Archive for June 2009

17 Jun, 2009 | Posted by: photosource


So, we were visiting Disneyland here on the West Coast, (can’t remember the last time), and every so often I’d spot a commercial photographer wearing a vest, digital camera, and even a tripod sometimes. These people were Disney cast members willing to take your picture for free.
But what caught my eye was the cord running from the camera to a small box at waist level with an antenna sticking up from it.

So, I had to ask. The deal: They offer to take your photo for free(or you can ask.) Then they give you a little plastic card with a PIN number on it. Within a couple of hours, your photo is up on a secure website that is accessible using the PIN number on your "photopass."

You could probably also access the site right from your iPhone (or similar product) before you even leave Disneyland. You’re then able to buy souvenier prints and other products.

Now that’s technology! Depending on the nature of your own stock photography business, such wireless technology could be useful. Got any ideas?

Did You Miss It?

Just thought I’d write about this for history’s sake. If you receive your TV signal via satellite, cable, or fiber, you probably missed it. Friday, June 12, was the absolute final day for analog television signal transmission over the airwaves (the previous date of 2/17/09 was extended).
For the most part, if you’re using an older analog-only TV attached to an antenna, all you’ll get is snow on the TV screen (newer TVs are required to have digital tuners built-in). To continue to receive over-the-air signals with an older TV, you have to get a converter box. And thanks to the Stimulus Bill, Congress authorized more money for the converter box coupon program, which provides a $40 discount coupon for approved converter boxes (and there are lots of choices, retail and mail-order). Full details at Coupons are still available, and if you applied once before and let your coupon expire (they are valid for 90 days from mailing), you can re-apply. If you are reading this is 2025, I thought it might be interesting to tell your grandchildren what the ol’ analog TV was like back in 2009.

You Saw It Where?

Why, in Prague, of course. But you live in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. There it was: A huge storefront advertisement using your family’s Christmas photo!
Neither you nor the photographer had given permission for such use. And you didn’t know a thing about it till your friend sent you a photo of the store. What? How?

Well, the family in the photo used their picture as a Christmas card last year and sent it to family, friends and (you knew this was coming, didn’t you?), uploaded it to the Internet on their blog plus a couple of social networking sites (Twitter, FaceBook, etc.)

Well, the store in Prague, in eastern Europe, got the photo "from the Internet" and assumed it was computer-generated. Uh-huh.

Upon learning more about the photo, the shop owner took measures to remove the ad. All’s well in the end, but is it really the end?

Now you can understand the Internet problem of what’s being called “orphan photos” – pictures on the Internet whose ownership is unknown. The Library of Congress, in Washington, DC, where copyright issues are attempted to be resolved, is advising Congress on how this “ownership” problem can be resolved. But they’re having little progress.

In the interim, one way you can help is to include what’s called “ph oto metadata” (imbedded digitally along with each photo) along with each of your images. The information can include your name as the copyright owner.

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