Ron Leach

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Ron Leach Posted: Jul 19, 2011 3 comments
The next time you find yourself frustrated by a difficult photo assignment, consider the challenges faced daily by Tara Miller—winner of the 2011 CNIB Eye Remember National Photographer Contest. Miller is a legally blind, professional photographer from Winnipeg, Manitoba who doesn’t let her disability stand in the way of her passion for creating beautiful imagery.
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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 20, 2011 0 comments
As photographic technology and market trends continue to evolve at a rapid rate in our digital era, many of the latest advancements occur in the professional arena before filtering down to prosumer and amateur photographers. One such sector in a constant state of change is the photo printing and output market. InfoTrends, a leading worldwide market research and consulting firm for the digital industry, recently released an interesting study examining how these advancements influence customer preferences and create new revenue opportunities for photographers who recognize these shifts and adapt accordingly.

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Ron Leach Posted: May 31, 2011 0 comments
While browsing through my archives recently, I rediscovered a fascinating 1944 magazine piece in which several artists, photographers and educators offered their views and expectations of photography after World War II. The article, which appeared in Popular Photography, gave new meaning to the famous Winston Churchill quote “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
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Ron Leach Posted: Apr 26, 2011 1 comments

As you might suspect, the photographic industry has been greatly impacted by the horrible devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the ongoing nuclear crisis. While we continue to pray for the injured and those who lost their lives, it’s not too soon to acknowledge the severe impact the March 11 disaster and it’s aftermath has had on many of the world’s leading camera and accessory companies.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jun 26, 2007 0 comments

Consumer Habits

By Ron Leach

One of the best ways to gauge near-term trends in the photo industry is to
take a look at what types of cameras are being purchased and what methods photographers
use to output their images. We just received an interesting report from the
Photo Marketing Association (PMA) that provides someup...

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Ron Leach Posted: May 29, 2007 0 comments

Technology Paves the Path

by Ron Leach

A decade ago pundits were describing the business of photography as a "sunset
industry," suggesting that the "smart money" should look elsewhere
for innovation and profits. Then came the digital revolution which not only
changed the manner in which we capture, share...

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Ron Leach Posted: Apr 24, 2007 0 comments

Truth in Journalism

by Ron Leach

We heard an unsettling report on the radio last night regarding an awarding-winning
Toledo Blade photographer who recently resigned after admitting that he digitally
altered the content of a photograph that was published on the newspaper's
front page. The image by Allan Detrichshowe...

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Ron Leach Posted: Mar 27, 2007 0 comments

Innovative Digital Products

by Ron Leach

We just returned from Las Vegas after attending this year's PMA International
Convention and Tradeshow, and one of the highlights of the event for those of
us in the media is the "Sneak Peak" that takes place on the afternoon
before the convention opens. Thisinf...

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Ron Leach Posted: Dec 11, 2006 0 comments

Industry Perspective

Reinventing The Lens



by Ron Leach

Innovation in the photographic industry has traditionally taken place at the
high end of the market. Manufacturers typically invest in research and development
to perfect new technologies that are unveiled in pro-oriented products before
"filterin...

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Ron Leach Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Back to the Future



by Ron Leach, Publisher

Even though the calendar says it is mid-October, we are currently in production
on the January, 2007 issue of Shutterbug magazine. That means it is once again
time to take stock of where we've been and where we are going. To that
end, we decided to look back at the turn of thisnew...

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