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Keep Your Blog Safe

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Someone hacked the New Media Photographer site last week. It was a high-level attack through the GoDaddy.com servers. These attacks have occurred in last six weeks to blogs and Web sites large and small. You might want to enlist a service to monitor your site such as sucuri.net . If you discover your site has been hacked they have scripts and tips to help clear your system. I was able to clean out my site…

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Preserving Your Options in Photoshop

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Want to keep the most flexibility with your data but still work in Photoshop?  Try using Smart Objects. Smart Objects allow you to import a stand-in layer that references your RAW data.  The stand-in functions similarly to a normal layer – you can apply several different types of filters, add layer masks, apply adjustment layers, and more – but double-clicking on the smart object takes you right back to Adobe Camera Raw [ACR] where you…

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Maintain Your Marketing Momentum with a Google App

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When it comes to increasing your productivity– for the non-image-making part of your business–there are many great applications to choose from. Lots of people use Apple’s Mobile.me account. Yet there’s another good way of developing the workflow of integrating all of your contacts, tasks, and calendar events–no matter what operating system you use– and it lives within the free universe of Google apps. (There are even more feature-rich applications that a developed solely for the…

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Save and back up your Photoshop Actions

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Don’t forget to save and back up your Photoshop Actions. Should Photoshop crash, you will lose any unsaved Actions. More likely, unsaved actions can be lost when you reinstall Photoshop or switch computers. To save your Actions, first group them into Action Sets then single-click on the Action Set within the Actions panel and select Save Actions from the flyout menu in the upper right corner of the Panel. I recommend saving your actions immediately…

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ASMP Copyright Symposium Videos

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On April 21, 2010, the American Society of Media Photographers presented an important symposium in New York City addressing the sweeping changes in the way images are used and distributed. The symposium, Copyright and the New Economy: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists, was a big hit with the packed TimesCenter audience. According to ASMP President Richard Kelly, “During the coming year, ASMP plans to lead in moving forward on copyright issues and identifying sustainable…

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Copyright Is Important, But Not Like It Used To Be

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Copyright is an important right, it affirms ownership, allows us to protect our rights, helps control usage, and gives us the ability to collect damages when our imagery is misused. Though too few do so, as a content creator copyrighting your images, video, animation, etc., continues to be good business. What has, and will continue to change, is the manifestation of your copyright in both the commercial and non-commercial marketplace. There are a number of…

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