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Copyright Notice Updates

1 Jan

Copyright Notice Updates

Copyright notice updates are items that need to be addressed every year. On websites and blogs, as well as presets and templates in Lightroom, Bridge (part of Photoshop), or your imaging program of choice. Have you prepared yours? Do you even have any?

copyright notice, photography, © 2011 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. 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.We have written on a number of occasions that your copyright notice is very important. It lets would-be infringers know that you take your copyright seriously. We put copyright notices on all our images, on our website, and on our blog (see below).

In our case, because we also register our images with the United States Copyright Office, we have been able to charge an appropriate fee for pirated images or at the very least have them immediately removed from others’ websites through the use of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice. For those who want to read about this act in depth, go to the Copyright Office pdf file.

But for us mere mortals, you may find that the explanation from the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is more practical and easy to understand.

All that aside, it offends Arnie and me to have some scumbag claim ownership of our photographs and/or try to make money off them. If someone wants to use one of our photographs, they can ask permission first and see what we say.

We also recommend that you see our blog on © Is for Copyright, if you haven’t already read it. This is very important, as there are only three legal forms of a copyright notice, and even seasoned photographers often list their copyright incorrectly. Arghhh!

OK, if you read our blog to learn how to Create a Copyright Template for Lightroom and Bridge (Photoshop), you have the tools to attach a proper copyright notice to all your images.

© 2017 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. 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. photography copyright
Yes, that teensy print in the screen shot above reads, “TBC © 2017,” the name of my 2017 copyright preset in Lightroom, and the one that I shall apply to all my 2017 images. And next year, I shall update it to read 2018.

OK, you have a template all set for 2017. Terrific! But wait … what about your website and/or blog? Have you put a copyright notice there, too? No? Hmmm, you may want to reconsider, as you Continue reading 

Create a Copyright Template

1 Jan

Create a Copyright Template

Create a copyright template and Preset in Lightroom & Bridge? Yes, it is not as daunting as one might think. And if you use another program, you can adapt this information to create a copyright template or preset there.

Before I begin, please note that bit by bit, I update the images for this blog. You will see that the screen shots do not show the current year, so mentally substitute 2017 … for them. The principles, after all, remain the same.

And check out the updated list for photo workshops. More details may be found on our website.

© 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. create a copyright templateI start my blog, originally written several years back, © Is for Copyright, with, “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.”

We do not import any of our images without attaching our copyright notice to it, and we strongly recommend the same practice to our workshop participants. There is too much theft out there. “What’s mine is mine, and by the way, what’s yours is mine, too,” seems to be the way the world has been going for quite a few years now.

So, if you have not yet done so, you need to create a copyright template or preset in Photoshop/Bridge or Lightroom, and use this as your guide.

Your copyright notice is very important. It lets would-be infringers know that you take your copyright seriously. See © is for Copyright, if you haven’t already read it.

This is very important, as there are only three legal forms of a copyright notice, and even seasoned photographers often list their copyright incorrectly. Arghhh! Also, for those who don’t know how to make the © symbol, directions are here for that, too. Or because of the vagaries of various laptop keyboards, just copy this © and paste it into your own copyright notice(s). Remember (c) is not acceptable as the copyright symbol. You really need that “c” enclosed in a circle … ©!

Making a preset or template for your copyright notice is actually easier than you might think. For those who come to our workshops, please set yours up before you arrive, and I will double check it to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Macs and PCs use different terms and procedures for executing certain tasks sometimes, but the principles are the same. These directions are for PCs, but those of you with Macs will know what to press or select instead. For the screen shots below, look for the red arrows and/or boxes to show you where to look for this or that feature. For Mac users, if it isn’t there, just click on the red “close” button in the upper left of your window.

LIGHTROOM DIRECTIONS

If you do not have any images “in” Lightroom, “import” just one from this year. I use quotes, as your photographs are not actually imported into Lightroom or any other imaging program, only thumbnails for the images and the ability to work on the photographs. Your photographs are exactly where you put them, either in a folder in your computer or on your external hard drive. For those to whom this sounds like some obscure language, there are some great tutorials on different functions and aspects of Lightroom by Adobe developer and guru Julieanne Kost listed on our Resources page.

Now that you have at least one image from the current year visible in Lightroom, make sure you are in Library module, grid view — g is the keyboard shortcut —(multiple images showing on “light table” in center), and click on the image to select it. If you have a folder with more than one image, click on any image in the folder. (Figure 1)
© 2015 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. create a copyright template
Figure 1

In the right panel (check our Lightroom Introduction on our blog if the panel doesn’t show), scroll down to the Metadata section and make sure it is open (click the triangle to the right of “Metadata” if it is closed). (Figure 2)

© 2015 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. create a copyright templateFigure 2

Click on the up-down arrows to the right of the field on the left and select EXIF and IPTC. Now click on the up-down arrows to the right of the field labeled Preset and select Edit Presets … at the bottom. (Figure 2)

If you are making a preset for the first time, None will be listed in the Preset field rather than my TBC © 2014 (now 2017 since January 1).  Arnie has his own copyright notice, so we differentiate between the two, but that is not likely to be your scenario.

The fields are already filled in below (Figure 3), because none of our images is without a copyright notice.

Hopefully, you will follow this same example. Be sure to click on the Continue reading 

Photoshop 2015.5 UGH!

2 Jul

Photoshop 2015.5 UGH!

Adobe Photoshop 2015.5 UGH!
A warning to not upgrade to Adobe Photoshop 2015.5 yet without reading this first, thus the title above.

I have a love-hate relationship with Adobe.  I LOVE Lightroom … except for when Adobe upgrades without really checking for any bugs. Fortunately, this was not the case with the latest upgrade.

However, and this is a BIG HOWEVER, I cannot say the same for Photoshop 2015.5. And yes, I have used Photoshop for years and years, and yet more years, albeit not as long as many of you.

And yes, for adding Digimarcs to my images, creating actions that save me a s&#@load of time, I LOVE Photoshop. I used to use it about 98@ of the time, and ever since Lightroom came out, I quickly scaled that back to about 2% of the time, but a critical 2%. So, I need it to work properly.

I experienced a disaster after upgrading to version 2015.5 … no plug-ins, no functioning droplets, and a lot of frustration that took time while I tried to figure out what I did wrong. Nope, I actually did everything right.  Adobe did not fully test the new release before passing it on to us unsuspecting souls … without any warnings initially.  I know, I looked it up, and there was nothing on the Creative Cloud App What’s New link next to the upgrade.

Being the bulldog I am (bullbitch in this case?), I called Adobe in a calm voice (BTW, they have changed their support number to 800-833-6687) and insisted that I be passed up to a supervisor.

“May I ask to what this is in reference?” the polite voice from India queried in impeccable English.

“No disrespect to you, but this is a management issue, and there is no point wasting both your time and mine. What was your name again?”

“Venkat.” We shall call him Venkat for purposes of this blog.

“As a customer, I have the right to ask for a supervisor, Venkat, and I will be sure to commend your responsiveness in this case to him or her. I promise you, this will not count against your rating as a tech support person.”

He valiantly tried again, but I am not to be dissuaded in these cases. Really, there is absolutely no point in wasting our time in either case, and I am one who does not like to go through an explanation twice, especially something this complicated.

We have all heard, “Just give me another minute,” that stretches beyond imagination and sometimes patience.

Venkat passed me on, and I thanked him and immediately told his supervisor how much I appreciated his actions.

All in a very calm, logical voice that spoke to my great-grandmother’s admonishment that sugar is much more effective than vinegar in such cases. This part of the phone conversation took a little over five minutes. Adobe Photoshop 2015.5 UGH!This was a very auspicious beginning to what ended up being, alas, over three hours on the phone.

The supervisor was, of course, very nice.

Had I copied over the Plug-ins folder? Yes, I had, “But please note, this is not anything that Adobe said to do with the upgrade.”

“There have been warnings in blogs.”

“That may be, but Adobe has put nothing out as a warning on its upgrade. I really don’t expect to have to check around on the Internet for some third-party blog that may warn me that Adobe once again has failed to adequately test out an upgrade before releasing it.”

“They do test extensively, but there are so many different…”

“I totally agree, which only means that Adobe has to do more extensive testing!”

He could not argue with the logic of my statement.

So back to those plug-ins…

From our alumni and research on the Internet, it turns out that this does not always work, particularly with nik (onOne) software. For safety in upgrading, don’t copy the folder over, rather the files within the folder.

For me, it worked! Yippeee!

But some people wonder where exactly is that Plug-ins folder:

PCs:  C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Plug-ins
Macs:  /Users/[user name]Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015/Plug-ins

So far, so good, and I remained hopeful … until… Continue reading