Copyright Registration Getting More Expensive

Copyright registration in the United States could suddenly be getting a lot more expensive for photographers.

NANPA

A tip of the cap to the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) for spreading the word about a change in policy at the United States Copyright Office that could make it considerably more expensive for photographers to file their images for copyright protection.

Effective February 20, 2018, submissions to the US Copyright Office will be limited to 750 images. Previously there had been no limit, which meant photographers could effectively submit a virtually unlimited number of photos in a single batch, paying only a single fee.

Now, the $55 registration fee will only cover submissions of up to 750 images, which could cause the total cost to go up significantly for photographers who want to submit a large number of images.

If you have a large number of photos you’ve not yet registered with the US Copyright Office, you may want to hurry up and get your images submitted before February 20, 2018.

You can read the details of the new application process (including a link to a PDF document with the final rule that implements the change in submission guidelines) on the US Copyright Office website here:

https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2018/708.html

New Course: Organizing Photos in Photoshop Elements

We have published a new course in the GreyLearning library focused on helping you truly understand the various organizational features in the Photoshop Elements Organizer. The course, called “Photoshop Elements: Organizing Photos”, will enable you to define (and follow) a workflow that helps you manage your photos with confidence.

The “Photoshop Elements: Organizing Photos” course is included in the “Mastering Photoshop Elements” course, which you can find on the GreyLearning website here:

https://www.greylearning.com/bundles/photoshop-elements

In addition, “Organizing Photos” is available as a standalone course here:

https://www.greylearning.com/courses/pse-organizing-photos

Webinar Recording: Top Hidden Features of Lightroom

In today’s presentation as part of the GreyLearning Webinar Series, Tim Grey shared his top “hidden” features in Adobe Lightroom. You can view a recording of the full webinar presentation on the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube here:

Be sure to subscribe to the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube so you’ll catch new webinar recordings and other videos. And note that recordings of all presentations in the GreyLearning webinar series are included in the GreyLearning Ultimate Bundle.

The GreyLearning Webinar Series is sponsored by Tamron USA.

New Course: “Photoshop Quick Tips”

We have published a new “Photoshop Quick Tips” course in the GreyLearning library, featuring a new episode every week with quick tips to help you make the most of Adobe Photoshop.

Every Friday we will add a new lesson, with tips aimed at helping you discover “hidden” features in Photoshop, techniques for leveraging various tools and features, and more. This course is included in the “GreyLearning Ultimate” Bundle as well as the “Photoshop for Photographers” Bundle. You can also purchase this course individually, at a low initial price of just $9.

If you’d like to get a new quick tip on Photoshop every week, you can get all of the details on the GreyLearning website here:

https://www.greylearning.com/courses/photoshop-tips

Webinar Recording: Lightroom Q&A

Today’s presentation as part of the GreyLearning Webinar Series was a question-and-answer session focused on Adobe Lightroom. The “Lightroom Q&A” webinar provided photographers with the opportunity to submit their questions, which Tim Grey addressed in real time.

You can watch the full webinar presentation through the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube here:

The GreyLearning Webinar Series is sponsored by Tamron USA.

Webinar Recording: Good Organizational Habits for the Photographer

The topic for today’s presentation as part of the GreyLearning Webinar Series was “Good Organizational Habits for the Photographer”. During this presentation, Tim Grey shared tips to help photographers define the key aspects of their organizational workflow, such as by defining a strategy for naming folders, being thoughtful about metadata updates, and more.

You can watch the full webinar presentation through the Tim Grey TVchannel on YouTube here:

The GreyLearning Webinar Series is sponsored by Tamron USA.

“Shoot for the Moon” Photo Contest

We are kicking off a monthly GreyLearning Photo Contest for 2018, and the first contest theme is “Shoot for the Moon”.

For this contest theme photographers are invited to submit their favorite image featuring the moon. The photographer whose image is selected as the winner will receive one year of free access to the GreyLearning Ultimate Bundle.

Images for this photo contest must be submitted no later than February 5, 2018.

UPDATE: You can see the winning image for the “Motion in a Still” photo contest here:

http://greylearningblog.com/contest-winner-motion-in-a-still/

No More “Perpetual” Lightroom

There will no longer be any updates to Adobe Lightroom for those who don’t subscribe to an Adobe Creative Cloud plan.

Yesterday Adobe released version 6.14 of Lightroom, which is the final update to the “perpetual” version of Lightroom. There will no longer be any updates for bug fixes, proprietary raw capture support, lens profile support, or new feature updates.

Adobe had previously made it clear that by the end of 2017 Lightroom would no longer be updated for users who did not subscribe to an Adobe Creative Cloud plan. In a blog post from October 18, 2017, which focused on the release of Lightroom CC and the rebranding of Lightroom Classic CC, the following information was included:

Lightroom 6 is the last standalone version of Lightroom that can be purchased outside of a Creative Cloud membership. There will not be a Lightroom 7 perpetual offering. Lightroom 6 will remain for sale for an undetermined amount of time, but will no longer be updated with camera support or bug fixes after the end of 2017.

Needless to say, this milestone will frustrate many photographers who are not happy about Adobe’s shift toward a subscription model for software licensing.

The Perils of Geotagging

I am a huge fan of geotagging my photos, to the point that I made a decision to buy a Canon EOS 7D Mark II (http://amzn.to/2i4k7wg) based on the fact that it included a GPS receiver. With the geotagging feature turned on, the location where I capture each image can be recorded by the camera in the metadata for each image. I can later view all of my photos on the map within Lightroom, which can be tremendously helpful.

However, I recently ran across an article that made me realize this feature isn’t always a good thing. For example, an article on the RhinoProtect website points out that if you share photos online, poachers may use GPS metadata embedded in those photos to track wildlife.

You can read the full article on the RhinoProtect website here:

Beware: Poachers use Geo Tagged Instagram photos to track wildlife

The bottom line is that when you are photographing sensitive subjects, you may want to turn off the geotagging feature in your camera. Or, when sharing photos, you may want to first remove the location information (and perhaps other details) from metadata.