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Did You See This?


At a bit of a loose end today so flipped through some Facebook News feeds and came across this one (there's also a PDF of the statement to either read or download linked in the article):

Online photos can’t simply be re-published, EU court rules Internet users must get photographer’s permission even if images were already freely accessible, says ECJ.


“The posting on a website of a photograph that was freely accessible on another website with the consent of the author requires a new authorisation by that author,” the EU’s top court said in a statement.

The court had been asked to decide on a case in Germany, in which a secondary school student downloaded and used a photo that had been freely accessible on a travel website for a school project. The photo was later posted on the school’s website as well.

The photographer who took the picture argued the school’s use of his photo was a copyright infringement because he only gave the travel site permission to use it, and claimed damages amounting to €400.

The ECJ ruled in the photographer’s favor, saying that under the EU’s Copyright Directive, the school should have gotten his approval before publishing the photo.

“The Court goes on to hold that, subject to the exceptions and limitations laid down exhaustively in that directive, any use of a work by a third party without such prior consent must be regarded as infringing the copyright of that work,” the court said.

The court also said it is “of little importance” if the copyright holder does not limit “the ways in which the photograph may be used by internet users.”

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"Lightroom Image Rescue"... a quick & easy tutorial

"Lightroom Image Rescue"... a quick & easy tutorial

WOW! Has it really been almost three months since I last posted something to this Blog page? Seems so as the last one was at the end of March about the brilliant (I think) course by my friend Andy Astbury of Wildlife In Pixels on "Professional Grade Image Sharpening for Archive, Print and Web". If you didn't go and look... and purchase back then you really should consider doing so now as it is excellent and gets a big yes from me. 

Well... to this Blog and the reasons for. Yet another video from Andy Astbury but this time a quick "Killer Tip" for Lightroom which is... wait for it... FREE! Yep, Andy has produced a quick tip for how to rescue an image. You can access it here over on YouTube



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Dedication To His Trade or What!


And Your Education...

An "edit" to this blog... Having spent this afternoon watching the videos for the first lesson of this 11 hour video educational course I've got to emphasise... really *emphasise* YOU NEED THIS - do your images a big favour... go get it quickly. And give my name a mention please yes

A few weeks ago I was having a phone chat with a friend of mine. He's been in the business of photography and film (camera work in the past for the BBC) for years and therefore knows far more than I ever will - and I'd guess at him having forgotten more than I'll ever know! And the older I get the more I'm forgetting -  a sad fact of life my friends wink

So... That's why I listen when he speaks so I can try to digest what he's talking about. He's previously done (and still does I'll hasten to add) workshops to Norway to shoot Sea Eagles 'from a boat' as well as other wildlife such as the Musk Ox etc., etc. His name is Andy Astbury of Wildlifeinpixels If of interest I'd recommend checking the workshop out yes

A visit to his training page list many subjects from Understanding Canon & Nikon Autofocus for BIFs, Product photography with High Speed Flash to tailored Natural History tuition and other photography days - so I listen. So, yes, some of the information there is at a cost - the guys got to eat and pay his bills like we do. His Blog and YouTube has 'FREE' content which is 'in depth' with subjects on using Lightroom and Photoshop on image sharpening, smart sharpening, Photoshop View Magnification, Sharpening without halos... (you get the picture wink) and such things as Raw File Demosaicing (? - what you say if not aware of this) is explained over on YouTube along with his other videos on Contrast and Clarity etc.

During that phone chat he mentioned about a HUGE project he'd spent hours and hours working on. An expansion of his work on sharpening and much much more. So much more that it's now got to a point he's released the work as a course: "Professional Grade Sharpening for Archive, Print & Web" !!! To save you going to that link I'm copying the text from his Blog about it:

Quote, his words not mine:

Over 11 hours of video training, spread across 58 videos…well, I told you it was going to be big!

And believe me, I could have made it even bigger, because there is FAR MORE to image sharpening than 99% of photographers think.

And you don’t need ANY stupid sharpener plugins – or noise reductions ones come to that.  Because Photoshop does it ALL anyway, and is far more customizable and controllable than any plugin could hope to be.

So don’t waste your money any more – spend it instead, on some decent training to show you how to do the job properly in the first place!

You won’t find a lot of these methods anywhere else on the internet – free or paid for – because ‘teachers cannot teach what they don’t know’ – and I know more than most!

WOW!!! Over 11 HOURS of video in 58 videos!!! All the PS actions and lightroom catalog and, and, and... well you get it, there's LOTS there. Now I suggest you visit the blog via the link above and read for yourselves what he explains he's gone to work on putting this together. Then consider visiting the store and making a purchaseof this. For a limited number of purchasers this is available for £59.99 - for the first 100 purchases before it then goes up in price to £69.99. Right now that works the 11 hours of video training at less than £5.50 and hour!!! AND... you can refer back to it time and time again - better than 1 to 1 because you'll have this course "with you" - it's a no brainer enlightened

Quote again:

Using a brush in Lightroom etc to ‘brush in’ some sort of differential sharpening is NOT a good idea, because it’s imprecise, and something of a fools task.

Why do I say that? Simple……. Because the ‘differential factor bit’ is contained within the image itself – and it’s just sitting there on your computer screen WAITING for you to get stuck in and use it.

But, like everything else in modern digital photography, the knowledge and skill to do so has somehow been lost in the last 12 to 15 years, and the internet is full of ‘teachers’ who have never had these skills in the first place – hence they can’t teach ’em!

However, everyone who buys this training of mine WILL have those skills by the end of the course.

It’s been a real hard slog to produce these videos.  Recording the lessons is easy – it’s the editing and video call-outs that take a lot of time.  And I’ve edited all the audio in Audacity to remove breath sounds and background noise – many thanks to Curtis Judd for putting those great lessons on YouTube!

Yes I bought the course when released 27th March - my birthday and I didn't get any discount because of!

Yes I'm just starting to use it and thought WOW... this is such a load of information that others into photography and editing need to know about it. So hence this Blog, second one ever, to spread the word. Don't take my word for it if you don't want... go read via the links in the text above - or go buy because "what you’ll learn will improve your image processing, whether it’s for big prints or just jpegs on the web – guaranteed – just click here! " Join me on this yes

Till next time yes


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First but not last.



So... what has this - MailWasher - to do with my images, photographs, "Digital Art" or anything else you'll find here on these web pages? Nothing at all really except.. Over the years of using computers, the Internet and receiving/sending emails I've received thousands of unwanted 'correspondence' from various sources - haven't we all?

Well... back in 2007 I came across a program called Mailwasher Pro by a company called Firetrust. I've been using the program since then and found it to be a godsend for what it does - and does extremely well in deed. The gist of it is that it acts like a barrier between the emails you receive from your ISP email account and the email program you use on your computer - desktop, laptop or even mobile device. As it says on the home page: STOP SPAM, SCAMS & OTHER JUNK BEFORE THEY GET TO YOUR COMPUTER!

I'm therefore, without hesitation, wholeheartedly recommending that you check this program out. Yeah! Okay... so there may be other *free* alternatives out there but, as the saying goes, "Nothing worth having is Free... and sometimes *free* comes with hidden consequences" - especially when it comes to the Internet and your securitywink

Something I feel strongly about controlling... SPAM & Unwanted e-mail. MailWasher for information on controlling it yes

Till the next time yes

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