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There’s no business like show business News Opinion 

There’s no business like show business

In the photo/imaging industry, trade shows have been the defining events for decades. Industry veterans can tell you which PMA convention the Advanced Photo System or Photo CD debuted or which photokina the Four-Thirds system was introduced. CES, Photo Plus, WPPI, Imaging USA have all had their place in the introduction of hardware and devices, and are now facing competition... 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
Photo Finale reports customers sales up this season Market research News Opinion Sponsored post 

Photo Finale reports customers sales up this season

Photo Finale customers are looking at impressive sales increases so far this holiday season. The number-one question this time of year is “how is everyone doing?” You know I love data, so I thought I would share some overall data from Photo Finale customers. Photo Lab Sales Nov. 5 – 27 Average customer desktop sales are up 6% Average customer... 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
Survey shows smartphone users not excited about advanced imaging features Market research Opinion 

Survey shows smartphone users not excited about advanced imaging features

Advertisements for new smartphones, whether it’s the latest iPhone or the next Samsung Galaxy, inevitably feature the latest camera functions. Whether it’s Animojis, multiple cameras featuring time-lapse, time travel and depth-imaging features, or cameras that can see in the dark, today’s smartphones are marvels of imaging engineering. A recent survey by Morning Consult suggests, however, most users would be happier with... 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
App updates from Google Photos, InstaSize, Shutterfly, Mylio News Opinion Updates 

App updates from Google Photos, InstaSize, Shutterfly, Mylio

As the fourth quarter gets underway, some major photo apps are getting in some updates. Following are some highlights of some popular apps: Google Photos Android Police reports Google Photos has added customized page layouts to its photobook offerings. Previously, page layouts were limited to one photo per page. “You can add up to four photos to each page and... Read More
Newell Brands announces sale of Jostens to Platinum Equity News Opinion Press releases 

Newell Brands announces sale of Jostens to Platinum Equity

The deals in the sports, schools and event photography space keep coming. On the heels of last week’s announcement of Walter Capital Partners investment into Ontario’s Edge Imaging, Newell Brands made good on their intention of  divesting its Jostens memorabilia and yearbook company. Gross proceeds from the Jostens sale are expected to be approximately $1.3 billion; Jostens’ 2017 net sales were... Read More
Apple won’t be reporting unit sales anymore; here’s why, via Statista News Opinion 

Apple won’t be reporting unit sales anymore; here’s why, via Statista

During its fourth-quarter earnings call, Apple management announced, going forward, the company would not share unit sales data for any of its products. Analysts, investors and enthusiasts have traditionally followed iPhone unit sales as an indicator of Apple’s health, and management sent a signal this was no longer wanted. “Our product ranges for all the major product categories have become... Read More
Visual 1st conference continues fellowship, innovation focus Events News Opinion Sponsored post 

Visual 1st conference continues fellowship, innovation focus

Since it’s evolution from Mobile Photo Connect to “Visual 1st,” this annual fall conference has become a must-attend event for imaging-industry executives. An eclectic mix of retailers, labs, developers, suppliers, and investors gather each year at the Golden Gate Club to share ideas, to network and get a glimpse into the future of the imaging business. In addition to the... Read More
Class action suit filed claiming CafePress/Snapfish merger violates securities laws News Opinion 

Class action suit filed claiming CafePress/Snapfish merger violates securities laws

What should have been a pretty routine $25.3 million acquisition of CafePress by Snapfish has hit snag. A shareholder, Stephan Bushansky, has filed a class action suit naming CafePress the  company and the management team as defendants. Bushansky’s suit cites several SEC violations, adding combination “will unlawfully divest CafePress’ public stockholders of the Company’s valuable assets without fully disclosing all material information concerning... Read More
Bad news for a few Kickstarters Crowdfunding News Opinion 

Bad news for a few Kickstarters

The dark side of crowdfunding is the uncomfortable reality the project may not be funded and, in some case, backers can lose their money. In recent weeks, two Kickstarter projects highlight the problem. In the first example, PetaPixel recently confirmed what had been long rumored: Backers of a Meyer Optik Görlitz lens campaigns won’t see either their lens or their money... Read More
Licensee offering digitizing under Kodak Digitizing Box brand News Opinion 

Licensee offering digitizing under Kodak Digitizing Box brand

Eastman Kodak Co. is offering picture and movie digitization services under a licensing agreement with AMB Media LLC, the parent company of Legacybox and Southtree brands. Since its 2012 bankruptcy, Kodak has been actively seeking licensees for a wide range of consumer products, from fashionwear to consumer electronics. A full list is here. In the “About Us” section of the Kodak Digitizing... Read More
When one camera doesn’t do it all, from Suite 48a research Events Market research News Opinion 

When one camera doesn’t do it all, from Suite 48a research

Hans Hartman of Suite 48a recently shared some insights from the recent Beyond smartphones and digital cameras – The Long Tail of Cameras survey, conducted a few months ago among 1,055 North American respondents who take at least 5 photos a month. As shown in the chart above, 63% of the respondents or their partner own a digital camera, showing there is still healthy... Read More
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