Let's get something straight. Every image I take, whether commercial in nature, portrait, street photography, Half-Tank Cruise or a quick grab from my iPhone, is mine. I own that image. The copyright process is complete and instantaneous at the time of exposure. Mine. It belongs to me.
If you want to use the image for your own purposes, the very least you'll have to do is ask permission. You can also expect to pay something, depending on how you plan to use the image. If you use that image without bothering to ask, you can expect that I will be angry. You can also expect that I will report your usage as abuse. If you use that image to make money, I will sue you. I will also contact your client, explain the situation, and I will sue them as well. The net result will be costs far and beyond what the usage fees would have been.
Q. What about friends and family?
A. What about them? My friends and family know better. They understand that if I email them an image, link to a new image, or give them a framed print, the rights to the image still belong to me. I made the image, it's mine.
Q. Shouldn't you see the use of your image as a compliment?
A. Pound sand. If you want to pay me a compliment, make it in the form of legal tender. I accept PayPal, but not until you sign a formal contract for the intended use of the image.
Q. What if they give you a credit line? Isn't that enough? Surely you will profit from the exposure.
A. Attribution is just fine, as long as it is: Arranged in advance, is accompanied by the agreed-upon payment. I have had images published for more than forty years. Seeing my name next to a photograph is commonplace, and I can manage my own exposure, thank you.
Here's what the PPA has to say about copyright.
One of the consequences of the digital imaging revolution is the dusty sensor. No matter how hard you try to avoid dust - changing lenses with your camera switched off and facing downward, staying indoors on windy days, wrapping your camera in Saran Wrap - sooner or later you're going to attract some dust spots.
"So what?" I hear you say, "Isn't that what Photoshop was made for?"
My standard response has always been that it's better to fix it ahead of time instead of in Photoshop. What if you're shooting a portrait session and shooting in jpeg for fast turnaround and will only use Photoshop or Lightroom for basic corrections and sharpening? (If you're screaming right now about how you should always shoot only in RAW, go sit with your head between your knees until the blood gets back to your brain. We'll discuss your issue at a later date.)
What if you're using your DSLR for video or time-lapse? What then? Dust-spot a few thousand frames? I don't think so.
Previous solutions to sensor dust required a certain level of faith - a bulb-type blower followed by a sensor swab doused with a few drops of cleaning solution. I don't know about you, but for me, schlooping the inside of my camera with a wet mop kept me puckered up pretty tight.
This however, may be the most elegant solution to sensor dust that I've seen in a while. It's the Fotga Pro Gel Cleaning stick. Basically, it's the same method we used as kids to get quarters from a street grate - bubble gum on a stick.
It requires you to be able to lock up your camera's mirror. Once that's accomplished, the end of the gel stick has a sticky, non-greasy mass of goop that you apply - carefully - to your dusty camera sensor. The offending crud inside your camera sticks to the goop.
When your sensor is clean, you can clean the goop with goop-cleaning paper, and then you're ready for the next dust storm. Pretty neat, I think.
This makes a lot of sense to me, and mine is on order. Amazon, B&H and others carry it in stock. I'll let you know right after I give it a go. More later.
From extraordinary photographer and environmentalist James Balog. I have truly never seen anything quite like this. The scale of this event is incomprehensible.
The entire documentary is available on Netflix.
Bud Simpson* is a photographer, Mac Tech and writer living in Kansas City, Missouri.