Photojournalist John McHugh has developed a watermarking app for the iphone. He says he did it because he was tired of people stealing his work (BJP here). It looks like a good idea to me so I just downloaded the app for my phone. I don't think that it will keep people -and companies- from taking pictures but at least some of a photographers branding can travel with the image now.
Or at least the favorite that I made. Funny that it was made on a telephone. My prediction for the coming year is that the distinction between camera and phone will blur even farther. My guess is that we will start seeing cameras that run on mobile operating systems and have network sharing software built in, many cameras already have built in wi-fi.
Happy Post Apocalypse. It seems that for the start of the 14th Maya baktun Instagram has is going back to the old terms of service. I'd still like a paid opt out option as many people have asked for. But for now @natgeo is back and -Cautiously- so am I. Thanks to all the photographers who stood together and helped a large company rethink its business model.
One of my favorite features of Adobe Lightroom 4 is the map module. What a great way to organize information. Many new model cameras have built in gps receivers so the images are automatically geo tagged. But how do you find locations if you have a camera (like the 5D MK III that I use) without the gps chip?
My solution is to shoot a picture with my camera phone after I am done shooting with the MK III. It doesn't have to be a good picture. I am just trying to record the location. Any phone with a camera will have a built in gps receiver that tags the photograph. I then email that photo to myself. When I download the days shoot I'll drop those emailed photos into the same folder on my computer that I am downloading my raw files into.
Then when I import the day's folder into lightroom the phone pictures will appear on the lightroom map. From there it is a simple matter of dragging the raw files onto the right place on the map. Lightroom will even fill in the correct city, state and country.
By doing that to the raw files at import any files I then export will have the correct information in them.
Of course there are add on gps receivers for cameras (here is one for the MK III). But you have to remember to put them on the camera, and often I need something else to go into the hot shoe (like a flash). Plus it is one more thing to buy and carry when I almost always have a phone on me.