Instagram's New Terms

Two weeks ago Instagram updated its terms of service, and my first thought was "Get ready for a big stink." Well, the pervasive odor spread a lot faster than even I expected, and within hours Instagram had "clarified" (i.e. rescinded) some of the more odious parts of the terms, which included the right for the company to sell photos uploaded via its service to third-party advertisers. You can argue about whether it's a small price to pay for using a free service, or a malicious rights grab, but either way it's interesting to watch the saga unfold. If you're interested in bailing out, there's a link below to a CNet story on backing up your photos and closing your Instagram account. I've also linked to a CNN Money article about the initial hubbub, as well as Instagram's official response via the company blog. Also included is a link to a Poynter story that points out that the terms have always included this right, so we don't need to be all up in arms about the new "broader" terms. Either way, it looks like Instagram isn't going to stick users with quite so bad a deal as was initially feared. But it does serve as a reminder to read the fine print when you go uploading your photos online. You may be giving up some rights you're not comfortable with. 

http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/18/technology/social/instagram-sell-photos/index.html?iid=HP_LN
http://blog.instagram.com/post/38252135408/thank-you-and-were-listening
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/198758/instagrams-new-tos-cheesing-off-pro-photographers
http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57559810-285/how-to-back-up-your-instagram-photos-and-delete-your-account
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Two weeks ago Instagram updated its terms of service, and my first thought was "Get ready for a big stink." Well, the pervasive odor spread a lot faster than even I expected, and within hours Instagram had "clarified" (i.e. rescinded) some of the more odious parts of the terms, which…

New Year Portraits

Happy New Year! Most of us have the day off today, so why not do something a little bit creatively productive? Judd Green has posted a wonderful tutorial on the Digital Photography School blog showing how he created a holiday-themed portrait of his children using a beautiful, but deceptively simple, sparkling lights background. It's straightforward and easy enough, but it's oh so effective. And it will help you start the new year off right.

http://digital-photography-school.com/christmas-portraits-how-i-took-it
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Happy New Year! Most of us have the day off today, so why not do something a little bit creatively productive? Judd Green has posted a wonderful tutorial on the Digital Photography School blog showing how he created a holiday-themed portrait of his children using a beautiful, but deceptively simple,…

Lifelogging Camera

Did Aunt Judy send you a big fat check for the holidays? If you've got cash burning a hole in your pocket, may I suggest you check out the Memoto Lifelogging Camera. At $250 it's no throwaway device, but it's a relatively small price to pay when compared to most cameras, right? Especially when you consider how unique it is. You strap the camera to your clothes and it automatically shoots a photo every 30 seconds, logging your life (get it now?) without requiring you to spend your time documenting all of your activities. I don't expect that it will take the place of a regular camera, but it's certainly got the wow factor that is sure to be the envy of fellow gadget-loving photographers.

http://uncrate.com/stuff/memoto-lifelogging-camera
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Did Aunt Judy send you a big fat check for the holidays? If you've got cash burning a hole in your pocket, may I suggest you check out the Memoto Lifelogging Camera. At $250 it's no throwaway device, but it's a relatively small price to pay when compared to most…

Fun And Funky Photo Gifts

Looking for that last minute photo-related gift? Then check out the Feature Shoot blog's holiday gift guide, complete with everything from a Weegee patterned silk scarf to a chocolate bar with your photography printed right on it. (And it's still edible!) Or maybe you're in the mood for a high-class leather camera satchel, or perhaps a Moleskine custom photo book. There are lots of great, creative options in here for last minute gift giving. And who am I kidding—it's fun to shop for yourself, too! Happy holidays!

http://www.featureshoot.com/holiday-gift-guide-for-photographers
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Looking for that last minute photo-related gift? Then check out the Feature Shoot blog's holiday gift guide, complete with everything from a Weegee patterned silk scarf to a chocolate bar with your photography printed right on it. (And it's still edible!) Or maybe you're in the mood for a high-class…

A Ring Light For Your iPhone. Really.

While I'm all for the democratization of photography and the wonderful advances in technology that have made iPhones some of the most popular—and frankly, some of the best—digital cameras on the market... Isn't it all getting a little bit ridiculous? Take, for instance, this iPhone ring light. Sure, it's all in good fun, and I'm sure if I had enough time and energy the thought of making a ringlight for my phone would be sort of appealing. But really, at the point at which we have so many accessories for our iPhones to make pictures, doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of the iPhone's camera, and eliminate what it is that makes the thing so great in the first place? Namely, that it's ever present in our pockets, always ready to go, which makes it invaluable. I certainly love the DIY photo blog, and I have to admit this is a fun project sure to generate plenty of comments if you were to actually put it into practice. But don't you think this post would be more fitting for April Fool's Day? 

http://www.diyphotography.net/how-to-build-a-clever-iphone-ring-light
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While I'm all for the democratization of photography and the wonderful advances in technology that have made iPhones some of the most popular—and frankly, some of the best—digital cameras on the market... Isn't it all getting a little bit ridiculous? Take, for instance, this iPhone ring light. Sure, it's all…

QuoteRobot

If you're a budding professional photographer—or, heck, even if you're well established—you may want to take a look at the QuoteRobot online proposal software. It's been around for a few years, but somehow managed to elude me until just this week. Once I read about its features—cloud-based organization of proposals and invoicing, and even synchronization with some popular accounting services—I immediately signed up for my free 30-day trial. And once I'd spent a few minutes there, I knew this was a tool I wanted to tell you about. It's a pretty impressive way to upgrade not only the look and feel of your proposals, but it serves as an excellent repository of the bids you send out, their status, and even offers opportunity for direct client interaction via the software. Pretty cool stuff for any creative business, I'd say. 

https://quoterobot.com
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If you're a budding professional photographer—or, heck, even if you're well established—you may want to take a look at the QuoteRobot online proposal software. It's been around for a few years, but somehow managed to elude me until just this week. Once I read about its features—cloud-based organization of proposals…
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