Posts Tagged ‘business’

What If Clients Don’t Really Need ‘Professional Photography’?

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Author’s disclaimer: This article is aimed toward commercial, business-to-business photographers. Consumer photographers may get something from it as well, but there are different market forces at work in that genre.

Yes… it is sort of a “link-bait” sounding headline, but I worked hard trying to figure out how to say it without sounding like I was tricking you into reading something far off the mark.

And here is why I think it is on the mark; photography has become ubiquitous. It has become the ordinary and the mundane, the avocation and the whimsical. With the advent of digital, 80-90% of the tools photographers needed to make photographs were eliminated. The learning curve was now no more than a bump for those wanting to simply record what they see as a photograph.
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Sports Illustrated Lays Off All Remaining Staff Photographers

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Sports Illustrated has laid off the last of its staff photographers. All six remaining photographers at the magazine were laid off yesterday due to economic circumstances and company restructuring.
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A Primer on Insuring Your Camera Gear and Making It Recoverable

If you’ve invested any significant amount of money in your camera gear, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s insured against loss or damage. If you’ve never really explored this subject before, here’s a helpful video that can bring you up to speed. It’s a 13-minute overview by the folks over at DSLR Video Shooter on the best services and solutions out there for making sure your gear is insured and recoverable.

Gear Insurance: Best Solutions, Tips and Tools [DSLR Video Shooter]

Shutterstock Acquires UK Photo Agency Rex Features for $33 Million

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Stock photography giant Shutterstock announced today that it has agreed to acquire the UK-based press photo agency Rex Features for $33 million in a mostly cash deal.
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Canon to Return Camera Production to Japan as Yen Value Tumbles

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The value of the Japanese yen has tumbled in recent months, and that could mean changes to where Japanese camera companies choose to manufacture their products. Canon is one company that is making changes in response to the changing economic landscape: it says it plans to bring more of its camera manufacturing back to Japan.
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Family in Minnesota Buys Majority Stake in Polaroid for $70 Million

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Here’s some news that flew under our radar late last year: in December 2014, a family in Minnesota became the majority owner of Polaroid through a $70 million deal.
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Photo Sharing is Big, Big Business: Instagram is Now Reportedly Worth $35 Billion

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When Facebook agreed to acquire Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock back in April 2012, the world balked at the price. Instagram was only a 17-month-old company at the time that had just launched on Android, and there was no income on the horizon.

Well, fast forward two years, and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks like a genius for making the deal: Instagram is estimated to be worth $35 billion now.
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Crowdsourced Wedding Photography is Big Business: WedPics Raises $4.25M in Funding

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Having your wedding guests take pictures for you with their smartphones isn’t just convenient for couples on their big day — it turns out it can become a big business as well. WedPics, one of the leaders in this emerging niche, is growing like a weed and has secured new funding to the tune of $4.25 million.
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Here’s How You Should Capitalise on Instagram’s Hyperlapse

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have noticed that the internet is a-flood with time-lapses and hyper-lapses made using Instagram’s new (inventively named) Hyperlapse. Read more…

swivelCard: A Shape-Shifting USB Business Card That Lets You Share Your Photo Portfolio in Style

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Looking for a slick and unique way to share your contact info and photo portfolio with prospective clients? Check out the swivelCard, a transforming business card that doubles as a USB drive when you fold it a certain way.
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