No, You Can Not Patent “Sorting And Uploading Photos For Athletes To Download”

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A few weeks back we reported a weird patent lawsuitPhotoCrazy (owned by Peter Wolf), was suing a South Carolina event photography business, Capstone, for violating a few patents. without going into the technicalities of it Photocrazy claimed that “taking photos of an athlete at an event, sorting the images by the bib number wore by the athlete, and putting them a website” is their patent.

Sound like bull, right?

Right! And court backs it up.

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Some Sweet Advice On Dealing With (Online) Criticism

Have you ever come back from the most incredible shoot of your life only to get a person go down on you? Have you ever had the most amazing idea for your business and when going live a fried totally dissed you?

Being a creative means that you put yourself out there almost daily and that means that criticism will come. The question is how to deal with it in a way that both let you take in the value from what you are told but not let this impact on your self esteem. And us creatives sometimes have very fragile egos.

Marie Forleo has some of the best advice I’ve heard about how to deal with criticism on or off line. While her advice may take some practice, it is extremely beneficial if you can follow.

[Do You Let Criticism Stop You? How To Insult-Proof Your Ego | Marie Forleo]

Uncropped Album Cover Photos Show The Bigger Image

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When I was young we used to drool over albums (well not really drool, but you know what I mean). Getting a 12 inch vinyl record was not only about the music, it was also about the entire experience of ownership. Then came the CDs and cover art shrank to about 6 inches and then came digital and cover art was gone.

The team at aptitude.co.uk wanted to extend a tribute to this dying, soon-to-be-lost art and created what could  have been the full photos from which the cover art was taken.

I am flabbergasted

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This Epic Storm Timelapse Will Make You Want To Get Close And Personal with A Storm

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Storms are terrifying things. The shear mass and brute force of a forming storm should probably strike fear in any person seeing the clouds gather. So if you have any brains in your heads, you probably drive as fast and as far away as you can. Well, not if you are Nicolaus Wegner. In this case you drive as close as you can, place your tripod on the fields and start a timelapse.

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New Zealand’s Hobbit Safety Video Shows Everything Can Be Epic

When we think airline safety videos we usually think… Actually we don’t think, we black out because we know it is going to be as boring as watching paint dry.

Then on the other hand you have the Epic The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,which should come out by the end of the year. hmmmm…..

Air New Zealand meshed the two up to create the most Epic airline safety video ever.

Aside some epic landscapes, elves, Orcs, The Lord of the Eagles and some epic battles, the movie also features one Elijah Woods and a quick hello from Peter Jackson.

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How Would You Redefine Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs For Photographers?

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This Pyramid is probably every psychology student nightmare. It illustrates Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which explains what do people really want. The (overly simplified here) idea behind the Pyramid is that you can only tent to a higher layer after you have dealt with satisfying the need of all the layers underneath it.

But how would this transform to photography? I have my idea of course, but I would love putting this here and hear your ideas. Share with us in the comments.

The Toronto That Might Have Been If Only Star Wars Was Real

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Darth Vader riding a streetcar; Luke Skywalker hitting a home run at Rogers Centre; Yoda piggybacking a youngster to cross the road.

For some impossible realities. For others, like Canadian photographer Thomas Dagg, a daily sighting.

Thomas takes the wonderful streets of Toronto and mixes it with his childhood memories. The city succumbs to Thomas’s strong memories of renting the trilogy over at Blockbusters, through almost dying to get a Chewbacca action figure.

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These Camera Themed Ice Cubes Are A Perfect Fit To Photography Cocktails

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There are many way to show you love photography. but what happens when you put the camera down and just want a cold drink? Well, you can still have that strong photography connection with your camera by sipping your pop (or scotch) with camera shaped ice cubes made with the just-been-released camera themed ice cube tray - PhotoPhreezePhun™.

The set comes with a full set of camera related cavities that you can fill with water (or Jello?) and freeze – two cameras – a DSLR and a mirrorless, a lens and a hot shoe strobe. The press kit also shows the ice tray converted to chocolate cubes maker. I think the latter would be tastier :)

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Famous Film Scenes Recreated In Stop Motion Using Lego Bricks

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We have stated this over and over again, Creativity Trumps Gear. Every time. Of course lacking certain pieces of gear may stop you from doing certain types photo art. But you can create good art with almost as little gear as you have.

See this project from Morgan Spence, AKA Morgspenny Productions, he re-enacted 60 of the all time favorite films in Lego bricks and stop motion. It does take much gear to do this. Just a lot of time and a lot of love. To top it off Morgan is only 15 years old. How’s that for dedication?

Gear is not that fancy either. Morgan uses a Canon 60D, a few desk lamps, and builds the sets on his desk.

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Adobe Germany Sets Different Creative Cloud Pricing Based On Browsers

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A lot has been said about adobe’s move from the licencing model to the rental model which Adobe calls the creative cloud.

It started with adding a $9.99/ month photography package which includes Photoshop and Lightroom, but now we may be seeing the next step on the Adobe Creative Cloud pricing.

It turns out that browsing to Adobe’s creative cloud plans in Germany yields different pricing for different browsers.

If you visit the page in safari the photography package will be €9.99 and buying the entire CC bundle will be €49.99

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