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The Importance of Contracts: Wedding Photog in a Dispute Over Album ‘Cover’ Charge

Update: There are new developments in this story. Please see below.


There’s a dispute going on over in Texas that shows the importance of getting your contracts right as a photographer. A pair of Dallas newlyweds are going public with their disagreement with wedding photographer Andrea Polito over an album “cover” charge that Polito is asking for — a charge that doesn’t specifically show up in the contract.
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Hippo Lunges Out of the Water At a Photo Safari Boat

Hippos are huge, but they’re deceptively fast underwater. Photographer Craig Clive Jackson was recently on a photo safari in Botswana when the boat he was sitting in was charged by a gigantic hippopotamus. He caught the whole experience on camera in the video above.
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Re: If You Don’t Want Your Photos Stolen, Don’t Post Them on the Internet

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“If you don’t want your photos stolen, don’t post them on the Internet.”

This is an argument I have heard over and over again, mostly from people who have never had their work borrowed. Which of course is like saying, “I know you were home, but if you didn’t want your belongings stolen, you shouldn’t have left your door unlocked.”
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Humor: If Disney Princesses Were Photographers…

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Here’s something random and lighthearted: photography satirist Missy Mwac put together a set of meme images showing what she thinks Disney princesses would be like if they were photographers.
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Marriott Hotels Offers Guests Complimentary GoPro Cameras to Use During Vacations

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Getting a free camera to use probably isn’t a perk you look for when booking a vacation hotel, but that’s what Marriott Hotels has begun to offer at a number of their locations. 17 of the chains hotels are now offering guests a complimentary GoPro HERO4 to use during their stay.
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Arkansas Bill Criminalizes Capturing and Possessing Certain Camera Drone Photos

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There’s a new bill passing through the Arkansas State Legislature that may be concerning to photographers who operate camera drones. The bill is titled, “Concerning The Use Of An Unmanned Vehicle Or Aircraft That Captures Images; To Create The Criminal Offenses; To Provide For Civil Liability,” and it criminalizes certain camera drone usage and the possession of photos captured during that usage.
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A Proposal Done Through a Fake Jewelry Commercial Shoot

This isn’t very photography related, but it could make for an interesting 8-minute break to your day. The video above is the story of how commercial videographer Dave Wallace of British Columbia proposed to his girlfriend by putting together a fake and elaborate shoot for a jewelry commercial.
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Idea: Make an Annual Video of Your Family Reviewing a Photo Book of the Past Year

Here’s a nice idea for an annual family tradition (especially if you’re a parent with young kids): take your family photos from the past year, create a year-in-review photo book, and then record some video of your family looking at the book and talking about it.

That’s what photographer Tim Kyle started doing this year with his two young daughters. The video above shows the three of them looking over their 2014 family photos “with expert commentary.”
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Jewish Newspaper Photoshops Female Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March Photo

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Millions of people — including many world leaders — took to the streets of France this past weekend to show solidarity in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. The gathering in Paris, the largest in the history of France, made the front pages of major newspapers around the world.

One ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper decided to cover the story a little differently, though: it’s front page photo was a manipulated one that left out female world leaders.
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Salt and Pepper Shakers Designed to Look Like Rolls of 35mm Film

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Check out this clever little salt and pepper set: it’s designed to look like 35mm rolls of Kodak and Fujifilm film. The yellow one is the “Film Salt Shaker,” and the green one is the “Film Pepper Shaker.”
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