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Semi-Automated Selling Feature News 

Semi-Automated Selling

They are electronic photo products that are created by professionals and sold to customers through their phones and email which allows us to take advantage of some new selling techniques. Even though the production of the eProduct is a radical departure for some photographers, these new sales methods are very similar to the way we have sold photography for decades.  Read More
Insider Tip of the hat to The Print Refinery Feature Opinion 

Insider Tip of the hat to The Print Refinery

True confession: Even with photography being a personal passion of mine, I had not been inside of a photo retail business in years. Just like you, I wish I was more consistent with printing, archiving and sharing my photos and creating artistic projects with them. I recently made a trip to Bourbon Country (Derby hats, anyone?) in historic Louisville, Kentucky... Read More
A year of growth and success  Feature News Opinion 

A year of growth and success 

As the Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Giving Tuesday series of events cause ripples along the retail and e-commerce landscape, we’d also like to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Dead Pixels Society newsletter. What started as a way to keep in touch with friends and industry trends has grown into a respected news and opinion source. Our newsletter readership has grown to more than 400,... Read More
New Google Night Sight feature creates photos in near darkness Feature News Updates 

New Google Night Sight feature creates photos in near darkness

Google‘s Marc Levoy and Yael Pritch Knaan posted some sample images featuring the new low-light capabilities of the Pixel Camera. The results, shown above, continue the advancement of the HDR+ format to bring together multiple images to create one image. Night Sight is a new feature of the Pixel Camera app that lets you take sharp, clean photographs in very low... Read More
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
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