Kodak and Bartell Drugs Blogger Party with Kodak Picture Kiosks

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Who doesn’t love a party? That’s why we decided to throw a blogger party at Bartell Drugs to help get the word out about all the cool ways you can use Kodak Picture Kiosks.

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Bartell Drugs is a pharmacy chain in the Seattle, Washington area. But really it is so much more. They have almost everything you need in one stop. This includes a photo studio with Kodak Picture Kiosk!

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That’s why we chose it as the hub of our blogger party. Louise Bishop, the creator of the blog momstart.com was kind enough to be our hostess for the party.

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Bloggers Michelle Paige, Heather Murphy, Summer Olesky and more joined Louise at Bartell Drugs to enjoy some treats, learn about Kodak Picture Kiosk and then use the Kiosks to print their own pictures.

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The bloggers enjoyed the Koda-cookies and the goody bags, but what they really loved was their hands on time with the Kiosks.

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The bloggers learned about some of the Kiosk’s great features like Facebook Connect and how to print from their mobile phones using Kiosk Connect mobile app.

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Prints from Michelle Paige

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Prints from Heather Murphy

You can’t help but smile when you see all the great memories that these bloggers printed out at the Kiosk party!

Find a Kiosk near you and have your own party!

Kodak Picture Kiosk at 21 Stories for Scouts

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Sucessful rappellers sign the 21 Stories for Scouts poster

The Rochester Boy Scouts have an interesting way to raise money to support urban scouting. They invite the community to rappel down 21 stories in exchange for a donation. 21 Stories for Scouts is an opportunity of a lifetime and Kodak volunteered at the event to help create memories the rappellers will be able relive and share.

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A rappeller makes the trip down the side of the First Federal Plaza building

The rappelling took place on the First Federal Plaza building in downtown Rochester. A skilled team was brought in to provide equipment, training and logistics. In addition, Kodakers were there to take photos and print them for the participants.

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Kodak volunteers: Dan Olean, Dick Tuyn, Rich McNeary & Tom Maurer

We had Dan and Rich on the roof taking photos of the rappellers while Dick and Tom were on the 19th floor printing them out in a collage template.

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Chuck Rudd setting up the Kodak Picture Kiosks

All the way at the bottom on the street, Chuck and I manned two Kodak Picture Kiosks where we printed photos for friends and family taking shots with their cameras. We also made extra prints taken by our photographers.

By the time a rappeller got to the bottom of the building and back up to the top to return the equipment, we had photos waiting for them. How did we do this?

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The planning map for the photo transfer logistics

We have some skilled folks at Kodak and they planned out this impressive process for routing the photos wirelessly from the cameras on the roof to the Kodak Picture Kiosk on the 19th floor for the collages and then by cable 300 feet down to the two Kiosks on the ground. When these guys do a job… they go all out!

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The hole on the 19th floor where we ran cables 300 feet down to the other 2 Kiosks

I was mighty impressed with the team’s work. I don’t think any other charity rappelling event is as well documented or has a photo system like ours!

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Rappeller Amy and her brother Adam who is involved with the Seneca Waterways Scouts

It was a treat to be down on the street with the rappeller’s friends and family. They were all so excited for their rappellers and delighted that they could print out the photos they had taken right on the Kodak Picture Kiosk.

We saw all sorts of cameras. SLRs with huge lenses, point and shoot cameras and yes… a lot of people were taking pictures with their phones. That was no problem for us! After a quick download of the Kodak Connect mobile app, we were even able to print pictures from people’s phones!

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Using the Kodak Picture Kiosk we were able to pull a still photo of Valerie rappelling from video her husband shot

When the rappellers came out onto the street to rejoin their group, they were even more excited about the pictures that captured their accomplishment.

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Me, geared up and ready to go!

As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to rappel, and I jumped at it.

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My coworkers reminded me they would be snapping away so I better keep smiling the entire way down.

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The first step is the hardest, when you hang over the edge, before your first step.

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Once you get going, you just settle in and work your way down!

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Me silhouetted against the Times Square Building and the top structure “Wings of Progress”

It was an incredible view!

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A collage of my rappelling descent

This event was a great way to raise funds and awareness for the Boy Scouts. It’s a chance of a lifetime for the rappellers and I am glad Kodak was able to be there to help them remember it for days to come!

Mother’s Day Photo Inspiration

You know your Mom would love a card from you for Mother’s Day.

And you know she would really treasure a photo card with a personalized message.

But what photo do you put on the card?! Here are a few ideas.

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Scan in an old photo of you and your mom for your photo card.

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The “vintage” photo looks nice on a card and the memories will choke up your mom.

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Are you a dad helping the kids make a card for mom? Have the kids post with letters that spell out M-O-M or I love you. You could also have them make a sign to hold, write it on a chalkboard or even spell it out with their limbs and bodies!

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Note that my card had M-O-M spelled out by pets. Don’t forget Pet Moms too!

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Some other ideas for Dad’s “helping” the kids make a card – use a card of your children when they were babies. Or take a shot of little kid shoes next to Mom’s shoes. You could even scan in a drawing your child created of Mom and use that in a card!

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Don’t forget Grandma on Mother’s Day! A card that shows all the generations makes a sweet and memorable card. If you don’t have a good photo of Mom and kids, an appointment with a professional photographer for a photo session would make an amazing Mother’s Day gift.

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Plus you are in luck! Here is a coupon offer for Buy One Card Get One FREE at Kodak Picture Kiosk! Make Mom a couple cards or cover both Grandmas!

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This Mother’s Day, MomStart is hosting a blogger Kodak Picture Kiosk party at a Bartell Drugs in Seattle! Read about the fun they are going to have on her blog! We can’t wait to see what everyone makes at Kodak Picture Kiosk!

Exclusive Bonnie Marcus Mother’s Day cards at Target

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Now through Mother’s Day, you can find exclusive Bonnie Marcus Collection cards at Target through Kodak Picture Kiosk.

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“We love our partnership with Bonnie. She is a ‘mom-preneur’ who combines her experience in fashion and entertainment to create a sophisticated line of stationery that will be a keepsake for moms nationwide,” said Garth Neenan, Regional Business Manager, US & C Personal Imaging Division, Kodak.  “Consumers can create these one-of-a-kind cards, ensuring Mother’s Day is made even more special with a signature card from one of the leading designers of greeting cards and stationery.”

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“It’s an amazing opportunity to continue to work with Kodak, such an iconic brand known for preserving family memories in special and lasting ways,” said Bonnie Marcus.  “I  love creating designs that I, as a mother, would want to receive, and that I know will put a smile on the face of countless other Moms on May 12.  Every mom treasures a card that features her own family/children!”

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To help you make Mother’s Day really memorable we are offering a Buy One Get One free folded 5×7 card offer by downloading a coupon at http://kodak.ly/momd13

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Kodak Kiosk: Imagine

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Walk into any well-known retailer and odds are you’ll see a KODAK Picture Kiosk. That yellow box that invites consumers to create prints, collages, calendars, cards and photo books.

In the past year, we’ve developed and implemented new applications and technologies to make it even easier for consumers to engage with our kiosks and in turn, ensure our retail customers can extract the maximum value from their investment in our solutions. Those technologies have included mobile applications, in-store and out-of-store solutions and the ability to interact with images on some of the fastest growing image platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.

But images are just the beginning. We have more than 100,000 kiosks installed worldwide, working with retailers ranging from global brands to Mom-and-Pop shops. The common themes among all of these retailers, based on our expertise, are solutions that meet two key criteria: relevance and experience.

So what do we do with the portfolio and what do we do with the products? First, to create the experience, we’re heavily investing in building solutions that allow consumers to engage with kiosk from anywhere – through mobile applications, in-store, at-home, out-of-store. This comprises both technologies that easily enable consumers to “communicate” with the kiosk, as well as applications and products that consumers can easily use to create memories from their images.

Second, we’re thinking beyond the photo. This could mean books, movies, music and even personalized home goods. Through the kiosk, our retail customers can extend the relevance of their investment to broaden the content consumers can create. In the coming months, we are looking to build on the partnerships we announced last year, providing new content creation opportunities for our retail partners and in turn, new revenue streams from a current investment.

“Beyond the photo” illustrates our strategy moving forward – we enable personalized content creation. We are a market leader in the photo category, but that’s just the beginning.  Our strategy embraces better connectivity, broader content creation and ultimately, revenue driving relevance and experience for our retail partners. In the coming weeks, here at Wednesday Works, we’ll explore more of these solutions. We look forward to your feedback.

Easter cards at Kodak Picture Kiosk

Easter seems to have snuck up on us this year. It also seems so short compared to the days long celebration of Christmas. You might not have time to travel to be with friends and family for an Easter get-together. photo4 An Easter card is a nice way to show you are thinking of someone even if you can’t gather for a ham dinner and egg hunt.  photo3 Kodak Picture Kiosk has some really cute Easter card designs. You can make them quickly with your own photos and messages. photo2Perfect for popping in the mail or even adding to an Easter basket. photoAlmost as sweet as a giant chocolate bunny. Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you.

Photographing Winter

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I think Winter gets the short end of the stick when it comes to photography. It doesn’t seem like we take as many photos in the cold weather as we do in the summer. Even though there are plenty of winter activities and photo ops.

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Whenever we get a significant snowfall I take my camera out.

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I especially like to get photos of my favorite furry subjects.

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This winter I even took some night shots after a big snow storm.

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It was so bright out it almost looks like daytime! I’m so glad I ventured out.

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Living where we do, the cold weather encourages us to participate in winter sports. Snowshoeing…

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Ice skating….

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Also snowboarding, cross country skiing, sledding and snow tubing. I’ve even thought about ice fishing. All these deserve to be captured in photos to be remembered later on.

Here are some good winter photography tips that can help you get the best photos out in the snow.

5 Uncommon Snow Photography Tips That Can Transform Your Winter Scenes.” from Digital Photography School

Snow photos: Five top tips for great shots in the snow.” from Pocket-lint

Snow Photography: Tips to help make sure snow stays white and bright” from Better Photographs.com

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I think my next photo book won’t be of the beach. Time to head to a Kodak Picture Kiosk. Winter photos can make great photo books, cards and collages!

Find a Kiosk Picture Kiosk near you.