Is a picture licensing revolution about to hit the internet?

LogoPixelsLicensing (1)In response to Getty Images’ decision last month to open up vast chunks of their image collection for free editorial use, and Reuters doing something similar with their collection of photojournalist images, a new website has launched that hands control back to the photographer. The founder, and man behind eCommerce business Fine Art America, Sean Broihier made a bold declaration to Upstart criticizing the current system that gives photographers little control, leaving them open to exploitation by the established image licensing firms.

“I always wanted to be in the licensing business,”he says. “If you’re an artist or photographer, you should be able to dictate the price for your images and what’s happened with existing sites is that it’s a race to the bottom.”

Why is a professional wedding photographer not viewed in the same way as a professional hairdresser?

The end of the week on the web offers a chance for idle surfing and browsing of content that normally would slip below the radar. An interesting question was raised this week in an open letter, posted on PetaPixel by Cheri Frost, to Good Morning America criticizing a recent Bride on a Budget wedding segment. Packed with money saving ideas, one of the suggestions made by the presenter was to “save a few hundred dollars and make a college kid happy” by hiring a trainee photographer. On first thoughts that idea sounds agreeable in a way that saying ‘save money and hire a student hairdresser’ does not. It also articulates a problem facing all those involved in creative industries which is, how do you earn respect for your skills and get fair pay for your professional experience.  

New firmware v1.06F for Phottix Mitros+ for Canon

Phottix is releasing the v1.06F firmware upgrade or its Phottix Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flashes for Canon. Firmware Version v1.02B7 Change logs, install instructions and files are available in the below download links.

This firmware upgrade is for Phottix Mitros+ flashes, not regular Phottix Mitros for Canon.

What does the upgrades do?

1. Improves Flash Head Orientation Icon display on the LCD display when flash head is raised or rotated from the 0 degree standard forward position.

2. Improves the Odin Tx Mode settings that:

a) Adjusting the Zoom levels of the Local (L) flash and prevents issues with Mitros+ Flashes in Odin Rx Mode changing zoom simultaneously.