Category Archives: Snapchat

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Ephemeral vs Nostalgia

Whether it is more noble to have photos disappear immediately after being seen or to have them come back and haunt us after a certain amount of time. It all really started the day Snowden, out of Hong Kong, released files he had grabbed from the NSA confirming what we all already knew : we are being watched. Almost immediately, a flurry of new apps emerged offering users to either hide our  communications or simply erased them. While the former could please some ( the less…

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Will it beat Instagram ?

We receive a lot of notifications of new photo apps here as well as we scout the internet for news of start-ups with a photographic touch to them. Every time, after testing it, we ask the same question: is it good enough to make people leave Instagram and use this instead?”. The answer is usually no. Why do we use Instagram as a benchmark? For multiple reasons. It is primarily a photo app, it offers editing tools ( filters), storage and has a strong sharing…

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Questions to a founder : Lenka

Entrepreneur, investor, artist and photographer Kevin Abosch has just added a new function to his portfolio, app publisher. With the release yesterday  of Lenka, an exclusive high end B/W photo app, he offers everyone the tool to connect with what made photography so appealing: simplicity. No crazy filters, no stickers, “likes“, audio files, no in-app social media. Just the bare essential to take beautiful B/W pictures a la Ansel Adams. If anything, Lenka should appeal to the purist as well as those washed out by the artificial…

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Amazon’s new trick

Let’s be honest, Amazon is not interested in selling phones. Instead, they want you to carry a device that is a constant and direct connection to its store.   See, one of Amazon’s issue is that more and more purchases are mobile and as good as their apps might be, they are still competing with thousands of other apps on both Android and iOS. They are also competing with Apple and Google, owners of the operating systems, both of which have their own stores. So, in…

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The photos might disappear but the battle is real

The battle of the ephemeral photo is heating up. At stake is the control of the 500 + million photos exchanged daily on Snapchat, more than Facebook and Instagram combined. Ephemeral photography shows huge potential. Not only because of its vast and growing popularity, but mainly because it mostly reaches teenagers, a $200 to $300 billion/year market in the US only.  Around 30% of 18-29 year old smartphone users use Snapchat compared to 5% for the 30 to 49 year old group. In countries like Norway,…

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This is why Facebook is running scared

Rumors of that  Facebook is about to launch an ephemeral app surfaced late this week end. While it could be surprising for some, especially after the company’s failure in that space emphasised by the recent closure of Poke,  it is actually the least they could do. Here is why it makes perfect sense, and this simple chart shows why : Find more statistics at Statista On a daily basis, Snapchat is leading the race in the most uploaded photos in a  day. Not by much, but…

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Freedom

35 millions images for free

        It was just a question of time. We have repeatedly wrote here about how the current photo licensing model is broken and obsolete. We also explained at full length how image data collection and third-party revenue are the new gold mine. Getty apparently heard and is now applying. (If you want to read how it works, there is a great full explanation here) Getty Images announcement today that it has put 35 Million of its 80 million images up for free is…

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Instagram knows more about photography than you

Instagram knows more about photography than Getty Images does. Or Corbis. Or Associated press. Or even Shutterstock. In 3 years years, it has aggregated more information about which photograph works better than the combinations of the best photo editors at any photo agency. It is not just Instagram. Flickr does too, although they might not know it yet ( at least they are not showing visible signs of awareness). And Pinterest. And the many, many tech companies whose job it is to help brands monetize…

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The vanishing image

During this period of the year, like many of us that write about photography, I receive many well wishes from a wide variety of photographers, photo galleries, photo agencies and pretty much anyone involved in the photography business. They all come via email mostly from people I have never communicated with in my life. Under the disguise of wishing me a warm holiday season and a healthy new year, they also act as a not subtitle piece of marketing screaming “look at my work”. I…

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