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BRIEFS: August 16

Instant fame eluding hipsters…Ring of steel…The cap fits…Zenfolio partners with Nulab…Epson Discproducer goes Mac…Andrew Ward back to Canon…Getty Images sells for US$3.3 bil…

Instant fame eluding hipsters

From (via Tim Jones, Perfect Prints): The international hipster community is in shock this week after the purchase of a vintage Polaroid camera by a young hipster failed to bring him instant acclaim as a gritty, original, yet quirky photographer. Meanwhile, the non-profit Hipster Photographer Rescue has revealed that ‘this kind of tragic occurrence is happening so often now that it’s almost become mainstream’.

Leaning against the exposed brickwork in his loft-slash-studio, 28-year-old ‘creative’ and part-time barista, Zak Retrough, said that he is ‘like, shocked?’ that his totally deck photographs of his friends looking moody next to some kitchen appliances from the ’70s have continued to be ignored by independent art galleries. Read more….


Ring of steel camera protection

Lensbling – for the photographer who really likes things organised!

Adeal has announced two interesting accessory lines from camera strap specialist BlackRapid.

First cap of the rank is BlackRapid’s newsest product range, Lensbling, a series of rear lens caps that allow photographers to quickly and easily differentiate between lenses.

The caps’ bright, bold and raised labelling allows easier visibility. The numbers on the lenses represent the focal length of the camera lens making it easy to pull out the desired lens when shooting.

Lensbling caps are currently compatible with the following lenses:
– Nikon lenses: 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, 70-­200mm and 105mm;
– Canon lenses: 24mm, 24-­70mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 70-­200mm.

RRP for Lensbling caps is $19.95

BlackRapid has also released an innovative lightweight 1.5mm steel security cable, which provides a perimeter barrier around BlackRapid camera straps or any other 1.5-inch bag or camera strap.

The strong steel cable adds an added level of protection when traveling in less secure parts of the world.

Available in long and regular sizes at RRPs of $44 and $40 respectively.


Zenfolio partners with Nulab 

US-based Zenfolio, a specialist in photographer portfolio websites, has appointed The Nulab Group as its official fulfilment laboratory in Australia

Zenfolio will be integrated with Nulab and NuShots fulfilment labs. Zenfolio users can now choose to have their sites integrated with these professional labs for high-quality photographic printing.

NuShots prints and products will be available for all account levels. Nulab products are available for selling and ordering to Premium and Premium Business subscribers.

This partnership delivers professional photographers in Australia a seamless setup for their online shop. Photographers choose which prints and products will be offered for sale, decide on the prices and apply them to any event or gallery or to individual photos.

When an order is placed, it is sent to the respective lab for fulfilment and can be tracked from the time it is placed all the way through printing, packaging and shipping.


Epson Discproducer goes Mac

Epson Discproducer PP-100, PP-100AP and PP-50 are now available to Mac users with the release of its new Mac OS X-compatible Discproducer software, Total Disc Maker Version 1.01. The software responds to the growing demand for Mac OS X-compatible disc publishing solutions.

‘The Epson Discproducer range enables users to bring affordable disc publishing in-house with easy-to-use software that delivers the best in class full colour on-disc printing while delivering a measurable cost savings compared with outsourced disc production. The range is suitable for a variety of businesses and applications, including creative agencies, music and video production, healthcare, photography, education, government, duplicators and corporations,’ said Epson Australia’s business solutions manager, Craig Heckenberg

Discproducer owners can download Total Disc Maker Version 1.01 at The software is now included with any purchase of an Epson Discproducer PP-50, PP-100 or PP-100AP.


Andrew Ward back to Canon

Canon Australia has announced the appointment of Andrew Ward (below left) to the role of national business manager, Retail, in the company’s consumer imaging business.

The appointment on September 3 marks Mr Ward’s return to Canon Australia after four years working at Sony Australia and, most recently, Nikon Australia.

He will work with fellow national business managers Eric Guilly on the retail side and Luke McDonald on the distribution side, and will report to Troy Cabot,assistant general manager, Sales, Canon Consumer Imaging.

‘As a market leader, Canon strives to be an employer of choice and Andrew’s choice to return to Canon reminds us that we are achieving great things both as a business and as a place to work,’ said Troy Cabot


Getty buys Getty Images for US$3.3 bil

The Carlyle Group and Getty Images management have formed a partnership to acquire the world’s largest image and video stock agency from Hellman & Friedman for US$3.3 billion.

The deal will see Carlyle acquire a controlling stake in Getty Images, while co-founder and chairman Mark Getty and the Getty family ‘will roll substantially all of their ownership interests into the transaction.’ In 2008, their ownership represented 15 percent of the company’s share.

Jonathan Klein, Getty’s other co-founder and chief executive officer will also invest ‘significant equity’ in the company.

The acquisition comes four years after Hellman & Friedman bought Getty Images for US$2.4 billion.





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