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New photos from Rockfish in Annapolis

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October 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Respect the copyright, part 3

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China’s record of protecting intellectual property rights has been, well, abysmal. Lately Microsoft has been ‘black screening’ users of pirated software when updating their software. Ironically, MS may be liable under Chinese law for hacking. (click here for story)  As one radio announcer put it, that’s like getting sued by the guy that stole your car because it has a flat tire.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m generally not a fan of Microsoft. To this day, I can’t use a windows machine without getting a shiver down my spine, but any organization that fights for intellectual property rights is ok in my book.  Please, don’t use pirated software.

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October 24, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Privacy and photography

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Privacy is a big issue today.  It might be a brawl in Beverly Hills between bodyguards and press photographers (paparazzi.) Or the company brochure with that guy in it that got caught stealing, the truth of the matter is that we live in a world that sometimes requires us to cover our, um, selves. Most photographers are familiar with model and property releases and many use them religiously, though by no means all.  In it’s simplest form a model release is a form that people in a photograph sign that gives photographer permission to use the photo in any way they see fit.  It’s irrevocable and usually will stipulate the subject has no say over how the final images will look. Of course, minors need an adult guardian to sign for them.  

A property release is basically the same thing, only instead of covering people, it covers private property. The general rule of thumb is anyone recognizable in a photo needs a release.  Exceptions to the rule are photos used for news purposes (magazine editorial usually is covered by this exception.)  In addition to technically being a contract, releases also generally head of any issues because, like all business paperwork, it forces the parties involved to answer the tough questions before they become long painful issues.

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October 24, 2008 at 10:09 am

stock photography changes part 2

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October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm

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Stock photography industry changes

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Ever since Photoshelter announced it would stop selling stock on their website I’ve been looking for other stock photo licensing opportunities. I currently sell food based stock through StockFood USA and are very happy with the relationship I have with them. But I’ve been trying to find a way to get my non-food based stock images out there in a relatively painless manor.  I don’t have a lot of this type of work so signing on with a traditional agency really wouldn’t work and I don’t have the time, expertise (or web traffic) to set up my own online sales engine.  For a while I thought that digital railroad might be an option, oh wait, they’re liquidating. Then today I read a note on Rob Haggart’s A Photo Editor blog about a new option, ImageSpan allows content creators (like me) to publish work with the licensing terms embedded into the file. The files are then shared with aggregators like base.google.com and Adobe Stock Photos. I’ve just listed a few images with them and we’ll see how things work out. I think this could be a great opportunity to open things up for relatively low volume image producers like me. The challenge for ImageSpan (or any small stock agency) will be to break through the entrenched subscription base the big players in the industry have. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Getty and Jupiter, in fact a lot of my Stockfood stuff is sub-represented at Getty.  I just like competition in the industry, it makes us all work harder.

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October 23, 2008 at 11:12 am

Fisher Price Kid Tough is great

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My son turned 6 this weekend and his grandparents got him one of those fisher price cameras and he’s been blinding everyone in the house with the flash for the past 72 hours straight.  Since today’s a school holiday and Jen had a good deal of work to get through we went to the beach to run around and play and get out of her hair.  For those fans of the Diana, Lomo, Holga and countless other plastic lens cameras, please look into this cam.

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October 13, 2008 at 7:06 pm

new interiors photos

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Last week we had a shoot at the home of a furniture designer I do a lot of work for. David Iatesta and his crew are very talented and we had a lot of fun shooting the job.

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October 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Respect the copyright (part 2)

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This is a blog about photography and the business of it. This is not a political blog nor a blog about legal issues, but this news story jumped out at me because I like the Foo Fighters…

NEW YORK (Billboard) – The Foo Fighters have blasted the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain for using the band’s song “My Hero” at rallies without its permission. 

Now I don’t particularly care what a bunch of aging rockers who shower too infrequently think of the presidential candidates, nor do I care what song they play at campaign rallies. But I do care about the legal protections of intellectual property. This is not the first time the McCain campaign has been caught using music without permission. It also happened during primary season with Jackson Browne. With the Orphan Works legislation still working it’s way through Capitol Hill, it seems likely that either McCain or Obama will be asked to sign some version of it into law. It would be nice if between now and then if the new president (whomever it may be) would bother to learn about copyright in the first place.

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October 9, 2008 at 7:50 am

This is your opportunity

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This isn’t the first recession I’ve seen, but it’s certainly the most talked about. It seems as time marches on the news media gets better about driving the story and worse about reporting the story.  Don’t get me wrong. The credit crunch is real and it affects businesses in real ways, most of them bad. But just like investing in stocks or real estate where the mantra is sell on good news, buy on bad, investing in your business should be the same way. Things are tough right now all over, which means several things.

  • Maybe a few of your competitors will go away.
  • Maybe a company you’ve been chomping at the bit to get into will be willing to see you now that they’re looking for alternatives.
  • Maybe you’ll be able to fill that position for a retoucher that you’ve been trying to fill forever.
  • Maybe you’ll be able to purchase the building that your studio is in since the landlord is over leveraged.

Remember, we were deep in the throes of the great depression when WWII rolled around.  We were out of work, in debt and still managed to come together, save the world and rebuild the global economy. We’ll do it again.

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October 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm