Live from PhotoPlus 2013; Follow the Action Here

The PhotoPlus 2013 Expo kicks off Thursday morning at 10am. I’ll be there tracking down all the latest and greatest cameras and accessories. You can watch for updates on the homepage as well as Photography Bay’s social media outlets.

We’ve got a new Instagram account and I’ll be updating it throughout the show. You can follow Photography Bay here on Instagram and here on Twitter.

If there’s something in particular that you want me to check out, drop me a line in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter or Instagram.

Timelapse and Videos of Moore, OK Tornado

The massive tornado that tore through Moore, Oklahoma yesterday left a wake of destruction in its path. The sheer vastness of the tornado is hard to comprehend.

The above timelapse video from NBC news shows a glimpse of the scale and destructive power of the tornado as it moved through Moore, Oklahoma during its 40-minute span on the ground. [Read more...]

Blackmagic Design, “Kodak” and Others Join Micro Four Thirds System Standards Group

BMCC Micro Four Thirds

It has been close to 5 years since the introduction of the Micro Four Thirds system by Olympus in August 2008. In that time, cameras from Olympus and Panasonic have developed a strong hold on the mirrorless camera market.

Now, five additional manufacturers are joining the Micro Four Thirds System Standards Group, two of which we have heard recent news about.

  1. Blackmagic Design
  2. JK Imaging
  3. Photron Limited
  4. SVS-Vistek
  5. ViewPLUS

Blackmagic previously announced the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in a Micro Four Thirds mount, which followed the initial Canon EF mount BMCC version. Additionally, JK Imaging recently reveals plans to bring a Kodak Micro Four Thirds camera to market through its licensed use of the Kodak brand.

More details in the complete press release below. [Read more...]

Instagram Wants to Sell Your Photos . . . Without Paying You . . . and Hold You Liable for Model Releases and Infringing Others’ Rights

Instagram just went off the deep end with its latest terms of service update, which allows the company to sell your images without paying your at all for their use.

The relevant provision regarding the sale of your images is found under Item 2 of “Rights” in the Terms of Service as follows:

To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

This provision on its own doesn’t bother me so much as a casual user. It grates me a bit, but I’m not really sweating Instagram’s use of my images reposted as advertisements or promoted content on the service. However, I recognize that a lot of photographers out there use Instagram as a more serious marketing endeavor or have licensing issues with their images that they can’t allow such use without otherwise jeopardizing their business.

The major hiccup for me comes under Item 4 of “Rights” as excerpted below: [Read more...]

18 Ritz Camera Stores Reopen Under New Ownership After Bankruptcy

Last Sunday, 18 Ritz Camera stores reopened after bankruptcy auction with new ownership. C&A Marketing Inc. purchased the Ritz Camera Family of brands including Ritz Camera, Camera World, Wolf Camera, Inkley’s Photo and Camera West during the September 2012 bankruptcy auction. This included all the retail stores, supporting websites and social media accounts, as well as the RitzPix.com online imaging business. [Read more...]

SmugMug Delivers Price Hike, Users Set to Jump Off Bridge

Late Friday night, SmugMug subscribers (including yours truly) got an email regarding a new pricing structure for Pro users.  The former account options have been changed from Basic, Power and Pro to now Basic, Power, Portfolio and Business.

Essentially, the Pro account is split into Portfolio and Business.  The key difference between the two new types of accounts is that the Business account allows you to set prices and make profits on prints purchased through your online account.

Previously, the Pro account, which allowed you to set prices and make profits on prints, was priced at $150 per year.  Now, the Portfolio account is priced at $150 per year.  The Business account is priced at $300 per year.  Existing Pro users can renew for $250 for next year. [Read more...]