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I hope the summer is treating you well. My co-host Alexis Gerard and I are very pleased with how our Visual 1st 2019 conference is shaping up and we’d like you to be part of it!

With 43 days to go, buying your ticket now will optimize your pre-conference exposure through a listing on our Attendee Trailers page and our Attendee page (see last year’s Attendees page). Click here to purchase your ticket.

What is Visual 1st?

Attended by imaging industry decision makers from the Americas, Asia and Europe, Visual 1st is the premier executive conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the photo and video ecosystem. The conference hosts 200+ executives and entrepreneurs at photo and video app development startups, mobile device vendors, carriers, cloud storage providers, software companies, print product providers, camera manufacturers, and many others. 75% of last year’s attendees were at director levels of seniority and above.


1.5-day program: October 3 starting at 12:30 PM, networking reception 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM; October 4 all day program, On-your-way-out reception 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.


The beautiful Golden Gate Club in the San Francisco Presidio.

Why attend?

In short: learn what’s trending and driving the photo/video ecosystem forward; meet with existing or potential partners.

What will be discussed? (more to follow)

  • Combatting the bad and ugly of imaging AI: Deepfakes and beyond
  • Pushing the limits of Computational Photography
  • Fratelli Alinari: How this Italian photo archives is turning yesterday’s photo masterpieces into today’s accessible, discoverable and engaging archives
  • Building – and monetizing – the gig photo/video economy
  • Print. Yes, again.
  • AI and imaging – too much of a good thing?
  • The camera is dead – long live the camera

Who will present? (more to follow)

Check out the 42 speakers/presenters enlisted so far from the following companies:

Alex Tsepko, Skylum; Alexander Schiffhauer, Google; Alexis Gerard, Suite 48 Analytics; Amber Minson, Zenfolio; Amir Hariri, Aestatix; Andrea de Polo, Fratelli Alinari Photo Archive; Andy Kelm, Palmarés Advisors; Anna Dickson, Google; Benedikt Greifenhofer, GotPhoto; Brian Raaijmakers, Cloudprinter; Brian Rainey, Gooten; Bruno Sanguinetti, Dotphoton; David Sinai, Picsera; David Soong, SweetEscape; Elodie Mailliet Storm,; Erik Bjernulf, Profoto; Filipe Vasconcellos, Storyo; Hans Hartman, Suite 48 Analytics; James Gray, Taopix; Kevin Guo, Hive; Kurt Hilmerson, Zenfolio; Lisa Nunley, Artsy Couture; Manuel Costa, Storyo; Marcel van der Heijden, Speedinvest; Mario Amura, Phlay; Markus Posselt, GotPhoto; Martijn Eier, Cloudprinter; Mikkel Aaland, Photographer and Author; Ori Guttin, Viewbug; Robert Davidson, Forever Connected; Robert Pignataro, ZEISS; Roman V. Yampolskiy, Ph.D, Cybersecurity Laboratory University of Louisville; Ryan Moore, FujiFilm; Shahin Mousavi, Picanova; Sjoerd Pitstra, Roader; Stefano Cutello, PastBook; Suzanne De Silva, Samsung; Terence Swee,; Tobias Lindbäck, Profoto; Todd Brown, Pex; Wouter Staatsen, PastBook; Zsolt Rácz, Printbox.


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We look forward to seeing you at Visual 1st, Oct. 3-4! Secure your ticket NOW!

And a few more things…

CEWE. Who said there is no longer money to be made with printed photo products? Germany-based CEWE is going strong with overall photofinishing sales at €201M up 11.3% YoY for H1 2019. Photobook sales specifically are up 8.3%. Outlook for 2019 is increasing to €675-€710M (2018 actuals: €653M). Previously acquired WhiteWall’s revenues were only included from June 1 on and were “a low 7-digit;” previously acquired Cheerz’s revenues were already included from Feb 1 2018 on – i.e. the YoY increase in revenues were more or less organic and not the result of acquisitions.

Aestatix. Need help taking photos? Aestatix has just launched psyKrop, an innovative camera and editing app that guides you to frame compositionally balanced and aesthetically pleasing photos (psyKrop will also be demoed in one of the Visual 1st Show & Tell sessions).

Canon. Good for a lot of press in the slow time before the holiday announcement season kicks in: CanonDSLRs are Vulnerable to Ransomware. No surprise, of course. Anything WiFi-enabled is vulnerable. There have been no reported cases of this vulnerability actually being exploited and Canon has already released a patch. Now back to waiting for exciting product announcements.

Samsung. Also good for a lot of press: Samsung introduced a 108 megapixel mobile image sensor. One less reason to need a DSLR – but there could be plenty left, depending on one’s needs. We’ll have that discussion in our The Camera is Dead – Long Live the Camera panel at Visual 1st with senior executives from SamsungZeiss and Profoto.

Timebox. Photo storytelling app developer Timebox launches Photo Circus 3D, an iOS app to create collaborative 3D/AR scenes that let you tell your stories by combining 3D objects with photo slideshows.

Viewbug. Photo community site Viewbug partners with graphic design tool provider Canva to enable Viewbug users to license their photos through Viewbug’s marketplace (ViewBug will also be demoed in one of the Visual 1st Show & Tell sessions).

ShootProof. Photographer sales & marketing tool provider ShootProof is on a role. After acquiring business management tool provider Tavé a few months ago, it now announces the acquisition of Cole’s Classroom, an online education platform for photographers. (ShootProof is covered in our Building the Gig Photo Economy study).

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Hans Hartman

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