Samsung may have left the camera game behind, but the company is serious about increasing its share of the image sensor market and stealing some business away from Sony. In fact, they’re about to spend over $800 million to ramp up image sensor production yet again.
According to an article in Business Korea, Samsung is planning to convert another of its DRAM production lines in South Korea into a CMOS sensor production line. The company did the same thing with a different DRAM production line in 2018—apparently the two processes are very similar, so it’s more cost effective
The iconic 121-year-old camera store Central Camera in Chicago was seriously damaged by a fire over the weekend amidst protests and rioting the erupted after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Central Camera, the oldest camera store in Chicago, went up in flames sometime Saturday night as rioters smashed windows, looted stores, and set buildings on fire.
Walmart’s Photo Centers might not seem like a major avenue for copyright infringement or photo theft. But PetaPixel has been made aware of an alleged policy change that makes it far easier for bad actors to use and print professional photos without permission.
The alleged policy change was first “revealed” on Reddit, when a user posted the following FYI:
Walmart Photo centers are now being instructed (as of 5/15/2020) to no longer ask for proof of copyright release. The associates are no longer allowed to ask if the images are professional or not.
In a surprise announcement on the PRO EDU Community Facebook Page yesterday, the photo/video education company’s CEO Gary Martin announced that PRO EDU has acquired Resource Magazine and will be taking ownership of the publication starting June 1st. The photo/video/lifestyle magazine was founded in 2007.
For now there isn’t much information beyond what Mr. Martin included in his FB post, which you can read below.
“We are buying Resource Magazine. Starting June 1 it will belong to PRO EDU,” writes Martin. “We have a lot of work to do. A lot of opportunity. First thing we’re changing is deleting every
Yesterday, Shutterstock unveiled a new “earnings structure” (i.e. royalty system) on the company forum, and to say photographers are upset would be an understatement. Contributors are furious, going so far as to start a Change.org petition demanding that the change not go through.
The change, which will take place starting June 1st, basically shifts the entire royalty structure from a mishmash of payments and percentages based on “lifetime earnings” to one flat percentage that’s based on how many images you’ve licensed this calendar year.
That percentage ranges from 15% to 40% depending on which of the 6 “Levels”
One of the oldest camera stores in the United States is permanently closing up shop after being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dury’s, the Nashville camera store that first opened its doors back in 1882, announced the closure through a message posted to its Facebook page by CEO Charles Small.
“After very careful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to close our doors for good,” Small writes. “This is something that when I started working for this company in 1991 I never in a million years thought I would ever be doing.
BCN Retail has published its April report of camera sales figures in Japan and, as expected, the huge slump in sales continues apace. In March, BCN data revealed a 50% drop compared to 2019; as the pandemic continues to exert a severe economic toll, April numbers show an even greater dip.
We won’t belabor the point, especially since every financial, sales, and shipping report from the past two months has reflected the same expected reality: camera sales have fallen off a cliff, and still haven’t hit bottom.
Olympus has announced that it is exiting the camera business in South Korea due to plummeting sales.
The Korea Times reports that Olympus Korea will shutter its imaging segment on June 30th, 2020, and will focus all of its efforts instead on its optical and scientific equipment businesses. The Olympus service facility in the country will continue to operate until March 31st, 2026, allowing Korean photographers who own Olympus gear to have their gear repaired.
“Olympus Korea had made strenuous efforts to increase the profitability and efficiency of its imaging business by concentrating on mirrorless cameras, including OM-D and PEN
COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to many areas of the economy in the past few months. As we emerge from lockdown situations, businesses will continue to have a need for fresh commercial photography, whether it is for new marketing efforts, making portraits of new faces as leadership and staff undergo changes, documenting new facilities and infrastructure projects, or communicating with stakeholders about a company’s efforts to keep workers safe and healthy during this ongoing crisis.
After years of working with some of the world’s biggest brands in the industrial, oil and gas, and healthcare segments, working safely is part of
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has published a set of guidelines for professional photographers who want to re-open their studios as the stay-at-home order in the state is rolled back. These guidelines—the first we’ve seen from a government entity—could act as a template for photographers in other states who are eager to open back up safely.
The State of Washington published the guidelines last Friday as part of its 4-phase ‘Safe Start‘ plan to re-open non-essential services. Professional photographers—which includes studio, event, freelance, and even ‘artistic’ photographers—are part of Phase 2, and should be able to re-open
A US judge has ruled that Chinese drone juggernaut DJI violated the patent of a smaller drone maker, and he is recommending that most DJI drone models be pulled from store shelves and blocked from being imported.
The ruling was issued on March 2nd at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), according to a press release by Steptoe, the international law firm representing Autel Robotics USA, a China-owned drone company based in Seattle, Washington.
Autel had accused DJI (officially SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd.) of violating one of its patents (US Patent No. 9, 260,184), which is
In a bid to help its out its professional community during this difficult time, Sony has announced that it will be automatically extending all PRO Support memberships for an additional 6 months, on the house.
The announcement was sent out via email to all Sony PRO Support members earlier today.
“As a PRO Support member, you are among our most loyal customers and we want you to know how much we value you being part of Sony’s Imaging family,” reads the message. “With the current global situation, we are taking steps to ensure we are supporting all of our customers
Nikon Corp. published two financial statements today. The first was a warning to investors—a “recognition of extraordinary losses” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The second was a revised FY2020 financial forecast that discloses the expected impact on profit and revenue for the fiscal year that ended March 31st.
“Nikon Corporation expects to post extraordinary losses and to reverse a part of deferred tax assets in its non-consolidated financial statements,” reads the statement. “Using the future plan that reflects the impact and more caused by the spread of COVID-19 to business activities, the Company has assessed an indication that fixed assets
As photo/video production crews and their high-end equipment are locked down in the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are getting creative with getting the shots they need. Supermodel Naomi Campbell recently shot her own portrait for a magazine cover with an iPhone, and now it has come to light that American Idol has gone that same route.
TechCrunch reports that the American Idol team sent each of the show’s judges and contestants an at-home studio setup comprising 3 iPhone 11 Pro smartphones, a ring light, and a tripod.
The 4K/60fps iPhones are being used to both film the singers’ performances as well
Earlier today, Adobe officially announced that its largest annual conference, Adobe MAX, would be moving online. The company promises to make Digital MAX 2020 “one of the most immersive, imaginative, and innovative digital events of the year” that will be “open to everyone at no cost.”
As with the 99U conference, the move was prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and as with 99U, the expensive conference will now be free to anyone who wants to attend. Digital MAX 2020 will take place between October 19-21st, and like previous MAX conferences, Adobe is planning to unveil “the latest
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has graced countless magazine covers, but none quite like the latest issue of Essence. Stuck at home due to COVID-19 social distancing, Campbell did her own cover photoshoot using her iPhone.
Campbell and Essence are both celebrating their 50th birthdays this month, so the May/June cover is for a special anniversary issue.
And while the photoshoots Campbell poses for are generally elaborate productions with a large crew of specialists, this particular shoot forced Campbell to wear many hats — she did her own hair and makeup, she did the styling, and she did the photography.