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© is for Copyright

1 Jan

© is for Copyright

© is for Copyright? I know I shouldn’t be, but I am always surprised at how little people know about copyright. To me and many others — pros and amateurs — the little “c” in the Copyright symbol is part of the basic ABCs of photography. You can find all sorts of appropriate principles for A and B, but C is definitely for Copyright.

© 2010 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. © is for CopyrightDo you really need to put your copyright notice on your image? The technical answer is no, at least for images produced after the late 80s, but it does come with a big BUT. Continue reading 

Adobe, Customer Support, Lightroom 6, and Responsibility

2 May

Latest Update: May 18, 2015 with italics and bold.

… or, Adobe did not warn us

© Adobe. All Rights Reserved.
Rumors of Adobe coming out with Lightroom 6 have been going on for some months, even back to September of last year, in fact at least eight of our workshops ago, Arnie, my husband and partner, and I were looking forward to the new features, whatever they might be.

We kept waiting for announcements, but the rumors did not become fact until very recently on April 21.

I certainly do not fault Adobe for waiting to release a product, but when my Creative Cloud announced Lightroom 6, it came with no warnings, no caveats. To me, that was irresponsible of Adobe. Why?

For example, at least one of our alumni wrote saying there were a number of reported incidents of problems with installing this new release. Neither Arnie, nor I, nor any alumna who recently came to me for a Lightroom consulting session experienced this.

What I did experience, however, were major crashes for the simplest of tasks. Moving one image to another spot for one of our web galleries, for example. Adjusting the exposure in the Basic section, for another. And the clone/heal tool? That was a challenge.

Arnie reported that Lightroom 6 was extremely sluggish. In addition, he has a new feature, one that he neither wants nor requested. When he imports his images, they copy as his camera RAW file before converting to DNG, yet in Preferences, the box by Embed Original Raw File is unchecked. Lovely! Now, this means that Arnie has to go into the folder where these images are stored and physically delete his native RAW settings as well as the sidecar, xmp files. What a bore and what a waste of time and energy! UPDATE: This is fortunately no longer an issue!

Knock on wood, I have not been subjected to this particular feature. Thanks, Adobe, for making Arnie’s and other photographers’ lives more complicated. As with many photographers, Arnie’s expertise, aside from photography, lies in cameras, NOT computers. Really, where are the heads at Adobe?

Adobe clearly knew about these issues; so there should, in me’umble opinion, have been an announcement that you needed to read before upgrading to Lightroom 6.

Before I continue, know that I have one simple work-around for some issues towards the end of this blog.

There have been a number of times when the very-polite-person in India and other overseas locations has just quietly hung up on me. They do not want to get a bad mark, I am sure, so we get “disconnected.” Most of us know the difference between a disconnected call and one where one can hear the very quiet click as the person at the other end hangs up. And then, you have to wait yet again to reach someone.

In my case, this time, at least, there was no “disconnect.” I was told by the automated machine that my wait time would be between 21 and 33 minutes. Fair enough. I am not their only customer by far, and with these issues, I could only imagine the flood of calls they were fielding. That said, my wait time was well over an hour and a half. I would respectfully suggest to Adobe that they reassess the parameters for their estimated wait times. If I know it is going to be that long, I can go inside and grab a quick lunch to bring back out to my office. I can make a call on our land line and know that I have time before Adobe is able to get to me. I can even embark on some chores that are better done without interruptions, balancing a statement, has for example. Sure, Adobe can put you in queue for a call-back, but I am no better off than I am staying on the line.

My Customer Support person knew immediately what to do and promised to pass my concerns on up to Adobe regarding unrealistic wait times and lack of warning before upgrading to LR6. He also gave me some excellent information.

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Coping with Copyright Infringement

3 Sep

Coping with Copyright Infringement

Coping with copyright infringement is never fun, but if you care …

HELP, my work has been pilfered!

© 2010 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.Normally, I would wait until Saturday to publish the next blog, but copyright infringement is too important to ignore, and people have been asking how to cope when it happens to them…

I have written about © Is for Copyright, The Value of Photography, and even Pricing Photography.

I have shown you how to Create a Copyright Template in Lightroom and Bridge, and encouraged you to Update Copyright Notices on Website and Blog.

You can do all the right things, watermark your images, even Digimarc your images, and still, people will steal your images … use them without your permission.

What to do?

Arnie and I have been the victims of copyright infringement over the years, and we have always fought it. It isn’t easy, and it takes time and patience. These days, it is impractical for most of us to initiate a lawsuit against the perpetrators — at least $10,000 up front at last count, probably more these days — but thanks to new laws, we do have recourse.

But let’s start of the beginning of our most recent case…

First, we Digimarc all our images that are sent by e-mail or to the Internet. Yes, there is an annual subscription fee, but for us, it is worth it. It has enabled us to find a number of cases of copyright infringement for way more than a decade.

About once a month, sometimes more, I head to our Digimarc account and do a search for our images that appear on the Internet. This is where you need to know how to do a screen shot. Most computers these days come with their own screen-shot program. If not, just do an Internet search.

When I embark on ferreting out copyright infringement, I do screen shots every step of the way. That way, I have irrefutable proof of the infringment. Always include the http:// address at the top as you will see in the examples below.

At Digimarc, this is what came up in my last search:© 2014 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.

Hmmm. We never gave permission to “Melissa B” to use our photographs, and who is this So, I clicked on the “Melissa B” link to find Continue reading