Nov 182016
 

This compelling title describes photographs by Sandy Alpert and Arthur Griffin, showing until November 27 at the Griffin Museum at the Stoneham Theatre. Today I made my first visit to this satellite location of the Griffin, whose main location is in nearby Winchester, MA. The images are shadowy, mysterious and yes, ghostlike. Visit and let me know what you think!man-with-briefcase_alpert-420x621

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Sep 102016
 

© Paul Mozell

For those of us lucky enough to live in a part of the country where October’s burst of foliage color is most intense, it is hard to resist the urge to photograph the 2 or 3 week parade of orange, yellow, and red hues. Whether you are shooting digital or film and if the weather is cloudy or bright, there is always a compelling image just around the bend. Continue reading »

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Mar 072016
 

© Paul Mozell

As a lifelong photographer and hiker I am on a never-ending quest to find the ultimate lightweight, customizable backpack to carry both my hiking and my camera gear. With the release of the Photo Sport BP 300 AW II ($172.99), Lowepro shows that it is possible to accommodate the needs of adventure, outdoor, travel, and sports photographers who require nimble and flexible equipment.

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Dec 272015
 

Like so many photographers I was caught caught up in the HDR (high dynamic range) craze a few years ago. From time to time I made “grunge” photos and “artistic” images. Now, my goal is to use HDR tools less frequently, favoring selective image adjustment utilities in Photoshop and Lightroom. In the past couple of years the dynamic range of single images has become so good that one shot will do it.

The "Mother Church" at the Christian Scientist headquarters, Boston, MA. I recovered lost shadow detail by blending 4 exposures to make a final HDR image.?

The “Mother Church” at the Christian Scientist headquarters, Boston, MA. I recovered lost shadow detail by blending 4 exposures to make a final HDR image.

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Oct 152015
 

Employees of the New York-based electronics store filed a petition Tuesday to vote on joining the United Steelworkers union after complaining of unsafe conditions.

Source: Workers at B&H Photo Video, Citing Hazards, Move to Unionize – The New York Times

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Apr 052015
 

© Paul Mozell 2015

I just registered several thousand new images with the US Copyright Office and was pleased to discover that the process has been streamlined.

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Although the interface is still  archaic and 1990’s-looking, an announcement  states that as of January 2015 they have tuned things up. A few years ago I found the online process so frustrating that I resorted to burning images onto a DVD and mailing them. Today, for a $55.00 fee you can register a nearly unlimited number of images. The system will time out after one hour but you can log in again to the same job and continue uploading.

What, you’re not registering your photographs? As I learned after reading and reviewing “The Photographers’ Survival Manual,” watermarking your images does not actually protect your photographs when you are taking legal action against an unauthorized user of your photography.

My workflow is pretty straightforward. I start in Adobe Lightroom where I identify a date range of images I want to copyright. The easiest way to do this is to make a Collection. Next, using a  preset, I export the selected photographs at 72 dpi with a maximum dimension of 800 pixels, and a JPEG compression of “5”. The files just have to be large enough to be identifiable in court or an online search of the Copyright archives.

One of the changes they have made is to increase the maximum size of uploadable files to 500 meg. Using the zipping/archiving utility Stuffit I make zipped packages that each contain several hundred tiny files. I haven’t read anything stating that there is a limit to the number of files you can send, but I envision that there is a live human being somewhere at the other end who has to acknowledge receipt, decompress, and register my work. Currently, about 8 months will pass before you receive a printed certificate in the mail acknowledge your registration. If you US mail the files on a disk, it will take much longer.

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