Category: Websites

Thursday, January 17, 2013

WeBuyAnyCamera.com Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Wilkinson Cameras have launched a new website called WeBuyAnyCamera.com where you can upload details of any camera kit and lenses which you no longer require and turn them in to cash. After uploading details of the kit you’d like to sell, one of the team at Wilkinson Cameras will get back to you with an offer for your old gear. There are two sale options available – a straight cash sales price, or cash price plus 10% extra if you request payment in Wilkinson Camera online vouchers. David Parkinson, MD at Wilkinson Cameras said: “We’ve seen a huge increase in the demand for quality second hand equipment – and we’ve also seen an increase in people who want a fast, simple process – instead of the risks associated with online auction sites and classified ads.” For any equipment purchased worth £500 or more, Wilkinson will even arrange collection, completely free of charge.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jessops Goes Into Administration

Mark Goldstein | Websites
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The UK’s biggest high-street camera retailer, Jessops, has today gone into administration, putting around 2,000 jobs at risk. The Jessops.com website now states “Please note that the Jessops website will not currently process any new orders however you are able to read product descriptions and articles, customer reviews and watch videos.” According to a BBC report, administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have commented “Trading in the stores is hoped to continue today but is critically dependent on these ongoing discussions. However, in the current economic climate it is inevitable that there will be store closures.” The sad news follows hot on the heels of last years closure of Jacobs Digital, which was the UK’s largest independent camera retailer before it collapsed at the start of October.

Website: BBC News

Thursday, December 20, 2012

BeFunky Launches “My Photos Are Mine” Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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BeFunky has launched a new campaign called “My Photos Are Mine,” promising a free premium BeFunky account to all Instagram users who do not agree with the latter’s new terms-of-service update. “BeFunky believes that photo-editing and sharing should be fun, which is why their users have full control over their photos,” the company said in a statement. “People are not required to register when using the service, and where they share the photos is completely up to them and easy to do… Now BeFunky is offering free access to even more features by giving away the premium account to anyone who has cancelled their Instagram account.”

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DxOMark Introduces “Perceptual Megapixel” Score

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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DxO Labs have launched a new measure of lens sharpness, dubbed “Perceptual Megapixel,” on their DxOMark website. Designed by DxOMark experts, Perceptual Megapixel attempts to quantify the sharpness “perceived” by the photographer while taking into account all the characteristics and defects of the lens and the camera. “This new unit of measure replaces the MTF scores that we have been publishing up until now. Perceptual Mpix weights MTF measurements with the sensitivity to detail of the human visual system, thus providing a score for the sharpness perceived by our eyes. We think this new measurement will be more understandable and practical for photographers who use our website,” explained Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientific Officer for DxO Labs. The company also points out that the perceived resolution for a camera can be significantly different from the native resolution depending on the lenses with which it is coupled.

Instagram Backtracks on Terms of Use Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global, Software, Websites
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In the wake of a far-reaching outcry against proposed changes to its Terms of Use - including a notice issued by National Geographic saying that it’s “suspending new posts” and “may close” its account -, Instagram has announced an upcoming revision to the most controversial section of the text. “Legal documents are easy to misinterpret,” said Instagram’s co-founder Kevin Systrom in a post published on the company’s official blog. “We need to be clear about changes we make — this is our responsibility to you. One of the main reasons these documents don’t take effect immediately, but instead 30 days from now, is that we wanted to make sure you had an opportunity to raise any concerns. You’ve done that and are doing that, and that will help us provide the clarity you deserve. “

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Instagram to Sell Users’ Photos to Advertisers?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global, Websites
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Eight months after buying Instagram, Facebook has issued a modification to the service’s Terms of Use, allowing it to sell users’ photos to advertisers. According to the updated terms, you “agree that a business or other entity may pay [Instagram] to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.” Commenting on the news, The Guardian’s Charles Arthur speculates that the move “may give a boost” to Flickr, adding that “[a]lthough Flickr has resale deals in place with a number of companies, it shares revenue from those with users and only uses photos with users’ explicit permission.” Instagram users who do not agree with the new terms may opt out until 16 January 2013 by deleting their uploaded photos and terminating their accounts.

Website: Instagram / Updated Terms

Update: Instagram Backtracks on Terms of Use Update

Friday, December 7, 2012

WedPics.com Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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WedPics is a new free service providing a rich media platform for capturing, sharing and interacting with all the photos taken throughout your wedding. Comprising a website and a smartphone app, WedPics allows everyone to upload, view, share, and download pictures.  “No more need for disposable cameras at the table, guests can use the app at the wedding itself or afterwards via Smartphone or the website,” the company says. “In one click, the bride (or anyone with admin rights) can download all the pictures or send them to Facebook creating an instant photo book.” In addition, WedPics also provides an opportunity for professional wedding photographers to market their services to future brides.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

BeFunky Launches Winter Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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From today until 28 February 2013, BeFunky will provide free access to their premium effects, frames, filters, goodies and other features available on their online photo editor to anyone under the age of 21. Users must have a Facebook account so that their age can be verified in order to access the free premium features on the BeFunky website. “We want to offer students from all over the world the opportunity to experience all of our premium editing capabilities and create amazing and fun photos—for free,” said Tekin Tatar, CEO of BeFunky. “Our mission is to bring easy-to-use, professional photo editing to the masses and encourage people to have fun with their pictures, and we think this is a great way to do that.”

Monday, November 19, 2012

Boarded Up Britain Project Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Boarded Up Britain, a website aimed to document all of the boarded up buildings in Great Britain will be launched on 26th November and members of the public are now being encouraged to upload pictures of derelict buildings in their area to help raise awareness of them. Matthew Dyas, Boarded Up Britain coordinator said: “No matter where you look nowadays you’ll find an empty building. Homes, pubs, warehouses and mills abandoned and left to rot. You can’t even escape it on the high street, with over 1 in 10 shops now lying vacant… If you’re sick of that derelict building up at the end of your street, [photograph it and] upload it to the website and let’s try and do something about it.”

Friday, November 16, 2012

Photobucket Unveils “Stories” Feature

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Photobucket has launched “Photobucket Stories,” providing users with an easy new way to combine photos and videos into complete, shareable narratives. Once Stories are created, they are easily embeddable on blogs, personal, and brand sites, and can be shared among friends from mobile devices or across Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. “With the addition of Stories, Photobucket continues to deliver on our promise to be the one place for all your photos and videos so you can do everything you want with them,” said Munro. “We’ve already taken the guesswork out of preserving and protecting your memories; but thanks to Stories, you can now add new context and meaning to your adventures, connecting with others in a more complete way than ever before.”

Seamless Launches Online Store

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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The new Seamless Internet store offers photographers easy access to the tools that they need most, while also providing a creative hub with inspirational resources from the worlds’s finest photographers. Carrying a wide-range of products such as complete studio lighting solutions, exquisite lens filters and more, Seamless offers free shipping all over Europe. “The products that we have on offer are of the highest standard,” says Padraic Deasy, Irish Photographer of the year 2011. “The build, the design and the durability of Seamless accessories puts the necessary tools into the hands of photographers and frees them to achieve their unique vision.””

Thursday, November 15, 2012

WebRotate 360 Launches Online Shop

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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WebRotate 360 today launched its new online 360° photography equipment store, featuring photography hardware, software and accessories for product photography studios. “At WebRotate 360 we helped hundreds of our clients to succeed by delivering a unique mix of services ranging from 360-degree product photography to interactive digital media and e-commerce software,” said Dimitri Bir, Founder of WebRotate 360. “Today we are ready to share our first-hand experience, our know-how, and professional equipment and software with everybody.” To find out more visit the website below.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

WPO Members-Only Website Opens Up to Everyone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites

Starting today, the members area of the World Photography Organisation (WPO) website will accessible to everyone until 1st December. Those interested in learning about the otherwise exclusive content - which is normally only available to Advanced and Premium members - only need to sign up for a free WPO Basic membership to take advantage of this limited-time offer. The website’s unique content will update frequently and will include a host of regular features including PhotoTALK, a monthly series of live debates about issues facing photographers today. Alongside PhotoTALK, other new website content includes the Sue Steward Column, an Industry Insider feature and exclusive podcast interviews. Basic members can receive a 15% discount if they upgrade their membership to Advanced or Premium by 30 November.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Eyeist Launches Photography Review Service

Mark Goldstein | Websites
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Eyeist has created the first Web-based photography review service that connects world-class photography experts with photographers. Eyeist.com provides insight and advice to a global audience of amateur and professional photographers at affordable rates. Base prices range from $100.00 to $350.00.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

ReaSoft Launches ImVerter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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ReaSoft has launched a new free Web-based service for photographers. Currently in Beta, ImVerter (which stands for Image conVerter) recognises 500+ image formats including raw photo formats (CR2, NEF, ARW), vector graphics (CDR, SVG, DXF), postscript formats (PDF, AI, EPS) and also dozens of little-known or unpopular picture formats; and converts them into JPEGs, PNGs, GIFs, TIFFs, PDFs or BMPs depending on user preference. The service is free, with the only limitation being the maximum size of the source file, which is 20MB.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

OddPrints Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Matt Burns, the mastermind behind the Stolen Camera Finder website, has launched a new free service called OddPrints. “It’s basically a free and simple way to print photos for unusual picture frames or for passport applications etc.,” Matt explains. “With OddPrints you simply upload a photo, choose the size of your frame and then re-download your image. The image is ready to print and cut out at just the right size with optional guidelines to help… It’s free to use, no ads, no watermarks, no nonsense.”

Online Photo Business Gurus Launch ‘Business Class’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Websites
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Online photography business gurus Mark Cleghorn and Kenny Martin have launched ‘Business Class’ - a brand new webinar-style monthly learning programme aimed at helping portrait photographers trade more profitably. Under the plan photographers will be able to access the online classes on an ongoing or ad hoc basis for £29 per month. Mark Cleghorn (pictured), founder of PhotoTraining 4U (PT4U), international seminar speaker and author of a series of ‘How To’ photography books explained: “For the cost of a 10x8 print photographers will have access to our monthly 3-4 hour webinar classes plus downloads, including a full recording of each webinar they attend.” For more information check out the website below.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DxOMark Now Measures Camera Phone Sensor Performance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Websites
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DxOMark has launched new measurements dedicated to camera performance data for cellphones, smartphones and tablets. The new service, DxOMark Mobile, aims to help consumers analyse and compare the still and video performance of mobile devices, the company says. “Mobile phone image quality has also made considerable progress - for example, the image quality of the Nokia 808 PureView, in first place in the DxOMark Mobile rankings for still photos, is superior to that of a 5-year-old compact camera,” Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientific Officer for DxO Labs said in a statement. “And as for video, the best mobile tested in this category, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, outperforms the Canon Powershot 100.” DxOMark Mobile measures many attributes of mobile camera image quality such as color, exposure, texture, noise, and autofocus, in both still photo and video modes. In all, DxOMark Mobile analyzes 14 attributes, assigning each one a score between 1 and 100. An overall DxOMark score lets users rank and make comparisons between camera-equipped mobile devices, as well as between mobile cameras and compact cameras.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Getty Images Celebrates 500,000th Image in its Flickr Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Getty Images has announced that its Flickr Collection has grown to 500,000 images. The half millionth photograph had been submitted by Jiangang Wang, a system engineer and photo hobbyist from Tianjin, China. The image, “Minato Mirai night view,” was captured from the vantage point of Osan-bashi in Yokohama, Japan, where Wang now lives, and shows the city skyline just after sunset.

Friday, October 5, 2012

My Last Word

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, Websites
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Luxury whisky brand The Macallan has been running a competition in which they are encouraging people to send in an important image and tag it with a key word - they call it the Last Word. You can find the details here. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs.

Here’s my Last Word picture which is titled Self. Self-portraits are perhaps the most difficult people shots to take – after all, not that many photographers like to be the subject of the picture. This abstract self-portrait plays with reality to deliver a pleasing image that doesn’t give too much away about the photographer. Taken with the humble iPhone and post-processed with Nik Software’s SnapSeed, it proves that even the humblest of equipment can take and create a good photo. The image also shows that the right lighting can make or break the mood; the lengthening shadows of dusk not only added to the ambience of the scene, but created the extreme sense of perspective that makes the photo so interesting. My tip - always carry some kind of camera with you, whether that’s a DSLR or a simple cameraphone - you never know when exactly the moment will be right.

Incidentally if you live in the UK you can see my image and some other excellent images at the Macallan booth at several exhibitions. Details here: http://www.themastersofphotography.com/

Don’t forget to enter the competition, there’s a photography trip to Scotland and top end Fujifilm cameras up for grabs.