Instagram has invited members of the media to an event in NYC on December 12 to “share a moment” with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team.
It’s unclear what this event is in reference to, but considering that the invitation was sent in the mail, on paper, the photo-sharing app could be hinting at a future in print. Other invites were a block of wood with pictures printed on them, with a hanger on one side to hang on the wall. If that isn’t a hint toward printing, I don’t know what is.
The Polaroid iM1836 has had a rough go of it since it first burst onto the scene at last year’s CES. Nobody seemed to think the camera was anything to write home about, and its similarity to Nikon’s 1-Series cameras was undeniable.
Facebook offered to buy Snapchat for $3 Billion just a few weeks back, but it looks like it was Snapchat that ended up taking a piece of the Facebook pie instead.
According to a report by AllThingsD (and confirmed by Facebook), now former Facebook exec Emily White — the person in charge of bringing advertising to Instagram — has left the social media giant to take up the position of COO at Snapchat.
This acquisition is a bit different, however. Whereas both IQ Engines and LookFlow are apps specializing in image recognition and will, presumably, be used to improve Flickr search and organization, Ptch is a movie-making app. Ptch users have until January 2nd to pull their Ptches off the server before the app goes down.
Photographers around the country are banding together to figure out the best way to help out a once-prominent photojournalist who has ended up homeless and panhandling on the streets of Manhattan. Read more…
Nikon’s stock is down, and down bad, according to a report by Reuters. Although the report starts by saying that Nikon is currently up 0.8%, it continues on by revealing that:
Nikon is down 23.6 percent year-to-date and is the worst underperformer in the Nikkei this year, while the benchmark has rallied nearly 49 percent.
A patent filed back in September of 2011 was finally awarded to Apple today, and it has the whole photo world atwitter. That’s because this patent describes a camera system that would use the light-field technology made famous by Lytro to take refocusable images — and it could work inside portable devices such as an iPhone.
That’s right, light-field technology in an iPhone… now you see why everybody is excited over something that is, after all, still just a patent. Read more…
A Photography Website’s eCommerce Nightmare —The Online Photographer
November 2013 has been perhaps the worst month I’ve been through in more than twenty years online. I am stuck in a nightmare I can’t seem to get out of.
As you might recall, for our most recent print sale, I set up our own web page with a shopping cart, called “topprintsandbooks.com.” I did everything through a service called Volusion. Volusion, Inc., is based in Austin, Texas. I found them online; they seemed to check out, as far as I could tell…
Then we had our sale. At that point — AFTER THE SALE WAS OVER — Volusion decided they didn’t like my business model. They decided I was untrustworthy. They said I was a risk to them. And they informed me they weren’t going to hand over the money.
Leica began its takeover of Swiss view camera manufacturer Sinar all the way back in 2006, when the German company acquired a 51% stake in Sinar from Jenoptik. The real goal, however, was only truly achieved yesterday when both companies announced via press release that they had reached an acquisition deal. Read more…
News broke yesterday that four of the photographers fired in last May’s mass-layoff instituted at the Chicago Sun-Times may soon be rehired, while others will see restitution payments, thanks to a new agreement reached by the Chicago Newspaper Guild. Under the agreement, four photographers would get their jobs back and some of the rest will see one-time payments of $2,000.
Some may be inclined to call that a victory for photojournalism, at least a small one, but they should reconsider. Read more…