My Kodak Moment Social Prints Display Project

When I went to Hawaii last summer I took hundreds of photos. Some were on my DSLR, some on Kodak film and some on my iPhone.

The pictures taken with my DSLR and film camera were blown up, printed, framed and made into photo books.

The pictures taken on my iPhone were posted to Facebook and that was the last anyone saw of them. I recently went back to my Facebook album and realized there were shots I got with my iPhone, because it was handy, that I didn’t otherwise capture.

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Not wanting to forget those moments, I used the My Kodak Moments app for Facebook to make Social Prints of those shots. As you can see above I have ordered prints of my Facebook photos using the My Kodak Moments app before… it works really well with square photos like those that come from Instagram.

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You can access all your photo albums on Facebook to choose your photos. If your friends have given you permission, you can even print photos from their albums.

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There are several alternatives to choose from for your prints. You can change the background color/pattern and the orientation.

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You can even do a “mini-collage” print with three photos.

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Lots of combos to choose from!

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The app pulls in any comments that were posted to that photo onto your print. If you want to edit it or delete it just click “Edit Caption”

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I wanted a fun way to display these prints at home so I took an old frame and converted it into a photo display that I can easily update occasionally.

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It was pretty easy. I took out the glass and wrapped the board inside the frame with an old map. I thought the map would make a nice background for travel photos.

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Then I nailed small nails into the back of the frame, stretched wire across the front of the frame and wrapped it around the nails.

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I like to use little wee clothespins to attach the prints to the wire. They are so cute. You can also hang other memorabilia with the pictures like postcards, business cards, tickets and menus.

I love how looking at it brings back the entire trip for me!

You can try the My Kodak Moments app for Facebook here –> http://kodak.ly/MKMFBApp

Rebecca Szuniewicz: Calling all Photographers of any level!

Every year, in August, the Pittsford Carriage Association takes Walnut Hill Farm back to the late 19th century to host the Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition.  For five days in August the farm transforms, to a time where the horse and carriage was the main source of transportation, and also represented social status.

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I have attended this event the last couple of years.  It is a wonderful opportunity to get some beautiful and unique photographs.  The farm is decorated beautifully with thousands of flowers, which in itself is great for photographs. The carriages are restored pieces of art from early Americana, and are a must see! The outfits are truly remarkable and add to the authenticity of this event.

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And, of course saving the best for last, the horses!  They alone command attention and respect the minute they enter the ring.  They will definitely give you reasons to keep your shutter clicking away.  Once you start taking pictures of these majestic creatures, you won’t stop. Put the whole package together-flowers, carriage, outfit and horses, and you have yourself a brilliant afternoon full of tons of photo opportunities. And besides your photographs you will truly enjoy the afternoon at this unique international competition.

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The event takes place Aug 14th-18th at 397 West Bloomfield Rd in Pittsford, NY.  Walnut Hill is handicapped accessible (call ahead for a staffed golf cart to meet your car), provides ample free parking, and dog friendly.  For full details and schedule of events please visit www.walnuthillfarm.org

- Rebecca Szuniewicz

How to get prints of photos on your phone

There are 1.1 billion smartphone users in the world. Chances are you are one of them and on that phone you have lots of pictures that you have snapped. Whether they are  of your cat sleeping in the sun, the amazing eggs benedict you had at brunch or your sister’s wedding, there may come a time that you want prints of those photos.

(Side thought – good for you for thinking about printing those photos. Remember what it was like flipping through photo albums? Will you and family gather around your phone in 30 years? Where will those pictures be? Whether they are in a frame, a photo book or a collage… there is just something about a printed photo you can’t beat!)

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Ok, back to how you can make prints of those photos you have on your phone. This is where the My Kodak Moments mobile app comes in. It’s available for iPhone and Android users.

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Once you download the My Kodak Moments app, you can decide if you want to order the prints from your phone and go pick them up at the store, or go into the store and make the prints right on the kiosk.

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When you use the app, you have access to all the albums and photos on your phone and if you have them in the cloud too.

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There is a grid view where you can tap and select the pictures you want to print. The icon in the lower right will switch you to the slideshow view seen below.

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In the slideshow view you can see the photos a little larger and still tap on them to select them for printing.

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After you have selected the photos you want, click “Cart” and there you will see a list of the photos you selected. In this view if you click the photo or “Change” it will give you options to edit the photo.

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In edit mode you can crop, rotate, or add an effect to your photo. You can also change what size print you want. Clicking “Done” will take you back to the list of your prints and then walk you through the rest of the ordering process.

Still not convinced how quick and easy it is to get prints from your phone? Watch one of our software developers, Marty, show how to order prints in under 3 minutes in this video!

To download the My Kodak Moments mobile app get started here –> kodak.ly/apps4mobile

Films Not Dead winner – Guillaume Périmony

Recently, when Film’s Not Dead (F.N.D.)ran its  Kodak Moments competition, hundreds of photographers submitted pretty amazing images shot on Kodak film. F.N.D., founded by Charlie Abiss, Tori Khambhaita and Jamie Rothwell, brings together like-minded photographers who enjoy the benefits that film photography offers and to provide information on film availability within the UK, while sharing imaginative, thought provoking images.  Together, the group, after reviewing all the submissions, named French photographer Guillaume Périmony, as the winner. We’re thrilled to feature Périmony, 28,  who tells us why he shoots film and allows us to share some of his favourite black and white pictures shot on KODAK PROFESSIONAL Tri-X film. Thank you to F.N.D. for its commitment to the film community and congratulations to Périmony on his award winning submission. – Lars

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I’ve been shooting film since I took up photography in 2002, so have been using it for more than ten years. The process of using film requires much more patience,  desire and passion, however the result of shooting film gives me a unique feeling of satisfaction and professionalism about my photography skills.

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I shoot using an Olympus OM1 camera and most often load Kodak Tri-X, not only is it the most cost efficent black and white film to use, I also find it the easiest to shoot.  Tri-X brings a classic look and feel to my images and you can still have a good shot even if you miss your exposure.

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More importantly for me as an amateur film photographer is that I find that shooting film enables my cameras to have a longer usage span.  I don’t have to worry about my camera not being the latest technology, or it not supporting specific software etc. That coupled with the added benefit of knowing that my printed images will last a lot longer than digital images and aren’t going to be stored away on a drive that may become corrupt or ‘out of date’means a lot to photographers like me. Shooting film and printing images means that I can simply enjoy the camera I want, the way I want, with the film I want – which I am much more confident about and the end result is something slid and touchable!”

- Guillaume Périmony

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As a keen skateboarder, Périmony spends a lot of his time on the street and this is often where he shoots, both still and action shots of the ‘life in a skate park’ etc.  When not on four small wheels, Périmony likes to shoot images of interesting people.   You can see more of Périmony’s work on his Flickr gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/guiom/.

You can also find out more about Périmony and his winning image ‘Burmese Days’ on the Films Not Dead blog.

Kodak DP2 and Animoto Video Slideshow

Just a few weeks ago, more than 160 professional lab owners, general managers, and technical staff gathered in Rochester for our annual Kodak Pro Lab Workshop, which includes a blend of business strategy and technical sessions. As has become an annual tradition at the workshop, along with (sometimes bad) golf and Elvis sightings, we introduced the latest version of our market leading workflow software for professional photographic labs, KODAK Professional Digital Print Production Software (DP2), version 16.

While the full set of enhancements can be seen here, I wanted to spend some time on the Animoto Video Slideshow features for pro labs and photographers.  With DP2 v16, we have added two significant enhancements to the Animoto Video Slideshow feature.  Both of these enhancements are designed to create more selling opportunities for photographers and labs.

So what’s the value of the professional lab in offering these services, when photographers can work directly with Animoto on their own? It’s the combined benefit not of just what pro labs can help photographers do, but also how they do it.

In previous posts, we’ve talked about how soft-copy can drive hard-copy purchases. In this case, Animoto videos, showing professional content choreographed to impactful music, simply grab the consumer and make an emotional connection. Imagine a new bride and groom first seeing their wedding photos not as static proofs, but instead, as a series of images, set to beautiful music that conveys a story – their story. First come tears. Then comes the purchase – one that’s less transactional and more experiential.  Pro labs can encourage photographers getting proofs to consider presenting them in this story-telling format.

With Animoto videos, pro labs can help photographers generate business as well. Word-of-mouth marketing remains one of the more impactful ways of generating business among professional photographers. When photographing someone, whether it’s a wedding, a family portrait or school photography, there’s an inherent trust placed in the photographer. Pro labs can help create that word-of-mouth referral by working with their photographers to create a video, a digital album of sorts, to send to their clients as a “thank-you” following a photo session. Embed the name of the photographer, logo and contact information within the video, which at some point, will show up on the happy client’s social networking site. Once the video is posted, the client has essentially “endorsed” the photographer’s services to their friends and family.

What pro labs help photographers create provides an even greater return when how labs create Animoto videos enters the equation. Sure, with infinite time, professional photographers can create these videos on their own. But who has infinite time? By using a pro lab, the photographers free themselves up to spend more time shooting (and generating business) and less time behind the computer.

One Upload: To create Animoto videos, photographers need to upload images. By creating the videos through a pro lab, to whom they’re already uploading the images, photographers simply do one upload, rather than two.  It also frees the photographer from editing and sequencing the photos, all of which take valuable time – time that the photographer could use to acquire more clients.

Turnkey Service: The pro lab will make the video format ready for client delivery – both in how the video is presented (format, labeling, cases), as well as a guarantee that the images in the video are color corrected and match all the printed output. The photographers simply deliver the video to their clients when it’s ready. Again, less time behind the computer, more time out shooting.

Pay As You Grow: Pro labs offering Animoto services through DP2 v16 can create a risk-free business model for photographers, which in turn, will create more interest and use of the service.  Photographers only pay for videos sold to clients, or make a modest investment in videos for marketing purposes. We’ve made this even easier by adding the capability for the photographer to share a preview of the video with up to 30 of their clients to help facilitate sales of videos to a broader audience.

This value proposition means the photographer saves time and money while still receiving the highest quality output, which in turn, will help them grow their business.  This is the same value proposition that pro labs have built their reputation and business on all these years: Quality – Convenience – and Value.

Kinfolk Magazine and Kodak Film

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.  ~Voltaire  85250016-45

As the temperatures rise and life slows down, friends and families gather around pools, picnic tables, campfires, outdoor cafes and roof top decks to share good meals and a cold drink. Some people will stay in town. Others will hit the open road. Some will follow time honored summer traditions while others strike out in search of new adventures.

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Kinfolk Magazine embodies all of these things. It’s more a keepsake coffee book than a magazine. Each issue includes, as the publisher aptly describes it “lush photography, lyrical essays, recipes, interviews, profiles, personal stories and practical tips along with a keen attention to design and details.” Woven among all of this are the themes of discovering, making and doing new things.

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We are honored that Kinfolk makes KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 and 400 an integral part of the creation of such a simply beautiful publication.  Its pages and website include work from a roster of talented photographers, like Parker Fitzgerald, Tec Petaja, Leo Patrone, Jay Fitzgerald, Laura Dart and Carissa Gallo.

We first learned about Kinfolk last fall when we met Parker Fitzgerald. He asked “Might Kodak have any interest in working with this magazine, Kinfolk?” After reviewing just a few images, we were hooked. Our film, put in the hands of these photographers, could only result in beautiful images. Each of their photographs inspires – a recipe to make, a gathering to host, a culture to experience, a memory to create.

We invite you to grab a copy, visit the website and find your own inspiration this summer.

Kinfolk is a quarterly, 144-page, ad-free print magazine.  In addition to the print edition, Kinfolk recently launched Kinfolk Digital.

You can follow Kinfolk on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kinfolkmag), on Twitter (@kinfolkmag) and Instagram (@Kinfolkmag). 

ESSENCE Festival™ Photo Booth Powered by Kodak

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The ESSENCE Festival™ kicks off starting on the Fourth of July running unti Sunday, July 7 in New Orleans. Kodak will be adding to the fun at the Festival by powering a photo book where guests can get a photo on an ESSENCE cover or with other cool backgrounds.

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Look for the ESSENCE Festival™ Photo Booth Powered by Kodak  in the Fan Zone and other high-traffic locations in the Convention Center as well as Woldenberg Park during Family Reunion Day and the Superdome for each night of concerts. Photos are $20 each.

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Tori Johnson’s DIY Kodak Picture Kiosk Photo Table Runner

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Are you planning a barbecue or picnic for the Fourth of July? Check out this fun photo table runner blogger Tori Johnson made using pictures from Kodak Picture Kiosk!

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She covers how to make it on her blog… it looks very doable! And what a cute addition to your table.

She was even on TV demonstrating this and other great ideas for Independence Day celebrations.

Find a Kiosk near you to get started on yours now –> http://kodak.ly/13C3g68