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Shutterfly acquires design and decor marketplace, Spoonflower Acquisitions News 

Shutterfly acquires design and decor marketplace, Spoonflower

Shutterfly announced an agreement to acquire Spoonflower, a Durham, N.C.-based artists marketplace, in “an accretive acquisition for approximately $225 million of enterprise value subject to certain working capital and other adjustments,” the company said in an announcement. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021. According... Read More
Pomvom signs five-year agreement for 15 amusement parks News 

Pomvom signs five-year agreement for 15 amusement parks

Pomvom signed a five-year agreement with Merlin Entertainments to operate its AI-powered souvenir photography technology in 15 of its amusement parks and attractions in the U.S. and Europe, according to CTech. The deal is set to earn Israel-based Pomvom an estimated $75-$100 million at sites including Madame Tussauds, London Eye, and Legoland. The 15 sites attracted a total of 25-30... Read More
Apple adds minor Photos update to iOS 15 News Updates 

Apple adds minor Photos update to iOS 15

At the Worldwide Developer Conference this week, Apple Inc. debuted iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8. The event primarily focused on enhanced privacy features for those platforms but there were a few imaging-related enhancements: Portrait mode is now available for FaceTime and designed specifically for video calls, so users can blur their background and put themselves in... Read More
CEWE Photo Award draws more than 600,000 entries Events News 

CEWE Photo Award draws more than 600,000 entries

Photography enthusiasts from more than 170 countries submitted 606,289 photos to the CEWE Photo Award 2021, making it the world’s largest photo competition, according to CEWE. Most of the pictures come from Europe, but participants from Madagascar, Mozambique, the Fiji Islands, the Bahamas and Mexico are also represented with their best motifs. The “Nature” category is the most popular category... Read More
International Photography Hall of Fame announces 2021 class News 

International Photography Hall of Fame announces 2021 class

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) will honor its 2021 class of Photography Hall of Fame Inductees and Awardees at 6 pm CST, Oct. 29, 2021, in the Arts District, Grand Center, in St. Louis, Missouri at a Live/Virtual event, announced below by Graham Nash, 2021 event chair and 2016 hall of fame inductee 2021 Honorees to be... Read More
Waldo Photos announces wedding photo sharing app News 

Waldo Photos announces wedding photo sharing app

AI-powered photo-sharing platform Waldo Photos has launched a wedding-focused app, WaldoWed. For a one-time $199 fee, couples will get a mobile-optimized gallery with unlimited albums and 100GB of storage, plus crowdsourcing of all photos from their wedding events from all their guests and the professional photographer. The company says the wedding app “makes it easy by using facial recognition to... Read More
New photobook company with environmental angle, Printed Memories, launches June 22 News 

New photobook company with environmental angle, Printed Memories, launches June 22

A new company, Printed Memories, is launching a line of environmentally-friendly photo books. on June 22. With the objective of limiting the company’s carbon footprint, Printed Memories will plant a tree for every order placed. The average tree creates roughly 15,000 sheets of paper and, by comparison, the average photo book from Printed Memories uses only 85 sheets of paper.... Read More
EFI price increases for inkjet inks, supplies and parts coming July 1 News 

EFI price increases for inkjet inks, supplies and parts coming July 1

Citing numerous market changes affecting costs for materials, components, chemicals, global freight and logistics, Electronics For Imaging, Inc. will be implementing price increases effective July 1, 2021. The price changes apply to inks, supplies and printer parts across EFI’s VUTEk, Wide-Format, Reggiani, Cretaprint, Nozomi and Cubik product lines. Price increases will vary by product; EFI will be communicating specific increases... Read More
CEWE reports impressive progress on sustainability News 

CEWE reports impressive progress on sustainability

Leading European personalized photo service CEWE reports, in its 11th sustainability report, it has already achieved a target in accordance with the obligations formulated in the Paris Climate Agreement: halving Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. In addition, CEWE also pursues a clear and broad-based sustainability orientation with its products. “We are very pleased that we at CEWE have already... Read More
Canon shares details of EOS R3 News 

Canon shares details of EOS R3

Canon announced further specifications of its forthcoming pro full-frame camera, EOS R3, including the video embedded below. Among the highlights: Electronic Shutter operation will take full advantage of the EOS R3’s sensor design with continuous shooting up to 30fps (with RAW images), with full AF, in all auto-exposure shooting modes. The EOS R3 will offer enhanced AF performance and tracking capabilities,... Read More
Innovative FOTO photo booths add greenscreen News 

Innovative FOTO photo booths add greenscreen

Innovative FOTO, the photo booth business owned by DNP Imagingcomm America Corp., announced new all-in-one, customizable PGS unmanned green screen kiosks for theme parks, zoos, and other entertainment venues, without the need to add staffing. The company notes an unmanned green screen photo kiosks follow social distancing guidelines while continuing to provide a revenue stream for venues. The company says... Read More
Industry Notes for the week of May 30 News 

Industry Notes for the week of May 30

Chicago’s Central Camera rebuilds a year after civil unrest 122-year-old camera retailer Central Camera is still rebuilding a year after civil unrest in the streets of Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. Central Camera is still boarded up under its iconic neon sign but the company is open for business in a temporary space. Third-generation owner, Don Flesch, 73, hopes to... Read More
HDRsoft adds 32-bit output to Photomatix HDR Batch Plugin for Lightroom News 

HDRsoft adds 32-bit output to Photomatix HDR Batch Plugin for Lightroom

HDRsoft announced a new version of its Photomatix Batch Plugin for Adobe Lightroom, adding the ability to automatically create 32-bit HDR images from bracketed sets, using the same imaging algorithms from Photomatix Pro. The Plugin can save these images back into Lightroom for enhancement with Lightroom’s HDR features. The merged images are saved to Lightroom as 32-bit DNG or TIFF... Read More