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Gary Pageau is principal of InfoCircle LLC, continuing his marketing communications career. InfoCircle LLC is a marketing and communications consulting firm, specializing in business-to-business markets. For nearly 25 years, he was with PMA International, serving most recently as Publisher, Content Development and Strategic Initiatives. His primary responsibilities included overseeing the Association’s editorial department, marketing research unit, education and corporate relations department.

Lifetouch, Shutterfly staff reductions near 800 News 

Lifetouch, Shutterfly staff reductions near 800

An all-hands phone conference Thursday, Jan. 21, with Shutterfly CEO Hilary Schneider brought the news of a nearly 800 person staff reduction. According to reports from people on the call, the company’s Lifetouch National School Studios business bore the brunt of the reduction, with 700 positions eliminated in the United States and 30 positions in Canada, while Shutterfly itself shed... Read More
Nations Photo Lab relocates to York County, Pennsylvania News 

Nations Photo Lab relocates to York County, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Nations Photo Lab has moved its Cockeysville, Maryland-based Artsy Couture headquarters to Springettsbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania. The $5.6 million relocation will create 125 new, full-time jobs in the Susquehanna Valley, according to a press release. “In this digital era, memories can be captured using many different devices, but they can only be eternally preserved... Read More
ZY Optics debuts 50mm f/0.95 lens in Leica M mount News 

ZY Optics debuts 50mm f/0.95 lens in Leica M mount

ZY Optics debuted the $799 Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens in Leica M mount. The lens is specially redesigned to work well with Leica M camera systems and supports rangefinder coupling for focus assistance, the company said. The lens is also compatible with third-party AF adapters for Nikon Z or Sony FE cameras, the company said. The lens is available... Read More
PPA announces Grand Imaging Award Winner, World Photographic Cup finalists Events 

PPA announces Grand Imaging Award Winner, World Photographic Cup finalists

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) held the Grand Imaging Awards ceremony earlier this week at Imaging USA 2021. The overall Grand Imaging Award went to Shannon Squires-Toews, M.Photog, for her image “Perfectly Perched” in the Animal Portrait category. Her photograph was selected from more than 5,000 entries by a jury of 36 professional photographers. The Grand Imaging Awards encourage photographers... Read More
CEWE to report earnings increase for 2020 fiscal year Earnings reports 

CEWE to report earnings increase for 2020 fiscal year

Oldenburg, Germany-based photo product maker CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA anticipates a significant earnings increase when 2020 financial results are reported. Uncertified initial figures CEWE concluding the year with a group turnover increase in the range of around 727 million euros (2019 FY: 720.4 million euros) and EBIT improved more than proportionately to a level of around 79 million euros... Read More
Eugene Smith Fund announces 2021 grant call for entries News 

Eugene Smith Fund announces 2021 grant call for entries

Due to the pandemic, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund will again break from its 40-year tradition of honoring a single photographer with its grant ($40,000) and instead present five photographers each with $10,000. The decision to present five grants was first approved by the fund’s board of trustees in early 2020 to support an extended number of deserving grant... Read More
Leica releases Leica M10-P “Reporter” design variant New Products 

Leica releases Leica M10-P “Reporter” design variant

Leica Camera announced a special design variant of the Leica M10-P called Leica M10-P “Reporter”. The $8,795 camera, which is identical in terms of technical specifications to the serially produced Leica M10-P, will be limited to a total of 450 units. The camera\, announced as part of the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, features... 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
PRINTING UNITED Alliance, Idealliance intend to merge Events News 

PRINTING UNITED Alliance, Idealliance intend to merge

Printing industry organizations PRINTING United Alliance and Idealliance announced the intent to merge. The board of directors at each company have unanimously voted in favor of the merger. Last year, SGIA and PIA officially merged to become PRINTING United Alliance. This new venture with Idealliance will further support the association’s investment into the long-term success and fortitude of the industry.... 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
Fujifilm U.K. consolidates photo operations into Imaging Solutions business division News 

Fujifilm U.K. consolidates photo operations into Imaging Solutions business division

Fujifilm U.K. announced a consolidation of its Photo Imaging, Electronic Imaging and Optical Devices business divisions into a new Imaging Solutions business unit, Fujifilm Imaging Solutions – UK. This change combines the teams behind Instax, X Series, GFX, FUJINON, and other photo operations. The company said, over the last year, the U.K. market for mirrorless cameras declined for the first... Read More
Netflairs Technology launches Slazzer, an AI-based image background remover New Products 

Netflairs Technology launches Slazzer, an AI-based image background remover

Netflairs Technology released a visual AI product named Slazzer to all individuals and businesses in the world. The company says the technology was developed by Deep Sircar in his lab. Slazzer’s AI technology can differentiate between the foreground and the background using complex internal computations; once the background is identified, it is instantly removed. The company is offering bulk processing,... Read More
Using photos and videos in marketing Feature Opinion 

Using photos and videos in marketing

Visual marketing is the future of business. The visual stimulation is no longer a novelty when it comes to marketing efforts— it’s a consumer expectation. The rise of video marketing, in particular, has caused many companies to reconsider what approach is right for their business. Here are the pros and cons of both photography and videography in visual marketing. Benefits... Read More