Fujifilm’s sales of instant cameras and film continues to defy logic with exponential growth as consumers look for the immediate gratification of an instant print. These sales show that film still has a place in specialized applications, and in this case, consumers are more than willing to pay for instant prints. As Don Franz and Andy Gordon reported in the July-September 2016 issue of Classic Imaging, sales of the Fujifilm Instax cameras for instant prints totaled 387 million units in 2014. Even if each camera only uses a couple of rolls of film, that’s a lot of film.
It sounds like Polaroid went bankrupt too soon.
It is with great sorrow that I report the death of the internet photo storage site, Picturelife. Picturelife, whose tag line was “protect your photos,” relied on charging $5-$15 per month or $50-$150 per year for online photo and video storage, a business model that is proving increasing less viable as more and more vendors offer low-cost or even free photo storage.
Fortunately, the 200 million photos stored on Picturelife have a second chance on life since they are being stored on SmugMug as part of SmugMug’s attempt to increase its own customer base. This resurrection will benefit Picturelife’s customers who otherwise might have lost their photos.
For more on the demise of Picturelife, see Photo-storage service Picturelife shuts down 18 months after being acquired.
I learned today from Facebook that August 19 is World Photo Day. In fact, August 19 has been World Photo Day since 2010. It celebrates the French government’s purchase of the original photography patent for the daguerreotype on August 19, 1839.
Why didn’t anyone tell me before now? Why don’t I get the day off?
“Lose More Photos with Seagate” is not the advertising slogan for the new Seagate 60TB SAS SSD, but it could be. Dissatisfied with SanDisk’s ability to lose 10,000 photos in a single failed memory card, Seagate has introduced a new solid-state hard drive that can lose 400 million photos in a crashed drive. Yes, that’s right, Seagate now has a product that can lose one photo for every man, woman, and child who lives in the U.S. (2016 population of 324 million).
For more information on this new solid-state drive, see Seagate’s World’s Largest 60TB SSD Holds 400 Million Photos and ‘World’s largest’ SSD revealed as Seagate unveils 60TB monster.
Please backup your photos!
If you want to say something unbelievable, do it in print – at least that is the advice from an article titled “The Charm of Print” that appeared in the January/February issue of Ink World magazine. According to Ink World, “The trustworthiness of paper and ink has yet to be beat.” Ink World goes on to state, “The appeal of print is even more powerful when ink works well with paper so that it is able to display more effectively the strength of its color, its color gamut and and sharpness of its lines.”
Perhaps Twitter isn’t the best communications medium, after all.
As part of their effort to continue to support obsolete formats, such as Super 8 movie film and color motion picture film, Kodak has announced that they will begin producing VHS tapes this August. Their plan is consistent with the recent Japanese announcement that the last manufacturer of VCR recorders will discontinue production.
For more on the discontinuation of VCR recorders, see Last Known VCR Maker Stops Production 40 Years after VHS Format Launch, RIP: Japan Is Making Its Last-Ever VCR, and Japan Will Make Its Last-Ever VCR This Month.
Print your favorite pictures for free! The headline caught my attention, so I signed up. I’m willing to let an advertiser print on the back of my photos if I get them for free. Guess what? I have to wait 3 months 3 weeks and 6 days for my prints! Why not call it four months and keep the change. That’s right. All sense of spontaneity is gone. Sometime in October I should receive my prints. Hilarious. For more information on Flag, see Print your favorite pictures for free with the Flag app.
Note: I have a beer riding on these pictures so I hope I see them some time, but that’s another story.