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Photography Copyright and Licensing Simplified and Explained

Although professional photographers may deal with copyright and licensing regularly, it is not right to assume that clients are just as vers...

Photography Copyright and Licensing Simplified and Explained

Photography Copyright and Licensing Simplified and Explained


Although professional photographers may deal with copyright and licensing regularly, it is not right to assume that clients are just as versed. For that reason, an architecture photographer has put together a simplified explanation to help business owners better educate their clients on who owns the produced photos and how they can be used.




Questions surrounding copyright and licensing can be a complex issue to navigate not just for clients — who may not have dealt with purchasing and using intellectual property before — but also for beginner photographers who are just entering the business. Clear communication between the photographer and the client prior to booking the job can help resolve any legal issues that may arise due to ambiguous wording in the contract or a misunderstood verbal agreement.

To help photographers better educate their clients about copyrights and image use — and to explain this in a simple way without the use of complex legal jargon — Kansas City-based architecture photographer Matthew Anderson put together a brief YouTube video that puts the topic into a simple context for better understanding. Not to be used as professional legal advice, his simplified explanation compares image use with that of other intellectual property, such as music.

Image theft and misuse is something that photographers are likely to encounter in their career at some point — such as the below example from Anderson himself where a company wanted to use his image on the social media app for free — which is why it’s important to clearly articulate who the produced work is owned by and how it is permitted to be used by clients.

Although adding clarity to the discussion of image rights and usage is not a guarantee that the guidelines will be adhered to nor does it protect the photographer from strangers stealing work, it can at least help avoid certain situations that could have been resolved if the client or shoot collaborator fully understood the received image rights. This also includes situations when a client is happy to share the produced images with a third party — although no malice may be intended — without realizing that they might be required to ask for the photographer’s permission first.

Intellectual property is one of the most important assets of a photography business, so it is important to guide clients with clear instructions at every possible opportunity which will help avoid profit loss in the future.

The Razer Blade 14 is a Powerhouse Laptop with an Impressive Display

The Razer Blade 14 is a Powerhouse Laptop with an Impressive Display

Razer has announced that after a three-year hiatus, it has brought back its powerhouse 14-inch laptop that packs raw computing capability and display performance into an extremely thin chassis. It is also the first Razer Blade ever to feature an AMD processor, the 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HX.

Razer touts the Razer Blade 14 as a “14-inch powerhouse” of a laptop that combines that AMD processor with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU and maximum 1440p Quad HD 165Hz display into a thin body that measures just 0.66 x 8.66 x 12.59 inches. Razer says this is the world’s smallest 14-inch gaming laptop currently available.



And while the Razer Blade 14 is marketed primarily as a gaming device — hence its announcement at E3 and the fact it offers “one of a king” per-key Razer Chroma RGB backlighting — it has several features that make it a compelling buy for photographers and videographers as well.



The Razer Blade 14 marks the “revival” of the laptop line through a new partnership with AMD, which the company says culminates in a powerful laptop that takes advantage of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-core, 16-thread processor that has a max boost clock of up to 4.6GHz to “quickly dispatch dense workloads.” Razer specifically says that it will be able to reduce latency when it comes to gaming, but also notes that it will be able to tackle demanding professional workloads extremely quickly. The company also claims that it can perform at a top-tier level while still offering up to 12 hours of battery life.



The laptop can be outfitted with a choice of options from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series laptop GPUs: 3060, 3070, and 3080.

While raw computing power is important for quickly processing photos and videos, the quality of the display is arguably more important. To that end, the Blade 14 offers what Razer is calling the fastest 14-inch displays on the market, which offers the choice between a Full HD 144Hz or a Quad HD 165Hz IPS display. Photographers are likely to lean for the higher resolution display, but Razer promises the Full HD model will hit up to 100 percent of sRGB and the 1440p model can hit up to 100 percent of DCI-P3 and both come from the factory custom calibrated.





The Razer Blade 14 also ships with a 720p webcam, an IR sensor for login, and dual THX Spatial Audio speakers on either side of the keyboard. It also includes two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports with lower power delivery (for charging in a pinch) and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 type-A ports for connecting “legacy” items. It also has an HDMI 2.1 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.





The Razer Blade 14 is available immediately from Razer.com and starts at $1,800 for the base RTX 3060 and Full HD display model and up to $2,800 for the fully-kitted RTX 3080 and Quad HD display version.
Photoshop’s ‘Save As’ Function Has Changed. Here’s Why

Photoshop’s ‘Save As’ Function Has Changed. Here’s Why

As part of its May 2021 release of Photoshop on Desktop — version 22.4 — Adobe made a significant change to how the “Save As” command works. Rather than continuing to act as it has across applications on all computers for decades, Adobe altered the basic functionality and has left users baffled.

In an update that was pushed out last week, Adobe notes that it has added a new save feature called “Save a Copy” to the traditional “Save” and “Save As” commands that have existed in applications for nearly as long as software has existed.

“You now have the option to save a copy of your work using the new Save a Copy option in the File dropdown menu,” Adobe writes in a language that frames the change as a new feature. “Save a Copy automatically creates a copy of your work and allows you to export and share in your desired file format like JPEG, EPS, and so on, without overwriting the original file and protecting your data in the process.”

Adobe’s change basically redefines “Save As” to what “Save” has historically done, which makes the commands at least overlap in functionality, if not outright redundant.

“With this new option, only supported files that maintain your work will be supported in the Save As command. If the file type you’d like to save isn’t an option, simply go to Save a Copy and create another version in your desired file type.”




On the surface, it appears as though Adobe added a third save option that only serves to break decades of muscle memory and frustrate its users. However, this change wasn’t something Adobe necessarily wanted to make.



Photoshop’s Product Manager Stephen Nielson noted the reason for the change actually lies specifically with a decision made by Apple in its most recent operating system update. According to Nielson, Apple removed the API that Adobe used for Save As, which forced the company to make an entirely new menu item in order to circumvent it.

In a statement to PetaPixel, an Adobe representative echoes this sentiment.

“The new Save a Copy option in the File dropdown menu of Photoshop addresses a change in macOS 10.15.x and later, which eliminated the ability to manipulate aspects of the Save As dialog.”

Adobe says the “manipulation” refers to specific file naming.

“Photoshop, like most applications, relies on the operating system for the main operation of the open and save dialogs. Therefore, we have very little control over how they operate. Before the release of Catalina, we were able to control the filename text in the save dialog while the dialog was open. But starting with Catalina, we are no longer able to do that,” Adobe elaborates.

“Being able to edit the filename in the save dialog allowed Photoshop to safely combine the “Save As” and “Save a Copy” operations into one, enabling people to choose which way to go while the dialog was open. We could do this safely because we were able to selectively append ‘copy’ to the filename in situations that might otherwise lead to work being lost.

“This update is a work-around for macOS functionality that is no longer available. It has required us to separate the ‘Save As’ and ‘Save a Copy’ operations, because we must now finalize the base filename before we present the save dialog. The ‘Save As’ command still does the same thing as it did before, only you no longer have the option to ‘Save a Copy’ or save to a format that would not fully preserve the document’s contents. The newly saved file becomes the new file associated with the document for future saves.”

This change is referenced in Apple’s Developer notes, which states that the company adjusted the API that allowed applications to prompt users for information about where to save a file.

“In macOS 10.15, the system always displays the Save dialog in a separate process, regardless of whether the app is sandboxed,” Apple states. “When the user saves the document, macOS adds the saved file to the app’s sandbox (if necessary) so that the app can write to the file.

“Prior to macOS 10.15, the system used a separate process only for sandboxed apps.”

The changes to the application may be due to Apple, but they affect all users. Adobe confirms that the updates to the Save As feature affect both Mac and PC users who update to the latest version. Unfortunately, the change appears to be something Adobe chose to do since Apple’s developer notes are not nearly as public-facing as Adobe applications that are used by millions of people.

And users aren’t happy.















Clearly, this issue has not gone unnoticed and Adobe is now bearing the brunt of user’s displeasure. Unfortunately, not only is this anger misplaced, it’s also not something Adobe can “fix,” at least not now.

A workaround is possible though, as explained by PC Magazine’s Jim Fisher. For those who just wanted to make JPEGS faster, Fisher recommends remapping the “Command + e” as a quick JPEG export.



While this method is a great workaround, it will still require re-learning a new command. For now though, it’s probably the best that can be hoped for.


Editor’s note: The original story indicated that the changes to “Save As” only affected Mac users. Adobe has confirmed the changes instead affect all users regardless of platform. We have corrected this error.
AI-Powered App That Turns Photos into Cartoons is Exploding in Popularity

AI-Powered App That Turns Photos into Cartoons is Exploding in Popularity

Voilà, a new mobile app that is available both on iOS and Android, has exploded in popularity. It can to turn selfies and portraits into quick 2D and 3D cartoons, caricatures, and paintings using artificial intelligence (AI).

The Voilà AI Artist Cartoon Photo app, released by Wemagine.AI, is a free smartphone app that allows users to upload photos of themselves or others and turn them into “fun masterpieces, such as Renaissance-era painting, Pixar inspired cartoon, hand-drawn caricature, and more,” which are can be made just for fun or to used as avatars and icons across a range of platforms.

According to the two company founders, Voilà is their first app and taps into the duo’s passion for combining creativity and AI’s capabilities, this is the first app they have launched. The quick-edit app has gathered user attention on both app stores with almost 30,000 user reviews on Google Play and sitting on at number 23 in the “Photo and Video” section on Apple App Store at the time of publication.

3D cartoon option. Original photo by Usman Dawood.



The app requires users to upload either a selfie or a portrait and the face is then detected by the app’s AI algorithm and turned into a selection of four different animated renders. It’s not a perfect algorithm though, as the face must be clearly recognizable in the photograph otherwise the AI won’t detect it. It also doesn’t permit multiple faces per render — such as a couple’s photo — and does not recognize animal photos either.







After a user picks a 2D or 3D cartoon, “renaissance,” or caricature option, the image is processed, and it can be downloaded as a collage of the original portrait delivered in one photo or each can be exported separately. If the original image is of low quality, the final result can be less precise and might appear more grainy or pixelated.







Although the app is technically free to download and use, the free features are notably limited and are bound to quickly frustrate users. All downloads in the free version come with a watermark at the bottom and throughout the process of uploading or downloading a photo, several ads also often appear on the app, affecting the user experience. The intrusive advertising videos and slowed processing is likely designed to push users to the paid option as the free interface is greatly impeded by these digital hurdles.

Ads are visible throughout the free app experience.



To bypass the often painful user experience in the free version, Voilà offers what it calls a “Pro” subscription, which can be tested on a three-day trial. It promises to remove watermarks and ads as well as increase the speed of image processing. That said, the app cannot be purchased outright and is only offered on a subscription basis: the weekly rate is $3, the monthly is $6, and an annual subscription costs $30.

Despite the high cost and obstructed free version, the relatively quick cartoonification of photos is undeniably popular as shown by the app’s rankings, downloads, and high ratings. The app can be downloaded for both iOS and Android.

Facebook’s Impending Smartwatch Will Have Removable Camera: Report

Facebook’s Impending Smartwatch Will Have Removable Camera: Report

A new report alleges that not only is Facebook working on its first smartwatch, but it will also come equipped with two cameras, with at least one capable of being detached from the wrist to more easily function as a photo and video capture device.

The Verge reports that it has learned that Facebook’s smartwatch’s front-facing camera will function primarily for video calls while the 1080p camera on the back (which will also feature autofocus) can be detached from the body of the watch and be more easily used for taking photos and videos.



The design is supposedly aimed at encouraging the camera to actually be used as a capture device, an issue that has plagued any wrist-mounted camera that has been produced to date as it generally considered awkward to take pictures with a camera that is affixed to the body in the way. The report says that the smartwatch and its camera system are part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to build more consumer devices and more directly compete with Apple and Google. The two technology juggernauts currently control how Facebook can reach its audience, which is a fact that has hamstrung Facebook from gaining access to its most monetizable asset: users.

The Verge also reports that Facebook is currently working with United States wireless carriers to provide LTE connectivity to the watch, which indicates that it won’t need to pair with a smartphone in order to offer full functionality. It is also anticipated that the smartwatch will be the first in a series, and later versions will act as a primary connection point for Facebook’s planned augmented reality glasses. One of Facebook’s acquisitions, CTRL-labs, has already demonstrated armbands that are capable of acting as a computer controller through wrist movements.

The Facebook smartwatch is not the company’s first foray into hardware or even a smartphone — its 2013 phone partnership with HTC bombed — but it will be the first time it will attempt to market a wearable. Facebook is no stranger to camera technology either, as proven by its Portal webcam devices. The only question will be if a wrist-mounted camera will catch on, as that has not been the case as of yet.

The smartwatch will reportedly use a custom version of Google’s Android operating system and leverage its own set of first-party applications and several partnerships to make the hardware compelling enough to pry eyes away from Apple.

This Cameraman Outran the Sprinters in a 100m Race

This Cameraman Outran the Sprinters in a 100m Race


Sports photographers and videographers usually work stealthily in the background, documenting athletes without distracting from the competition, but one cameraman in China stole the show after he outran the sprinters in a 100m race.



The college student videographer at Datong University in northern China’s Shanxi province was tasked with shooting the 100-meter sprint from up close — he was positioned in an outside lane and started a short distance ahead of the student-athletes. When the gun fired, the videographer began sprinting with the athletes while keeping one outstretched arm steady and the gimbal-mounted camera pointed at the runners.

Despite holding the camera rig (which reportedly weighed over 8.8lbs/4kg), not being appropriately dressed for a sprint, and continually looking over his shoulder, the videographer was apparently able to keep pace with the runners, maintain the gap, and cross the finish line first.

Footage of the man’s feat has since gone viral both in China and internationally, with many Chinese netizens calling the man “the actual rightful champion” of the race. Here’s a sampling of some of the witty reactions by Internet commenters:

“Plot twist: They are all applying for the vacant cameraman position.”

“Cameraman: “I could’ve competed but I decided to serve a higher purpose.”

“The athletes couldn’t qualify as a cameraman so they had to be a runner.”

“Imagine practicing months or years just to be overshadowed by a cameraman.”

“Plot twist: He was vlogging while participating in the race.”

The man’s feat is strangely similar to this humorous commercial Powerade aired years ago in which a cameraman wins the gold medal:



A few years ago, an ultra-fit cameraman in the United States also went viral after he was filmed keeping up with runners in the Suicide Sprint at the 2016 Reebok Crossfit Games while holding a heavy stabilized camera rig in one hand.
Vintage Tones - Melon Pro Lightroom Presets

Vintage Tones - Melon Pro Lightroom Presets

Melon Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets will help you create dreamy effect in your images by adding varieties of tones like bright, natural, creamy undertone, stylish moody, vintage tones, subtle moody colors and warm toned in your photographs within few clicks. These presets work in a non-destructive way to achieve a high quality look.

Each preset is fully editable, so you can perfect your photo artwork just as you envision it. This collection is well-balanced and perfect for an array of settings for indoor and outdoor photography, wedding photography, urban, portraits, fashion, travel photography, engagement, landscapes, weddings, architecture, food photography, lifestyle, and everything in between.



Also read: Professional Lightroom Presets - Daily Lightroom Presets

Features:

  • Takes only a single click.
  • High-quality result.
  • Easily editable effects.
  • Non-destructive Workflow.
  • Detailed help/Instructions PDF file included.
  • Completely experimented & tested.

Included:

  • 13 .LR Template Files
  • 1 CameraRaw Photoshop Action File
  • 13 DNG Files
  • 13 CameraRAW Xmp Files
  • 4 Readme Files

Compatibility:

  • Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and 7(CC)
  • Adobe Photoshop Action
  • Adobe Lightroom Mobile
  • Compatible with both a Mac and PC
  • Work on RAW and JPEG images
  • Can be easily adjusted to fit your image
  • Installation Instructions are included

Professional Lightroom Presets - Daily Lightroom Presets

Professional Lightroom Presets - Daily Lightroom Presets

Professional Lightroom Presets - Daily Lightroom Presets for Bloggers & Photographers. Lightroom presets created for all kind of indoor and outdoor photography Portraits, Landscapes, Travel Photography and etc.

All 6 presets will perfect work with your photos just in one click. For best result we create each preset for different light and colour settings for you can get hight quality editing. Works with both the Paid and Free Versions of Lightroom Mobile and desktop.










Also read: Forgotten Realms Lightroom Presets

What include?

  • 6 Lightroom presets DNG format for MOBILE Lightroom (free app compatible with both IOS and ANDROID)
  • 6 Lightroom presets for desktop Lightroom ( For Mac and Windows )

Forgotten Realms Lightroom Presets

Forgotten Realms Lightroom Presets

"Forgotten Realms" is a pack of 8 Lightroom Presets (4 Styles + Sharpened version for each one) that will give your photos a surreal, out-of-this-world, ghostly, supernatural look, gorgeous for dramatic portraits, landscape, lifestyle and conceptual photographs. This Preset works great on pictures shot in natural light, not overexposed, but the results may be different from photo to photo.







Also read: Presets Tone Candle Oranges / Clean Pop Pro Lightroom Presets

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE: 8 (eight) .lrtemplate files compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC or higher plus instructions.

By purchasing this product you acknowledge that it is only compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC or higher and NOT Photoshop Creative Suite, Photoshop Elements or Lightroom 2,3.

These Lightroom Presets are designed to be tweaked and customized (if you so desire), or simply left as they are, in the original form. PLEASE NOTE that all photo effects work differently with each photo (based on the colors, tones, lighting, etc. of the original photo). This is very important when you consider buying one of these presets.

*NEW PRESETS!* Presets Tone Candle Oranges / Clean Pop Pro Lightroom Presets

*NEW PRESETS!* Presets Tone Candle Oranges / Clean Pop Pro Lightroom Presets

Presets Tone Candle Oranges / Clean Pop Pro Lightroom Presets has been designed to give impressive tones in your images by producing lovely effects like bright, shiny warm, clarity, light olive, candle oranges and professional tones into your photographs within few clicks!

These presets will help you focus on enhancing your photographs in a natural and eye pleasing way to achieve consistency, recognizable style and beautiful mood. These filter collection is well-balanced and perfect for an array of settings for products photography, accessories photography, clothing photography, portraits, fashion, beach parties, travel photography, late nights, landscapes, weddings, architecture, food photography, road trips with friends, lifestyle, and everything in between.




Also read: Warm Orange Sun Kissed / Squash Pro Lightroom Presets

Features:

  • Takes only a single click.
  • High-quality result.
  • Easily editable effects.
  • Non-destructive Workflow.
  • Detailed help/Instructions PDF file included.
  • Completely experimented & tested.

Included:

  • 13 .LR Template Files
  • 1 CameraRaw Photoshop Action File
  • 13 DNG Files
  • 13 CameraRAW Xmp Files
  • 4 Readme Files

Compatibility:

  • Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and 7(CC)
  • Adobe Photoshop Action
  • Adobe Lightroom Mobile
  • Compatible with both a Mac and PC
  • Work on RAW and JPEG images
  • Can be easily adjusted to fit your image
  • Installation Instructions are included