Instaprints is a new online marketplace for buying and selling Instagram photos as framed prints, canvas prints, greeting cards and posters. Instagram users can open a free account on Instaprints.com, import their photos, and begin selling print products in less than a minute.
Instaprints was founded by Sean Broihier, the same programmer/entrepreneur who started the Fine Art America online marketplace for fine artists and photographers. According to Broihier, Instaprints was designed for anyone who wants to turn their Instagram photos into an online business: “Instagram users love transforming their photos into stylized works of art. Our website allows those users to generate income by selling their photos as actual art products which you can hang on your wall.”
Instaprints sets a base price for each available product, to which you can add your own markup. When a sale is made, you keep their entire markup. For example, the base price of an 8 x 8-inch canvas print is $25. If you sell it for $100, you keep the $75. The base price of a 16 x 16 canvas print is $42.50; the base price of a 20 x 20 canvas print is $42.50.
For each photo you sell, Instaprints handles all of the processing, including: printing, framing, matting, packaging, shipping, collecting payments from the buyers (and sending the profits to you). Each print is manufactured at one of Instaprint’s three U.S. production facilities and delivered ready to hang with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
In addition to providing an online marketplace and order fulfillment service, Instaprints.com includes community features that allow buyers and sellers to follow their favorite photographers, participate in online discussions, advertise local events, chat live with other members, and comment on their favorite photos.
The iPhone is leveling the playing field in photography, proving that creating photographic art is less about the cost and complexity of the camera and software used and more about
the eye and vision of the photographer.
Now that millions of iPhone images are shot and processed each day, expect to see more iPhone art displayed on the walls of galleries and homes. Here are some news items that substantiate the growing popularity and versatility of iPhoneography.
CanvasPop Offers Instagram Photo Prints on Canvas
The community of iPhone photographers who use the Instagram app to enhance and share images captured on their iPhones has surpassed 12 million. So far, they have shared more than 150 million images and uploaded 1.3 million images a day.
By integrating the Instagram API on their website, CanvasPop is making it simple for Instagram
users to have their favorite shots converted into gallery-wrapped canvas
prints. Two sizes are offered: 12 x 12 inch ($29.95) or 20 x 20 inch ($59.95).
Bumblejax Mounts on iPhone Prints on Acrylic, Bamboo,or Aluminum
If you shoot with the Hipstamatic or Instagram apps on your iPhone, you can get some of your best images output for wall display through Bumblejax.com. The digital-printing experts at Bumblejax can enlarge, print, and mount the iPhone-captured images in two sizes: 12 x 12 and 18 x 18 inches.The images can
be mounted (frame-free) on your choice of acrylic (plexi), aluminum, gatorboard,
or bamboo (shown here).
Pixels & Pigment Show Opens at Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery
Artists from throughout the U.S. submitted iPhone images for display in the “Pixels & Pigment” exhibition that runs from November 25 through December 30, 2010 at the Renaissance Gallery in Carmel, Indiana.
The Heartland Printworks division of Virtu Fine Art Services output many of the images for the display at a 9 x 9 inch size on Crane Museo Max Archival Fine Art paper. The matted prints are displayed in 12 x 12-inch frames.
Last Pixel Show Offers iPhoneography and Printing Workshop Dec. 2-4
One iPhone artist featured in the Pixels & Pigment Show is professional photographer Harry Sandler. To help others advance creative photography skills on the iPhone and iPad, he joined force with iPhoneographer Teri Lou Dantzler to form The Last Pixel Show.
In conjunction with the Pixels & Pigment Show at the Renaissance Gallery, Harry and Terri Lou will be presenting a three-day intermediate-level workshop on iPhone photography and printing.
The first two days of the workshop (December 2 and 3) will be devoted to iPhone/iPad capture and processing, with an emphasis on new techniques and applications. Digital asset management, the iOS5 upgrade, and the iCloud will also be covered. On December
4, you will learn how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to prepare iPhone images for professional printing. Each student will receive a print to take home.
Gallery Displays Works of 40 iPhoneographers on 40 iPads
In a show entitled “Light Impressions: A Celebration of iPhone Photography,”studio b in Alys Beach, Florida displayed the works of 40 different iPhone photographers on a custom-built display that held 40 iPads.
Each iPad2 was assigned to one of the 40 photographers, and showed 13 photos from that artist’s collection. The images were presented in a slideshow configuration, looping at different intervals. Another iPad was used to stream the entire show online over studio b’s website.
Photographer Colleen Duffley, the founder and owner of studio b, says iPhone photography is mind-blowing and wonderful: “It’s a very pure art form—far more about the creativity than about expensive gear or intricate techniques.” While iPhone photography is still an emerging art form, she said some visitors to the “Light Impressions” show commented that they felt like they were seeing the future.
Watch Presentations from First Conference on iPhoneography
The world’s first conference and iPhone and mobile-device photography was held on October 22, 2011. The conference was named “1197” to commemorate the fact that the first camera-phone photo was taken on June 11, 1997. The conference was presented by the research and design firm Bolt Peters and Blurb, which offers a streamlined process for creating books from Instagram photos.
The conference was attended by 351 people—290 who attended the conference in person at the Mission Bay conference center and 61 who attended remotely.
The presentations included:
How the Camera Phone Changed the World, by Philippe Kahn, the creator of the first camera phone
iPhone Photography: Why Should We Care? by Jessica Zollman,
Instagram community evangelist
App Stacking for Image Creation on Your Phone by Dan Marcolina, author of the book “iPhone Obsessed”
Shoot Now, App Questions Later by Dan Rubin, a designer, programmer, writer, and singer
The Camera Phone and the Pro Photographer by Lauren Lemon, one
of Mashable’s Top 15 Instagram photographers
No Limits: Mobile-Reporting from Afghanistan with the Basetrack Project by Teru Kuwayama, the 2010 TED Fellow who shot iPhone photos
of the war in Afghanistan
Visual Storytelling by Richard Koci Hernandez, professor of journalism at the University of California-Berkeley and Dan Cristea, product/graphic designer
All of these presentations can be viewed at the 1197 site on Vimeo.