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Move with your memories! Make your college transition crafty with the new KODAK MOMENTS App

From Summer 2015 intern: Laura Meyers

As the summer winds down the realization that I need to begin preparing to head back to St. Bonaventure University has set in. The summers in between college years can be a difficult time, especially for someone who loves a steady routine like myself. It’s hard to adjust to a completely different lifestyle for a few short months, only to have to move back to your college dormitory or apartment in the fall.

My summer months seemed even more exciting this year than in the past. They were full of concerts, lake days, camping trips and weddings. Having such an eventful time made it that much harder to pack up my shorts and tank tops and begin looking at textbooks online.

Bringing a little piece of home back to college with me has always made the transition easier. I’ve done my best to document my summer fun with photos of my friends and family. However, I always tend to end up with an iPhone camera roll containing 1,000+ pictures, but never actually doing anything with those memories.

Instead of keeping these summer photos trapped in my phone, I decided to use the new KODAK MOMENTS App to bring them to life. I wanted to be able to easily create something to put in my bedroom at school to keep my Rochester friends and family close with me while I’m away.

Simple prints really never go out of style. They add décor to any college bedroom while simultaneously showing off the most important people in your life. I was able to order prints of my summer memories in seconds right from my phone with the KODAK MOMENTS App.

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As sad as it is to say goodbye to the summer, it’s also exciting to see my college friends again. I especially miss my roommates while I’m home, so I wanted to make them a little welcome back present for our house. We aren’t the most creative of girls and we often joke about the lack of decoration in our home. I knew they would love something to spice up our living room and I knew the KODAK MOMENTS App would help make this possible.

Once again, it was incredibly easy to order prints for my project from my phone and I was able to edit my photos right in the app. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, so many of my photos needed to be cropped or have red-eye removed. The new app made this a simple step in the process.

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After selecting my photos and completing my edits, I was even able to use the app to  immediately choose the closest location to pick up my prints!

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Once I had my prints I decided to check out the Kodak Tips & Projects Center for some inspiration. There are so many interesting project ideas to choose from, and they don’t involve a lot of time and effort to complete (even for an uncreative soul like myself).

After looking through hundreds of awesome projects, I found one that seemed perfect to bring back to school with me. I chose to print out a large poster size image of my college house and place it in an old frame. From there I used wire to hang the prints of my roommates over the image of my home. I love this project because it allows me to update the photos easily by swapping them out with new ones my roommates and I take throughout the year.


This process wasn’t time-consuming or expensive at all, and it ended up turning out exactly how I wanted it to!

I can’t wait to show my housemates how crafty I can be, and I know they’ll love the new décor. I’m also excited to hang up the photos I printed of my family and friends from this summer. I’m so glad I was able to use the new KODAK MOMENTS App to make my transition back to college easier and more fun.

You can download KODAK MOMENTS App for iOS or Android.

From concerts to cubicles: bring your summer-weekend fun back to the office with you

From Summer 2015 intern: Laura Meyers

June 21st was the official first day of summer and with that came the promise of standard summertime activities: picnics, pool parties, bike rides, and weekend getaways. The summer months have also become synonymous with concert season in upstate New York.

For my friends and I, nothing screams summer more than the Dave Matthews Band. For the past several years we have all ventured to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a two-day set featuring our favorite band at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Along with the concert comes the whole experience: the road trip, the time spent with great people and, of course, the camping.

It’s always a struggle to fit everything into the car (and to make sure we aren’t forgetting anything crucial) but once we hit the road, it’s all smiles.

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Every year we stay at Lee’s Park right on Saratoga Lake and enjoy little sleep, a lot bug spray, and very temperamental weather. But a little rain and a few mosquito bites never hurt anybody, right?

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This year we had some fun with henna during the rain and the shine.

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The concerts took place on the 3rd and 4th of July this year, making the holiday weekend more exciting and eventful for us. There were even more American flags and hot dogs at the campgrounds than usual, and I had the pleasure of seeing my friends decked out in red, white and blue.

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And we can’t forget the entire reason we make this yearly four hour journey: the two amazing shows. Dave Matthews, once again, surpassed our expectations and put on a great concert at one of the best venues.

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I’ve made some of my favorites memories from these summertime, music-filled excursions. However, as much fun as it is, every year my friends and I joke about the “post-SPAC depression” we experience following the concerts as we head back into our daily routines.

But why should the weekend memories have to fade once we settle back into work on Monday morning? This year, I decided to use the My Kodak Moments app to ensure that I could bring a little bit of the concert season fun back to the office with me.

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When I arrived back to work I couldn’t wait to use the Kiosk to print out my pictures. I decided to make a few simple prints, but was really excited about the collage options. Millennials tend to get a bit “photo-happy,” and I’m no exception, so I had many different pictures from the holiday weekend. The available collage templates allowed me more freedom when picking photos, instead of having to be so selective when printing.

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Even better than these collages, though, were the awesome photo books I created quickly and easily from the Kiosk. I was able to fit all of my favorite camping and concert images in different size photo books and bind them into keepsakes I adore.

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Finally, I decided to explore the poster options on the Kiosk. For anyone that frequents at concerts, you know how expensive posters at the venue can be. If you’re looking to save some money, or make a more personal poster, Kodak Picture Kiosks provide a great alternative.

I got a bit sentimental when poster-making. I’m a firm believer that meaningful presents are the best gifts, so when I remembered that my best friend’s birthday was approaching, I decided to create a poster size collage for her so she could remember our amazing SPAC memories too. No surprise here—she loved it.

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I’m so happy that I was able to capture the memories from the concert and bring them back to the office with me. These prints were a simple way to bring some sunshine into my cubicle and remember an amazing weekend with friends.

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You can download the My Kodak Moments app for iOS or Android here.

Kodak Alaris 2013 Photo Contest Winners

Every year in the frozen chills of winter, Kodak Alaris holds a company wide contest, which shares and displays the photographic talents of its employees. Let’s have a look at the 1st place winners of the 2013 Kodak Alaris Photo Contest.

James Casha: President’s Award
Photo: Spectacular House of Worship

“The image shows the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, and was taken during a weekend trip to Turkey last October. Every year I meet up with a group of old school friends. We live all over the place so we pick a different location every time. Last year we chose Istanbul and spent a couple of days soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of this amazing city. We visited the old markets and mosques and cruised the Bosphorus (stopping for lunch on the Asian side). We had a couple of very late nights putting the world to rights in the bars near our hotel in the Beyoglu district.” – James

James Casha - Spectacular House of Worship


Bob Janiszewski: 1st Place – Novice Action
Photo: Irish Dancers

“Every year, during the week of St Patty’s Day, the Young School of Irish Dancers performs throughout the Rochester area. This includes providing a community service in reaching out to our seniors residing across several facilities. The picture was taken at the Highlands Senior Living Center in Pittsford, NY. In the words of one of the proud Moms – “This is a fabulous picture!  It brings emotions of joy, pride and determination to the viewer.” A black & white theme was used in order to convey unity and bring focus to the determination exhibited by these wonderful dancers as they were “keeping it together”.

The picture was taken without flash. Shot with a Canon EOS REBEL T3. Exposure Time – 1/200 seconds, F-Number – 4, ISOSpeedRatings – 3200, Aperture Value – F 4.00 and converted to black & white.” – Bob

Bob Janiszewski - Irish Dancers


Scott Koelle: 1st Place – Novice Animals
Photo: Surprised Dog With a Mohawk

“The photo is of my daughter’s dog, Navii. We adopted her from the Rochester Animal Services shelter 2 years ago and she has been a wonderful addition to our family. I had held out for quite a few years but finally gave in to my daughter, Lydia’s persistent requests for a pet dog. As a mixed breed, Navii has some strange fur; both short and long hair with the latter being very “moldable”.

One sunny afternoon, Navii was sitting on my daughter’s lap and looking out the window. Lydia spiked up Navii’s hair and I grabbed my Kodak digital camera and snapped a photo. The image looked pretty good but the background was a bit too busy so I took another photo with a couch pillow as a backdrop for a more “studio look”.

Later, I played around with the color, brightness and contrast and decided the photo looked best as a black and white. When the photo contest was announced, I decided to enter. I had never entered a photo contest and certainly never expected to win an award but thought it would be fun anyways; which it was! Many thanks to the organizers!” – Scott

Scott Koelle - Surprised Dog With a Mohawk


Mike Paternoster: 1st Place – Novice Landscape
Photo: No LifeGuard On Duty

“The picture was taken in July 2013 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was around 9:00 am and rain clouds moved in quickly that morning covering the sky as the lifeguard was preparing for the day. The sun was sporadically shining through the clouds and I took a few pictures as the light was in and out of the clouds. There was little wind — calm before the storm — that morning and I think the picture captured that feeling as the flag remained still.” – Mike

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Mark Rolan: 1st Place – Novice Nature
Photo: Tree Blocking The Sun

“In October of 2013 I decided to get up early on a Saturday morning and photograph the full moon set over the Pacific. It was something that I’ve never seen before and would love to photograph. The set was between 6-7AM and I was on Double Peak Park in San Marcos, California watching it drop toward the ocean. I was set up with a tripod and Canon DSLR, just waiting. As the moon approached the horizon, clouds began to ruin the moment. I stood back and turned around to see the sun coming up behind this baron tree. I repositioned the tripod and camera for the attached picture. Still waiting for the next full moon.

Because of the criteria of the contest (not showing any man made features in the picture), I took a second picture showing a wooden fence. This is my favorite of the two.” – Mark

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Pam Zimmermann: 1st Place – Novice People
Summary of Picture: Girl Blowing on a Dandelion

“This photo was taken near the Chenango River in Earlville, NY. The subject is my beautiful niece, Morgan, from Haverhill, MA. Every year at Thanksgiving, we have an annual photo session with all of my nieces and nephews. We work hard every year to fill the pages of a much-anticipated family calendar. The kids do handstands, cartwheels, silly pictures and serious poses. The girls were playing with the dandelions – and I just happened to snap this one of Morgan blowing on the dandelion.” – Pam

Pam Zimmermann - Girl Blowing on a Dandelion


Pam Zimmermann: 1st Place – Novice Pictorial
Photo: Black And White Flower Collage

“This series of photos were taken in my backyard in Rochester, NY. I used my iPad mini to capture various images of some chives growing in my garden. I then used an App and made them into a collage.” – Pam

Pam Zimmermann - Black And White Flower Collage


James Casha: 1st Place – Advanced Animals
Photo: A Tail of Two Kitties

“There cats are semi-wild and live in a cemetery in Zejtun, Malta. Their caretaker and a few local residents feed them. I took a lot of photos of them whilst waiting at a bus stop. They were not terribly cooperative but I managed to get a few nice shots.” – James

James Casha - A Tale of Two Kitties


James Casha: 1st Place – Advanced People
Photo: Kids Playing in a Water Park

“This fountain is located in St George’s Square in Valletta – the capital city of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Every hour, water is turned on and the fountains ‘dance’ to classical music from hidden loudspeakers. On hot summer days, the fountains are popular cooling off place for children – locals and tourists alike. As well as piped music and fountains, St George Square also offers free Wi-Fi access to it’s visitors. It was whilst sitting on a bench accessing my Facebook that I snapped this picture.” – James

James Casha - Kids Playing in a Water Park


Richard Scotto: 1st Place – Advanced People
Photo: Field of Hats

“Last year we went to one of the smaller islands in the Canary Isles called La Palma. On the Monday before Shrove Tuesday we visited the capital Santa Crus and found everyone dressed in white and wearing hats. We had stumbled across an amazing Fiesta called Los Indianos. After the Spanish established an empire in Central and South America, many people left La Palma to seek a new life in the New World. Some made their fortune and returned to La Palma where there was some resentment to these “noveau riche” from the locals. Everyone dressing in white, some in elegant suits, some in plain “peasant garb”, commemorates it each year. Everyone wears a hat and they pelt one another with talcum powder!

I was walking along the heavily thronged Main Street and saw these huge gatherings of people in the main square. I managed to climb a low wall and hang onto its railings to take this shot of the multitude of people all wearing their hats.” – Richard

Richard Scotto - Field of Hats


Dan Olean: 1st Place – Landscape
Photo: Sun Still Setting on A Glacier



Dan Olean: 1st Place & Best in Show – Nature
Photo: Lighted Ice in The Land of Fire and Ice



Dan Olean – 1st Place – Action
Photo: Still Shooting The Curl

“Every summer, I vacation with my extended family at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It is a wonderful beach to enjoy the sun, sand, and water for both the young and old. I go in the water, not only to cool off, but to take photos from a unique perspective of my son, niece, and nephew! Everyone takes photos of their kids on the beach, how could we resist? There are always parents taking photos of their kids in the water or playing in the surf from the safety of the sand, as I have too. But once I ventured out into the water with my camera, the view became more interesting and the photos more spectacular! I felt I was now able to capture not only the feelings of the subject, but the feeling of the ocean as well. And weather I am sitting in wet sand, lying in ankle deep water, or waiting in waist high; I could get close and capture that special photo! This image from last year was on a day when the ocean was unusually active, with 5-8 foot waves rolling in one right after another. Boy, does that draw people into the water! The waves were big enough so that they curled over and formed a small pipe, which, many kids were body surfing and boogie boarding on. I just had to capture that “Hawaiian Tube” on the Atlantic! To do so, I had to stand where the waves were breaking and follow them in as they rolled and crashed over me. I had the camera set in burst mode and just held it in front of me, pointing down the wave, keeping as low as possible to avoid being washing in with crash. Yes, I got tossed around a bit too, with a few waves taking me for a tumble, yeah that hurt!   I took hundreds of photos, with many waves, not knowing what I may have shot. After reviewing them later and tossing out the green and yellow totally underwater ones, I managed to get a few good shots! Worth it? I would do it again!” – Dan


Bringing then to the now with iMemories

I think we can all agree that the vintage look, feel and sound of film and VHS can conjure up nostalgic memories but it can prove difficult for some of us to figure out how to share those precious moments. People want to keep a connection with their memories and a company called iMemories has made it possible to turn your original film into digitally restored masterpieces and VHS into custom DVDs.

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Whether you are celebrating more than a decade of marriage, revisiting your child’s younger years, or just ready to update to digital, iMemories will preserve your originals in a digitized format with brilliant color enhancement and at the highest resolution possible.

iMemories makes updating, accessing and sharing old family videos and photos easier than ever before. A simple sign up process that only requires an email and a password gets you well on your way to creating, storing, and backing up custom photos and movies that you can endlessly share with friends and family.

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Without a doubt, your precious memories are priceless right? I know mine are. iMemories’ services start as low as $5 a month for cloud storage so investing in memories has never looked forward to such a clear future.

CameraAce puts a fresh spin on mobile picture management and sharing

Sometimes the built in mobile camera just isn’t cutting it. When it comes to taking pictures on a mobile device you not only want some technology behind the lens, you want options.

The app market has become so saturated with photography apps that it can be near impossible to find one that will retouch your images just right. Even with so much competition, the company TecAce has produced one of Android’s most popular and highly rated photography apps called CameraAce.


Since I couldn’t say it any better than the app itself, “CameraAce is a sleek, edgy, and elegant way to create and share impressive slideshows as well as perfect your picture collection.” CameraAce allows you to create photo collections with themes and effects of your choice and you can even share all your moments in a slideshow.


Also, CameraAce is partnered with Kodak Alaris, which means enhancing your photos and getting prints all happens from the familiarity and comfort of your android device.

You can either take photos and organize them yourself or preselect the theme (gallery) for the photos you are about to take.

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Cool Features:

  • CameraAce offers more filter affects than I’ve ever seen on a photography app. There is even a before and after feature to see the difference between the original picture and the filter you have selected. The app also has a fun horizontal and vertical flip-flop of photos, which creates a mirror image of the original picture
  • There is a large selection of borders that can be added to photos
  • The app has a very professional feel and is easy to use
  • Fully customize each individual theme or gallery the way you want it
  • I found this to be an interesting touch; the app adds music to your slideshows and you also have the option to add your own music
  • Easily create collages with the collage feature. You simply select pictures from your themes (galleries) and it pulls them together in one image for you. You can even add a border or filter afterwards
  • CameraAce is partnered with Kodak Alaris and allows you to professionally print your images at a local Kodak Picture Kiosk.
  • You select the photos you want printed from your galleries and add them to your cart. You can easily crop the photo, select the quantity of prints you want per photo, select the size of your prints and even select a glossy or boarder glossy finish.  The shopping cart’s cost per photo also updates in real time as you adjust the options on your photos.

CameraAce features photo collection with quick and simple organization to help you share your photos. CameraAce is a great photography app that lets you fully customize and personalize your photos the way you want them.

– Noah Wexler