Archive for February, 2014

Consumer Futurist William Higham to make Keynote Address at PMA Conference

Well known Consumer Futurist William Higham to make keynote address at the PMA Retail Conference on Monday 3rd March at 10.15 in Gallery room 21 at the Photography Show at NEC.
Consumer futurist, author and the founder of strategic consultancy Next Big Thing, William Higham has worked on strategy with a range of clients, from BBC and HSBC to AOL and 02. He will be looking at tomorrow’s consumer: how they’re likely to think and behave, what strategies will best appeal to them, and the practical opportunities they offer for photography retailers.
His stated mission is to help brands monetise consumer trends and identify the real opportunities (and threats) each new trend presents.

Special Seminar for Schools and Event Photographers at The Photography Show

Amplify your Photo Business with Intelligent Technology presented by Robin Henderson.

  • How smarter technology can maximise the potential of your photos
  • Why metadata tagging is becoming vital to your workflow
  • How automating your photographic workflow gives you more with less
  • Managing the challenges of your high-volume photographic business
  • Being prepared and adapting for the needs of a changing market

Robin Henderson has been Managing Director of Halse Imaging Systems Ltd for the past 15 years having worked in the pro photo sector since the mid '70's. As an established company that has done and continues to create revolutionary workflows for the photography software and imaging industries Halse have detailed knowledge and skills related to creating efficient, productive and innovative workflows. Around the world many professionals, photographers and specialist laboratories, ranging from ski resorts to the cruise ship industry and schools photographers use their solutions.

Monday 3rd March 2.30 in Hall 7

Register now by visiting the What's On pages at www.photographyshow.com or email [email protected]

 

 

PMA Retail Conference at the Photography Show

Are you prepared for the future?

Are you aware of current trends in consumer behaviour?

Do you have a customer education programme to help them take better photos?

These are just a few of the topics to be addressed at this year's PMA Retail Conference. We have lined up top speakers to help you make informed decisions about your business.

The conference kicks off at 10.15 on Monday 3rd March
All sessions will take place in Gallery room 21

10.15 Keynote address: What next in consumer behaviour?

Speaker: The Futurology Group

An expert in consumer trends looks at current consumer behaviour and how that can set the scene for future retail activity.

11.00 The rise of the amateur

Speaker: Brian Hall: Experience Seminars

The enthusiastic amateur is more than just a niche market, but how do you capitalise on the opportunity?

Brian Hall will show you how to set up activity, in store and outside, that will drive these customers to you.

11.45 Marketing ideas Exchange

Speaker: Bill McCurry

Industry Guru Bill McCurry brings you marketing ideas from around the world and swaps ideas with you.

12.30 Market trends, where are we and where are we going?

Speaker: Richard Gregory, GfK Marketing Services.

Richard will give you the latest statistics from the photo market and share with you his thoughts on trends.

You can view the full programme and register at the "What's On" pages of www.photographyshow.com or email [email protected]

13.15 Close

Arena Imaging lands Olympic commission!

As Jenny Jones lands the first ever Winter Olympic medal on snow for Great Britain, Arena Imaging (a trading style of One Vision imaging ) land their second Olympic commission.

Following the huge success of the London Olympics and Arena Imaging's part in providing the UK's retailers with framed products, Innovative Sports Ltd, the "Official Memorabilia" licensee for the Sochi 2014 Games had no problem in selecting Midlands based Arena Imaging once again despite the 2000 mile round trip.

Todd Brunel, Director of Innovative Sports said "The overall quality of design, print and framing innovation from Arena Imaging was world class and we knew we could trust them to uphold the strict standards commanded by the Organising Committee"

Arena Imaging will be manufacturing framed memorabilia of Russia's Winter Olympians and magnificent venues.

If you would like to find out more about Arena Imaging or any of their services then please visit their website at http://www.arenaimaging.com/
or alternatively contact them on 024 7623 3515.

Cambo to exhibit at The Photography Show, Birmingham UK

The Photography Show is a brand new event for everyone and anyone who's passionate about the world of photography and imaging.

There will be the opportunity to try out the range of Cambo camera systems and associated products;

  • X2Pro and X2ProMacro
  • Ultima 23 and Ultima 35
  • Wide RS and Lenses
  • Studio Products
  • Video Rigs and Booms

It's also a great place to announce some new products - watch this space!

Cambo BV will be on Stand L82, Hall 12 at the NEC, National Exhibition Centre, the show opens 1st March to 4th March 2014. More information regarding opening times can be found online.

Syrp comes to the UK

Syrp are delighted to announce that they have appointed JP Distribution as the exclusive distributor for Syrp in the UK. JP Distribution is a well-established and highly respected independent trade-only distributor of many leading imaging accessory brands. The Syrp Genie and other products are available now through JP Distribution.

Ben Ryan, Director of Syrp said "We couldn't be happier to be partnering with JP Distribution in the UK and Ireland; their industry experience and knowledge about photography and video will be a great asset to our brand. We are really excited to bring the Genie and other Syrp products into the hands of more and more film-makers and photographers throughout this region."

Paul Roper, Sales and Marketing Director of JP Distribution commented, "JP Distribution is delighted to have secured the rights to distribute the highly anticipated Syrp Genie within the UK and Ireland. We are excited that we have the opportunity to work with a brand that is innovative in this new world of Time Lapse Photography. The brand perfectly complements our existing portfolio of high quality products for the videographer and photographer and the Syrp Genie will be available to our customers through our established dealer network."

About Syrp

New Zealand based company, Syrp, brings the design and film industry together to develop products that unleash the creativity of film-makers. The focus remains on the end user and ensuring their time is well spent on creating amazing images and films rather than dealing with expensive and technically challenging equipment.

ABOUT GENIE

The Genie is a simple, affordable and extremely easy to use motion control device for Time Lapse Photography and more. Simply attach your camera to the top of the Genie, plug it in using the matching cable for your camera and program it to move and shoot to your desired needs.

 

Photo-Me Special Dividend and Manufacturing Update

In the half-year results' announcement released on 10 December 2013, Photo-Me announced that its net cash position at the end of October 2013 was 67.8 million pounds and that the Board would continue to monitor the scope for further special dividends.

Photo-Me also said that it expected to be able to increase the ordinary dividend by a further 20% per annum during the current financial year as well as in 2014/15 and 2015/16.

The Group is therefore pleased to announce that the Board has approved the additional return of approximately 7.5 million pounds to shareholders by way of a special dividend of 2 pence per ordinary share (the "Special Dividend") which will be payable on 15 May 2014 to shareholders on the register at 11 April 2014, the ex-dividend date being 9 April 2014.

As with last year's return of cash, the level of the Special Dividend takes into account:

1. The Group's capital expenditure programme
2. The intention to maintain a progressive dividend policy
3. The level of distributable reserves available to pay dividends
4. The likelihood of making acquisitions

Following the return of cash to shareholders, the Group's capital will be used to enable its 'Revolution' laundry product roll-out plan to be developed as quickly as possible.

Photo-Me is not making any commitment at this time to any further special dividends but will continue to review the situation in the light of the above factors and the Group's financial performance.

Manufacturing update

Photo-Me is also pleased to confirm that the transition of manufacture for its 'Revolution' laundry product to a third-party facility in Hungary came fully on-line at the end of January 2014, with the first machines due to be delivered during this month. The transfer of this product's manufacture from France to Hungary is a key part of Photo-Me's strategy to both increase production volumes and lower production costs for this product.

Production volumes for February and March 2014 will be around 25 units per month, increasing to around 50 per month with an eventual target of approximately 100 per month by the end of calendar 2014. Photo-Me's target is still to have around 2,000 units deployed by the end of calendar year 2015. Importantly, production costs in Hungary are still expected to be considerably lower than in France for the foreseeable future.

Serge Crasnianski, CEO, commented:

"We are delighted to be able to again reward our shareholders with a special dividend this year as a result of the Company's strong cash position. We remain enthused about the outlook for 'Revolution' and accelerating our investment in this product seems to us the best approach to take to increase future returns for our shareholders.

"It is therefore very pleasing to complete the manufacturing relocation on schedule. There is considerable demand for the 'Revolution' product and the higher manufacturing capability will enable us to fulfil our ambitious roll-out plans. "

BIPP Launches Portfolio Reviews at The Photography Show 2014

The British Institute of Professional Photography has launched a series of Portfolio Reviews which will take place at The Photography Show, Birmingham NEC, from 1-4 March 2014.

With over 100 years of experience in supporting and networking photographers, BIPP will be on hand to discuss qualifications and training and how we can help you to become a better photographer.

Portfolio Reviews will be available throughout the four days and are a great opportunity for photographers to review their work with our Approved Assessors, with a view to submitting a portfolio for BIPP qualification, or just to develop their work further. Our Assessors will be providing one to one advice on how to progress and gain credibility as a professional image-maker.

Photographers interested in attending a review are asked to bring approx 40 low res images of their current work (no more than 5MB per image) on a laptop or tablet. Any non-members who would like to apply for Provisional Membership should also bring copies of their insurance documents.

Each review lasts up to 45 minutes and costs:

* GBP 30 inc VAT (BIPP Members)
* GBP 54 inc VAT (Friends of BIPP)
* GBP 60 inc VAT (Non-Members)

Advance booking recommended! Book online at www.bipp.com/portfolioreviews or call Rachel Madden-Jones at the BIPP office on 01296 642020.

 

Take your next step in photography with new Canon cameras and accessories

Canon today introduces an exciting collection of nine new models in its DSLR, digital compact camera and accessory product ranges, each demonstrating Canon's unparalleled expertise in imaging and reflecting the company's strategic commitment in helping consumers take the next step in their imaging journey.

Representing the DSLR range in the new collection is the EOS 1200D which has launched alongside a new EOS Companion app; this entry-level DSLR and smartphone app make it easy for everyone to take their first step into DSLR photography. Four new models also join the PowerShot range: the PowerShot GI X Mark II offers DSLR-standard performance in a compact body; the PowerShot SX700 HS is Canon's slimmest-ever 30x optical zoom; the rugged and waterproof PowerShot D30, and the latest addition to the PowerShot S-series, the PowerShot S200. In addition, three new IXUS models are being introduced, letting users shoot great pictures in style: the IXUS 155, IXUS 150 and IXUS 145. Finally, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, a new flash for professionals and enthusiasts who are passionate about macro photography, completes the new collection.

EOS 1200D - beautiful DSLR photography made easy

Designed for first-time DSLR owners who want impressive results straight out of the box, the EOS 1200D combines Canon's world class imaging system with a suite of intuitive, easy-to-use controls and automatic shooting modes, ensuring that capturing images that always do memories justice is simple for any skill level. Key features include:
. A new EOS companion app and easy-to-navigate quick start guide, which makes it easy to learn about the camera's button layout and features, so users can take their first steps to shooting special moments more confidently
. A range of easy-to-use features including Scene Intelligent Auto, Video Snapshot and Creative Filters which ensure high quality stills and videos with the touch of a button

The EOS 1200D will be available from March 2014 with the following SRPs:
. EOS 1200D body only - ?349.99/?419.99
. EOS 1200D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DCIII - ?399.99/?489.99
. EOS 1200D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - ?449.99/?539.99

PowerShot G1 X Mark II - DSLR-level performance, PowerShot portability

A new flagship compact camera and successor to the PowerShot G1 X, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II delivers the best imaging performance ever seen in a Canon compact camera. With DSLR-like image quality and handling within the compact form and function of the highly successful PowerShot G-series, it makes the perfect addition to any professional kitbag. Engineered using photographer feedback, it introduces new capabilities that offer outstanding performance and control:

. A large 1.5-type Canon CMOS sensor delivers shallow depth of field comparable to an APS-C size DSLR sensor and makes it ideal for professional-looking portrait and macro photography
. A new super-bright f/2.0-3.9 lens, which maintains a wide f/3.9 aperture even when fully zoomed, delivering excellent low-light performance and the ability to control depth of field.
. Fully-customisable Dual Lens Control Rings make it easier and quicker to achieve the desired photographic result. The ergonomically placed Step and Continuous Rings deliver reassuring control of parameters in increments, including zoom, aperture and shutter speed.
. An improved AiAF System with 31 AF points compared to the PowerShot G1X's nine, improving the camera's ability to lock onto subjects accurately when creating images with shallow depth of field

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of GBP 749 / GBP 949.

PowerShot D30 - Shoot deeper underwater
Designed for adventure, the PowerShot D30 is ideal for daring adrenaline seekers - the world's deepest waterproof compact camera[i], it shoots at depths as low as 25 metres - delivering superior image quality and striking natural colours, even in low-light conditions. Shockproof for drops of up to 2.0m, freeze proof to -10 ?C and dustproof, the PowerShot D30 is ideal for snow trekking, rock-climbing, or underwater explorations.

PowerShot D30 is available from April 2014 with an SRP of GBP 299/ GBP 349

PowerShot SX700 HS - Canon's slimmest ever 30x optical zoom camera

Combining Canon's leading lens innovations with an expertly-engineered 34.8mm thin body, the PowerShot SX700 HS is ideal for capturing special moments in the quality they deserve. A precision-engineered, ultra-wide angle 25mm lens offers the flexibility to capture a beautiful sweeping countryside vista, while the impressive focal length - 30x zoom - also delivers the freedom to zoom in on detail in the distance.

The PowerShot SX700 HS is available from March 2014 with an SRP of GBP 329/GBP 399.

PowerShot S200 - share your creativity with a PowerShot you can take anywhere

The PowerShot S200 is true to the acclaimed PowerShot S-series' heritage, delivering stunning image quality and easy access to manual settings in a modern, pocketable design, with a host of features for those seeking their next step in photography. An ultra-wide angle bright f/2.0 lens, combined with a higher sensitivity 10.1 Megapixel CCD sensor, provides greater flexibility to capture creative shots in challenging situations.
PowerShot S200 is available from May 2014 with an SRP of GBP 279/ GBP 329

IXUS 155, IXUS 150 and IXUS 145 - match to your own style

Three new modern, high-zoom, pocketable and easy-to-use compact cameras join the critically-acclaimed IXUS series. The IXUS 155 combines Canon's DIGIC image processing, a 10x optical zoom and 20 MP sensor with the iconic, stylish IXUS design - making it the perfect camera for shooting photos and movies of friends at gigs or on nights out. The entry-level IXUS 150 and IXUS 145, each with a 16 Megapixel sensor and 8x optical zoom, are ideal cameras for budding photographers, with easy-to-use shooting modes, creative filters and high quality images.

These three models will be available from February 2014 with the following SRPs:
. IXUS 155 - GBP 129/GBP 149
. IXUS 150 - GBP 109/ GBP 129
. IXUS 145 - GBP 99/ GBP 119

Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II - lighting up your world

Designed for specialist DSLR shooters who are passionate about macro photography, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash provides incredible flexibility to light and shoot a diverse range of subjects. Compatible with Canon's complete range of EOS DSLRs, it offers photographers fully automatic E-TTL II flash metering to deliver accurate and consistent exposures.
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II will be available from April 2014 with an SRP of GBP 599.99/ GBP 699.99.

Hasselblad and EIZO collaborate on self-calibration capability

As part of a technical collaboration begun in 2013, Hasselblad has integrated the software development kit (SDK) for EIZO's ColorEdge monitors into Phocus 2.8, the latest version of Hasselblad's imaging software.

Phocus 2.8 activates the built-in calibration sensor housed inside select ColorEdge monitors. This allows photographers using Hasselblad cameras and ColorEdge monitors to view and edit photos as well as calibrate their monitors with just one piece of software and no external calibration device.

"We are delighted that Hasselblad is utilizing the self-calibration capability of our ColorEdge monitors and that together, we are able to give photographers a simplified workflow from shoot to digital display," said Lucas Zastrow, Product Manager, Display Solutions. "Providing our own SDK assists manufacturers like Hasselblad to blend their software's functionality seamlessly with our monitors, enabling our customers to work more easily and smarter."

Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad Product Manager said: "At Hasselblad, we are constantly driven to further develop and fine tune not only our high-end camera systems but also our imaging software, Phocus, to provide professional photographers with the best possible tools for a well thought out, intuitive, fast and integrated workflow. The successful collaboration with EIZO enables Phocus users, with just a few clicks, to calibrate their ColorEdge monitor conveniently within the Phocus software itself, ensuring that the viewing experience lives up to the outstanding colour accuracy of Hasselblad RAW files."

Photographers are invited to see this new feature in action on the Hasselblad booth (G-11) and the EIZO booth (G-10) at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show at Pacifico Yokohama, Japan, from February 13-16.

To find out more about Phocus and to download the software for free, please visit: www.hasselblad.com/products/phocus