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From time to time I get asked how much will I sell an image for. People who like my photos often want to buy one for their walls, but when I give them the price, there is obvious shock and I never hear from them again. The main problem seems to be that they think I should sell them for far less, but they don’t take into consideration all that has gone into the creation of it. For today’s Up for Discussion post we are looking at How much is the image worth.
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Things are almost settling down, but then other things pop up. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be bored again.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

We have a launch date, so it seems. It is going to be launched on the 24th of November, more details will follow.

I have done a page for the book too. I am still fine tuning it, but it is almost done. Take a look, “The Six Seasons of My Backyard“.

Photo Editing Classes

I was talking to a potential client yesterday and when I looked at the page for online editing I realised the prices didn’t make sense. So I have fixed them up and put them back to Australian dollar prices. Which for many of you, if you wanted to do them would mean they would be cheaper since our dollar is doing so badly.

The other thing I offered this client was to pay for each lesson as he went, but discount the classes accordingly so by the time he had paid for the 5th class he would have paid the same amount. I know how hard it can be to find all the money at once.

Teaching a Class about Macro Photography

I have decided to try teaching Macro photography. I have found a place that is okay with me doing it and will host the class. It looks like it could be really good. It is going to cost about $150 for 4 hours and will include lunch. Pretty good deal I think. I will start advertising it properly soon when I have all the details.

Photos

Today it seemed appropriate to look at some photos I took last year. It was winter and a very foggy day. We really don’t get many days like this anymore. We seem to get lots of rain, but not fog and now that summer is definitely on the way, not much chance of getting any this year. On this day a friend and I were going to Bonnie Doon for the first time to check it out and we took lots of photos along the way. I hope you enjoy seeing them again, or seeing them for the first time.

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It has arrived again, the start of the month and it is time to see our photos for the theme Pets, or cats and dogs. Not a lot of entries, perhaps not a lot of people have pets.

The next theme is going to be Travel. Your interpretation. See if you can do something different, that is my challenge to you.

REMEMBER: If you would like to join us the instructions are at the bottom of the post.

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I had another photo of Tiddles I wanted to use, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find it. So the old boy had to have a quick photo shoot this afternoon and this is what I got. It is so hard to get a good photo of him, I think he hates the camera. Part of the reason for doing this theme was so I could do a photo of him. This image was taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.


1/ MAFE ROIG

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2/ geoff.clements

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3/ 

romancing-reality


4/ Maralee Park

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5/ aflyonzwall

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6/ Savage Thoughts

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7/ sv-takeiteasy

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8/ Rajiv Chopra

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9/ MyBlog – solaner

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10/ MICHELLE LUNATO PHOTOGRAPHY

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11/ The World Is a Book…

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12/ Crow Canyon Journal

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13/ 51WPM

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14/ rainy day reflections

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15/ Lisa Chelkowski

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16/ ARTKORPPI II

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17/ Stupidity Hole

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18/ Snow’s Fissures and Fractures

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19/ P N C O

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20/ Leanne Cole

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Monochrome Madness each week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Thursday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.

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It is good to be back with the Up for Discussion posts, but for the title I have trimmed it down to U4D. It doesn’t take up as much room. I thought I would start with a post on Copyright, you and the law because it seems like a good subject and can never be written about enough.

Recently I had experience, which I will tell you about in a minute, but it brought back the importance of knowing your rights as the owner of your images. It is so important that you learn what the rules are, to protect your work and to also make sure you are not using other images illegally.

My Story

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a message on Facebook to inform me that someone was using one of my images on their page and claiming it was their own. I had a quick look, but thought the processing on it was so bad it couldn’t be mine. The image was of light trails in front of Flinders Street Station. I told the person who let me know I didn’t think it was mine and she showed me the blog post it had come from. So I took another look at the image.

This one, and it was one of mine.

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At first I couldn’t see my watermark on the image, but then it stood out so clearly.

I left a comment under the photo saying something about how it was great that she likes doing long exposures, but perhaps she shouldn’t use my image to show that.

I decided to message her and tell her not to steal images. She claimed she hadn’t, that she had taken it. I then told her that the image was mine, it had my watermark on it. She clearly hadn’t seen it, and continued saying it was hers. I also asked what would the chances be of us both taking the same image with the same light trails, exactly the same?

She removed the image from her Facebook page, but continued to say it was hers. When I asked why she removed it she replied that she didn’t like negative comments on her page. I don’t know why she didn’t just remove the comment then.

It has to be said that I continued the discussion and suggested if she was going to be so adamant that the image was hers perhaps she should put it back up, that I would put mine up and we could let people decide for themselves who the image actually belonged to. She declined.

She had been found out and I continue to check her page to see if anymore of my images are there. In this instance my watermark was my saving grace, it was there and recognisable.

It was a good outcome for me, the woman was using my image without my permission, passing it off as her own, and she had done more processing to it. She violated so many copyright laws. She was, more importantly, trying to use my image to promote her own business, so using it for commercial purposes. It was amazing to see it happening.

Facebook

One of the things that I don’t like about Facebook is how they remove all metadata from images and the original filename. People can remove that themselves, but most people wouldn’t. When FB does that it takes away all your protection and makes it much harder to trace images.

This woman has a history of steeling images, but you can’t trace them, unless you know exactly who took them.

If you are putting photos on Facebook make sure you have them watermarked, and do it in such a way that it is hard for people to remove them.

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Protect yourself

In Australia you don’t have to register your images, but you should keep all files that show how you created it. If it comes to a fight to prove copyright if you have the original image and all the files to show how you created it, then you are going to have a better chance.

There are sites available that are meant to help you protect and fight for your copyright. I haven’t looked into it, but an article was recently written for Digital Photography School which you might find interesting, ImageRights – Finding and Pursuing Copyright Infringement of Your Images.

The best way to protect yourself is to know the law and laws around Copyright. In Australia you can go to the website for the Australian Copyright Council. For overseas I found the following which has some great information.

Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images

How can you breach someone’s copyright

There are so many myths around what is allowed and what isn’t on the internet. The obvious one is “if it is on the internet it must be free”. Of course, that isn’t true.

It is illegal to take someone else’s image, remove the watermark, to work on it and use it for your own purposes. Recently I saw that someone had taken an image from a well known artist, reversed it and then applied textures to it. I am fairly certain if the artist in question saw what this person had done it they would not be happy. You must always get permission, unless otherwise stated.

I found another site, Copyright Agency here in Australia and they had a great page on Copyright Myths, and I think it is something we should all take notice of, read and memorise. It not only tells you what your rights are, but what people are not allowed to do to your images.

Copyright Myths

It seems the old idea, if you change the image by 10% you aren’t breaching copyright, is a definite myth. I know many will say what about that guy in New York who stole the Instagram images and sold them for tons of money, well I don’t know. I have no idea how he got away with what he did.

Be aware

The best thing you can do if to be aware, if you know your rights then you will know when someone breaches  your copyright. Knowledge is protection. So arm yourself with it, and be prepared to fight, if necessary.

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Cairn Curran is a place I have visited quite a few times, but this last time was a little different.

First let’s take a look at the first time I went there.

This is from the second visit.

I seriously thought there would never be any water in it again. However, this year we have had so much rain, and there has been lots of flooding. So take a look at it now.

It is incredible how much water there is. See the one of the track, well in the top gallery first image with the sheep on the track, it is the same one.  Water, water, water everywhere. You can’t see the rail viaduct that I have photographed before at all. The pylons are completely under water. I wonder if I will ever be able to photograph those pylons again.

I took a little video, I hope you can hear the frogs, they were so loud.

Perhaps this post should be called Decisions, as that is what I have been thinking about a lot in the last couple of weeks.

Dynamic Range Magazine

This has been the one things I’ve been thinking about for a while really, but a lot more recently. It seemed like such a good idea, a way to support the photography of women, but the reality has been very different. It has actually been like that for anything I’ve tried to do to support women, help women get some equality. I’m starting to think that majority of them don’t really want it, or want it as long as they don’t have to do anything. I don’t really know,perhaps my cynicism is coming out, I just know that anything I’ve tried to do to help that inequality fails.

Now the decision has to be made about the magazine, continue or not. We do have to go on for a short time because of the subscribers, but we have made the decision to stop allowing people to subscribe. Which also means that we will have to go until August issue to see out the subscribers, or refund some money.

Another thing is to stop marketing it as a magazine to promote the photography by women. Perhaps people will be more interested in it if they don’t see that. Perhaps the perception is that the magazine is soft and filly, very pink in a way because it is by and for women.  I don’t know, but something has to change. So we are going to change that aspect, and perhaps it won’t be a magazine to promote women’s photography at all, and may become more of a magazine that does a lot of landscapes and architecture, perhaps other sorts as well.

We will give another couple of months, but at this stage it looks like the August Issue next year will be the last, if not sooner.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

My book is out and selling, well, let’s not go there, at least online. I’m making sales here from my friends which is great. At the moment we are trying to organise the book launch, that seems almost harder than it was to get the book done. Still we are narrowing down dates.

I know a few have said they wanted signed copies, which I am happy to do, but the price of postage to the US is so expensive from here. Not sure why I’m surprised, everything is expensive.  If you want a signed copy, then it is going to cost USD$80. That is for a signed copy and postage with tracking. You can email me if you would like to get one.

Otherwise you can order the book from:

createspace

Amazon

If you have any questions let me know.

Website/Blog Changes

Another thing I want to do is get this blog going again with some kind of routine.  I feel like it has been flailing a bit, so I would like to start doing some of the posts that I used to do.

I loved the Up for Discussion ones and would like to start doing them again. It was a good way to talk about some things that I think should be discussed. On my old blog I’ve had to delete a lot of things as I was paying for space and the domain, so I needed to get how much storage I had down. I’ve been deleting a lot of posts, so it will give me an opportunity to repost some, or rewrite and update others. I would also be willing to start accepting guest posts again.

I also want to start writing some reviews of gear that I get to try out. I write them for Digital Photography School, and I don’t want to step on their toes, but I also want to start basing myself on this website. I probably won’t review things that I’ve done for dPS, unless it has been sometime since I did them. I’m at a point where I’m being loaned gear to try and experiment with, which is something I love doing. So it will be good to do that.

I am also thinking of bring back the Introductions as well. I had to delete all of them from my old site, so I can start anew and reshow people, that should be fun. Though I might refer to them as features instead.

Instagram

I reached a milestone yesterday 10 thousand followers. I don’t know what that means, if anything, but apparently it is meant to be good if you get that far. I suppose time will tell if anything great happens because of it.

Photos

I’ve been going back over old photos to see what I can process and it has been great to see some of them. I’m really pleased with some. Today I have some from 2013 and it was from a day in the city photographing the lanes. They are always changing, which is nice.

Please let me know your thoughts.

This week really snuck up on me, so I almost forgot all about the post, but I did remember.

The next Theme is next week, cats or dogs, or pets really.

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I’ve been playing around with this photo for quite some time, Today I thought, perhaps it would look better in monochrome. I think it does and am much happier with it now.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.


1/ dpb photos

southbank-melbourne


2/ MyBlog – solaner

mm24-610_7148-sct_w


3/ 

romancing-reality


4/ Rajiv Chopra

EPSON scanner image


5/ THEPHOTOSEYE

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6/ The World Is a Book…

0w5a6356-happiness


7/ DRAWING WITH LIGHT

stone-steps


8/ OFFSHOOTS12

SONY DSC


9/ Crow Canyon Journal

crow-canyon-journal-mm-3-24-the-view-from-the-elephant-house-cafe


10/ sv-takeiteasy

mm3-24-cairns-birdwing-butterfly


11/ MICHELLE LUNATO PHOTOGRAPHY

mm-3-24-mlunato-photography


12/ rainy day reflections

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13/ THE RUNES OF THE GATEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER

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14/ ARTKORPPI II

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15/ Lisa Chelkowski

fullsizerender


16/ THE SHADY TREE

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17/ gottatakemorepix

misty-forest-by-steve-bruno


18/ SIX PIXX

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19/ Stupidity Hole

apartments-small-stupidityhole


20/ P N C O

mm-water


21/ Snow’s Fissures and Fractures

snowsfissuresandfracturesmmc3-24


22/ Leanne Cole

pink-lakes-tree-underbool-monochrome



Monochrome Madness each week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Thursday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.

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One of the big plans for the Royal Melbourne Show was to photograph the fireworks in the evening. We needed to go back on a night where rain wasn’t expected. Thursday was that night.

In the meantime I had a meeting with a rep from Benro Australia, they make tripods, among other things and I was loaned a carbon fibre tripod to use and try. I was also loaned the Samyang 12mm Fisheye lens and what better place to try it out than the show with all the side shows and rides, plus the fireworks.

I am going to do what I did yesterday. First I will put a gallery with all the photos taken with the fisheye.  Look out for the Masterchef kitchen and the scones from the Country Women’s Association, incredible.

I should add that all the night photos were taken using the Benro Carbon Fibre tripod, it was such a joy to use, I think I am going to have to see about getting one.  Great size and has so many options, it is brilliant.  If you are in Melbourne Vanbar stock them.

When the sun started setting I put on my 24-70mm lens again. I wanted to try some things with that lens and I was finding that for some things I couldn’t get close enough. I do like the rides with the dark stormy clouds, though I probably should have used a filter with them to help get a longer exposure.

It was good fun going to the show, it is a shame the weather wasn’t a little better. We have been having a lot of rain and there has been flooding in many parts of the state.

It is the end of the show for me now. It was great going and taking photos, I hope you have enjoyed them.