My Busy Few Weeks

In the last three weeks, I’ve been the busiest I’ve ever been since taking up this interest in photography.  Has it made me a lot of money?  Sadly, no.  But I’m still happy with the outcome.  So what have I done?

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Here We Go – Adobe “Tests” Price Increase

Reports have surfaced in the last couple of days that Adobe may soon be making a pricing change to its photography plan offerings.

Some country-specific sites have started seeing new pricing and new configurations of options, including subscribers in the United States.  It doesn’t appear that this “test” has been applied to the Canadian market. Continue reading “Here We Go – Adobe “Tests” Price Increase”

When Fair Use Isn’t Fair

The courts, particularly in the United States, set new precedent every day.  A lot of those decisions relate to who should benefit from what transaction and how much.Expensive

And here’s the disclaimer:  this is not a legal opinion or even a legal review.  It’s a commentary on a specific example of legal precedent as related to photography.

Just as copyright law and precedent is solidifying and establishing boundaries for photographers’ rights, some court rulings open the opposite door, establishing precedent that illustrates when a photograph can be used without permission or compensation.  Where do you sit on this issue? Continue reading “When Fair Use Isn’t Fair”

How to Produce Compelling Photography – Shoot Video Too

Twice a month, we have the pleasure of listening to amateur and professional photographers talk about their work at our local camera club.  It’s typically entertaining, sometimes thought provoking, but truthfully, only rarely compelling.

What do I mean by compelling?  For me, that means photography with a clear message, obvious story and emotional reaction.  Compelling may show human beings, other lifeforms, places on earth (or not on earth), human activities, the impact of human activities and on and on.  But in all cases, there’s has to be something about the work, the way it is presented that is different from what I’ve seen before.

While the familiar can also be compelling – for me, any shots of mountain ranges or oceans, for example – the unfamiliar is another way to get my attention.

Dave SanfordIn a recent visit, a pro photographer by the name of Dave Sandford definitely got my attention.  Along with stunning photographs, Dave told story after story after story and backed it up with undeniable proof.  That proof was video. Continue reading “How to Produce Compelling Photography – Shoot Video Too”

On Camera Flash – Making It Work for You

I was in my local camera store the other day.  I was purchasing a small speedlite unit to use on my mirrorless camera.  Yes, on-camera.  In a twist of fate, in walks in a colleague from my local camera club, same flash unit in hand.  We chatted with the salesperson, also a friend.

Godox FlashMy colleague then said:  “I’m bringing this flash back.  It doesn’t fire consistently.”  He demonstrated the problem, with the unit set first on TTL mode and then on manual mode while attached to the hotshoe on his mirrorless camera.  He was right.  Without changing camera settings, sometimes the speedlite would fire and sometimes it wouldn’t.  He returned the unit.  But it got me to thinking about how the speedlite and camera work together and how to make sure they always work when needed. Continue reading “On Camera Flash – Making It Work for You”

Live and Learn

There’s a reason this post is late.  I usually try to post twice a month – 1st and 15th.  Fully intended to do that this time.  Then plans changed…

I’m told I should be applauded for trying new things.  I guess that’s a consolation.  But trying new things also means being ready for things to go wrong.  I wasn’t quite ready.

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Recording History

I recently became aware of an effort in Ontario to establish a museum of photography.  It’s intended to house artifacts and images relating to the history of photography in my home province.

In this day and age of instant history, with uploads to Facebook and a multitude of other social media platforms, with cloud storage options and sharing galore, I wondered what place there might be for a physical museum of photography.  So I set out to find out. Continue reading “Recording History”