Posts Tagged ‘business’

Cooperation Wins Out Over Confrontation in the ILC Market

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For travel shooters and those looking to keep their kit light, new Interchangeable Lens Compacts (ILC) have been a major boon. But the real beneficiaries of the rise of this new system — still less than five years old — are the companies that make them. However, in order to maximize those benefits, manufacturers of ILCs need to establish the format as viable and resilient. For some, that means working together rather than against one another. Read more…

The Lumiere Photobooth: A Fully Mobile Traveling Tintype Portrait Studio

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When husband and wife photography duo Loren Doyen and Adrian Whipp drive around for work, it might look to most people like they’re hauling around a tiny mobile home. The trailer is actually their Lumiere Tintype Photobooth, one of the world’s first fully mobile tintype portrait studios.
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I’m Sorry; It’s Just Our Policy

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You probably wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I belong to a gym.

It’s not the fanciest gym on the planet, but it’s reasonably nice and the only gym in town that also has an indoor and outdoor pool. And a big glass water dispenser at the front desk with lemons in it. I’m a sucker for a nice water dispenser. My husband and I joined the gym years ago, stopped for awhile, and then rejoined with our children.
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Goodbye to the Days of Point and Shoot

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According to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal, the market is not looking great for digital cameras. The report states that as the popularity of smartphones has increased, sales of digital cameras have decreased.
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Camera Gear Rentals is Big Business, and LensRentals Proves It

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Some people say that the secret to striking it rich during a gold rush is to sell shovels. That’s kind of what Roger Cicala is doing. With photography exploding in popularity as of late, Cicala has found huge success in loaning out gear to photographers who would rather rent than buy.
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The Best Advice I Ever Received: ‘Put Down the D*mn Camera’

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My mentor was a cranky dude. He liked to put me through my paces every chance he got. Sometimes, when he needed something: “Hey, Greg—fetch that cable for me!” Yes, he said “fetch.” Sometimes, when he just knew better than I did: “Hey, Greg — get off your a** and come assist me.” Or when I was feeling superior: “Hey, Greg—stop being an idiot.”

Ah, fond memories!
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Why Picky Clients are a Good Thing

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A new client walked into my studio with her three little children, the eldest of which had a session. The little girl was all dressed-up, but very traditionally, so after conferring with mom, we began the session. And it was one of those sessions where everything went right. Happy child, great expressions, and yet, mom was hovering, straightening an already straight bow, smoothing invisible wrinkles in her daughter’s tights, “fixing” tiny details, some of which weren’t even in the frame.
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A Photography Biz in a Box

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I feel stupid. I admit I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. I have to use my index finger when figuring out clockwise vs. counter-clockwise; it wasn’t until recently I found out that capers are the buds of a flower and not teeny tiny olives; and I made it all the way to my sophomore year in high school before discovering the name of the book is “Catcher in the Rye” and not “Catch HER in the Rye.”
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Looking into the Future: Whose Camera Will I Buy in 2018?

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I’m not really sure why, but if you want to watch the Fanboys go completely insane, the simplest thing to do it is throw out “your brand is probably going to be out of business in a few years.” But the simple reality is that’s what happens to most companies eventually, especially technology companies. Photography companies, since, oh, about 1850, have basically been technology companies.
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Kodak’s Problem Child

How the blue-chip company was bankrupted by one of its own innovations

Jun 10, 2013 · Kenny Suleimanagich