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.

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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.

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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

Printing is Alive and Well by Joe LaBarca

Today’s Wednesday Works comes from Joe LaBarca

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On Wednesday Works, we’ve discussed topics relevant to both the retail and professional photography industry. While we’ve talked about how as an industry we can drive printing, just as important as driving printing is the media on which you print.

First, why so much discussion of printing when some say printing is dead?  If you look at the statistics of number of pictures printed and compare to the number of pictures captured, it’s a very logical assumption because the number printed is such a low percentage.  However, let’s go a little deeper to understand why printing in general, and printing on silver halide photographic paper in particular makes so much sense.

In the beginning, there was film, and negative film required a print to be made.  While a seemingly obvious statement, as a result, you could say that 100 percent of images shots became prints. Consumers today still want prints, but they have the choice to print or not to print. So they don’t ask for every print, but rather, the “keepers” that they want to have around for months, years, and generations.  This includes consumer snapshots, as well as professionally captured images from important events such as weddings and school photography. While the amount of prints made today is certainly less than those made during film’s peak years, the number of prints made from digital is growing and the growth is accelerating, according to InfoTrends, in its January 2013 Consumer and Professional Imaging Analysis titled “Road Map 2013: Photo Printing Trends.

So let’s get the math straight – the percentage of images printed is smaller than ever because of the explosion in the number of images captured.  Many in the industry estimate that nearly 400 billion images were captured in 2012.  That’s four times more than the roughly 100 billion from film’s heyday.  And with this number growing the number of images printed will also grow even as the percentage of images printed versus captured continues to decline.  A fast rate in growth of images captured with a slower rate of decline in images printed versus captured, means images printed will grow.  And this growth could mean that prints from digital might actually meet or exceed the number of images printed during film’s peak in the not too distant future.  Bottom line: a very small percentage of a very large number is still a very large number.

So, as a professional photographer or a professional lab, how will you print this growing number of digital images?  Knowing that people want the “keepers,” as a professional lab or a professional photographer, you should consider what paper would ensure that these images last a lifetime. While there are many choices in digital printing technology, KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA Premier Paper, is optimized specifically for digital printing and reflects the newest emulsion and dispersion/dye technologies to provide further improvements in an ongoing stream of benefits to the labs and the consumers. A technical paper presented to the International Symposium on Technologies for Digital Photo Fulfillment provides the technical specs of ENDURA Premier, as well as the benefits of this silver halide paper to both wedding/portrait and commercial labs. Among those benefits: the latest in efficiencies for high speed, low cost digital printing, providing consumers with greater color gamut and improved image quality. At the same time, the paper maintains the critical characteristics of excellent flesh tone reproduction and all-around image longevity that, in my opinion, simply cannot be matched by any of the other digital print technologies available today to professional labs and their clients.

Introducing Kodak LIVEPrint!

 

Kodak is pleased to announce an exciting breakthrough in imaging science: KODAK LIVEPrint!

KODAK LIVEPrint technology was developed in our Rochester, NY labs by a small group of dedicated imaging scientists after a very spirited lunchtime brainstorming session. Rapid commercialization of this new technology is underway in all areas of the company and new products will be launched in stages throughout the coming year.   4897039331781621665

The first of these products is available now! KODAK Picture Kiosks can now print Live Kittens.  Starting today, at selected retail locations, you can choose from 12 perennially popular breeds of Felis silvestris catus and have your own live, furry little of ball of cuteness printed right there – in store, in minutes!

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Choose from these popular breeds:

  • Siamese
  • Persian
  • Himalayan
  • Egyptian Hairless
  • Maine Coone
  • Bengal
  • American Shorthair
  • Manx
  • Abyssinian
  • Burmese
  • Ragdoll
  • Toyger

 Following the nationwide launch of Live Kittens! later this month, select locations will soon be featuring a limited Easter promotion (Buy 2 Bunnies, get 10 free!). A nationwide launch of Bring a Puppy Home for the Holidays! is slated to begin on November 1st.

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Kodak Imaging Science R&D is already developing the next generation of this exciting new technology for home printing. Look for a new line of low cost KODAK Inkjet Printers in stores this Fall capable of producing a wide range of small mammals and reptiles, all perfectly suited as small pets.

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Long term development will be focused on the higher speed and larger formats of our commercial printing platforms. KODAK NEXPRESS and PROSPER presses will soon be producing a vast array of land mammals at an astoundingly low cost per thousand.

(No kittens were harmed in the making of this harmless April Fools Day prank. We would never really suggest such an irresponsible idea like this that could lead to any increase in the number of unwanted animals. Your local animal shelter probably has many adorable, cuddly little guys like these already. You should contact them and adopt one today. And of course, always spay and neuter your animals.)