STM, tilt-shift and fisheye," the company says. "Through informative videos, sample imagery, and educational video content, photographers and videographers from entry level to advanced amateur status will learn how to determine which Canon EF or EF-S Lenses will best help them create more powerful images with their EOS digital SLR camera. Additionally, visitors will find helpful quick tips for shooting with each category of lens, from fisheye to telephoto."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Zenfolio has launched Photographer Central, billed as the most comprehensive online directory of professional photographers of all genres. “The photography industry is fragmented, and part of the problem is the absence of one definitive source for hiring the right professional,” said Alex Peyzner, founder and CEO of Zenfolio and Photographer Central. “In building this new resource, we’ve set out to change the way people find photographers. It simplifies the process by providing clients with the complete and visual profile they need to make a decision; and provides photographers with marketing support so they can focus on the art of photography.”. Potential clients can filter photographers according to their preferred location, budget and style. They can save “Favourites” into a group that can be easily accessed at a later time. Clicking through to a portfolio brings up a simple, streamlined presentation of key information and a photography portfolio. From there, they can compare, contrast and immediately contact the right photographer. A single listing on Photographer Central costs $400 annually, but is available for $300 annually as a limited-time promotion.