Flickr Releases Android App

Flickr Android App

Flickr has released a new Android app, which is a free download from the Android Market Place.  The new app features a built-in camera, upload integration with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and others, and geotagging.  It also offers access to Flickr organizational features and groups (although, I’m seeing limited options for any serious organizational features so far).

You can find it in the Android Market here.

Obama Situation Room Photo Racking Up Views on Flickr

This image of President Obama and his national security team (captured by Official White House Photographer Pete Souza) is rising through views to become the most popular photo on Flickr.  It’s also the fastest viewed image that Flickr has ever tracked.

According to the image caption provided by The White House, President Obama, Vice President Biden and the rest of the team are watching updates on the mission against Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011. [Read more...]

Massive 750,000 Layer PSD Took 4 Years to Create

Digital photo-realist artist extraordinaire, Bert Monroy, spent the past 4 years cooking up this masterpiece of Times Square that serves as a tribute to the “who’s who” in the world of digital imaging.

The flattened image is 6.52GB and was built with almost 3,000 individual Photoshop and Illustrator files.  The image is zoomable on his site if you want to get closer up to personalities like Russel Brown, John Knoll and Scott Kelby (among many others) within the image.

The finished image will be on display at Photoshop World in Orlando, Florida from March 30 to April 1, 2011.

[via John Nack]

Cyber Monday Camera and Photo Gear Deals

Nikon D3000

For those unwilling to brave the crowded chaos on Black Friday, plenty of deals are to be had on Cyber Monday (the first Monday after Thanksgiving for anyone who doesn’t know).  There are several deals already sneaking out, with more to come through Cyber Monday (So, stay tuned).

Below, you’ll find a rolling rundown of camera and photo gear deals from trustworthy (i.e., places I shop) online retailers. [Read more...]

Upgrading Your Used Cameras and Lenses

If you’re really lusting after that new Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D, and you’re coming up short on cash to make the move, consider upgrading your current gear toward the purchase of the latest and greatest.

One of Photography Bay’s affiliates, Adorama, asked me to remind those of you who might be interested that they will buy your used photo and video gear for cash or trade.

Here’s how Adorama’s deal works:

“If you are ready to upgrade your system, or you have equipment that you would like to turn into cash, send us the equipment to have it evaluated and we will give you an honest and fair offer. If you accept the offer, we will send you a check right away or you can use it as a credit toward any purchase you would like to make.

If a deal is not made, we will return the merchandise to you, fully insured, at our expense.-Adorama

To get more info on how to sell your used gear to Adorama, visit this page: Adorama Used Gear

Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG has posted a brief review of the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 printer.

The Epson R2880 does feature a couple of very welcome enhancements that bring the printer up to the same output quality as the larger 4880, 7880, and 9880 models. The most obvious of these is the replacement of the standard magenta inks with the newest Vivid Magenta and Vivid Light Magenta. These new formulations increase the color accuracy and gamut of the printer, especially in blues and purples.

New Sale at myPhotopipe

I received a “customers only” sale email from myPhotopipe today.  It’s good timing for me because I’ve got a queue of photos that I need to have printed.  While the sale is only announced to those that sign up for emails from myPhotopipe, you can take advantage of the sale too.

Want to know why I pass this info along to Photography Bay readers?  It’s the only printing service that I use and I love them.  Read about some more of the reasons on this earlier post.  I want you to have great prints too.  If you use a “cheap” online service (you know the ones), then you should really give myPhotopipe a try.

Here’s a short summary from the sale announcement email:

We rarely have a sale that offers so much — but watch the clock. This sale ends on June 30th at 11:59PM. Don’t waste a second!

Look at this partial list! And look inside ROES for more products and more savings.

Our Most Popular Matte Surface Prints are on sale — Save 25-50%.

4x6s Reg. $0.19 Sale $0.14
5x7s Reg. $0.99 Sale $0.74
8x10s Reg. $1.89 Sale $1.12
8×10 FolioPrints. Reg. $1.89 Sale $1.12
10×30 Multi-Photo Prints Reg. $18.99 Sale $9.00
12×36 Multi-Photo Prints Reg. $26.99 Sale $12.00

Our Most Popular Glossy Surface Prints are on sale — Save 25-50%.
4x6s Reg. $0.19 Sale $0.14
5x7s Reg. $0.99 Sale $0.74
8x10s Reg. $1.89 Sale $1.12
8×10 FolioPrints Reg. $1.89 Sale $1.12
10×30 Multi-Photo Prints Reg. $18.99 Sale $9.00
12×36 Multi-Photo Prints Reg. $26.99 Sale $12.00

Plus many, many more print sizes and formats. Just check the Specials tab inside our Products Catalogs in ROES.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go order some prints at myPhotopipe.

SmugMug Adds Embedded Video

A few months ago, SmugMug added video capabilities to its repertoire of sharing features.  SmugMug has now followed up with embedding capabilities for a variety of video sizes including HD.  Don MacAskill gives the rundown on the new H.264 embedded format here

I’m a big SmugMug advocate. I’ve been nothing but thrilled with their photo hosting and sharing services. You can read more of my thoughts on an earlier Photography Bay post – 7 Alternatives to Flickr.

While SmugMug “demands video to be awesome”, I ran into a little bit of a lag issue on my aging iMac G5.  I have to say though, that the video quality looks great for a flash-based video. How’s the above video working for you (for both streaming and quality)?

If you decide to give SmugMug a try, you can use this code ( 7jCtURK05RxCQ ) in the ‘Referred by’ field on the signup form to save $5 from whatever account you sign up for. (Disclosure: I get a credit as well.)

Canon SELPHY CP770 and CP760 Compact Photo Printers Announced

Press Release

New “Basket-Style” Photo Printer Blends Style With Convenience For All Ages

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 13, 2008 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announces two new additions to its line of compact photo printers: the radical SELPHY CP770 and the exciting ultra-compact CP760 Photo Printers. These sensibly sized photo printers tout a fresh, unique design which simplifies printing for all users and makes it easier to print photos instantly, almost anywhere. Whether it’s baby’s first steps in the nursery or grandma and grandpa’s summer road trip, these compact photo printers can provide the whole family with instant memories almost anywhere -all without having to use a computer or camera to download images. These new printers are the perfect choice for anyone who wants to experience the joy of printing photos.

The Canon SELPHY CP770 compact photo printer is the cute carry-it-all solution for those looking for a small photo printer for the home or on-the-go. The SELPHY CP770 photo printer comes bundled in a basket-style storage bucket, which not only houses the printer, but also stores coordinating accessories including paper, ink cartridge and power cord. The unique design is the first of its kind and allows consumers to tote the printer virtually anywhere they need to go: summer camp, birthday parties, wedding showers, or a scrapbooking get-together.

Canon’s new design innovations were created with a focus on improving mobility and usability based on the printers’ broad range of uses, including printing photos for family albums, school art projects and scrapbooks. Each printer has larger buttons arranged in a “makes-sense” layout, designed for simplicity and easier navigation through menus. The number of buttons on each printer has been reduced from 12 buttons on previous models, down to nine for more simple functionality.

“Canon wants to keep photography fun for the whole family by making it easier for children and adults to print out instant memories and share them with everyone,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “The fun design and ease of use helps make these printers the perfect gift for anyone who wants a new and convenient way to display and share their photographs.”

Canon SELPHY CP770 Compact Photo Printer

The inviting “basket” design and fun colors make this printer appealing for moms, kids, grandparents or anyone who wants access to a photo printer for their entire memory portfolio. At first glance, many might not think of the SELPHY CP770 as a photo printer because its appearance is such a natural fit for a child’s playroom or family living room. An on-the-spot photo printer makes a great gift for friends and family, too.

The printer is equipped with a 2.5″ High-Definition LCD monitor to preview images before printing. The monitor itself has also been angled so that it can be easily viewed, even when sitting at a table that the printer is resting on. The SELPHY CP770 compact photo printer is available in a friendly apricot and crisp white color. The optional Canon NB-CP2 battery pack, makes it easier than ever to print photos while on the road or camping. The NB-CP2 battery pack can provide hours of printing power before each recharge and has a suggested retail price of $79.991.

This printer makes it easier than ever to print out priceless shots taken from a mobile phone or other handheld device2 3. The CP770 compact photo printer supports the new, must-have “IrSimple” feature4 – a high-speed infrared wireless communications standard allowing consumers to wirelessly print snapshots from their mobile phones, PDAs or other digital devices. The printer accepts a wireless infrared signal to transmit photo data from mobile phones and other devices that support this standard.

Canon SELPHY CP760 Compact Photo Printer

Easy to use, the new Canon SELPHY CP760 compact photo printer helps turn digital images into photography with a compact simple to use design to print great 4×6 inch photographs and make the most out of a digital camera. Now the whole family can crowd around the printer and easily see images on the new 2.5 inch, Thin Film Transistor (TFT) control screen which can be clearly viewed from various angles. The easy-to-view screen also lets users quickly navigate through menus and neatly preview images before printing. The addition of simplified card slots lets users plug in memory cards or print straight from the camera with a USB cord.

Portrait Image Optimize & Face Detection Without A Computer

New Portrait Image Optimize technology from Canon allows users to correct and improve their image quality all without a computer. When “red-eye” occurs in photos, the CP770 and CP760 printers can automatically determine the position of the red-eye and change the pupils back to a natural color for printing. The CP770 and CP760 printers can lighten or darken individual areas of an image, making it possible to create a photograph where the face and background are well balanced. These functions will also identify a subject’s face inside an image, and correct to the ideal brightness and coloring for “brilliant” images.

New and Improved Photo Lamination

Both the CP770 and CP760 photo printers feature new overcoat technology to help reduce blurring, and fingerprint smudges. After the yellow, magenta and cyan colors have printed, a special overcoat layer is applied to the image through a proprietary lamination process. Not only does the lamination help to reduce bleeding and blurring of printed photo, it also helps to reduce the risk of water and fingerprint smudges, as well as fading that can be caused by ultraviolet light, gas and other such environmental factors.

Canon BU-30 Bluetooth Adaptor

Making it even more convenient to print images is the optional Canon BU-30 Bluetooth adaptor. Available for both the SELPHY CP770 and CP760 photo printers for a suggested retail price of $49.991, the BU-30 adaptor allows images to be sent from Bluetooth enabled devices directly to the SELPHY model to be printed2.

The SELPHY CP770 and CP760 compact photo printers carry an estimated retail price of $149.99 and $99.991, respectively.