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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Aug 212014

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply. Continue reading »

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Jul 042014

So Where Can I Fly My Drone? – Mt. Rushmore vs. Oregon Dunes – Businessweek.

This is very relevant to both professional and hobbyist photographers. We’ll be watching carefully as the drone issue unfolds and the FAA and local government decide how to deal with them.

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Apr 012014

Is this a good thing? Your opinion?

(CNN) — Online photo archive Getty Images is opening 35 million images to online publishers to use free of charge, acknowledging that many of its pictures are already being copied anyway. Continue reading »

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Mar 132014

Calumet Photographic files for bankruptcy and suddenly closes down – Consumer News – Crain’s Chicago Business.

The abrupt closing of the Calumet Photographic stores in the US can only mean that they were unable to compete with Amazon and perhaps with a few of the megastores in New York. Over the years I bought new equipment, supplies like seamless backdrops and film, rented gear, and bought value-priced store-brand products such as light stands and crates. You just can’t buy everything online. Calumet will be missed.

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May 282013

© Paul Mozell 2013

I’ve been hooked on podcasts for several years and I know there’s always something I can listen to during a long drive or a wait at the doctor’s office. Photography podcasts abound and several deserve a mention in this space. The visual medium of photography may seem like an unusual subject for audio broadcast, but it works. Continue reading »

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Aug 272012

Hiker photographs bear just before fatal grizzly attack – CNN.com.

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Jan 192012

© Paul Mozell — On Friday, January 13, the Washington Post published a photograph that utilized the technique called HDR – or High Dynamic Range. Click to see the story. Many readers of the newspaper reacted strongly to the image of a bridge over the Potomac River that was the scene of a dramatic airline crash 30 years ago. HDR combines several exposures of

(Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

one scene to create a final image that has an expanded range of dark to light values in the photograph. Supporters say that HDR merely brings the photographic reproduction closer to what is seen by the human eye. Those opposed to the use of HDR say that it introduces an unreal element to the reporting of a moment in time. Do you think that HDR has a place in photojournalism?

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Jul 262011

Avon, CT, USA – JULY 26, 2011 – ILFORD America Inc. (www.ilford.com <http://www.ilford.com/> ), a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, today announced it has partnered with Canon USA Inc. on the new “Try My Photo” campaign <http://www.trymyphoto.com/pro> , a limited-time offer exclusive to United States residents which will allow them to see one of their favorite images printed on ILFORD GALERIE media using the select Canon PIXMA Pro series printers . Continue reading »

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Mar 072011

I’ve been using Think Tank camera bags for several years, and never pass up an opportunity to praise the design and ingenuity of their products. Think Tank has invited the readers of Photo-review to benefit from this great new promotion.  Just place an order over $50 and you’ll get a free camera bag. Check it out!

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