Archives For July 2012

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He’s passionate about travelling light whilst maintaining a serious focus on photography, even with camera phones. After stumbling across my post lunch Dorset country side walk post, he linked to me to further establish his sensible views on travel photography.

You can read his post here: http://blog.alienskin.com/finding-beauty-nearby.

I am a big fan of Alien Skin products, so this is a personal boost!

 

 

London is in everyone’s Olympic thoughts at the moment. Here’s one from a local.

View of London's Southbank - City Hall and The Shard

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Photographers have to deal with stolen images. Just this morning, I have contacted one ‘photographer’ who stole 2 images from elsewhere. The artists were not aware, which is usually the case. In this case, there was a quick and happy resolution, but it’s not always the case.

What to do?

I use google image search and tiny eye.

And here’s my tick list

  • Limit the physical size of the image. Mine are 950px wide due to 1x’s requirements, but I would think 800px wide is safe.
  • Add copyright information into your camera, which is then written to each image. Careful in photoshop not to ‘Save for web’ as this may well strip this information
  • Add a visible watermark to your images. This is a tricky one as some sites do not ‘like’ watermarks. Also watermarks can be cropped out; if not the images are less attractive.
  • Add a non-visible watermark that can be tracked by various image tracking sites.
  • If you find your images elsewhere, comment on the image that it is yours – visible humiliation to the site’s visitors – and also send a firm, but polite email to them. Very often, this is sufficient to resolve the matter.
  • Send the thief an invoice for double your usual license fee – damage costs. If this is sourced from a Solicitor, it shows you mean business.

Do this on a regular basis.

Michael

Daily Awesome Photos

July 22, 2012 — 2 Comments

I wasn’t going to title this post as I did, but then I had a slightly miniature moment of clarity where I came to 2 conclusions. Not new ones in the very least, but great and humbling ones for all…

  • The best camera is the one you have on you
  • Your local country side is likely to be awesome, just look deeper

I make no bones about these images from a post lunch walk; they’re from iPhone, but I like them.

Enjoy
Michael

Compton, nr Shaftesbury

Compton, nr Shaftesbury

Compton, nr Shaftesbury

Compton, nr Shaftesbury

Compton, nr Shaftesbury

Wonky

July 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

Slightly too much to the left. Did I mention getting lines straight earlier on?

Kings Cross

Daily Awesome Photos

July 15, 2012 — 1 Comment

There won’t be a monday awesome photo post, so please soak these up for the duration :D

You have to view this one large, so please click to view large and on black.
In Transit

Kings Cross

Westminster Underground Station

Tube

Enjoy
Michael

Desert Within

Desert Within

If anyone’s interested, this was actually a significant post process. I shot for each exposure within the room; Sand, walls, window ledge and frame, outer sand and then sky. Photoshop, aside from the composite layering, split tone layer, soft light for contrast, paper texture layer as well as a ‘dust n scratches’ layer with a vignette for overall effect.