Note: The photos were taken using an iPhone.
This beer box I bought the other day has both bottles and cans in it, but I thought it was a box of bottles :(
Note: The photos were taken using an iPhone.
Just finished the first photo-shoot with Jess. We did the shoot in a rented suite, which was ideal for glamor and boudoir shots. Full gallery will be available soon.
Model Tye is competing in Playboy Miss Social contest. Please vote for her.
The link to her contestant page is HERE.
Finished the first photo-shoot with Angela, yesterday. Angela is a model from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is absolutely fantastic to work with.
Although we initially planned for an outdoor photo-shoot, weather issues forced us to change the idea.
We used two backgrounds, two soft-boxes (equipped with strobes) and wireless triggered flash-lights for this shoot.
The complete gallery will be available later here.
Angela's Facebook fan page is here.
This was the second studio photo-shoot I did this year, and the first with Tima. Everything went perfectly as planned and we ended up taking lot of great images.
For this photo-shoot I used two background setups, a white vinyl and red muslin. Lights were studio strobes and Nikon SB series flash lights (through soft boxes and umbrellas).
The weather is still not good for any outdoor photo-shoots, but we plan to have a complete portfolio with outdoor and fashion shots pretty soon.
Yesterday morning we did our first photo-shoot for this year with beautiful Tye, a model from Lincoln, NE. She showed up well ahead of scheduled time which gave us much needed extra time for preparations, setup two places with lighting, and to discuss about plans for the shoot. She was absolutely amazing to work with.
This was also the first shoot I used my brand new Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED lens*. This is a very good lens, especially to use with studio lights, and tight spaces - like my studio which is small. Almost the entire shoot was done using this lens, except for few shots with 35mm prime, and I am pretty happy with the results. Focusing is very sharp, and fast. I had VR turned off all the time because I was never below 1/125s shutter speed.
The other equipment used for the shoot included Nikon 35mm f/2.0 D, Westcott/Photobasics strobes & softboxes, backdrops (muslin), and three Nikon SB series flashes.
The full gallery will be available here soon.
*I was debating between this and Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZF.
Wish you all a very Happy New Year!
I managed to update the web site little bit during holidays and add a new profile page for Natalie.
I have several more shoots, with new models, scheduled for next few weeks. All would be indoors/studio because the weather is VERY cold here these days. However, I am planning on doing a Winter outdoor shoot if I could find the adventurous model for the job :) Anyone would like to try something like this, please let me know. Yes, I'm serious!!
Have a great start to the new year everybody!!
Are photo-labs “legally stealing” your photos? Yet another reason to spend time reading the fine prints of “terms and conditions”
Photo labs in major department stores, drug stores, and warehouse clubs are undoubtedly the cheapest places to print photos. Generally, they do a fairly decent job for most prints, but the variation from one lab to another could be huge, at times.
Until recently, I was using Sam’s Club photo lab for my regular printing, such as prints for family and friends, etc. Once in a while I used their service for larger prints, mostly 8 x 10”, just because it was the cheapest way. I always had the copyright watermark on large prints uploaded to photo lab web site to order prints, but I was never ever asked about the ownership of the photos by Sam’s Club photo lab when I showed up to pick up the pictures (Walgreens photo lab, however, requested my photo I.D. and business card when I printed a photo with copyright watermark on it).
Last time I was ready to print an 8 x 10” at the Sam’s Club Photo Lab I took time to read their “terms and conditions”. Here is the portion of it, which explained to me why they did not ever bother about the copyright and ownership of the photo:
“You grant to samsclub.com a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, unrestricted, world-wide right and license to access, use, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, display, perform, communicate to the public, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, and otherwise use such Materials (in whole or in part) in connection with the Site and/or the Products, using any form, media or technology now known or later developed, without providing compensation to you or any other person, without any liability to you or any other person, and free from any obligation of confidence or other duties on the part of samsclub.com, its affiliates and their respective licensees;
You grant to all users of the Site who enter the correct Album Password, permission to access, view, store, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, display, perform, and reproduce such Materials (in whole or in part) in any of the ways facilitated or provided by the Site;
You represent and warrant to samsclub.com and all users of the Site that (i) their use of the Materials does not and will not violate or infringe the rights (including copyright, moral rights, and other intellectual property rights and privacy and personality rights) of any other person or any applicable laws; and (ii) you have all the rights necessary to grant all rights and licenses set forth above; and
You also grant to samsclub.com the right to use your name in connection with the Materials.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, samsclub.com will not disclose, use or modify Materials for marketing purposes or any other purposes without obtaining your express permission unless required to do so by law”.
Although I understand that every service offered to public should be covered by certain rules, regulations, etc. for liability protection, this section of the “Terms and conditions”, in my opinion, is written in favor of the Sam’s Club Photo Lab, rather than their customers. Although I am not a lawyer, this agreement almost sounds like that the customers lose their rights to the photos when they upload the photos to Sam’s Club photo lab for printing. That is, you give away your pictures to the photo lab when you pay for prints of your own pictures.
In the contrary, Walgreens Photo Center provides an explanation of “copyright”, which clearly indicates that the photographer owns the pictures printed at their photo lab:
“Do I own the rights to this image?
What does it mean to won the copyright to a photograph? "Copyright" means the legal right to make copies. It protects creative artists including painters, musicians, writers, photographers and others. If you take pictures, it protects your rights, too. It means no one can copy your photographs and sell them, or put them on other objects to sell, or use them online without your permission.
By uploading your photos to the Walgreens Photo Center, you have given us permission to legally use your images only to the prints and other photo products you (or others who share your albums) may order. We promise not to use your photos for any other purpose.
Copyright also means that if you paid a professional photographer to take pictures of you or your family, that photographer may own the copyright to those images. You own the prints, but it is your responsibility to ask the photographer for written permission before making additional copies, from either paper prints or digital files.
If we believe a photo order includes images that do not belong to the person ordering them, or that may have been taken by a professional photographer, we will not make prints or other products from them until we have written permission or other evidence confirming their ownership in our files. Please respect the rights of other photographers and make sure you have this permission before uploading and printing.”
I usually do not use other photo labs for printing, and therefore not aware of the “terms and conditions” of their services. One thing is for sure, I am not going to print photos using local photo labs without fully reading the “terms and conditions”. I simply do not want to pay for prints and then give away my photos, at the same time.
Finally, Photo36 Photography is in Facebook. The profile page is still under construction.