Columns By Bob McKay

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DIR June 2017 Editor’s Note: Disruptive Technologies

With so much talk about the decline of the photo industry, I often think about how we can seize opportunities for our future. I had...
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Creative Printing for . . . Family Reunions

Warm summer weekends are a universal call to families everywhere to celebrate with their loved ones, to share traditions and history—and to create new...
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Giving Back: Pro Bono Work

British commercial, portrait and editorial photographer Neil Tandy has called Long Island, New York, home since September 2011, following 24 years in Johannesburg, South...
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Today’s Lesson Plan: Building Your Blog & Your Network

While I’ve shared some thoughts on the importance of a blog in the past , I’m surprised at the number of retailers and manufacturers...
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Retail Intelligence: Living Streaming Video

Having been in the photographic business for almost 30 years, I witnessed the dramatic evolution in imaging technology. I have seen it all, right...
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Strategy Session: Let’s Take On Teen Bullying

As everyone knows, teen bullying has become a sometimes-lethal epidemic in middle and high schools across the country.  Teen bullying is not a new...
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The Last Word: Camera Stores Can Use Their Voice to Grow an Industry

In an IBISWorld report (a leading publisher of business intelligence), camera stores were shown to be among the top five distressed industries in the...
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DIR May 2017 Editor’s Note: We Love Hearing from You

May 2017: While I’ve owned this space in Digital Imaging Reporter for quite awhile, sometimes I would like nothing more than to turn it...
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Profit Prospects: The Fat Lady Hasn’t Left the Building

“It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”; the future is uncertain. The closure of Tall’s Camera, Keeble & Shuchat Photography and Showcase Photo...
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Strategy Session: Manfrotto

Sometimes strategic partnerships make sense outwardly. But sometimes synergies need to be nurtured, and collaboration produces results that might not have been imagined. Adam...
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The Last Word: How I Came to Own a Jewelry Store

I recently had the realization that I effectively own a jewelry store. How did I find that out? Last month, a professional crew of...
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DIR April 2017 Editor’s Note: Demise of an Institution

Popular Photography is gone. As you’ll learn from Jason Schneider’s very poignant article, Popular Photography published its last issue this month. It will cease...
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Strategy Session: Mirrorless Momentum

As we move into 2017, there’s clearly a certain mirrorless momentum taking shape in the interchangeable-lens camera market. While DSLRs are still leading unit sales...
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Selective Focus: Tech Trends & the Photo Industry

I found Digital Imaging Reporter’s January 6, 2017 issue most revealing about the photo industry in general and innovations in the imaging world in...
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Today’s Lesson Plan: Team Building

It’s the first quarter of the year and the perfect time for you to do a little team building. I’m not suggesting you replace...
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DIR March 2017 Editor’s Note: Never Settle

We are proud to once again announce the winners of our Rudy Awards, named after our esteemed cofounder, Rudy Maschke. We also recognize those...
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Profit Prospects: Matt Sweetwood Is Wrong!

I’ve long admired the strength and genius of the Sweetwood family and their ability to morph Unique Photo into the powerhouse it is today....
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Finisher’s Corner: Photographic Paper

Selecting the appropriate photographic paper, whether it’s for business or personal use, can be a confusing endeavor. As an art student in the early...
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Strategy Session: What Does Your Logo Say about You?

When was the last time you thought about your logo? I bring up this question because I just received a press release about Tamron...
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The Last Word: The Fundamental Why of VR Marketing for Brands

For every new trend in technology, there seems to be a predictable reaction from brands. First a few leaders take a crack at it,...

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