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- Okay, our banner with “R.I.P.” may be a bit over the top, but it really is the end of an era. Kodak, one of the most venerable photography companies in the world, has filed for bankruptcy. If only they had tried to live up to the spirit shown in this video:
- Speaking of things closing, online photo editing service Picnik is shuttering as well. The service, bought by Google, will shut down on April 19, 2012.
- Kodak may be in its death throes, but Olympus, despite its myriad troubles, is soldiering on. 43rumors has the leaked gossip on the revival of an old and loved Olympus brand, the “OM” cameras, in digital form. It’s called the OM-D and they’ve got a pic.
- We’ve made the comparison between Fuji and Kodak before; now, The Economist does it too.
- We can’t help but think that Kodak would’ve been more successful if it had done a better job of playing off its film roots. Take, for example, apps like VSCO Film. Jeremy Cowart has a great sample gallery on his blog and the company has a good video about it, embedded below. If only Kodak had thought of something like this…
VSCO Film: An Overview from Visual Supply Company on Vimeo.
- And speaking of companies responding to changing times, good news! Adobe has reconsidered its ill-advised upgrade policy for CS6. Now, CS3 and CS4 users have an upgrade path to CS6 without having to buy CS5.5 first.
- Sony NEX users, rejoice! $400 now gets you use of a Canon EF lens with aperture control for your NEX camera. No more lusting after the awesome primes Sony hasn’t gotten around to making for the NEX system.
- More new stuff: Rode introduces two new microphones – with integrated audio recorders.
HDR haters and lovers: Ready? Aim! Fire! The Poynter Institute raises questions about the Washington Post’s decision to use an HDR image on its front page.
- And finally, for the significant others of photographers everywhere, the spouses of famous photographers sound off about what it’s like to be married to a professional shutterbug.
That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. If you have something you think should be included, let us know! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.