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Lightroom Workshop Feb 6, Evening Presentation Feb 5

I’m doing a Lightroom Workshop February 6 at my studio in Kensington, MD. This one is sponsored by ASMP, so it’s a little less expensive than my normal program, although it’s just as action-packed.

Here’s the sign-up.

Also, on the evening of February 5, I’m doing a shorter program at the CDIA in Georgetown.

Here’s where you sign up for that one.


Complete description after the jump
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Instagram Terms – Still Terrible

Instagram made a big deal of backpedaling through the PR storm it created with the proposed Terms of Service (TOS) changes. They claim to be really sorry, and that they have learned their lesson and will respect their users’ wishes better in the future.

After reading the amended terms of use scheduled to take effect January 19th, 2013, I’m unimpressed with the changes.  Some extra-crappy parts include:

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Instagram creates terrible new user agreement


I’m generally not alarmist about web rights boilerplate, since there is often a lot of ambiguity. Nothing ambiguous about this. (Item 2 in Rights, emphasis added.)

Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

Note that this includes minor children.

If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.

Oh, and you agree to indemnify them in case of breach of privacy. (That means you agree to pay their legal team in the event one of your subjects sues for being included in a viagra advertisement).

(Item 4 in Rights)

You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content posted by you on or through the Service or otherwise have the right to grant the rights and licenses set forth in these Terms of Use; (ii) the posting and use of your Content on or through the Service does not violate, misappropriate or infringe on the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark and/or other intellectual property rights; (iii) you agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owed by reason of Content you post on or through the Service; and (iv) you have the legal right and capacity to enter into these Terms of Use in your jurisdiction.

And this part in Indemnification:

You (and also any third party for whom you operate an account or activity on the Service) agree to defend (at Instagram’s request), indemnify and hold the Instagram Parties harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including without limitation, reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, arising out of or in any way connected with any of the following (including as a result of your direct activities on the Service or those conducted on your behalf): (i) your Content or your access to or use of the Service; (ii) your breach or alleged breach of these Terms of Use; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation, any intellectual property right, publicity, confidentiality, property or privacy right; (iv) your violation of any laws, rules, regulations, codes, statutes, ordinances or orders of any governmental and quasi-governmental authorities, including, without limitation, all regulatory, administrative and legislative authorities; or (v) any misrepresentation made by you. You will cooperate as fully required by Instagram in the defense of any claim. Instagram reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, and you will not in any event settle any claim without the prior written consent of Instagram.

Note that this language seems to grant a license to the actual photograph, and not just the copy uploaded to Instagram. If they could find a high-res version somewhere, they may have the rights to that also.

The only opt-out is to delete your account.

The changes take effect January 16, 2013.  So, what does one do?  Well, I don’t see much option except to delete the account.  And if your tween or teen child has an instagram account (and many of them do), you’ll want to think about blocking that.

Instagram claims the rights to any photos uploaded after January 16th in perpetuity, regardless of whether you delete your account later.

(Cnet article here.)

This is breathtakingly horrible.

Lightroom Workshops December 11 and 12

We’ve just announced some new Lightroom workshops to take place at Peter Krogh Studio in Kensington MD. The first workshop, December 11, will be an introduction to Lightroom. The second one, December 12th, will be an intermediate and advanced workflow tune-up.

Introduction to Lightroom
In the Introduction to Lightroom workshop, we’ll show how to get started with Lightroom. You’l learn how to set up your computer to get the most out of the program in the safest and most efficient way.

Sign-up and additional information here 

Intermediate and Advanced Workflow Tune-up
In our second workshop, you’ll learn more advanced techniques, taking advantage of some of the more powerful features of the software. This is also a great workshop for anyone who is upgradfing from an earlier version of the software and wants to know how the new develop module is different from the old one.

Sign-up and additional information here

Each workshop runs from 9-5, costs $200/day and includes lunch. Discounts available for past attendees at Krogh Studio workshops, ASMP and APA members, as well as multi-day attendees and those who want to bring their assistants.

Email for discount details.

Free Lightroom Presentation this weekend

As part of FotoWeek DC’s educational program, I’ll be giving a free presentation on Adobe Lightroom Saturday November 10th from Noon to 1:30 pm. The lecture will be held at the Morton Auditorium , 805 21st Street, NW Washington, DC.  I’ll be showing some ways to set up and use Lightroom, as well as some of the cooler image adjustment tools.

Program description and link to registration here.

Lucie Lecture this Weekend in LA

I’ll be giving a lecture on Sunday: Media Management and the Creative Process. The lecture is part of the annual Lucie Awards program, and takes place from 3:00 to 4:30 pm on Sunday in Santa Monica.  The lecture is free, but registration is required. Here’s the description:

The way you store, tag and preserve your media is key to the long-term viability of your creative work. And while this is a technical process, it’s also intrinsic to the creative process. If it’s done well, good media management allows you to add structure to your work – whether its a complex single project, or a long-term body of smaller works.

Whether you are working in still photography, video or multimedia production, there are some universal principles that can guide your technical workflow in support of your creative processes. Peter Krogh helps you understand this tangle of interconnected processes, helping to bring clarity, order and efficiency to your media production.
Sign up here.

Wrangling Technology

ASMP has just published a new book that helps photographers understand photo markets in the digital age, The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography. The chapters were written by several of ASMP’s most experienced presenters, including Tom Kennedy, Blake Discher, Judy Herrmann, Richard Dale Kelly and Barry Schwartz. My chapter discussed the relationship of technology to your art and business.  

Advancements in technology are among the most important change agents in both the art and business of photography. Most of us greet the new developments with a mix of amazement, uncertainty and varying degrees of enthusiasm. But we don’t often step back and take a look at the structure of technological change, which can help us formulate a strategy for dealing successfully with it.

Photography has always been highly dependent on technology, and the development of digital photography has only enhanced that relationship. Likewise, our businesses are ever-more influenced by the changing technological landscape in which we operate. In order to create a successful business producing photography, you need to be able to understand and work with technology.

In my chapter of The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography,  I outline the forces at work in technological development, and provide some tools to understand your place along the techno-savvy spectrum. And finally, I provide a list of steps you can take – in both the short and long terms – to use technology for your advantage, no matter where you fall on the spectrum.

An effective strategy for wrangling new technology has several components.  You need to be able to make some sense of how technology is developing around you. And you need to make a clear-eyed assessment of your own strengths and weaknesses in accepting and making use of new technologies.  And you need to create a strategy for the future that takes this assessment into account.

Technology development is not a magical black box that pops out wonderful (and sometimes threatening) new products. With a little unpacking, it’s possible to see some broad outlines of how it develops, and where the areas of heaviest action are. You can break development down on a technical level, and more importantly on a business level. In many ways the business forces are much more powerful than the technical. Let’s look at one example.

Right now we are watching a race for platform dominance in several important areas. The platforms include the ones we’ve come to expect: computer operating systems and applications. But there are much bigger races, in much less mature markets. These include mobile and device platforms, publishing platforms, cloud platforms, retail platforms, and social media platforms. The details and results of these races have profound effects on the way your photo business operates. And the choices you make now can have a big impact in the future.

To make sense of your place in the changing world of technology, you need to do some self-alaysis. Are you an early adopter of technology, or do you always come late to the party? There are advantages and disadvantages of each. And your long-term planning should be done in light of an honest assessment of your own strengths and interests. The early adopter needs to be wary of spending too much time chasing technologies that don’t pan out.  And the late adopter needs to be careful not to let the market pass by.

Armed with a better understanding of what is happening around us and inside us, it’s possible to make a plan for wrangling the messy business of disruptive technological change.

NDSA Individual Innovation Award

I just received the Individual Innovation Award from the Library of Congress’s NDSA. The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of our nation’s digital cultural heritage.  The group is an outgrowth of the NDIPP, which was another research program from the Library of Congress.

NDIIPP funded the dpBestflow project, among many other high-profile research and preservation projects.

I’m receiving the award for the work I’ve been doing in the industry, including The DAM Book, dpBestflow,, as well as other research, outreach and education efforts over the last decade. It’s a high honor for me to get this award, and I’m humbled to be recognized by this group.

I’d like to take the opportunity to send out some thanks.

dpBestflow: To Richard Anderson for his years of collaboration, to ASMP for financial support and providing a platform: to Dominique le Roux for editing, Richard Harrington for video content: Context for Drupal development, and NDIIPP/LOC for the original funding and support.

The DAM Book: to Colleen Wheeler for her great work as editor, to O’Reilly for publishing the book, and to Steve Weiss for taking a chance on me i the first place. World Press Photo for funding, Africa Media Online for distribution, DJ Clark, Dave Larsen, Dominique le Roux and Graeme Cookson for collaboration

In general: To my fellow photographers (particularly Yack ones): to Russell Brown, John Nack and Tom Hogarty (and others) at Adobe for letting me see behind the curtain: Shane Bowman, Yan Calotychos and the iView team,  to Josh Weisberg, Jeff Greene, Tim Grey and the others at Microsoft, Claus Mølgaard and Yan Christainsen at Phase One and so many more along the way.

And of course, thanks to my wonderful wife Alyson, and my entire family for love and support.

Travel Tip: Medusa Extension Cord

I got this tip from the great Bruce Dale when we went on Mikkel Aaland’s Lightroom Adventure book project in Tasmania. Bruce worked for more than 30 years as a National Geographic staff photographer.  He is known for pulling off really difficult technical feats as well great road and travel stories.

If you are headed to a place with a different electrical plug shape than your home country you can make a cord like this to add convenience and save a considerable amount of weight and bulk. Basically, it’s a couple of standard power cords cut and soldiered to a standard extension cord. This configuration can power up to 6 devices, which can be essential for battery charging.

It’s particularly valuable in a country where the plug adapters are as bulky as the ones in South Africa.

Here is the multi cord at work in Richmond,  South Africa. It is charging my US phone, my International phone, Lumix, D7000 and D700 camera battery chargers and AA battery chargers, as well as my laptop. (You can also see DJ Clark’s phone in the photo, but I have obviously not mastered the art of light travel the way he has).

These chargers are all low-power-draw devices, so there’s no issue about overloading a circuit by having all these plugged in at the same time.

One note of caution – make sure that the chargers and other devices you use overseas are all rated for the voltage and Hz of the local power.  It will be written somewhere on the charger – often in very tiny type. Most modern power supplies are auto-switching dual-voltage, and handle this without any intervention on your part.  If they don’t, however, you will be pretty unhappy.

A second caution: I have worn out the solder joints on this cord once already as it has made its way around the world. In particular, a lot of stress is placed on the wires just past the end of the solder as I curl it up. It pays to inspect the cord under the electrical tape every now and then so it does not fail in the field.