above: DP’s preview of the new Photobucket experience
Photobucket is back in the game. The company announced today that their revamped image hosting site (which is gradually rolling out to the public) will feature solutions to common issues that photographers face regarding organization and backup. They say the new experience will help shutterbugs “take back control of the entire photo and video lifecycle.”
These changes are in response to the results of an exhaustive survey conducted by Photobucket, from which they learned that photographers’ biggest frustrations are lack of options and tools for secure backup in a single place, organization across multiple devices and sites, and improved creative tools.
To address those issues, the new and improved Photobucket allows you to:
* Automatically upload photos and videos from PCs, mobile phones and social sites
* Control what is shared, when and where
* Utilize diverse creative tools, including fast and easy-to-use editing
* Preserve all original images, maintaining the complete picture
* Ensure safe, secure storage of all photos and videos, forever
In addition to the revamped site, next month Photobucket will debut the Photobucket Stories site, which will allow users to add a narrative element to their photography. “With Photobucket Stories,” the company says, “you can easily create, curate, and collaborate with friends, combining photos, video and text all on a single canvas that can be easily shared. No longer are you confined to sharing images one at a time or in structured album formats; with Photobucket Stories you can tell your complete story with context and meaning.” Sign up here to be invited into the public beta when the site goes live.
Photobucket today released the results of a survey taken over the 2011 holiday season that reveals a downward trend in digital camera capture. “Only 64% reported use of digital cameras for capturing the majority of their images throughout the season, down from 82 percent in the 2010 holiday survey,” Photobucket reports. The trend translates to video capture as well, with 80% reporting they shot video on a mobile device at least once and half of those people saying they used a mobile device to record video daily or multiple times per day during the survey period.
In other words, unsurprisingly, people are becoming more and more dependent on iPhones and the like, rather than dedicated photo gear, to capture daily life. Of course this wasn’t necessarily a survey of photography enthusiasts whose interests lie only in producing the best images, but rather, more likely, it reflects the habits of those concerned with capturing images most conveniently. Clearly, though, any of us could report from anecdotal evidence that among hobbyists and novices alike it is increasingly the custom to make use of both formats, depending on the shooting situation.
What about you? Do you find yourself using a camera phone most often for daily capture, or do you hold fast to the dedicated digital camera for all your shooting?
Casio has announced their new Imaging Square photo contest, which is all about getting people to “find their inner-artist” through the use of post-production creative effects. According to Casio, “the photo contest, which takes place from July 5th through July 19th, will be hosted on the company’s Imaging Square Group Album on Photobucket. To enter, consumers must first register for an account with Casio’s Imaging Square service (http://art.casio.com/fun), transform a photograph into a work of art using one of Imaging Square’s Digital Craft tools, and submit their image to the Imaging Square Group Album on Photobucket. Two grand prize winners will each receive a Casio EX-ZR100 digital camera, valued at $299.99.” For more info, and to enter, click here.
images via Casio