Columns By Bob McKay

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November 2019 Editor’s Note: If the Picture Matters . . .

I was pleased to be a presenter at the Lucie Technical Awards ceremony at PhotoPlus Expo on October 24, 2019. It’s a ceremony that...
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Strategy Session: DNP IAM—Finding Growth in the Printing Business

Dai Nippon Printing Co. (DNP) was established in 1876 as the first full-scale printing company in Japan. Today, the DNP Group is one of...
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Profit Prospects: Reading Fall Tea Leaves

Let’s read the fall tea leaves based on PRO’s recent 61st annual convention/trade show. Buying, enthusiasm, strategic planning and more all went full speed,...
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The Last Word: Giving Those Magic Moments the Royal Treatment

“You will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Though unattributed, this quote captures society’s fascination with recording...
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Editor’s Note: PRO Boost

I was lucky enough to once again attend the PRO Group convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month. While my lips are sealed as to...
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Printing Press: Photo Retouching and Restoration for the Consumer Market

Having transitioned from “spotting” prints and negatives in the 1970s to using Photoshop in the 1990s, it was apparent to photographers of my generation...
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Printing Press: Art, Tech & Photography = Unique Gifts for Pet Lovers

The photo gift industry is constantly growing, producing unique memory products to help people celebrate their loved ones, including those family members with four...
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Selective Focus: The Industry and the Amateur

During lunch one day this summer, I took a break from the dreary news shows to catch a few innings of the Little League...
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Social Networking for Success: Brand Identity and Social Media

There is no way around it. Your business needs a strong social media presence to successfully compete in today’s environment. From the smallest local...
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Editor’s Note: The State of the Industry: Resilience

Each year Digital Imaging Reporter reaches out to the leaders of the imaging industry to ask them for their perspective on how the industry...
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Printing Press: Genealogy Stirs a Growing Market in Photo Preservation

As the world’s population becomes more homogeneous, its citizens are developing a renewed interest in their ancestral roots. Genealogy websites like ancestry.com and WikiTree,...
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Printing Press: Minilabs Adapt to Printing Needs

When I started writing for the photo industry back in 1980, the concept of one-hour film processing and printing was just emerging. Chemical-based minilabs...
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Giving Back: How Pro Bono Work Opens Doors to Pro Assignments

New Jersey commercial photographer Ron Wyatt is wise and strategic. Wyatt has had an illustrious 30+-year career covering the NBA, NFL, MLB and Beijing...
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Profit Prospects: CSR, Social Responsibility for Good Business

Younger employees are accused of not being respectful of authority, lacking initiative and generally ignoring the criteria senior employees demand. However, many don’t fit...
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The Imaging Industry Joins Forces with Memories Matter Campaign

Memories Matter: At a time when the imaging industry is feeling the sting of change, there is a new way to work around some...
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Editor’s Note: Camera Retailers Are Prime for E-tailing

We’re pleased to name YM camera as our 2019 E-tailer of the Year. We congratulate the Yankush family on their strong performance in online...
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YM camera: Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2019 E-tailer of the Year

If you were running the third-generation family business founded as Youngstown Microfilm in 1951, would you locate it in Boardman, Ohio? Consider that the...
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Printing Press: Turn Hot Summer Days into Cool Photo Displays

How will your customers share their photographic memories from this year’s summer vacation? Will they order a photo calendar, collage poster or photo book...
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Strategy Session: YM camera—A New Focus with Each Generation

When Pete Yankush started Youngstown Microfilm in 1951, microfilming medical records for local hospitals, it’s hard to imagine he envisioned today’s YM camera continuing...
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Selective Focus: The Test of Time—Prints from Digital Files

The industry offers many “venues” for customers to turn binary code (read digital files) into real live photos they can have and hold. They...

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