Dead Pixels Society podcast: ImageQuix and Capturelife combine; what does it mean for school and event photography? Acquisitions News Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: ImageQuix and Capturelife combine; what does it mean for school and event photography?

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Rich Scanlon, CEO of ImageQuix, and Scott DeFusco, founder and CEO of Capturelife, about the breaking news that ASG, the parent company of ImageQuix and Photolynx, has acquired Capturelife. We’ll talk about what the combination means to customers for both companies, where future growth opportunities are, and the changing volume photography landscape. Read More
Inter-State Studio launches franchise program News 

Inter-State Studio launches franchise program

Inter-State Studio & Publishing Co., North America’s largest family-owned school photography, planner and yearbook publishing company, is announcing the offering franchise opportunities via Inter-State Studio Franchise, LLC.  To learn more, visit inter-statefranchise.com, call 660.826.1766, or email franchiseinfo@inter-state.com “My grandfather started Inter-State in 1933, and for over 55 years, we have been partnering with independent photographers, sharing our processes, products and... Read More
Dead Pixels Society podcast: Western European photo trends with Jeremy Wills, Futuresource News Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: Western European photo trends with Jeremy Wills, Futuresource

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Jeremy Wills, senior market analyst, Pro AV and Imaging, for Futuresource Consulting. Wills covers the Western Europe photo market. In this podcast, Wills talks about the photo personalization market in Europe, the role of photo printing, the booming greeting card market, the behavior of Millennials and Generation Z, and more. Wills... Read More
FJ Westcott reports top management changes News 

FJ Westcott reports top management changes

Toledo, Ohio-based lighting gear provider F.J. Westcott announced the appointment of Brandon Heiss as president effective Jan. 1, 2021. He started in the company in 2012 as Content and Social Media Specialist. Other staff announcements include Jennifer Holtsberry as vice president of customer relations, Brad Matthews as vice president of product development, and Josh Grzecki as the vice president of procurement... Read More
PRO to distribute Vitec brands and Olympus products in the United States News 

PRO to distribute Vitec brands and Olympus products in the United States

Photographic Research Organization (PRO), the leading buying group for the North American camera specialty channel, announced two major distribution deals this week. The Fairfield, CT, based buying group will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of Vitec  imaging products, including brands like Manfrotto, Avenger, Joby, Lowepro, Gitzo, Lastolite, and more, as well as a distributor of Olympus camera, lenses, binoculars and... Read More
British personalized card retailer Moonpig confirms €1.3B IPO News 

British personalized card retailer Moonpig confirms €1.3B IPO

UK-based online greeting card and gifts retailer, Moonpig Group, confirmed plans for a $1.6 billion (about  €1.3 billion) IPO listing on the London Stock Exchange next month. The firm says at least 25 percent of the share capital would be made available at the IPO. BlackRock and Dragoneer Global Fund have already agreed to buy £130 million (approx €146.1 million) of... Read More
CP+ 2021 announces online exhibition for 2021 Events News 

CP+ 2021 announces online exhibition for 2021

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) announced it will hold CP+2021 ONLINE, a comprehensive camera and imaging exhibition, from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28, 2021. The archives will be on public view until Wednesday, March 31. CP+2021 was shifted to an online-only event but features organizer events, exhibitor events, and various seminars. CP⁺2021 organizer events include the live streaming... Read More
Jostens says it is well-positioned for 2021 News Press releases 

Jostens says it is well-positioned for 2021

In a press release, yearbook company Jostens said it is poised for growth in 2021. “We delivered on yearbooks and graduations for millions and millions of students and tens of thousands of schools last year and we are innovating and investing to bring more support and better experiences to schools and students in 2021 during COVID and beyond,” said Michael... Read More
Industry Notes for the week of Jan. 18 People on the Move 

Industry Notes for the week of Jan. 18

  Pro Photography EMOTION Photography to graduate from Founder Institute in Silicon Valley EMOTION Photography, the Australian professional photography startup, was selected as one of 12 presenting companies on Jan. 20, Graduation Day, at the Founder Institute of Silicon Valley, a business incubator. See the short promo video here. EMOTION Photography is a digital-first operation built around the belief the... Read More
American Photo Marketing announces Mark Hommerding as new president News 

American Photo Marketing announces Mark Hommerding as new president

Mark Hommerding, a longtime industry expert formerly with Lifetouch, has been named the president of American Photo Marketing (APM), Ypsilanti, MI. Hommerding will work closely with APM founder and business partner Skip Cerier to grow each of APM’s business units. Cerier will step away from the daily management of the operation and assume the position of CFO. Founded in 1978... Read More
Samsung debuts 108-MP sensor New Products 

Samsung debuts 108-MP sensor

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. introduced its latest 108-megapixel mobile image sensor, Samsung ISOCELL HM3. With a wide spectrum of advanced sensor technologies, the HM3 can capture sharper and more vivid images in ultra-high resolution with faster auto-focus and extended dynamic range. “While a pixel is just a single dot of color, when in millions, these dots can be transformed into stunning... Read More
Smartphone photo book company Once Upon gets 10 million EUR investment from Verdane, Spintop News 

Smartphone photo book company Once Upon gets 10 million EUR investment from Verdane, Spintop

Verdane, the Northern European specialist growth investor, has announced its investment in Once Upon Publishing AB, the Skellefteå, Sweden-based smartphone photobook app company. Once Upon operates across Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The company says it “will draw on Verdane’s digital consumer investment experience to support its international expansion and product development.” Once Upon reached a turnover of SEK75... Read More
Zenfolio’s BookMe experiencing rapid growth News Updates 

Zenfolio’s BookMe experiencing rapid growth

BookMe, the contactless booking and calendaring solution created by Zenfolio, has brought in nearly $1,000,000 in revenue for photographers since in launching in May, 2020, despite the pandemic. The company says photographers who have adopted this innovation have managed to triple their bookings and revenues at the height of the pandemic. According to data shared by Zenfolio, BookMe users show photographers... Read More
Fujifilm discontinues PRO 400H film due to lack of raw materials News Opinion 

Fujifilm discontinues PRO 400H film due to lack of raw materials

Fujifilm North America announced the discontinuation of FUJIFILM PRO 400H film in both 35mm and 120 formats. The company said the film is a unique product that is coated with a fourth layer requiring specialized raw materials and chemicals. As the materials for that color layer become more difficult to obtain, the company decided to discontinue the product. Fujifilm anticipates allocating ... Read More
NRF says 2020 holiday sales grew 8.3 percent despite pandemic News 

NRF says 2020 holiday sales grew 8.3 percent despite pandemic

Retail sales during 2020’s November-December holiday season grew an unexpectedly high 8.3 percent over the same period in 2019 to $789.4 billion, exceeding the National Retail Federation’s holiday forecast despite the economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, NRF said today. The numbers include online and other non-stores sales, which were up 23.9 percent at $209 billion. “Despite unprecedented challenges, consumers... Read More