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Edge Imaging looks to expand, to invest Feature Opinion 

Edge Imaging looks to expand, to invest

In recent months, there’s been a lot of investment and business activity in the school and events photography space. Lifetouch and Jostens have both found new owners and, north of the border, long-standing Canadian firm Edge Imaging announced in late October Walter Capital Partners made a “significant investment” in the company, with the intention of building the Burlington, Ontario, company... Read More
Sound sells: Seven suggestions for great audio Feature News Tips and tricks 

Sound sells: Seven suggestions for great audio

As a lifelong photographer, I would love to share that the most important part about a Talking Portrait is the portrait part but it’s not. Having great lighting and clean editing, of course, is important but when we show a talking eProduct to a potential customer, the decision to buy is triggered when they hear what the subject has to say. In... Read More
Recipe for a profitable Talking Portrait Feature News Opinion 

Recipe for a profitable Talking Portrait

What’s America’s favorite recipe for making profitable Talking Portraits for the professional high volume photographer?  It’s a little early to know for sure, but I have discovered what is cooking up well in central California that I’m glad to share… In case you are not familiar with the new eProducts known as Talking Portraits, they are 20- to 45-second long... Read More
muvee launches Albumstory AI photobook maker SDK Feature News SDKs and APIs 

muvee launches Albumstory AI photobook maker SDK

The big news in photobooks these days is not printing, binding or substrates, but artificial intelligence (AI). Google has backed into the business through its Google Photos service, using AI to gather pictures and suggest a photobook. The book itself is pretty basic – limited to a single photo per page – but for many consumers, it will suffice. To... Read More
Marchand brothers bring new life to PixM Photo Video Feature Sponsored post 

Marchand brothers bring new life to PixM Photo Video

Quebec photo retailer PixM Photo Video has had to make changes to respond to market conditions. The Dead Pixels Society recently spoke with Marc-Antoine Marchand, co-owner, of the Victoriaville, Quebec, shop to discuss how the business is adapting to changing consumer habits and business trends.  Marc-Antoine and his brother, Jean-Philippe, are co-owners, having spent 10 and 25 years, respectively, in... Read More
Fracture photo packaging provides secure glass-print travel Feature 

Fracture photo packaging provides secure glass-print travel

Fracture isn’t a household name among photo-printing companies, but it’s unique photos-printed-on-glass product are certainly eye-catching. The prints –  which the company calls Fractures – are images printed directly on glass and assembled into a frameless, ready-to-hang product. Each order is produced in the company’s Gainseville, Fla., factory and delivered in custom packaging. It’s that packaging that caught my eye, as... Read More
Imagebuggy drives commercial sales for photographers Feature 

Imagebuggy drives commercial sales for photographers

The commercial printing business and photography have been on a collision course for years. In the amateur market, retail labs are busy adding print-for-pay services, commercial graphics, and signs. IPI has made this segment a major component of its The Print Refinery licensed business model, while FastSigns has picked up several notable franchisees among the traditional retail lab operators, like... Read More
iMemories returns to founders in purchase from Shutterfly Feature News 

iMemories returns to founders in purchase from Shutterfly

The industry’s largest recent acquisition – Shutterfly buying Lifetouch – created waves and, in the case of iMemories, new opportunities. The former Lifetouch segment was sold back to its founder, Mark Rukavina, and longtime executive Steve Krell, who are looking to expand the business dramatically. The Dead Pixels Society recently talked with Rukavina about the divestment and the future of... Read More
Content marketing for photographers Feature Marketing 

Content marketing for photographers

In today’s multichannel world, marketing and advertising take many forms. There’s social media, paid media, PR, blogging, blogging and so forth. Breaking this down further, you’ve also got multiple social-media platforms — Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube. Snapchat — and business pages — Facebook, Yelp, Google Business — all clamoring for your attention. How in the world is a... Read More
A look inside the new Chicago-area Print Refinery Feature News 

A look inside the new Chicago-area Print Refinery

The first Chicago-area Print Refinery opened this past weekend. The Print Refinery @ Click Incorporated, operated by Nick Gillenwater, located at 1000 Butterfield Road, Ste 1025, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Here’s a selection of images from the new location. The Print Refinery is the flagship offering from the IPI Member Network. The group describes The Print Refinery as community connecting families, friends, and... Read More
Neomodern brings a new twist to the pro gallery Feature News 

Neomodern brings a new twist to the pro gallery

(Editor’s Note: We get a lot of requests to write about new business models and success stories. While we have featured Neomodern in the past, there were several follow-up questions about the fine-art side of the business.) New style retail store embraces fine-art photography There’s a new retail concept on Union St. in San Francisco that tries to meld digital... Read More
Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players Feature Opinion Sponsored post 

Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players

Guest post by Steve Giordano Jr., president, Photo Finale. I spend my day talking to photo specialty retailers. Many share their triumphs and challenges being an imaging industry entrepreneur. One common thread is frustration over the apparent competitive advantage enjoyed by Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, and other large-scale photofinishing brands. I say “apparent” because, the truth is, an independent retailer can beat a... Read More
Zebra Instant brings printing to chatbots Feature News 

Zebra Instant brings printing to chatbots

Zebra Instant is a new print-focused photo company taking aim at one of the big inhibitors to mobile photo printing: Convenience. The Venice Beach, Calif., company uses bots and SMS technology to break barriers to mobile printing. Zebra was founded by Anton Pereiaslavtsev, an I.T. and finance professional, Alexey Bizikin and a software developer and a math wiz along with Chris... Read More
Product spotlight: Coolness from Artsy Couture Feature New Products 

Product spotlight: Coolness from Artsy Couture

Periodically, we have the opportunity to sample products from our readers. The kind folks at Artsy Couture wanted to show off some of the unique photo products offered for sale, both through its own lab and to retailers. For more information, contact Lisa Nunley, director of business development, Artsy Couture, at 214-212-5340 or lnunley@artsycouture.com. Among the products tested were photo cubes, which... Read More
Exclusive: Expansion-minded CanvasPop raises $3.3 million funding Feature Press releases 

Exclusive: Expansion-minded CanvasPop raises $3.3 million funding

CanvasPop, the decade-old Canadian photo canvas shop, has taken its first funding round with an eye for expansion.The $3.3 million infusion from some of Canada’s most-established VC firms will provide capital for future expansion into new product areas and possible acquisitions, says Adrian Salamunovic, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, CanvasPop. (See the full press release below). “We started the company originally... Read More
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