All posts tagged: iPhone

Instagram to start rolling out ads in the US

“We have big ideas for the future, and part of making them happen is building Instagram into a sustainable business,” says Instagram as it announced it would start showing “an occasional ad” in its US users’ Instagram feeds. “Seeing photos and videos from brands you don’t follow will be new, so we’ll start slow. We’ll focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.” The San Francisco-based social sharing application adds that “any advertisements you see [will] feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands. After all, our team doesn’t just build Instagram, we use it each and every day. We want these ads to be enjoyable and creative in much the same way you see engaging, high-quality ads when you flip through your favorite magazine.” [bjp_ad_slot] Users will be able to hide the ads they see and provide feedback “about what didn’t feel right,” it claims. “We’re relying …

2013-12-11T11:14:16+00:00

Photography organisations rally against Instagram’s terms of use

The American Society of Media Photographers has joined forces with the National Press Photographers Association, The Digital Media Licensing Association, American Photographic Artists, This Week in Photography, Professional Photographers of America, Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage, Graphic Artists Guild and American Society of Picture Professionals, to campaign against Instagram’s “far-reaching terms of use”. “The organisations believe that few of the users who share images on the site understand the rights they are giving away,” read a statement issued by the ASMP, which has also published a series of essays and analysis called “The Instagram Papers”. [bjp_ad_slot] “The Terms of Use give Instagram perpetual use of photos and video as well as the nearly unlimited right to license the images to any and all third parties,” the organisations explain. “And, after granting this broad license to Instagram, users also relinquish the right to terminate the agreement. Once uploaded, they cannot remove their work and their identity from Instagram. Additionally, in the event of litigation regarding a photo or video, it is the …

2013-12-11T11:27:03+00:00

Startups battle for rights to smartphone images

On 07 June, when Santa Monica gunman John Zawahri went on a rampage, killing his father and brother before firing on three other people near a college, CrowdMedia – a new website whose task is to filter through images posted on Twitter – was coming online for the first time. “This happened within 15 minutes of our launch,” says CEO Martin Roldan. “We were able to get the licence for the only images shot from inside the college while it was happening. The photographs were picked up by a couple of news organisations, including the Huffington Post. It showed that CrowdMedia worked.” Based in Montreal, CrowdMedia is the latest startup in the battle for people’s pictures, as smartphone devices have transformed us all into potential press photographers, ready to transmit images of newsworthy events as they happen. [bjp_ad_slot] “We built a social media monitoring tool, Ejenio, last year,” says Roldan. “It allowed businesses to monitor what people were saying about them on Twitter and Facebook. While we were working on Ejenio, we realised there were …

2013-12-11T11:44:46+00:00

Impossible Project launches iOS app “to bridge the digital and analog photography worlds”

Launched ahead of the introduction of Impossible’s Instant Lab, the iOS application will lets allow users to create analog, instant photographs from their digital images. The Instant Lab is a film-processing unit that can “take” an instant photo of an iPhone screen. The lab features a cradle to hold the iPhone and uses a specialised lens to focus the iPhone’s Retina display on the film plane. It also has an extendable bellows to keep the exact distance between the phone, the optical system and the film. [bjp_ad_slot] The free app also comes with an integrated scanning tool for analog photographs, “making it easier to digitise and share those images,” says Impossible in a prepared statement. “While scanning with conventional desktop scanners can be time-consuming, the Impossible Project App ensures those analog photos can be digitised and shared in just seconds.” From the app, users can gain access to the Impossible User Gallery, where thy can browse, comment and upload their images straight from their phones. A film shop has also be included in the app. …

2013-12-11T11:40:40+00:00

Photographers to launch digital light meter [update]

Lumu Labs has created what it calls the “light meter for the 21st Century” – the Lumu, a device that plugs into an iPhone’s headphone jack to give accurate light readings with the help of a dedicated application. [bjp_ad_slot] “We were just a bunch of photographers, totally annoyed by the current selection of light meters on the market,” says Luka Mali of Lumu Labs. “You know the feeling: walking home, rain is pouring and that lame excuse called an umbrella that should supposedly keep you dry. And it’s the same with light meters: they’re huge, unpractical, archaic and cost way too much. We decided to change that – by connecting our beautiful digital light sensor without batteries to your iPhone. And using its brain and connectivity to bring some features never seen in light meters before.” The Lumu uses the iPhone battery to operate and is said to be more sensitive than the iPhone’s own light sensor. Now, Lumu Labs has turned to Kickstarter to raise the $20,000 needed to fund the light meter’s mass …

2013-12-11T11:50:26+00:00

Hipstamatic launches Oggl, a new social network for creative photographers

Oggl is said to offer a brand new way to experience Hipstamatic’s filters, “and for the first time ever, directly connects the Hipstamatic community and like-minded creatives from around the world,” says the San Francisco-based start-up in a statement released last night. [bjp_ad_slot] “From the editorial spreads of Harper’s Bazaar to the cover of Time magazine to the pages of pages of The New York Times, Hipstamatic photographers have had their work showcased on a global stage, and are ushering in a new era in photography,” comments Lucas Buick, Hipstamatic’s CEO and co-founder. “It’s time we created a place designed just for them to connect, to be inspired, to create and to continue to define what it means to be a photographer for this generation.” Oggl will first be available to iPhone users, who will have to subscribe for $0.99 a month or $9.99 a year. The app will allow photographers to capture scenes using Hipstamatic’s filters or apply them after the images have been taken – similarly to what Instagram and EyeEm currently offer. With the subscription, users …

2013-12-11T11:59:19+00:00

EyeEm photo-sharing app aims to enable photographers to sell their images

“Your photos will always remain yours and nothing will ever be done with them without your consent. Being photographers ourselves, there’s nothing we value more than our community’s rights and privacy. If a platform makes benefits, it must be through an opt-in program and revenue-sharing with the creators. Period.” This statement, published by EyeEm on 18 December 2012, was released a few hours after the photo-sharing, Facebook-owned application Instagram found itself in a controversy when it announced that it would start using its contributors’ images in advertisements. [bjp_ad_slot] EyeEm had been around for more than a year when this controversy erupted. Until then, it had failed to make major inroads in the bitterly contested mobile photo-sharing scene. But this statement, and Instagram’s users’ anger, would put the small Berlin-based company on the map. “The idea for EyeEm goes back to 2010, when a few friends came together after they realised the potential of mobile photography,” says Severin Matusek, EyeEm’s head of content and community. “One of our founders, Florian Meissner, was working for a photography magazine in New York and, during …

2013-12-11T12:00:48+00:00

Beyond Instagram: Should photographers accept the risks inherent in social networks?

In the early days, Instagram was liberating for journalists and photographers, saysKarim Ben Khelifa. “In most cases, we never really meet our audiences, and with Instagram you can interact directly with your followers. When you think about it, Instagram, more than Facebook, is the perfect tool for photojournalists. Everyone communicates with photographs today. Of course, when we post images on that platform, we’re not necessarily telling a story like we usually do – with 15 images, for example. But there’s a sort of romanticism, where we seek beautiful or incredible images.” [bjp_ad_slot] For Tomas Van Houtryve, a VII photographer, Instagram has allowed him to take pictures he’d stop taking altogether. “Sometimes, with digital cameras and huge raw files, I actually hesitate to take a picture because I don’t want to deal with downloading it and backing it up on my hard drive and captioning it later,” he says. “With Instagram, it has kind of brought that joy back where I can just take a moment – it’s worth what it’s worth – send it out and …

2013-12-11T12:12:22+00:00

The New Economics of Photojournalism: The rise of Instagram

Instagram, the brainchild of software engineers Kevin Systrom and Michel Krieger, was launched in October 2010 to almost little notice. At the time, the iPhone app was competing against Hipstamatic, which enjoyed particular popularity even in the photojournalism community. In its first two months of existence, Instagram still managed to attract one million users. Fast-forward to August 2012, and Instagram now boasts more than 80 million users who have shared four billion images. The app is available on both the iPhone and Android devices, and its staff have been acquired by Facebook for more then $730m. [bjp_ad_slot] Instagram is more than just a filter application for iPhone and Android phone users. Its goal, as defined by Systrom and Krieger, was to make mobile phone photography fast, simple and beautiful. “When we sat down to start designing our product, we looked at digital photos and realised very few exciting things had happened in the last five years,” they wrote in a blog post in late 2010. Systrom and Krieger set out to change that. For example, mobile …

2013-12-11T12:18:03+00:00

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