Archive for Web Photo Services
October 7, 2011 – PRESS SUMMARY - Animoto, the maker of the innovative and award-winning online video creation service, announced an all-new, smarter video creation flow that makes it even easier to quickly produce pro-quality videos from photos, video clips and music. The company also added a new video slideshow style to its library, called Vintage Voyage, which lets anyone produce videos with an antique, old-world feel.
The new Animoto creation process has been redesigned from the ground up to accelerate the creation of video slideshows. The new setup allows the creation of a video in as few as five clicks. Another benefit of the new creation flow is an expandable workspace that can display up to 300 thumbnail photos at a time — making it easier to create longer videos. Editing is also easier with full-size image previews, and the ability to preview text from within thumbnails.
Vintage Voyage, Animoto’s 26th video style, is ideal for everything from creating an artistic trip down memory lane, to showcasing a rustic trip to Europe.
To get started, users create and share their own 30-second Animoto video for free. For unlimited full-length videos, a monthly subscription to Animoto Plus is available for $5, or users can choose an annual subscription for $30. Another option, Animoto Pro is available for $39 a month, or $249 for an annual subscription, and is ideal for businesses, including professional photographers.
September 15, 2011 – PRESS SUMMARY - White House Custom Colour (WHCC), announced its Book and Album Sample Program to make it easier to sell books and albums to clients, as well as the availability of several new products. The new additions arrive just in time for the fall and holiday selling season, giving professional photographers more creative ways to market their businesses and expand their product selection.
The Book and Album Sample Program is designed to reduce the overhead costs associated with ordering book and album samples, and arms photographers with sales tools they can use to sell more during sessions. Book and album samples are 25 percent off the regular price and marked with “Sample Not for Resale” in the front and back covers. Boutique Bags, which are custom made to fit any album or book, are also available with the same discount.
Additionally, WHCC recently introduced several new products to its offering: Read More→
March 21, 2011 – PRESS SUMMARY - iStockphoto announced that iStockphoto.com has been selected as the About.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Award as the “Best Place to Buy Stock Images.” Now in its fourth year, the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across more than a dozen categories, ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and more, as selected by its readers.
“This year’s Readers’ Choice Awards program had a record number of nominations submitted across more than a dozen categories and featured hundreds of finalists,” said Margot Weiss, managing editor, About.com. “We are thankful to all our readers for their participation and congratulate iStockphoto on its success.”
To read more about this award and all others, please visit http://awards.about.com.
I had the chance to meet with Jonathan Keane from Canvas On Demand, at the 2011 WPPI Trade show and Convention, to talk about their new photo split canvases and their signature canvases. They offer a 100% money back guarantee on their products, so if you’re looking for a new canvas printer you may want to check them out at CanvasOnDemand.com
I had the chance to meet with Erik Bjornard, VP Marketing for Animoto.com, at the 2011 WPPI Trade show and Convention, to talk about their new high-speed video rendering engines and HD video capabilities.
For those of you that have never heard of Animoto before, they are a video creation Web site that lets photographers quickly and easily create professional-quality videos from their photos and video clips. Animoto has partnered with White House Custom Colour, ProSelect and SmugMug to take advantage of their platforms and make it easier to send your images from where they are stored to create your Animoto projects.
If you haven’t already be sure to check out Animoto.com and the services they offer. This is a great platform to help you extent your client offerings and create some amazing videos with minimal effort.
I had the chance to meet with Tim Hanline from White House Custom Colour, at the 2011 WPPI Trade show and Convention, to talk about their high quality printing services and new photographic backdrops.
Learn about the various printed products whcc.com offers along with their affordable 8′ x 10′ printed backdrops that are wrinkle-free and come in all kinds of colors and patterns.
Here’s an article I posted a while back that has more information about their new photographic backdrops.
I had the chance to meet with Bart Robinson, VP Digital Technologies Group of Pinhole Pro, at the 2011 WPPI Trade show and Conference, to talk about their new web service. Pinhole Pro provides another revenue stream for photographers. Now you can shoot, burn and earn additional income when your client’s purchase premium products from Pinhole Pro using your unique code.
Simply shoot the event, burn the images to disc and give the client your special code. They upload the images to Pinhole Pro to create beautiful products and you continue to earn money long after the event has passed.
I had the chance to meet with Mark Zucker, CEO/President of zookiepro.com, at the 2011 WPPI Trade show and Convention. Zookiepro.com is a new online album design, print, bind and product sales service that takes the “work” out of “workflow” by allowing photographers to spend more time shooting instead of designing albums. Zookiepro.com takes care of the design and then provides a shopping cart for easy and convenient sales of albums and other printed products.
Here’s an article I posted a while back, “zookie pro Takes the “Work” Out of Your Wedding Photography Workflow” that has more information about their service and also be sure to check out their website at zookiepro.com.
Jan 13, 2011 – Zookbinders, one of North America’s premier album manufacturers has created a new service called zookie pro. It’s a complete album design, print and bind service that is the ultimate hands-free workflow solution for photographers. zookie pro creates high-quality, beautifully designed albums for your clients while providing convenience and extra income for you.