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Messing Around with the Image Gets Another Photographer of the Year DQ’d

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Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Kehl Bayern] How many stories do we bring you about this same old thing? A lot, but the message never seems to get through. But here we are and today we’re talking about image manipulation, public embarrassment, and losing the coveted title of photographer of the year. A photograph by Bjorn Persson of an elephant called “Tim in Amboseli National Park, Kenya” was disqualified after winning for what Africa Geographic…

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Study Claims Photographers Get Asked for Free Work Because Everyone Knows They Love Their Job

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Jack Alexander] It’s no secret that photographers suffer through the constant expectation of free or cheap work. And now, a new study suggests that the reason for it is because we love our jobs, in what scientists are calling “passion exploitation.” Professor Aaron Kay and Ph.D student Jay Kim at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business are the brains behind the recently published paper, called “Understanding Contemporary Forms of Exploitation: Attributions of Passion…

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Why Freelance Parents Must Create Their Own Action Plans for Parental Leave

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union [by Lynne Lavelle] This week, the New York Times published a helpful guide on how freelancers can create their own parental and maternity leave. Freelancers Union’s Executive Director Caitlin Pearce was among the five contributors, who outlined where the laws help, where more work is needed, and how independent workers can carve out leave in the meantime. While accessing leave is tough even for full-timers, the federal Family and Medical Leave…

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How Well Do You Perceive Color? Take This Test to Find Out

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Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by Greg Scoblete] Anyone who’s ever wrestled with color management knows that the colors we perceive with our all-too-human eyes doesn’t always correspond to a mathematically pure representation of said colors. This test, generated by the Lenstore in the UK, should drive that point home for you. It measures how well your eye can judge often extremely subtle gradations in color (and, by extension, how well your display is reproducing those gradations). It’s…

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‘Landmark’ Copyright Case Featuring Photo of Tom Brady Addresses Whether Media Can Embed Images or Not

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Jack Alexander] A conclusion has been reached in what is described as a “landmark California case,” where a photographer sued numerous media outlets for embedding his photo of Tom Brady within news articles. The photographer originally posted the picture on Snapchat, from where it was then posted by internet users on Twitter, the posts of which the media used as their embeds. As the story goes, photographer Justin Goldman posted a photo…

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How To Draw Up Photography Contract For Your Business

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Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Dahlia Ambrose] A photography contract is something you’ll have come across if you are a professional or thinking about becoming a professional photographer. If you are running a business as a professional photographer, then you need to have a contract in place. This applies to any genre of photography whether you work in a studio or on location, and you will need to set the terms of the job in writing…

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Federal Jury: HISD Staff Repeatedly Violated Copyright Laws, Owe Company $9.2M

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Cross-posted from The Houston Chronicle [by Jacob Carpenter] In the winter of 2013, when the principal of Houston ISD’s Westside High School suggested making copies of colorful study guides recently purchased from a small Austin-area company, an English teacher responded that there was a “glaring disclaimer about copyright” at the bottom of the documents. The teacher suggested the guides, which cost nearly $2,000 total, should be handed out during class and picked up before the…

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Miami Police Handcuff Photographer, Take Camera and Phone for Attempting to Take Pictures at Accident Scene

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Alex Cooke] On May 25, a Miami photographer was handcuffed and had his equipment seized when he attempted to take photos of an accident scene. The photographer, Jacob Katel, was driving to Miami Beach when he came across a motorcycle crash. Katel then parked his car and got out to photograph the scene (Katel has been a freelance media photographer for a decade). Within seconds of exiting his car, Katel says…

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Time Inc. Settles with Photographer in Case of Tweeted Tom Brady Pic

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Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by Holly Hughes] Photographer Justin Goldman has reached a settlement with Time Inc., one of the nine defendants in a copyright infringement case involving the common practice of publications “embedding” Tweets in articles. The settlement effectively ends any further appeals in the case, which has implications for how publishers share and display copyrighted images hosted on social media servers and other websites. In 2017, Goldman sued Time, The Boston Globe and other online publishers after they embedded…

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How To Market Your Work When Self-Confidence Is Low

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Cross-posted from Psychology for Photographers [by Jenika] You know that brief moment of hesitation at the dinner party that makes you miss the window to say “Hey, that’s what I do!” before conversation moves on? Or closing the tab on the ‘speaker application’ page of a conference, with a “Maybe next year?” When you do creative work, even a slight dip in self-confidence can seriously halt your business, or at least shrink your footprint.  Your work…

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No CNN, Net 90 Is Not a Reasonable Payment Term

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union [by Caitlin Pearce] CNN has announced plans to implement Net 90 payment terms. Here’s why that can’t fly. According to Twitter user Marcus DiPaola, CNN sent a letter to freelancers this week stating that as of June 17 of this year, it would extend payment terms to “Net 90” (payment 90 days after invoice). The letter also said that Turner is currently working with Citi on providing an optional program that uses…

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Canva acquires Pixabay and Pexels

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Wouter du Toit] I met up with Melanie Perkins at the VIVATECH conference in Paris this weekend. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Canva, a company aiming to democratize design and marketing materials. They have acquired Pexels and Pixabay. I first saw her on stage. On her left was the founder of Revolut, a digital bank, and on her right were two investors aiming to grow and incubate startups in Europe….

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