Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard

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On the go? Traveling? Need to make high quality photo prints, greeting cards, and photo gifts in your car? Mobile Photo Printing has finally come of age with the new “Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard” from Kodak Alaris.

The Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard can be easily installed in any late model car or truck equipped with a dashboard and an Internet Connection*. Optional “hands-free” voice control and an extra-long print delivery chute for your back seat photo enthusiasts are also available. In addition, a range of colors and trims are available to customize your Dashboard Photo Kiosk to match your car’s décor or to express your own unique style.

The many uses for the new Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard are only limited by your imagination and the amount of print media you have packed in your trunk.

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  • Amuse the children on those long car trips by printing out photos of them arguing, fighting, and making faces at each other.
  • Tend to get lost and don’t like disembodied robotic voices telling you what to do? Take a picture at every intersection on the way to your destination, print them all out, and use them to find your way home.

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  • Never lose your car in a parking lot again. Print out a picture of your car to document where it is parked and place the print in your pocket or purse. Problem solved!

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  • For you new Parents and Grandparents never be without a true to life “Baby on Board” sign with a photo of your actual baby that will create an emotional connection to really encourage responsible driving.

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  • Need to send another driver a subtle suggestion on how they can improve their driving skills and like to keep both hands on the wheel? Take a photo of your most helpful hand gesture, print it out, and keep it handy.

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  • Feeling guilty about damaging someone’s parked car? Simply take a picture of an undamaged area of the car, print it out, and tape it over the damaged area. Good as new!

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  • Make your own custom photo bumper stickers that will put those weird stick figure family decals and 3 letter oval stickers that no one understands to shame.
  • In a hurry? Want to use HOV lane and don’t have any friends? Print out a passenger** with our new poster printer upgrade or send the photo print order to one of our retail partners and pick it up at the drive thru.

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  • Driving home and forgot your significant other’s Birthday, Anniversary, and Valentine’s Day? Simply take and print your best “Duckface Selfie” and add a written comment that conveys your true feelings and commitment to the relationship. This personal keepsake will be cherished remembered for years and it only took minutes to make.
  • Save money on stamps. Print your postcards in intended recipient’s driveway and deliver them yourself.

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  • Print apology cards with a “sorry I parked so badly” message and your most sincere “Regret Selfie” to put on someone’s car that you totally blocked in an over filled parking lot.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have not yet specified a “prints per mile” standard for this device…

…and please be safe, don’t print and drive!

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*           Wireless internet connectivity recommended.

**        Not recommended for use in states and jurisdictions with “High Vehicle Occupancy” lanes.

***     Never print, replicate, or distribute copyrighted materials without the expressed permission of the copyright holder.

Not Fashion Forward from Guest Blogger – Kosuke Okahara

Kosuke Okahara is a celebrated documentary photographer best known for his in-depth work on Colombia and Fukushima, Japan. He is the recipient of several awards and grants including the 2010 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship, Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, PDN’s annual 30 Photographers, and the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award. His photography has been exhibited at museums, galleries and international photo festivals around the world.

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Last February, I received an assignment for a kind of job I had never done before. It was from a fashion brand called Comme des Garçons. I haven’t done fashion work so I read the email again. It wasn’t a mistake; Comme des Garçons was asking me to shoot their Paris Fashion week show. They asked me to shoot as I always shoot because the designer, Ms. Rei Kawakubo, wanted to document the day of their collection from the beginning to the end.

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It was surprising that a big fashion brand asked me to shoot. I was curious so I said yes. When I asked them how they found me, they said they were looking for a documentary photographer for their show and eventually for a direct mail campaign. Comme des Garçons’s direct mail is widely known for its artistic concepts. They had seen my images and liked what they saw. This was a completely new experience as a photographer and I was excited to give it a try.

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Comme des Garçons Fall/Winter 2014-15 | Paris Fashin Week.

Comme des Garçons’s asked me to shoot as I always shoot. So I ran out to get enough Tri-X for the day. My guess was that it would be quite dark but I could push the film.

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The directions I had from Ms. Rei Kawakubo were quite simple. She wanted to express intensity but she didn’t want ordinary fashion pictures. Some people would expect backstage access when shooting a fashion show. But another condition from the designer was “absolutely no backstage”. She didn’t want any disruptions with the models. So for me, that wasn’t much of option. It was challenging in a way, but sometimes limitations allow you to push yourself further and to be more instinctive.

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Comme des Garçons Fall/Winter 2014-15 | Paris Fashin Week.

As a first timer going inside a fashion show, I didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived I found a large runway that took up most of the space. This was where most of the action would take place. As a documentary photographer, though, I began to see possibilities beyond the runway. I loaded my camera and started shooting.

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Once the show started, it was impossible to move – there was a huge crowd and the place was packed. So I focused on everything else; the people coming and going, team members setting up, and the environment itself.

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When I shoot, I believe that anything and everything can be a part of the story. Of course sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Regardless, I just keep shooting. That is the most important thing for me when I do stories. It may sound basic but focusing all the time is both difficult and exhausting.

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One of the greatest things of this assignment was that they allowed me to take my time in the darkroom. As they said they wanted me to do it my way, I printed all the pictures on fiber-based papers. I developed the many rolls of Tri-X according to my development recipe, then spent 10 days in the darkroom to print the images. These days in the world of photography, things move very fast but sometimes it is good to take time. Shooting film makes me think more. It forces me to look at images over and over while making contact sheets, choosing images, and then printing images. It gives me more time to understand the pictures during the process. I am not sure if this kind of assignment will happen to me again but it was quite interesting for not a fashion photographer.

Comme des Garçons Fall/Winter 2014-15 | Paris Fashin Week.

Make your spring break last longer – with photo books!

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(Outer Banks)

I don’t know how your winter went but here in Rochester, NY, February was the coldest month in history. We started hanging photos of warm travel destinations in our office to help get us through.

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(Sanibel Island)

I printed out quite a few photos of my favorite beach destinations.

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(Oahu, Hawaii)

Each one brought back warm memories.

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(La Jolla)

Unfortunately, I don’t have a spring break planned this year but looking at these photos have been a nice pick-me-up.

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Photo books are a great way to relive a vacation or spring break trip. If you want that happy vacation feeling to last a little longer, flipping through a photo book of the best moments can help.

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And now Kodak Picture Kiosk has new photo book background designs available – just in time for those spring break photo books.

Find a Kiosk near you to get started!

Start your travel adventure with a passport photo at CVS

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Travel is exciting. Traveling outside of the country is extra exciting. Last year I had the opportunity to visit South Korea.

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The year before that I was able to go to Switzerland.

There is a lot to prepare for when you are traveling abroad. Way before you start to pack your bags, you need to get a passport or check to make sure your existing one is current.

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Did you know Kodak Alaris and CVS can help you check “passport” off your travel checklist? You can have your passport photos taken and printed while you wait at your local CVS. Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk at a nearby CVS. Then you can get on with the business of planning a trip of a lifetime!

Social Media – You need to go fish where the fish are.

Wednesday Works post from guest blogger and professional photographer, Kenny Kim.

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Kenny Kim has always been fascinated by the visual arts, especially the connection between art and photography. This passion led him to study graphic design at the University of Illinois where he also became a Web designer.  But he eventually realized that the greatest outlet for his artistic expression and technical skills would be through his passion for photography.

With the launch of Kenny Kim Photography in 2006, his vision instantly resonated with his audience, and Kenny Kim Photography very quickly grew into a nationally recognized studio. Kenny has captured over 150+ weddings in locations throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and in Italy.

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I recently got back from a trip to The Big Apple. While wandering through the familiar streets of New York City, riding through their elaborate subway trains and walking through the familiar halls of airports, I couldn’t help but to notice something that all these difference places had in common: Almost everyone was looking down at their smart phones! Without glancing at their screens, I could probably guess that the majority of them were either on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and/or another form of a social media application. It was a good reminder to me that we are now living in the social media era. Use of mobile technology has transitioned from an option to a necessity. It has become the main channel for communication, news, advertising and even building relationships.

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When I got into the wedding photography industry nine years ago, social media was just starting to scratch its surface. I recall talking to many of my colleagues who were on the fence about joining the social media bandwagon at that time. Even just a few years ago, during my classes and workshops, I informed everyone about how having social media was a nice addition to incorporate into your business. Times have now changed and my message has evolved. It is now ESSENTIAL to integrate social media into your business.

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As a destination-wedding photographer, social media has played an integral part of my business in helping me get the ideal clients. Aside from traditional referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations, it is now the biggest form of marketing for my studio. The best way to define marketing is that you need to go fish where the fish are. Most of the brides are using their smart phones to plan their weddings. They spend time looking at Pinterest and wedding style blogs for inspirations/ideas. They are viewing and sharing photos on Facebook and Instagram. Social media is now the ocean where your clients are swimming in. This is where you want to go fishing.

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Kodak Alaris has always been the leader in the photography industry. They also recognize the importance of social media as one of the essential steps in sharing and preserving the images we capture for our clients. I am thankful that they have given me the platform to share this message at WPPI Conference in Las Vegas next week. Please join me on March 1st for my Master Class about Destination Weddings. Then on March 2 & 3rd , I will be at the Kodak Alaris booth from 11am to 12pm, where I will dive more in depth about this topic and share some practical social media tips with everyone. Can’t wait to see you there!

Are you on social media? Let’s connect!

Facebook: @kennykimphotography / Twitter: @kennykim / Instagram: @kenny_kim

Guest photographer blogger: Thea Dodds

What a great time of year to be a wedding photographer: tradeshow season.  Wedding photographers are incredibly busy people, so we pretty much have just a few winter months to rest, recuperate and educate ourselves.  Every year I make the trip out to Las Vegas Nevada for the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Expo.  Vegas is just about the most unlikely place you would find me otherwise, but this conference is the “gold standard” in wedding photography education. I owe much of my growth and development to the education I have found at this one conference.

This year I have the privilege of my name being listed next to many of the world’s finest photography instructors and I also have the responsibility of offering the first presentation on same-sex weddings at this show.  Yes, 10 years after marriage equality began it’s journey across the nation, we are on the brink of a Supreme Court ruling which could bring legally recognized same-sex weddings nationwide.  So it is mighty time that us professional photographers start talking about how we can best serve the fastest growing, emerging market in weddings.

In my 15 years as a professional photographer, I’ve photographed more than 200 weddings, so you could say that I’ve gotten pretty comfortable working as a wedding photographer. I have an established routine to meet and exceed my clients’ expectations, and I’m able to offer guidance, based on my extensive experience, to better create beautiful and lasting wedding photographs for them. But in 2005 I photographed my first same-sex couple’s wedding and realized that although I had plenty of professional experience to lean on, in many respects I felt like a beginner.

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That first gay wedding represented many firsts for me. In fact, it was the first same-sex wedding I’d ever attended. It was the first wedding I’d ever photographed where neither member of the couple was wearing a wedding gown. And it was the first wedding where the ceremony kiss turned out to be the first time this couple had ever kissed in front of their families.

This couple was fantastic, two beautiful people who truly and deeply loved one another, but capturing their love on camera was challenging. My “regular bag of tricks” was no help when I tried to convey the level of intimacy I usually capture at a wedding. Even simply posing this couple, because they were so similar in height and weight and couldn’t physically dip or lift each other, made the “standard” images difficult.

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Flash-forward to today, and I’ve learned a lot, namely that love is love and that gay and lesbian weddings have a lot in common with straight weddings. However, there are some key differences that a photographer must understand, and I wanted to do something more to share my experience with other photographers.
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That’s why I called Kathryn Hamm, president of GayWeddings.com and together we wrote a groundbreaking guide, The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Photographing Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography.  Now I am taking the tips and information included in Capturing Love on the Road to the WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference and Expo: Kodak Alaris Booth #1319 on March 3 at 10am.  Hope to see you there! – Thea Dodd

The New Art of Capturing Love from Forget Me Not Media on Vimeo

Break winter blues with Valentine’s photo projects

Valentine’s Day comes just in the nick of time for me. Winter is starting to drag on with snow and endless cold. Right when I’m ready to throw in the towel, Valentine’s Day arrives with hearts and pinks and reds and chocolate.

We have some really cute projects in the Tips and Project Center where you can use photos to make Valentine’s Day gifts and decorations.

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A photo can brighten up the usual little bag of candy for the classroom exchange. The mini-prints at Kodak Picture Kiosk are perfect for this because you can print two photos on one 4×6 and fold it over the treat bag, then staple. You could even rotate the top image so it is right side up when you fold, but I didn’t think of that when I was making this sample. (Live and learn)

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This heart photo bookmark is not only easy to make but it’s quite useful too. Who wouldn’t like to see their favorite little face everytime they crack their novel open?

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Add some candy hearts to a vase with a photo and you have an colorful centerpiece for your dinner table or Valentine’s Day mantelscape.

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Save a few of those candy hearts and add them to a shadow box for a seasonal display.

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You could make this as a gift or for yourself. Match a map of your hometown, next to a map of your sweetie’s hometown and cut into a heart shape. Mount it in a frame with a heart shaped photo of the lovebirds on top. It’s putting your love on the map!

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Create a 3D effect by mounting photos cut out as hearts on a blank matt with mounting tape so they “pop” out.

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Place glass over a favorite photo in a frame and you can fill-in-the-blank with a white board marker and update it as the mood strikes you.

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Wee footprints with a baby photo will melt Grandparent’s hearts or complement a nursery.

Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with lots of photos and love!

You can make prints for these projects at Kodak Picture Kiosk – especially if you are in hurry – walk out of the store with the photos in your hand.

You can also use the My Kodak Moments app to print the photos on your phone either at the Kiosk or have them shipped to your home.