Thursday, May 15, 2014
Microsoft Devices have launched the Lumia Win Win Project, a campaign aiming to reward the Lumia photographic community. The project encourages Lumia owners to enter 10 top photography competitions including the Pulitzer and IPA (International Photography Awards). Those who win any of these competitions with a photo shot on a Lumia phone will see their competition prize doubled by Microsoft. "If you win, we’ll match your prize money," the company says. "Together, we’ll change the way smartphone photography is perceived, while you get double the love. It really is a win win."As a part of the campaign, Microsoft Devices will be providing weekly photography tips on a dedicated community website called Shot on My Lumia. Lumia owners will be able to upload their shots, the best of which will be given an exemplary badge ranging in categories from ‘Foodie’ to ‘Traveller’.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Astrophotography.photos has just gone live. Very similar to its sister sites, Zeissimages.com and Leicaimages.com, Astrophotography.photos is a free online gallery with advanced search features and customisation which gives the amateur or professional astronomer the ability to show case his or her photos to the public.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Crated is a new online marketplace for digital artists and photographers. Unlike other art selling sites, "Crated provides a turnkey solution for artists providing not only display and sales features, but also high-quality production, marketing and fulfillment functionality with the highest profit sharing available," the company says. "Crated’s artists receive support from start to finish and a generous revenue share of 80% of generated profits. Setting up a gallery is free, no credit card is needed and the site does not charge any transaction fees." In celebration of the launch, the first hundred artists to join by May 16 will have the opportunity to be featured in Crated’s first pop-up gallery in Soho ArtHouse, New York opening on 21 May 2014.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Today at Visual Connections Chicago, PressFoto announced ImageRent, a new service that makes more than three million stock photos available for commercial, editorial or personal use online at a minimal cost. Rather than purchasing the images outright, customers pay a “rental fee” for the rights to use the image. The fee is $.01 per thousand views. Images may also be used on social media sites free of charge. “There are plenty of people around the globe creating online content who aren’t willing or able to spend the money required to purchase stock but don’t see theft as an acceptable alternative,” said Dmitry Shironosov, CEO of PressFoto. “ImageRent is the perfect solution. It provides legitimate and cost-effective access to a massive library of great images at an exceptionally reasonable cost.”
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Pixels.com has launched a new image licensing marketplace. Allowing photographers to set their own rates, control which licenses they want to sell (royalty-free or rights-managed), and even create their own custom licenses with their own terms and conditions; Pixels.com was inspired by the success of the print-on-demand business of its founder Sean Broihier. "The Pixels.com value proposition is clear -- photographers chose which licenses they want to sell, set their own prices for those licenses, and then we showcase their images on an established marketplace that already receives 10+ million visitors per month," said Broihier. "To cover our costs, we simply mark up the prices that are set by the photographers. We did it for prints -- now we're doing it for image licensing." The mark up is 30%.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Digital CameraMart is a new free website which allows allows photographers and photography retailers in the UK and USA to advertise their new or used photo gear. Sellers can add up to eight images and a YouTube video to their ads, while prospective buyers can contact themthrough the website's email system or via their telephone number. All adverts can be shared on all the most popular social networking site to help exposure and can be done by both sellers and buyers.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Vimazing is a new social network for filmmakers: cameramen, editors and video lovers. Launching next month, Vimazing is a portal for fans of film art, inspired by popular photo-ranking communities such as 500px, Pixoto or 1x. Once launched, Vimazing users will be able to publish their work, build their own film portfolio and evaluate other members' videos. The first 1,000 users to upload a movie will receive a 6-month pro membership for free.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Russian Photography is a new online exhibition presented by the Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH). Curated by Anna Shpakova, Director of Photography at the Russian agency Ria Novosti, this exhibition explores the work of Anastasia Rudenko, Georgy Pervov, Denis Tarasov, Ilya Batrakov and the Grozny Collective Project. "The stories we are presenting today at the Photographic Museum are very diverse: we are introducing photographers from different generations, individual and group projects, and we are showing bodies of work from various genres: from documentary photography to a completely original genre entitled 'photographic realism', coined by the photographer," Shpakova says.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Zenfolio now allows its paying members to upload and store raw image files. Available to all account levels beyond Basic, the new Raw File Storage service includes 2GB of free storage for your raw images. Beyond that, there's a fee of USD / GBP / EUR / AUD 0.085 per Gigabyte per month, based on average storage over a billing period of one month. The maximum file size limit is 2GB per individual file.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Raw.Pics.io is a new online service capable of extracting the embedded JPEGs from certain raw image files. Supporting CR2, DNG and NEF formats, the service does not require users to upload their raw files to a server, as it uses an HTML5-based in-browser application to extract the embedded JPEGs, which can then be saved on their hard disk or shared on Facebook. "One click conversion to JPEG is a first step, expect more in the nearest future," developer Konstantin Shtondenko says. "If you have an idea of what we should implement next — don't hesitate to request features."
Friday, February 21, 2014
VeryFirstTo.com is offering the chance to capture 10 of the most sensational views across the globe with the latest cameras from Fujifilm. From the iconic and breathtaking Grand Canyon in the USA to the snow capped Himalayas, including Mount Everest in Nepal, each location is known for being both photogenic and awe inspiring. Theo Georghiades, Senior Business Manager at Fujifilm says of the trip, “In a world where selfies are the norm and are cluttering the photographic world, it is time to turn the camera back around and capture the most spectacular places in the world. These are truly breathtaking subjects with stunning cameras selected to deliver the best possible memories.” The luxury vacation costs £72,000.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Jorge Torralba, the mastermind behind the highly successful Rangefinderforum.com, ZeissImages.com, LeicaImages.com and JustNEX.com websites, has just announced the launch of FujifilmImages.com, an online gallery dedicated to images captured with Fujifilm cameras or lenses. Besides being a gallery,FujiFilmImages is also an image forum.where participants can comment on and discuss the photos uploaded by members. Additionally, the website lets visitors search for photos taken with a specific lens, camera, focal length or any other combination, while the online Market allows photographers to sell equipment they no longer need.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Professional Web developer Glen Elkins has launched Zantins, a new, dedicated responsive website design and development service for photographers. "Photography is a major interest of my daughter's, and while I was researching for her I noticed a lot of websites in the industry are not responsive… meaning they are poor on mobile devices," Glen says. "[Zantins] has been researched and designed to be quick, cheap and simple enabling the artists to focus on their work and have a working responsive site without having to learn or pay huge prices." The company's "All-in-One" service package is available for £19.99 a month.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Photography Blog has teamed up with Inkling to choose some of our favourite photography gifts.
Inkling is a site that specializes in making on-line gift shopping a pleasurable experience, rather than a time-wasting chore. Every item on Inkling has been hand-picked by an expert in their field, so you can rest assured that you're choosing a quality gift. A clever gift finder quickly sorts through the selections to serve up appropriate products, and you can also save gifts in a wishlist and share them with other people.
Take a look at Photography Blog Editor Mark Goldstein's picks here.
InMyBag.net is a new, free website offering an opportunity for photographers to showcase their best work. They have categories for DSLR, Lighting, Mirrorless, Film, Video, Leica, Vintage, GoPro, phone-based photography and those who shoot with a minimalist amount of gear.Submissions are open to anyone with an enthusiasm for photography.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Next Wednesday, Donuts - the largest registry for new ICANN generic top-level domains (gTLDs) - will kick off the general availability period for several new Internet domain names including .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY. These gTLDs will be open for registration by anyone interested in an online identity connected to these terms.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The Instagramers Gallery - billed as the world's largest online photo gallery that also has two physical locations in Miami and Madrid - has announced the Instagramers Photo Prize featuring a grand prize of $100,000. Open to all Instagram users worldwide registered with InstagramersGallery.com, the Instagramers Photo Prize also offers daily prizes worth $1000 every day until 30 April 2014. The overall winner will be chosen from the daily Photo of the Day finalists.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Harman technology, trading as Ilford Photo, has launched a website dedicated to helping film photographers who do not own a darkroom find a facility near their place of residence. A 2013 survey conducted by Ilford Photo has revealed that there are many photographers using film that have no direct access to a darkroom but would like to find one locally. It also highlighted that there are hundreds of private home darkrooms worldwide which the owners may be willing to share with fellow photographers. "If you are looking for a darkroom and there is none listed in the area you want you can place a 'marker' to indicate your interest," the company says. "Doing so may prompt someone who had not registered to do so and get in touch or may bring groups of photographers together in a common quest."
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Recently launched online photo service LightRocket is leveraging its extensive industry connections to promote relationships between its members and thousands of professional picture buyers around the world. LightRocket takes no commission or service fees on sales generated via its platform, ensuring 100% of picture licensing fees go directly to the photographer. The company says it plans to deepen this aspect of its service in 2014 with the addition of new functionality designed to further facilitate and promote connections between photographers and picture buyers. The platform's premium annual subscription package is currently available for $49. New users may try out the system free for 30 days.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Easyspace has reported a surge in interest for photography-related extensions among the new ICANN generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). In fact, the most popular group of new domains so far is extensions which reference the art of photography such as .photos, .photography and .camera as well as .gallery. These new gTLDs will ultimately sit alongside existing domains, such as .com. It is free to register interest in one of the new gTLDs with Easyspace while they are in the initial Sunrise phase which allows trademark holders to protect their brands. The Sunrise phase for Dot Camera, Dot Photography and Dot Gallery ends on 31st January. They then move into Landrush on 5th February before becoming available to the general public in General Availability on 12th February.