Verify Your Identity

October is a wonderful month in so many ways. Cooler temperatures, changing scenery, more exciting landscapes top my list. But it is also a month for new and exciting technology. Many photography companies, whether hardware or software producers, release new products and new updates to existing products. This month has been ridiculously full of pent-up demand for new stuff and the manufacturers did not disappoint.

This article won’t review all of that. Many blog and vlog posts have already done so. Instead, I want to talk about one feature nobody seems to have really highlighted. Last week, Adobe released the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, to much fanfare and focus on its superb and enhanced capabilities. The new masking tools are phenomenal. You can also do more and more with automation and “neural filters”, and even drop in assets and have them automatically be absorbed and “harmonized” into the scene you are creating. But there is even more for you to know.

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When Fair Use Isn’t Fair

The courts, particularly in the United States, set new precedent every day.  A lot of those decisions relate to who should benefit from what transaction and how much.Expensive

And here’s the disclaimer:  this is not a legal opinion or even a legal review.  It’s a commentary on a specific example of legal precedent as related to photography.

Just as copyright law and precedent is solidifying and establishing boundaries for photographers’ rights, some court rulings open the opposite door, establishing precedent that illustrates when a photograph can be used without permission or compensation.  Where do you sit on this issue? Continue reading “When Fair Use Isn’t Fair”