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In an age where sharing your images or just images of you on your blog or in places like Facebook.com, Adobe has just released abeta of their new online image editing software, Adobe Photoshop Express. This is a free software that is used online to do minor corrections and adjustments. You can post images to your blog, facebook.com or you can leave the images in you online gallery. That gallery space is 2 gigabytes of free storage. Although this aimed at the 16 to 25 year old student, someof teh galleries seen are from portrait and wedding photographers as a display space. To find out more just click here
Image Rights and Fair Use are topics that are in the news lately. As a photographer, you own the rights to all images as soon as you release the shutter (not counting work for hire which is a seperate subject.).
Three disticnt stories have been playing themselves out in the news lately
The Illinois Press Association has filed suit against the Illinois High School Association for prior restriant. The IHSA has contracted with a private firm to have exclusive photography of the state's High School events and have asked media photographer to sign a waiver stating that they will not sell any photographs taken at IHSA events. That means that photos can be published in the papers but if you want to get a print of the photo that appears in the the local paper, you can't.
The Illinois Senate has a bill in process to protect newspapers. In the suit the IPA acknowledged that the revenue stream is small ut they were fighting on principle. "According to The State Journal-Register in Springfield, sales of photo reprints from all IHSA tournaments last year amounted to just $454."1
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When the call girl hired by former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was identified in March, news outlets eagerly published photos grabbed from her MySpace profile.
Can they get away with that?
"Three attorneys who specialize in copyright law say media organizations are sailing in dangerous waters if they publish a personal snapshot without permission. "Whoever took that picture owns that picture," says New York attorney Nancy Wolff. "It's either an infringement or they [the news outlets] have to make a fair use argument." 2
On the other hand, the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), for one, had access to the MySpace images but decided not to distribute them. From an EPA "Global Play Report" issued internally ...:
"AP and Reuters could score today in the Spitzer scandal story mainly by using pictures of the alleged prostitute. They obtained these pictures via her myspace website. We refused to use these photos for legal and ethical reasons. It could have some repercussions for those who were using these images as several US attorneys labeled this proceeding as dangerous."
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3. Historic Mooresville, Alabama started a new permit process for photography after the first of the year. All commercial photographers are required to buy an annual permit for $500.00 and wear the permit when shooting. The Town defines a commerical photographer as anyone who sells photographs (regardless if the operate a business in photography). They also require a "Business Privilege License" for $30.00.
A Huntsville, AL photographer was standing in the street taking a picture of an historic building in town when he was told to cease shooting and leave immediately because he was not displaying the permit.
First the local media picked up on the story and then the national media ran with it and the town of Mooresville will be clarifing the permit process.
Worldwide Pinhole Photography day is an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. On this unique day, we encourage people throughout the world to take some time off from the increasingly technological world we live in and to participate in the simple act of making a pinhole photograph.
The next Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is on Sunday, April 27, 2008.
Most image programs have utilities that allow you to reduce your image file size and dimensions.
Below is a strip from "What the Duck", the photography themed, web based comic strip. Check out the strip at Whattheduck.net
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