Color Management Specialist/Workflow Consultant and all-around nice guy Jay Kinghorn is writing a series of primer articles on Color Management that everyone should read. The first two articles are here. Jay can be found here. Update: The third in the series is here.
Title 17 of the US Code says that copyright protection is in effect from the time the work is created in fixed form. If somebody steals your work, you can sue them and collect actual damages, the amount of money that you’re out by the infringer not properly licensing the work. Actual damages. Hmmm. No punitive damages? Nope. For that, you have to register the work. James Duncan Davidson explains it all on his blog.
Photo District News, the venerable photo trade magazine, published an article in the January issue titled “Digital Confusion” about apparent difficulty photographers are having deciding what to charge for post-processing their files before delivery to the client. (no link to the article; it’s not online)
The main idea was that there are a lot of different ways (and amounts) to charge for post-shoot digital services, and nobody seems to agree which is best.
Editorial photographer and workflow consultant Seth Resnick says that “photographers doing post-processing should not charge by the hour, but rather should document the numbers of layers or steps they used.” That sounds like the “baffle them with bullshit” technique to me.
According to the article, some photographers are hiding their (much higher for digital) overhead costs in a Digital Processing line item. That ain’t right.
National Geographic Traveler has instituted a $100 per diem allowance for digital processing. That seems pretty fair.
I thought the article was a bit of a tempest in a teapot, so I wrote a Letter to the Editor and they published it in the April issue. Please do comment. Read the letter