May 212017
 

I guess I’ve not been paying attention to all my mail because I just learned that a magazine I’ve subscribed to for at least 30 years—Popular Photography—has ended publication. As some writers have asserted, this is just a sign of the times, while others insist that the publishers could have done more to keep the content current and engaging. Either way, I’m sad to see it go. I’ll especially miss the product reviews and lab tests which helped guide my camera shopping for a long, long time.

 

From: Eric Zinczenko
Date: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM
Subject: [notifycorporate] Popular Photography and American Photo
To: Notify Corporate <notifycorporate@bonniercorp.com>

Dear colleagues,

This afternoon, Gregory Gatto, VP, Publishing Director of the Lifestyle Group, and Anthony Licata, Editorial Director of the Lifestyle Group, made the difficult announcement to our employees in New York that we have decided to cease all media operations for Popular Photography and American Photo, effective today.

I want to take this opportunity to share this news with the entire company and the reasons behind our decision. In our most recent Town Hall, I spoke of how the pace of disruption through digital and technological advancements is unprecedented. Unfortunately, the photo industry is an example of where this disruption has forever altered the market. The rise of smartphone-camera technology and its increasing ability to capture quality photos and video and instantly share them socially has dealt the photo industry formidable challenges. For our brands, these industry challenges have left us with insurmountable losses in advertising and audience support. Despite the extraordinary efforts of our committed colleagues at Popular Photography and American Photo, as well as our best attempts corporately to find a sustainable path forward, we are simply unable to overcome these market forces.

We would like to thank Miriam Leuchter and her team for their commitment not only to their industry, but to Bonnier as well. Since 2009, Miriam and team have consistently produced best-in-class content, giving their audience of photo enthusiasts industry-leading product reviews, smart service journalism and, of course, terrific photography. They have done everything possible to make these brands thrive; unfortunately, the challenges in the photography industry are just too great.

I also mentioned last time we were together that our executive group will never waiver in making the difficult decisions that protect our company and our greater group here, and keep us on our path to long-term sustainability. While this decision is far from pleasant, it reinforces our commitment to channel Bonnier Corp.’s precious resources to healthy industry verticals and our category-leading brands to drive asset value of Bonnier’s U.S. portfolio.

We have a fiduciary responsibility to constantly evaluate our portfolio of brands as part of our ongoing transformation, but I want everyone to know there are no plans on the horizon to cease operations of other brands; if there were, we would have announced those today as well.

Please join me in thanking our colleagues at Popular Photography and American Photo for their contributions and to wish them the very best. We are also grateful to all of you for your continued resilience, dedication and endurance as we continue on our strategic path forward.

Best,
EZ

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Oct 152015
 

Employees of the New York-based electronics store filed a petition Tuesday to vote on joining the United Steelworkers union after complaining of unsafe conditions.

Source: Workers at B&H Photo Video, Citing Hazards, Move to Unionize – The New York Times

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Sep 132014
 

© Paul Mozell 2014

Ice Cllimbing In New Hampshire

Climbing the business development waterfall

After you have built a responsive website that works on all devices, created a strong social media presence, implemented SEO and bought Adwords you might think you’re done with marketing. Well no… you’re not…especially if your clients are primarily in the business community. You still have to talk directly to people, on the phone and at business and social events. Here are some pointers put together by a photographer who spent many years in B2B sales, selling to large and small businesses and decision-makers at all management levels. Continue reading »

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Apr 012014
 

Is this a good thing? Your opinion?

(CNN) — Online photo archive Getty Images is opening 35 million images to online publishers to use free of charge, acknowledging that many of its pictures are already being copied anyway. Continue reading »

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Mar 132014
 

Calumet Photographic files for bankruptcy and suddenly closes down – Consumer News – Crain’s Chicago Business.

The abrupt closing of the Calumet Photographic stores in the US can only mean that they were unable to compete with Amazon and perhaps with a few of the megastores in New York. Over the years I bought new equipment, supplies like seamless backdrops and film, rented gear, and bought value-priced store-brand products such as light stands and crates. You just can’t buy everything online. Calumet will be missed.

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Jul 092013
 

© Paul Mozell

A New Take On the Adventure Photo Backpack

070913-101I’ve got camera shoulder bags that look like briefcases; a rolling bag that carries the works; a heavy duty backpack that’s great for a long day on the trail with big glass;  an ultra-light daypack that carries one body and just 2 lenses; and many others. And now I’m enjoying the new Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW® — an innovative backpack that does it all — carrying a lot, with quick access, and  protection for my gear in the great outdoors. Continue reading »

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Jun 192013
 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Eastman Kodak Co. says it’s ending in-house production of one of the key components of camera film and cutting 61 jobs. Continue reading »

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Jun 182013
 

© Paul Mozell

Today I had an online chat with an Adobe sales representative. He answered my questions about the Creative Cloud — well sort of. Here’s part of the transcript:
Edmund: Hi, may I have your first name please?
Paul: What good is creative cloud if you are out of range of WiFi? Who does this benefit other than Adobe? Continue reading »

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May 282013
 

© Paul Mozell 2013

I’ve been hooked on podcasts for several years and I know there’s always something I can listen to during a long drive or a wait at the doctor’s office. Photography podcasts abound and several deserve a mention in this space. The visual medium of photography may seem like an unusual subject for audio broadcast, but it works. Continue reading »

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May 242013
 

Join Ilford for a Live Video Broadcast on May 28th at 1pm EDT! Creating & Adjusting Custom Paper Profiles for Gallery Quality Display.
Do your prints have the same drama, color and beauty as the image you see on your monitor? If not, you need to spend some time  learning about how to create and use custom paper profiles! Sponsored by ILFORD, learn about the tools and techniques to make your prints the best they can be. Continue reading »

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Oct 252012
 

Finally, Nikon has an answer to the other guys’ 70-200 f4! The essential telephoto zoom, more nimble than ever and with up to 5 stops of image stabilization.

product photo of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lensIntroducing the newest addition to Nikon’s compact high-performance f/4 fixed aperture zoom lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR. Inspired by today’s versatile HD-SLR shooters, it strikes an ideal balance between exceptional optics, advanced lens technologies—including Continue reading »

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Oct 252012
 

Waukegan, Ill.  – Fotodiox (www.fotodioxpro.com), a leading lens adapter and accessories manufacturer and distributor,  announced the immediate availability of its WonderPana 145 and WonderPana 66 Filter Systems. These lens hood adapter Systems are ideal for panorama, nature, architectural, fashion and event photographers, as well as analog and digital filmmakers who are looking to better manage lighting balance and avoid time-intensive post-production editing. Continue reading »

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