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On article Getty Images sued again, this time by Zuma Press (68 comments in total)

Apparently the only misconception involved is that Getty has somehow been honest in its business dealings.

Look for more plaintiffs now that someone had the courage to go after them in court.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 04:31 UTC as 7th comment
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AbrasiveReducer: Interesting explanation. (1) If an image is in the public domain, anyone is free to use it (no doubt, for any purpose). (2) If an image is available for free, its ok to charge people money for something that is in fact, free.

This second item seems like a stretch, but one might argue that if you are stupid enough to pay for something that's free, that's your choice.

AR: If in fact an image is in the public domain - and I'll assume there are no strings attached such as copyright, etc - and then Getty provides the same image to anyone for a service or provider fee, that's one thing.

But if Getty sues the person for further distributing it, or posts it online, or does anything else legal with it, Getty is barking up the wrong tree. They have no legitimate claim to prosecute the person for doing anything they want to with it.

Nobody can claim any higher level of ownership or protection than they are already entitled to. They cannot increase the validity of their claim no matter how badly they want to.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 17:14 UTC
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Cortland: I'd like to see her accounting for claiming $1 Billion in damages; it's unlikely that any photographer, anywhere, ever made that much money in her entire life.

I doubt the $1B is just compensatory (what was actually lost due to defendant's wrongful action) damages. It likely includes a hefty amount for the "don't do it again" charges, called punitive, added for punishment.

This reminds me of the shyster lawyer, in the big apple I believe, who made a habit of suing everyone over next to nothing. In one instance he went after the dry cleaner, who either damaged or lost a pair of his pants, for thousands.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: Now for the put it back together video.....

jonBush: One screw and a handful of larger unknown parts.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 16:51 UTC

And people wonder why it costs an arm and a leg for repairs on electronic, photographic, and other very specialized items.....

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 16:44 UTC as 12th comment
On article Behind the Shot: Shredded (92 comments in total)

And all this time we've been completely satisfied with nothing better than the results available with a point-and-shoot.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 20:15 UTC as 6th comment
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justmeMN: Our (USA) suburban City Council is very supportive of drones. They like their usage for construction project proposals, and construction project updates. I suspect that a system like this would be good for that type of commercial usage. When you are dealing with multi-million dollar projects, a $26,000 drone would be just a drop in the financial bucket. In the long run, It's probably cheaper than repeatedly doing aerial photography by plane too.

A drone can easily and economically be repositioned or reused to get exactly the shot desired - if it is within the capability of the equipment used, i.e. camera, lens, drone, and weather conditions, whereas to keep manipulating a chopper is far more expensive.

This also assumes the operators are both well-qualified.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 03:58 UTC
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mydpname: The negative comments amaze me. Here's a portrait studio that survived for 176 years in a cool old building, and the "experts" here are bashing the place based on their own distorted opinions. Wow.

How's that old phrase go about having no taste at all if it wasn't in their mouth?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 01:19 UTC

I don't always understand (appreciate?) all the technical details of such as this, but I love the beautiful photography.

Thanks for sharing the experience.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 00:47 UTC as 5th comment
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noflashplease: Aerial photography has been greatly depreciated by the hobby drone phenomenon.

dmanthree: And don't forget the possibility of a sightseeing chopper crash. In April this year five were killed in such a crash near the Smokies.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 00:38 UTC
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dan1e: While I have no love for Google, and I think they are wrong, I also think it's a bit rich of Getty Images to talk about a monopoly.

Why do you think it is called a "monopoly"?

Getty is just like any other corporate leach out there - take all they can get any way they can get it - while pointing their finger at everyone else daring to keep them from doing so.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 08:54 UTC

My granny told me something a long time ago that manufacturers world-wide seem to ignore: Don't put all your eggs in one basket (especially when it comes to having all your manufacturing capacity located in a hazard prone area subject to things like earthquakes, floods, and the like).

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 09:20 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (541 comments in total)

A nice camera, but ....

A big camera needs a big grip, and a number of DPR staffers weren't thrilled with the one on the GX8. It's not as deep as we would've liked

It seems the trend continues toward smaller and smaller products regardless of whether they are so small their usability is compromised. This one is no different.

I've always been a fan of "larger" bodied cameras simply because they aren't as difficult to hold, operate, etc. as the "itty-bitty" ones - regardless of how many features can be packed into them.


Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 10:59 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2158 comments in total)

... disorganized mess ....

Obviously a technical marvel, but can it be used?

I'll never be able to afford one of these, but the challenges of such a tiny body (compared with my old Canon 20D), and particularly the controls are not favorable.

And their refusal to dedicate enough space for a real battery is a persistent weakness.

Sigh, if only....

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 04:20 UTC as 107th comment | 3 replies

The drone issue is like everything else - a few bad apples will manage to spoil it for everyone. Enough reports of abuse already prove some can and will use them for reasons not appreciated by all.

But this is a relatively new phenomenon, and sales are likely to take off now that almost everybody can afford one.

Registration is likely no longer a question of "if" but "when". The big issue may become what kind, size, how many rotors, etc. should be exempt - if any.

I'll respond to that with a question - how many, what kind, size, horsepower, number of tires, and on and on - what automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and buses are exempt from motor vehicle registration laws? None the last I heard.

I propose the same applies to drones, or whatever the experts call them.

Register all at the point of sale. Anybody that doesn't want to comply can sit on the sidelines and watch his buddies enjoy the use of theirs when they've followed directions; the show is free.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 02:39 UTC as 7th comment
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Code9: Drone owners have been expecting this. But the NDA (National Drone Association) will be fighting it. We feel it's our right to own drones and they'll have to pry mine from my cold dead hands. Of course there's the drone show loophole: if you buy your drone at a drone show no registration is required. I suppose some form of psychological testing will be next. It's such a shame: when drones are outlawed only outlaws will have drones. Drones don't take down planes, people take down planes. But when you consider the number of deaths from drones - 32,000 last year - something really does need to be done. :)

Gates, if you truly think the only person prosecuted when a thug flies a drone too close to something or somebody will be the one who shot the infernal thing down, you should think twice about dropping out of law school, even if it was "the school of hard knocks" as my grandpap called it.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 02:10 UTC

Does it require an 18-wheeler to haul the memory chips required to handle all of that recording capability?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 23:22 UTC as 17th comment
On article Kodak introduces PixPro SP360 action cam (62 comments in total)

360-degree photography?


An ordinary housefly has lenses all over its eye, and I don't think it can truly see 360-degree coverage.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 23:18 UTC as 2nd comment

Summarizing many comments herein, clearly ease of use overrides all but the demand for the highest of quality photos.

Convenience wins out over complexity 90% of the time.

When was the last time you missed "that shot" because selecting a setting took longer than for your grandchild to take his first steps?

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 10:08 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
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theolein: I think both referenced articles are right: Smartphone cameras are getting very, very good, and mirrorless and DSLRs are all still far too complex (at first sight).

This is made worse in some respects by almost all cameras being designed in Japan, which has a legacy of terrible and unintuitive user interfaces, and smartphones now even offering things like RAW (LG G4 et al). Almost all smartphones offer easily as many pixels as most cameras.

BUT, the single most obvious thing is that people have their smartphones with them all the time. Only enthusiasts have their cameras with them often. The camera market is in for a restructuring, make no mistake.

That said, there is lots of room for camera makers to improve on usability, automation and intuitiveness.

But there will always be a market for more advanced cameras, just smaller than it currently is.

....almost all cameras being designed in Japan, which has a legacy of terrible and unintuitive user interfaces....

Another subject, but the same principle applies through many other products from the land of the rising sun as well, especially the logic controlling how their products work.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 10:00 UTC
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