Canon Looking to Go Social With an Online Photo Community

Canon Membership Site Survey

In a recent customer survey from Canon USA, current Canon owners were asked about their interest in a paid membership program from Canon USA. Based on Canon’s questions, this appears to be more targeted toward enthusiasts rather than professionals.

The survey began with the usual categorical questions about types and models of cameras, and then it jumped into questions about other online photo communities like Flickr, SmugMug and Facebook.  Then Canon popped the big question: [Read more...]

SMUGs Are Fun, Fabulous and Free

I’ve been a SmugMug user for a little over 4 years now.  And, if you’ve been reading Photography Bay for a while, you know that I’ve been a big fan since day one.  The handful of times that I’ve emailed customer service, I’ve gotten an response and solution within minutes.  They listen to their customers, and the prices are incredibly generous for the service delivered.

I’ve heard about SMUGs (aka SmugMug User Groups) before, but I had never been to SMUG meet up – until this week. [Read more...]

Animoto Quickstart Plays Nice With Other Sites and Services

Animoto, the unique, automatic video creation service, has announced a new service at WPPI today, called “Quickstart,” which will allow other photo and video sites or services to integrate seamlessly with Animoto.  White House Custom Colour, ProSelect and SmugMug are some of the key partners to sign on to use the new Quickstart service, and allow their users to initiate Animoto projects from their existing photo and video assets on those sites.

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

SmugWallet (iPhone App) Review

While I like some apps on my iPhone, I have always stuck to the free apps.  I really hate being nickled and dimed for every little app that comes along.

Maybe it’s just the principle of it; however, I had never purchased an iPhone app until a couple of weeks ago, when a friend showed me some photos on his iPhone by using SmugWallet.  Instantly, I knew I had to get this app.

As you may know, I am an avid SmugMug user/evangelist.  It’s a service that works and is constantly improved upon by the founders.  You can always find someone to return your emails within a few minutes, and the SmugMug staff act like they really care.  SmugMug accounts start at $40/year.  You can get $5 off the first year by using a referral code (mine’s 7jCtURK05RxC if anyone is in need – in the interest of disclosure, I get a credit toward my annual fees as well).

Ok, so you know I like SmugMug and SmugWallet obviously has something to do with SmugMug.

Now, let’s get to the point of this discussion. [Read more...]