What do you do when someone steals your content?

As the number of websites and blogs grow, so does the demand for content.  Images are especially vulnerable, and are taken on a regular basis from websites, galleries, and blogs. What can you do?

I wrote about this months ago, following theft of one of my images, only discovered by accident, after another person had formally requested use of it.  Only this week, I have discovered images being used in two other locations – one a small site administered by an individual – on behalf of a community association.  This ended well, with not only the offer of advertising on the site, but a fee was agreed and paid within 48 hours of the image being discovered.

The other was on a much larger corporate site – where the site owner happily admitted to taking the image, thinking that it was copyright to the local authority, therefore it didn’t matter that the image was stolen.  Even after I explained that the image was not being used by the Authority in question, the site owner prevaricated and stated that they had no budget for images, so they had to take them where they could.  At the moment, I am still waiting for either the image to be removed, or a fee to be paid.

This site is a great resource (and from where I got these free red and blue buttons) LORELLE ON WORDPRESS I can only emphasise that it’s not a matter of ‘if’ your content gets used, it’s a matter of ‘when’.  So have a read, and when you get content stolen, you’ll have a better idea of how to deal with it.

The question is – do you want your images or content help someone else earn money without your permission ?  Think about it ?

Can Air Travel Damage Your DSLR ?

This is something that’s being discussed all over the web at the moment – following a presentation by Rob Hummel at Cine Gear Expo 2011.  In his talk, he states that when cameras are transported by air, at over 20,000 feet, gamma rays (harmless to us) can damage the sensor, causing dead pixels to appear.  Most of the information I’m referring to happens about 8 minutes in.

The whole thing though is a great explanation of how your camera sensor works, and how it compares to the way film is manufactured, and remains sensitive to the different colours  of light.  Watch, learn, and make your own decision….

The Damselfly

I’ve been out a few times so far this summer, in an attempt to capture the damselfly, and dragonfly – so far, I’ve not shot the dragons, but I have managed to obtain some great shots of the Damsel. The Red, Emerald and the Common Blue.

Their life cycle is simple, lay eggs, hatch into a nymph, emerge as an adult, mate and lay more eggs.

Link here to U Tube Video showing the complete life cycle in under 2 minutes

I’ll be out hunting again in the next week or two I’m sure…..

Portraits

It was wonderful last week to use the prestigious Barlow Studios for a day long portrait shoot.  Clients included a professional bodybuilder, and a model updating his portfolio.

Shooting a bodybuilder was fascinating – with a great insight into the competitive world that these guys have. Only a few of the images will be made available to the public – but this is one of my favourites from the session.

 

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard). There are a number of different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle (most common and utilises standard kite and board) or wake-style (flatter water using board with bindings) and wave-riding which is focused on big waves using a board designed for wave riding.

A kitesurfer or kiteboarder uses a board with or without foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel the rider and the board across the water.

Although kitesurfing is an extreme sport, its safety record is improving due to advances in hybrid and bow kite designs and the ability to control the power that they provide, effective safety release systems, and wider availability of kiteboarding schools such as the IKO and BKSA and the resulting improving teaching standards as the sport matures. There are still a number of deaths every year and a much larger number of serious injuries and accidents.

What a joy to photograph though – thanks guys…..

Google and Photovine

Even though there are loads of photo sharing sites on the internet, it looks like there is always space for one more. Google, it seems, has applied for the trade name ‘Photovine’. This seems to imply that it’s going to expand beyond what it already does with Picassa. The application for Photovine is for “communication services, transmission of visual images and data”.

Google seems to have bought ‘Photovine.com’ – so is it getting ready to add photo storage to it’s already massive range of products? We’ll have to wait and see.

Life Through a Lens

On Tuesday – June 7th – this article appeared in the Independent Newspaper

Life Through a Lens  I read the whole thing through twice, and came the conclusion that I agree with everything said.

I have a dislike of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter – though I can see some uses for them.  I  do however, find the need of people to tell us where they are every few hours irritating.  Not only though do they tell us, but they back it up with pictures taken on their phones.  It seems to tie in with the need to have ‘friends’ ..  or ‘followers’ – and if you take out the business element (and I can see some use here) what are you left with?

I know things like Facebook are a great way to keep in touch with people you don’t see often, but why do people feel the need to leave a message for someone they are likely to see in the next few hours.

Never mind – I’m off for lunch now !  Shall I post a photo ?  🙂

Portraits at 600

I went out with a group of photographers last week to the local park – just to shoot a bit of wildlife I thought – I knew there were nesting Great Crested Grebe, with chicks, and I also knew that I’d need a long lens… so armed with a 300mm lens, and a x2 extender, I set off – only to find that they had brought a  model with them – “Portraits with a 300….  hmmm”  not so sure… but hey I thought, I’ll just have to stand further away… so there I am, half way across a field, shouting instructions to the model… at one point I did a portrait at 600mm – and whilst I realise that the whole thing was a bit over the top, (I was using a tripod and yelling my head off)…… but then what a fabulous background.  Beautiful bokeh, soft and she’s absolutely spot on in focus.  Would I do it again?  Sure would – the results were by far better than I expected. You sometimes just can’t get that kind of softness with a shorter lens.

Oh and yes, the Grebe were there, with their chicks, but I’ll save those shots for another time.