Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NatGeo photographer Paul Nicklen to talk about Arctic, polar bears

NatGeo photographer Paul Nicklen to talk about Arctic, polar bears



In a telephone interview Friday, he said he was already in Florida swimming with and photographing manatees at Crystal Springs. "Some of the other divers here are complaining about how cold it is, they should try diving in the Arctic," he joked.

He says this National Geographic Live! series is a first for Florida. "Most people will never see a polar bear in the wild so here's a chance to look at these magnificent animals," he says.

Some of Nicklen's other encounters include an amazing face-off with a female leopard seal, a powerful animal that could have easily killed him. But instead, she started offering him food, bringing him penguins that she had killed, This encounter and others can be seen on YouTube.

Nicklen, who is one of about 50 freelance photographers that work for National Geographic, says he is "not a tree-hugging environmentalist" but he does believe that the planet is warming up and the wildlife in Arctic is in danger.

"I want people to go away with a sense of appreciation for the wildlife that may disappear some day if the ice continues to melt," he says.

Nicklen, who lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, with his wife, has tracked Stellar sea lions in the Aleutian Islands and dived with minke whales off Australia's coral reefs.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

X-pire! Software Adds a Self-Destruct Feature to Your Digital Photos

X-pire! Software Adds a Self-Destruct Feature to Your Digital Photos

Welcome to the web page of X-pire! - the innovative software that adds a digital expiration date to your images.

A short overview so that you quickly become familiar with this site:

  • X-pire! will be released in the third week of January 2011. (Please note: The prototype is no longer available, the prototype-server will be deactivated soon)

  • Additional information about X-pire! can be found here. (Link is in German.)

  • The coverage of X-pire! in the public media (press, TV) can be found here

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Help! I've Been Infringed!" Photo copyright

"Help! I've Been Infringed!"


You're sitting in your easy chair and surfing the web. You're not paying much attention, until you see it. It's your photo, but you did not post it there. You can't believe they used your photo without your permission. Now what do you do? The steps you take may limit your ultimate remedies so be sure to first understand what your options are.

Make Copies of the Infringement
If you think that the use is likely an infringement, make copies of it - both in electronic and print forms. Once the infringer realizes that she is caught, she will do what she can to get rid of the evidence of the infringement. You may need that evidence later.

If the infringement is in print, then take a photograph of it, scan it, photocopy it, and/or show it to another person who would be willing to testify about it. If the infringement is on the Internet and/or in electronic form, make a paper print of it and/or copy a screen capture of it; both are better! (Snagit by TechSmith is a great program to copy web pages.) Determine whether your copyright management information (CMI) is included in or has been removed from the infringing use. Read more about why and how to include your CMI in your photos in one of my blog entries here and here.

Make Sure That the Use Is an Infringement
Not all uses of your photographs are infringements. Do you use a licensing agency that may have authorized the use? Could the user be related to an entity to which you authorized the use? Is the use a fair use? While only a court can ultimately decide what fair use is, the law gives us guidelines as to what may qualify. Read more about fair use in my blog entry here.

Research the Infringer
Next, find out what you can about the infringer. Research the infringer's website to find his name and contact information. If the infringer is a corporation based in the United States, you can find information about it on the website of the Secretary of State for the state where the infringer is based. To find the Secretary of State's website using an Internet search engine such as Google, search the corporation's state's name (such as "Georgia") and the words "secretary of state." The extension of the URL will be ".gov" or ".us." Be careful - some sites attempt to appear to be the state's website so that they can charge you for the information. Once on the proper Secretary of State's website, look for "corporations search," "business search" or similar language. You then will find the company's registered or resident agent, officers, and/or official address.

You also may be able to find a contact name by searching the website's "who is" information. You first do a "whois" search on the website name. Several websites provide free "whois" services, such as http://www.whois.net/. Conduct an Internet search to find them. After you enter the website name there, you may be able to find contact information for the administrator of the website.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

FYI Roy’s Audiotronic – Digital Photography Class with Lee Sacrey

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Roy's Audiotronic, Yellowknife's local electronics store, is organizing its first Digital Photography course. Robin and the Staff at Roy's are working hard to support local and northern Photographers (from Beginners to Pros) and are constantly improving their products and services. I, for one, appreciate their efforts. So much so that I have joined with them to lead a class on Digital Photography. The class will run through the basics, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance, etc. There will be some discussion on Camera Equipment and Accessories and some time for topics from the attendees. There may be some new equipment to view as well (the equipment will be available to purchase from Roy's Staff after the class). The class will be held on January 22, 2011. Contact Roy's Audiotronic at (867) 873-5441 or stop in to their store to sign up, do it quickly as class size is limited. Here is a poster and a pdf file for the event. Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you at the class and as always Happy Shooting.