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The Work Evolves

Through various things on the internet I have been learning new ways of working and, yes, most of it has been through creativeLIVE and all their different instructors.  I don’t copy what other artists do, that is definitely wrong, but I do take what they do, well bits and pieces of it.  I know when I look at my work flow that there are things that I do that I got from this artist or that artist, but when I put them altogether I get my style, well that is the plan.

So I have been doing the fine art portraits for a while now.  I still love doing them, but doing them always in the park,  well, I need to change and I want to start doing something more with them.  I want to combine my love of architecture with the portraits. So I have been thinking about doing more compositing.  Actually start compositing.

It isn’t something I have done a lot, I have experimented a little bit, but I want to get more serious about it.  I have been working on my Photoshop skills and I think I have the skills now to do some really great images.  I also think my past experience as an artist who painted and did a lot of drawing, has to help.  I understand how an image is put together and the elements that make an image believable.

So what is compositing, for those that don’t know, I found a definition from Wikipedia, here it is, “Compositing is the combining of visual elements from separate sources into single images, often to create the illusion that all those elements are parts of the same scene.”

scmont-hpm4843So I would be able to go to somewhere like Montsalvat and take images of places there, without a model, then take some photos of models, or clients, in my new portable studio and then composite the person into the image I took at Montsalvat.

It isn’t going to be as easy as it sounds, but I think I know what I need to know to be able to do it.  I know the way I shoot the model will be very important and the lighting will have to fit the scene that I am going to put them in.  I will have to make sure colours are correct and that type of thing.  I think I have the knowledge to do it, and I am very excited to try it.

scmont-hpm4960I could put someone standing in the doorway here, or even further back.  Doing this kind of photography is part of the reason why I bought the 50mm lens, so I could shoot everything with the same lens.

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Part of the problem I have now is that if I take a model or client to a place like this to take photos, one, it will cost me so much more money, but secondly I can’t expect a model to wait around for people to leave so we can take photos.  Somewhere like this is quite touristy, so there are often people around.  However, I can go on my own, take the photos I need and then place people in various spots.  It will also mean I can use the same locations for multiple people.  If I take photos of these places carefully, I could get a whole library of images just for compositing.

scmont-hpm5058There are still many things to consider, but I am hoping to try my first one this week.  I am so excited.  When I do the shoot for the model, I will also photograph the portable studio for you to see. Though if you have seen any of Jennifer Thoreson’s work, you would know what I am doing.

Here are the photos I took at Montsalvat last year.  Not so sure about the processing anymore, but I hope you like the place.

A Different Clientele

It has been a funny week.  It started off good, that is me photographing my very first client, then I crashed big time as far as self confidence went.  I did the whole questioning of whether or not I am really any good at this stuff, am I kidding myself. I know lots of negative self talk that I should know better than to listen too, but still, it was there.

Then yesterday I went out for the day with my photography friend and she told me that I was too negative, that I needed to start thinking positively otherwise nothing good will happen.  So, I thought, I need to think positive.  I got home to an inquiry about a wedding.  Turns out I may get to shoot a wedding, doing my type of photography.  They already have a photographer for the usual stuff but she really likes what I do so wants me to take some fine art portraits for her.  How exciting.

So a different sort of client than I thought I would get, but I am very happy with it.  I wouldn’t mind doing weddings this way.  There isn’t a lot of pressure on me, so even better.

I have to get going, but thought I would show you one of the photos that I took at the session on Sunday.  Also, not my usual client.  She was older than my usual models, and I had to think differently, but I am happy with what I got in the end and I hope she is too.

Leanne Cole - Taking a MomentFun times ahead, I have a pregnant woman next month, then hopefully the wedding.  I really hope the positive energy I am trying to emit is starting to work.

That Belongs to Me – More on Copyright

Track Worlds

With Accreditation to the UCI World Track Championships I could photograph everyone riding and I retained the copyright for all images.

When I was photographing some cycling events there was a rider that would say to me “you can’t take my photo, I haven’t given you permission”.  In response I would say, “I don’t need your permission”.  He thought I needed his permission because I was photographing him.  Then many riders, mainly juniors, would think they owned the images because the images had them in them.  This is a common problem and one that was brought up last week as well.  I thought today we might have a look at Copyright ownership, or who owns the copyright on the photos.

Again, most of what I am going to say will refer to is Australian Law.  While much is similar from country to country, state to state, it is something that I recommend you all find out about in your own country.

So, according to our laws, the first owner of copyright is the photographer, the person who took the image, and not necessarily the person who owns the camera.  So if you lend your camera to someone, and they take a photo, then that image will belong to them, not you.  However, for most of us here, it means if you take a photo, then the copyright belongs to you and you can do what you wish with that image.  Of course there are always going to be exceptions.

The rules are different again for photos that are commissioned for newspapers and magazines.  I am not going to go into them here, as I don’t think it is of major concern to us here, but if you are taking photos for magazines and newspapers then you should be aware of what your rights are and what you are allowed to use the photos for.

But what happens when someone commissions you or pays you to take photos?

In Australia the laws vary according to the date that they were taken.  For the purpose of this blog we will look at the law as it stands now and has done since 1998.

Briony - My ChoiceIf you are paid to take photos for private purposes, such as wedding photos, family portraits, child portraits etc, then the ownership and therefore copyright will belong to the client, or the person who has paid you to take the photos.

The image above, as most of you know, is of my daughter.  It is a portrait and would be considered an image taken for private use.  If this was not my daughter, and her family had paid me to take this image then I wouldn’t be able to put this image here without the parents permission and for my own protection I would get a model release form signed as well.

I know some photographers have it as part of the agreement or contract with clients that they can use some images for publicity.  Though, I am sure if you said you didn’t want that they would still take your photo.

If, however, you are paid to take photos for commercial purposes then the images still belong to you unless you come to an understanding with your client.

if they were taken for any other purpose (e.g. commercial shots), the photographer will be
the first owner of copyright, unless the photographer and client agree otherwise.sced20121125-0124

It is quite interesting to read.

In November, you may recall, that I went to the BMX State Championships at Knox.  I was being paid to be there and my job was to photograph the women and girls at the racing.  As the images are to be used for commercial purposes, I would suppose that the images still belong to me.  However, I would assume that they aren’t mine to sell.  The image on the right was of the men racing, I took some while waiting for the women/girls, so I am pretty sure I own the copyright on them.

Another area that can be confusing is when you are taking photos in a building that you think is public but isn’t.  Many sports stadiums are thought to be public, but they aren’t.  Usually the people who own the building, the government organisation or private owners have the say on who can take photos in their buildings.  Generally if you have the owners permission to take photos in that building then you don’t need the permission of the individuals.

At the beginning I talked about the kid who said I couldn’t photograph him.  As it was a cycling event, in a velodrome, he may have been able to make a case, but since I had the permission of Cycling Victoria to take photos for myself and them, I didn’t need the kids permission.  Of course, you have to be reasonable and if someone really doesn’t want you to use their images, then why would you?  It will be better in the long run not to use that image and use another one.

I have only ever had one person say I couldn’t photograph their child or put photos of their child up on my website, I obeyed, even though the images were taken on public roads, it was easier to exclude them and not put them up.  In the end, the parents gave their permission after it was obvious that their child was the one being blurred out of images.

Track World Cup - Hisense Arena 2012I hope this has cleared up some questions, and helps some.  I know this wasn’t asked for, but after last weeks post I felt it was warranted to do.

For links to various countries copyright organisations then please go back to last weeks post, The Public in the Copyright Issue.

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