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DOJ files suit to block Quad purchase of LSC Communications Feature News Opinion 

DOJ files suit to block Quad purchase of LSC Communications

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois June 20 seeking to block printing giant Quad/Graphics Inc.’s proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of competitor LSC Communications. The all-stock transaction was announced on Oct. 31, 2018, and was approved Feb. 22, 2019, by shareholders of both companies. Either... Read More
Analysis: Gauging the impact of the new Shutterfly-Snapfish merger deal Acquisitions Feature News Opinion 

Analysis: Gauging the impact of the new Shutterfly-Snapfish merger deal

The breaking news this week wasn’t that Apollo Global Management announced $2.7 billion all-cash deal to acquire Shutterfly Inc.; that had been telegraphed for some time. Shutterfly’s board had set up an exploratory committee to make this happen (although it wasn’t the first time). Nor was it the announcement the company found a new president and CEO in Ryan O’Hara,... Read More
ShootProof announces acquisition of market-leading studio management provider Táve Feature News Press releases 

ShootProof announces acquisition of market-leading studio management provider Táve

Global leader in online gallery software adds robust business management capabilities to provide comprehensive solution for photographers ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ShootProof, a leading global provider of online gallery software and related services for professional and semi-professional photographers, today announced the acquisition of Táve, a SaaS company offering one of the most advanced and customizable platforms for managing creative event-based businesses. With the addition... Read More
ViewBug branches out into image licensing Feature News Opinion 

ViewBug branches out into image licensing

After a decade in business, most photo industry members are familiar with ViewBug, the online photo contest community. The Dead Pixels Society recently spoke with co-founder Ori Guttin about the recent expansion of its business model into image licensing. Up until recently, the site provided photo contests for members, along with white-label photo contest services for brands like Squarespace, Snapfish, Sony, Sandisk... Read More
ScanMyPhotos scores with penny-per-scan promo Feature News Promotions 

ScanMyPhotos scores with penny-per-scan promo

Longtime photo industry entrepreneur Mitch Goldstone knows the value of PR and publicity. Whether it was starting out as a one-hour processing lab and boutique photo store in Irvine, Calif., and later pivoting to bulk photo digitization services, Goldstone has been able to gain national attention from influencers like David Pogue, Jefferson Graham and even Oprah. The New York Times,... Read More
The problem with privacy in photography Events Feature News Opinion 

The problem with privacy in photography

Why school photography has to look at cyber-security as a risk to the business When most photo-industry executives think about privacy, they think in terms of security breaches like Equifax, Wannacry, Google or Facebook (or, in our own industry, 500px, Animoto and more). The Dead Pixels Society recently spoke with Ken Taylor, a longtime security expert about the challenges facing... Read More
PicMonkey fetches new users with PicPuppy Feature Press releases 

PicMonkey fetches new users with PicPuppy

SEATTLE, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — PicMonkey, the photo editing and graphic design platform, is set to expand its audience by launching pet-specific versions of its award-winning software. “Once we learned that over 60% of Instagram photos feature a puppy asleep in a food dish or a cat glaring at a baby, we began to think about expanding our total addressable market,” says... Read More
Glossy Finish launches GF Crew to provide profitable sports photo business model Feature News Opinion 

Glossy Finish launches GF Crew to provide profitable sports photo business model

The minds behind Glossy Finish are ready to share the secrets to their success. The Florida-based company, long considered one of the leaders in how to run a profitable sports photo business, has launched GFcrew, a community built around the sharing of the Glossy Finish business process. The Dead Pixels Society talked with Haim Ariav, CEO and founder, and Matt... Read More
Behind the product: New ProMaster XC-M tripods Feature New Products News 

Behind the product: New ProMaster XC-M tripods

The PRO Convention in Lincolnshire, IL, is one of the highlights of the spring conference season, as hundreds of dealers from around North America gather to learn, to network and to buy. One of the maxims of PRO is “What happens at PRO stays at PRO,” which enhances the value of the conference for members and affiliates. In recent years,... Read More
Is LED lighting ready for high-volume photography? Feature Opinion 

Is LED lighting ready for high-volume photography?

Is it time for the professional school and kids sports photographer to consider replacing their strobes with LED lighting? I was surprised to see the number of interested photographers at the recent SPAC 2019 conference seminar on “LED Lighting” for the school and kids sports photo industry.  Most of the photographers in attendance were interested in an alternative to the... Read More
Interview: Lisa McCabe, president of YesVideo Feature News 

Interview: Lisa McCabe, president of YesVideo

Since 1999, YesVideo has provided a wide array of media conversion services for consumers, beginning with transferring of videotapes and home movies to CD. Lisa McCabe, a 20-year veteran of the company who was named president last year, shared some insights into what has kept the company at the forefront of the market.  “Our mission, our guiding principle, over the... Read More
Here’s why Photobox is transitioning its marketing practices Feature News 

Here’s why Photobox is transitioning its marketing practices

UK online retailer Photobox Group has seen 10 consecutive years of sales growth, made several acquisitions and moved into a  new £20 million London headquarters, as reported in the Drum. Despite the growth, however, the company isn’t resting, especially when it comes marketing. According the article: “The personalized gifting company … recently underwent a “hard reset” of its marketing plans,... Read More
Instasize makes subscriptions a success, announce $14 million in revenue and 500,000 paid subs Feature News Opinion Press releases 

Instasize makes subscriptions a success, announce $14 million in revenue and 500,000 paid subs

Social photo editing app Instasize has turned a lot of heads recently, with its announcement of its burgeoning subscription revenues and user base. (See press release below). Recently, Forbes featured the company’s three founders – all with immigrant parents – who have found success in the rough and tumble world of photo apps. The Dead Pixels Society spoke with one... Read More
EMOTION Wedding Photography upends Australia business model with consumer-driven approach Feature News 

EMOTION Wedding Photography upends Australia business model with consumer-driven approach

In the transition from analog to the digital age, media-driven markets like photography experienced intense and rapid business-model changes. When the film-based business deteriorated, the barrier to entry lowered for photographers of all skill levels. What was not anticipated, however, was the change in behavior by brides, who are the primary customers of wedding photography. Brides are choosing, in greater... Read More
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