Into the Wild Blue


Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/1600 second, f/8, ISO 400

November 30, 2009 at 11:37 pm by | Categories: Post

Window Seat

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Canon Powershot G11 – 1/25 second, f/3.5, ISO 100

November 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm by | Categories: Post

Happy Turkey Day (unless you’re the turkey)

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Canon 30D, Canon 70-200 f/4L with 1.4x Extender – 1/200 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

November 26, 2009 at 10:19 am by | Categories: Post

Image in Use: – A License Violation?

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Blog reader and fellow iStock contributor Dan Bachman was kind enough to send over a screenshot of an image of mine he found in use this morning. The shot of Kylee is in the footer of a few pages at the insurance website insweb.

While I quite like the implementation of my image in the website, it does bring to mind that this use likely would be considered a violation of the iStockphoto License Agreement. The problem is not using the image on the website, but the quote placed next to Kylee’s smiling face. By placing the wording there it implies that the model is actually J. Tindal of Jeffersonville PA and that she really likes the company’s product and website.

Here is the section of the license agreement dealing with this:

Standard License Prohibitions

7. use or display any Content that features a model or person in a manner (a) that would lead a reasonable person to think that such person uses or personally endorses any business, product, service, cause, association or other endeavour; or (b) except where accompanied by a statement that indicates that the Content is being used for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted in the Content is a model…

As I said, I really don’t mind the usage in this context and I’m sure Kylee will be happy to see her face on yet another website. But this type of use is just one of many restrictions that buyers should be aware of when using stock images.

November 25, 2009 at 10:35 am by | Categories: Post

Do You Insure Your Camera Equipment?


I’ve posted before about my policy insuring my photography equipment. I spent some time yesterday updating my ‘inventory list’ for the insurance company to make sure that everything is covered in case of accident or theft. This is something that I do a few times a year. By keeping a detailed list with model numbers, replacement cost and serial numbers (and providing this list to the insurance company) I feel confident in knowing what I am insuring and that I have sufficient coverage.

I thought I’d share this today to either serve as a reminder for other photographers to update their insurance policy to make sure all their equipment is covered or to maybe motivate those without coverage to look into getting it.

Obtaining insurance is relatively inexpensive to do. Taking into account the amount of my annual premium, I could easily pay it for over 25 years before having a loss and still come out ahead. Given the recent thefts of cameras in Salt Lake City, I think there is now more reason than ever to insure your gear.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/640 second, f/6.3, ISO 160

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On Approach

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/640 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

November 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm by | Categories: Post



Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/6.3, ISO 100

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November 23, 2009 at 11:20 am by | Categories: Post

Giving Back as a Photographer


This past Tuesday I had the privilege of being the opening speaker at the Scott Bourne event at Pictureline in Salt Lake City. The topic of my talk was Giving Back as a Photographer. I ended by showing a short video highlighting a recent project by local photographer Dale Welcome. For those that didn’t attend, I thought I’d share the video here.

A big thank you goes out to Aaron Dodds for filming and editing the video and to Dale for sharing his thoughts and allowing us to eavesdrop on his sessions.

November 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm by | Categories: Post

Behind the Scenes – Princess Amerah Children’s Book


Behind the Scenes - Amerah

I’ve just wrapped up five days of studio shooting for an upcoming children’s book featuring the character Princess Amerah. My job was to create images that will be joined with other images and backgrounds to become illustration-like graphics in the book.

In the behind-the-scenes shot above, I photographed the characters at the king’s dining table. What is not seen in the image is the palace background and Amerah’s dog saving the day by intercepting the poison goblet.

It’s been a busy and fun week. I’m excited to see the final product when the graphic designers are finished.

November 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm by | Categories: Post