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June 25, 2009

Photographers and Privacy

As a photographer whether professional or aspiring to be, there can be sticky legal issues if you're snapping shots of copyrighted material or people. The World Intellectual Property Organization has put together some guidelines that might keep you safe on their Legal Pitfalls in Taking Photographs page. When people are easily identifiable in your photographs, you may want to consider getting them to sign a release form especially if you want to use the image commercially. New York Institute of Photography has a simple sample form here. You may also want to purchase or to check out a good guide such as The Professional Legal Handbook for Photographers.

Image above: Lyon, Nuits sonores 2009 Marché gare scène 1, photograph by Biphop on Flickr,

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June 24, 2009

CoolIris for your iPhone

If you enjoy using CoolIris with your Firefox browser, you might be interested in their new iPhone app. Log in access to personal sites like Flickr, Picasa, and Twitter as well as greater customization have been added to the new app. To download for free, go to iTunes.

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June 23, 2009

CC Zero and Public Domain

If you're creating an image, music or other type of creative work that you wish to designate as copyright free, how do you do so? Creative Commons has a copyright designation called CC0 which allows you to mark even newly created work as part of the public domain. Public domain means that anyone can use, alter, and sell the image, film, or music in question. The Stanford University Library Copyright & Fair Use page gives a good explanation of what it means for something to be part of public domain.

Public domain materials can be a great source for adding visual materials to your blog or online courses. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether items are part of the public domain. Digital Inspiration has a post up about using Google, Yahoo, and other sites like Digg to find public domain works. Below are a few other links that might help you determine and find works belonging to the public domain:

Public Domain Flow Chart
Copyright Durations
Cornell listing of Copyright Terms
Creative Commons blog entry including links to Science Commons and more

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June 12, 2009

WPA 2.0

CityLab is sponsoring an Urban design competition called WPA 2.0 for professionals and students alike. CityLab seems to be excited about the prospect of student entries and is flexible in terms of what kinds of student groups they will except.
Entrants to this portion of the competition, which comprises a single stage, may enter as individuals, independent teams, or through academic studios under the leadership of an instructor. The competition organizers energetically encourage participation among students, and are willing to work with studio instructors who wish to set WPA 2.0 (SE) problems for the Fall 2009 term.

The competition is open to a wide range of urban planning endeavors, download the brief, here.


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June 08, 2009


There's a new image search app called Facesærch. It uses Google's search API and hosted images to search only for faces. The tool works well for famous figures such as Le Corbusier or Picasso.

via Deep Focus

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June 05, 2009

Web 3.0

Digital Inspiration has a great post up on the evolution of web usage. Like the above diagram, the post spells it out to you in plain english. Whether you're a student or educator, it can be difficult stay prepared for the new educational opportunities arising from both web content and new web use. The post shares several slide shows and videos which might help you stay ahead of the curve.

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June 04, 2009

Flash Catalyst

Adobe Flash Catalyst is a new Adobe product that might leave some designers jumping for joy. It's a tool that allows you to import a photoshop or illustrator file and create Flash content to save as a SWF file without no programming. Catalyst appears like it might be a great bridge between making visual content and programming for the web. Check out more demos and download a free 30-day trial here.

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June 03, 2009


Glocal is a collaborative project operated out of the Techlab at the Surrey Art Gallery. Its aim is to examine the role of digital images in culture.

Out of this project have come several useful tools. Two such tools that are a hybrid of browsing and analyzing are Image Breeder and Similarity Maps. These tools use similarities within the visual or compositional structure of images to group and compare them. In addition to these comparative tools, Glocal has also been working to teach users about the technical and historical aspects of making photographs. The software toolkits allow you to turn your computer's camera into "an innovative photographic device" with time lapse, exposure, and diptych tools. You can utilize the similar techniques as Muybridge, Marey, and other early photographers without leaving your laptop.

[via Deep Focus]

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