August 8th, 2012
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(CNN) – Facebook’s purchase of Instagram hasn’t closed yet, but a cottage industry of online companies is seeking success on the back of Instagram’s popularity. Websites and apps are creating new business models, technology and choices for printing the pictures you take on your mobile phone.

LA-based Instacanvas says it just raised $1.7 million in seed financing. Their website allows you to upload your Instagram photos and print on canvases or acrylic photo glass. Printing costs between $39 and $79, depending on size. And you could even make some money: Instacanvas allows you to sell your photos to other users.

But what about the quality of the pictures? Instagram’s photos are relatively small and print quality is often mixed. Canvas Pop is a website that uses image upsizing technology, so you can make Instagram photos that are large enough to hang on a wall. Their technology uses an algorithm that smoothes out pixilated edges as well as a canvas that helps to obscure imperfections. Canvas Pop technicians will inspect prints for free to see if there’s any way to enhance it.

Foap is a Swedish company with a business model that could give stock image companies a run for their money and create a marketplace for Instagram pros. Their free iPhone app allows anyone to upload pictures, which Foap sells for $10 and gives half the cash to the photographer. Each image sold earns the shooter $5. Foap accepts photos that have been enhanced for brightness and contrast, for example, but don’t accept photos with a heavy filter “like vintage filters and the ones that changes the photo too much,” the company says on their web site.

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    August 9, 2012 at 4:59 am |
  2. Boss Dawn Dunna

    Woo Hoo! instagram

    August 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  3. shiva

    August 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  4. milajoh

    I've tried the canvas product, but prefer the unique materials at Bumblejax

    September 5, 2012 at 5:17 am |
  5. Tomy Jhone

    Awesome post really Coool...I have tried this and sharing my experience with everyone just increase your instagram followers in minutes

    September 24, 2012 at 1:21 am |
  6. Dhulia

    March 20, 2012 at 7:43 pmLogically God cannot exist. Otherwise God is secbujt to all the laws of existence; otherwise there are no such laws.So by definition God is not.Conclusion: God cannot exist: atheism is logically God’s religion. If we could hear Jesus without the scriptural static, we’d discover his atheism and so celebrate Mind’s Reason rather than its brain-based division.maikel annaghlee says: April 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm Damian,What a wonderful reply! For Lewis Carroll is one of my favourite avatars.Firstly you write: “If that’s logic, I think we’re all in ‘Wonderland’… ”Naturally we are, if we are as illogical as to think that God is secbujt to the laws of existence and is so anthropomorphic as to have to ‘believe in ‘himself'. That’s why God is logically an atheist: he/she/it/they does not exist as we understand existence and its laws. Otherwise we do live in a fantasy world of ‘wonderland’ or ‘through the looking glass’ As for Jesus, he doesn’t believe in the Hebrew God either. This is why he is The One to restore us to the Trurh. This is what the Scriptures told him and I agree and so do Andy and Larry [neo Lana] Wachowski. Lewis Carroll’s world was not coded red or blue like the Matrix but the distortion of Reality was just as effective as is our anthropomorphic God.

    October 7, 2012 at 3:39 am |

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