Monthly Archives: October 2011

How did I do that?

I have returned to the need to log the details of images as I capture them on film.  It seems that nobody is making a paper photo log anymore and I spent several hours looking for software either for my android phone or my iPod touch that met my requirements including not needing a data connection to record the data and the ability to export the data in a form that I could work with on my computers.  I did not have any luck finding one that someone else had created, it seems that nobody has found a need to track this information on a portable device.

The solution that I came up with and spent the morning implementing is using a database software called Memento by LuckyDroid for my android phone.  This is an ad-supported version and they have a “Pro” version for $9.99USD that is ad free and provides faster support.  I chose this software and route because it allowed me to create all of the fields that I wanted, in the order I wanted, does not require a data connection to store the information, and a free version to allow me to set it up and see if it meets my needs before spending money on something that my not do what I need.

Here is a list of the fields I currently have set up:

Roll: allows multiple rolls to be in one database
Frame: frame number on the roll
Date/Time
Shutter Speed
F stop
Lens
Filter
Distance: camera to subject distance
Notes: misc notes about settings, weather, anything that does not fit another field
Location: address is available, latitude and longitude thanks to GPS in my phone and google maps.

Thanks to the well written database software I will be able to revise this list as I find the need to.

Having these records of how the images were created is very important in the evaluation process of the resulting images.  It allows for the recreation of an effect from one image in the creation of new ones allowing for the creation of a series of images with a similar look and feel.

Reblog: More On Copyright Myths

Copyright Scott Bourne 2011 – All Rights Reserved

NOTE: This isn’t a white paper. It doesn’t detail every single fact you need to know about Copyright. It is just a blog post talking about some common myths. I am not an attorney and cannot give you legal advice. I am expressing my own opinion, based on advice received from my attorney. If in doubt, contact and consult with a licensed attorney in your area for more information.

Every once in a while I write a post about Copyright – to predictable results. The young folk send me 3000 word missives about corporate greed, the misinformed quote some guy who knew a girl, who’s dad once dated a legal student and he says I am wrong – and then of course there are the death threats. Sigh – but I feel compelled to try to help despite all that –  so today, I’m going to try to dispel the two greatest Copyright myths I know of.

1. It’s okay to use someone else’s photo as long as you give them credit.

Two words for you – ready?

DEAD WRONG!

It has no bearing whatsoever on infringement. It might have some bearing on damages, meaning a judge would probably avoid affixing treble damages to someone found guilty of infringement but who did give credit – that shows it wasn’t willful. But merely using my photo without the photographer’s permission and crediting them doesn’t eliminate the protections provided by the U.S. Copyright Act.

2. There was no commercial gain.

Two more words for you – ready?

DOESN’T MATTER!

Again – while it might help in the damages phase of a Copyright Infringement trial, the fact that you published someone else’s photograph without their permission is a violation – commercial gain or not. It is NOT a factor. Look it up. Title 17 of the United States Code.

The bottom line is this. If you want to use another person’s photograph, you need their permission. It is the law, like it or not. Don’t like it? Change it. But for now – that’s how it is. But beyond the law – it’s just common decency, common courtesy and common sense to ask first. Almost any time I’ve been asked by someone who wants to use my images I agree. Almost all the photographers I know do the same. It’s easy to find just about anyone these days thanks to the Internet. So find the owner of the photograph and ask. Almost every time they will say yes. And if they don’t, move on and find another image. You have no “right” to use another person’s image unless your use falls under one of the four exemptions to the Copyright Act. Based on my experience, most people’s intended use does not fall under one of those exemptions.

Back to these myths – You can come up with excuses like – “I gave him credit” or “I didn’t make any money off it” but those are just excuses.

If you are a photographer in the U.S. you are entitled to Copyright protection under the law. Know your rights and don’t let people push you around. Consult with a licensed attorney if you have serious questions about this.

For a great deal of valuable, accurate and mostly free information on Copyright for photographers I highly recommend you visit the American Society of Media Photographers’ website.  They have a bunch of resources there for your enjoyment.

If you want additional help protecting your images or collecting damages from those who have infringed you, check out https://www.imagerights.com/.

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NOTE: This isn’t a white paper. It doesn’t detail every single fact you need to know about Copyright. It is just a blog post talking about some common myths. I am not an attorney and cannot give you legal advice. I am expressing my own opinion, based on advice received from my attorney. If in doubt, contact and consult with a licensed attorney in your area for more information.

Every once in a while I write a post about Copyright – to predictable results. The young folk send me 3000 word missives about corporate greed, the misinformed quote some guy who knew a girl, who’s dad once dated a legal student and he says I am wrong – and then of course there are the death threats. Sigh – but I feel compelled to try to help despite all that –  so today, I’m going to try to dispel the…

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Film Photography update

I have discovered that my Pentax LX needs to be shipped off for service and repair.  There is a rubber bumper for the mirror that has deteriorated and the foam rubber in the top of the mirror box is coming apart.  From what I have read at pentaxforums.com the best place to send it is to a gentleman on the east coast.  In the mean time I am using one of my old spotmatics and the lenses that I have.  So far I am getting good results with it and the film that the instructor wishes us to use.  I will scan some of the images in and upload them here as time permits.

Going back to film and reviewing the basics is a good reminder of where I started and where I am now.  I have been enjoying the film process and the way it forces me to slow down the photography process and think about the shots since there are more expenses involved with each image.