Articles by Larry Spisak

The Software Dilema

You've worked hard and saved your money to the best of your ability. You have a nice camera and good lenses. But before you upload them to Dreamstime or even show them to your friends, you want to make some small corrections for color, contrast, cropping etc. But photo software can bust an already strained budget. What's the poor but dedicated photographer to do?Photoshop, the incredibly powerful and useful software package, is really expensive and now, if you want it, you have to subscribe to... continue reading

Video Problems

I am very happy to see that Dreamstime has started accepting videos. However, I am not happy that I have to buy a Mac to upload them. OK, that's an overstatement, but I found that in order to upload my videos, which I am sure are Emmy worthy, that I need to get a version of QuickTime to convert said winners into an acceptable format.Not wishing to start the old Mac vs. Windows controversy, let's just accept that Windows7 is better than anything Apple puts out, so how about accepting different... continue reading

Shoot it or lose it

I just came back from one of my favorite shooting spots for flowers and critters, Flamingo Gardens I went to shoot some video of two of the waterfalls on the property and get some more shots of the various critters that roam the gardens. I hadn't been there in 4 months or so.Imagine my disappointment when I went inside only to find that the lush vegetation had completely overgrown the falls. You could hear them, but you couldn't see them, so, no video.I did the same thing to myself on a recent... continue reading

Instagram can sell your photos without your permission

Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photosIn its first big policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users' photos without payment or notification. Oh, and there's no way to opt out.www.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559710-38/instagram-says-it-now-has-the-right-to-sell-your-photos/?ttag=gpwlOK, Kids. Have fun with this little infringement on your creative rights.Larry continue reading

Stolen Photos Part II

Well, I thought they were going to do the right thing.Today, Friday, I had to write this e-mail_ Charlotte,So far no changes. I noticed that your client has stripped the Copyright info and credits out of the photo on the site in the EXIF info attached to the photos. Not an innocent mistake.Have her remove the photo from the site.LarryHer agent's info:Charlotte MorganMorgan LockyerLondon t. +44 20 7837 4600e. charlotte@morganlockyer.comw. http://www.morganlockyer.com... continue reading

Site Stealing Photos

This site is stealing thousands of photos and not giving credit for them, https://monicadebraud.wordpress.com/ I've filed a complaint with Google as I found my image that way.See if your photos are there.Larry continue reading

So, you want to be a pro photographer.

You most likely want to be a pro and perhaps you already are. But are you a good pro? Or do people cringe when they see you are going to be on a shoot? Here are a few tips that will make you a better pro.Check your ego at the door - You are a good photographer or you wouldn't be on the job in the first place. No one is going to hire someone who does lousy work. They also will not hire someone AGAIN who thinks they are a gift to the photographic community. No time for drama. You have a job to do.... continue reading

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