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New study analyzes what’s driving the explosion in user-generated videos and hybrid photo-videos

Videos and phodeos surge into the Mainstream Consumer video sure ain’t what it used to be. The category now includes numerous variations, ranging from full-length to short-form narratives, plus what could be called “phodeos”: hybrids of photos and videos such as Boomerang clips, Instagram Stories, and even the (now venerable) GIF animations. Due in large part to these new options that free consumers from the “one (huge) size fits all” straightjacket of the past, motion imaging is more popular now than ever. Are we witnessing a bubble? Or…

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Pursuing low hanging fruit or the long tail?

The proliferation of cameras, visual formats, and monetization methods are transforming the consumer imaging industry   It’s not really new: consumers want – and are getting – more and more finite choices for buying exactly the types of products they need. Specialty retail stores are making a comeback, SMBs with niche products can now easily get nationwide (and to some extent overseas) distribution through Amazon, and big brand vendors keep adding collections of boutique brands that address specific use cases and consumer segments. What is new…

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Flickr / Smugmug: The frog that ate the bull

Flickr’s acquisition by Smugmug, if anything, has reminded us that the grandfather of photo sharing site is not dead. Yet. Almost hidden in the weekend lull, the news surprised almost everyone paying attention to this space: It’s been a long while since Flickr grabbed the headlines. But beyond the unconventional lack of details, what does this acquisition forecast? Let’s look at the available numbers. Smugmug and Flickr, while sharing photos as a common denominator, have not much in common.  With 90 million monthly users, Flickr is 18 times bigger…

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Innovative solution providers tackle the ever-growing headaches of photo management and storage

It’s a given: we are all overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos we take, or that are being shared with us. With some of these, it’s no big deal if you accidentally missed viewing them, or if you can’t locate them again after you’ve first enjoyed them. With others, it does matter: According to our recent survey, 58% of photos on average are considered to be “long life” keepers. So we want to know on which device or cloud service these important photos reside,…

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5 trends to look for in 2017

With the new year comes the predictions. However, this year, instead of trying to predict what will happen, we prefer to take aim at what we see will be the top major trends in the visual space. We limited ourselves at five in an effort to be succinct and we picked those that will affect people more broadly.  In no particular order, here they are: Images as a source of comprehension We can now comfortably have computers tell us what is depicted in photos or videos. From…

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10 Questions to a founder : Splore

All social media is all about connecting users via content. First users establish a core network of relations and via content sharing ( mostly visuals) it maintains and grows that network. But what if content was put first and the network second (or not at all). That is exactly what Splore is now offering.  In a way, it levels the playing field as no one has the advantage of coming in with a huge following ( like celebrities). Instead, each one can compete for popularity…

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LDV VISION SUMMIT, DAY 2, OVERVIEW

Different day, different crowd : If day 1 of the LDV Vision Summit was all about science, research and data ( massive amounts of data), Day 2 opened the doors to more practical applications of visual tech, mostly around revenue. In other words, how companies are using the discoveries of researchers to extract value, information and monetary rewards. As in the previous day, panels were a flowing mix of individual presentations and group discussions. Here are some elements of day 2 which particularly caught our attention. Opening…

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10 Questions for a Social Editor : BBDO

Dave Krugman  builds online communities. Using his talent as a photographer and his social media insight, he rallies huge amounts of followers around a particular topic or location. As you can imagine, for a brand, he is a golden child. After many successes with such prestigious clients at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, as well as participating at Esquire magazine’s event,  he now lends his talents at the advertising agency BBDO as Social Editor. We caught up with him while he was taking a break from his…

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Selfies are not going away any time soon

Love them or hate them, selfies are here to stay. According to a recent study by Suite 48 Analytics, the mobile photography phenomena seems deeply embedded in the daily practices of the average North American.  84% of the 1,021 North American smartphone photographers surveyed said that they have taken at least one selfie in the last month. And it’s not just Americans. A similar  study on the French population shows that selfies represent 50% of the pictures taken on mobile phones. While selfies have the same…

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The photo generation

Regardless of what any teacher might say, there are two ways to become a photographer : take a lot of pictures and look at a lot of pictures. Everything else is secondary. And that is exactly what our teenagers are doing. In a recent study done by Facebook on teens and Instagram, “growing up in a visual world”, the social media giant reveals some very noteworthy information. You complete me 32% of US teens consider Instagram the most important social media platform, far beyond Facebook…

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