A Thieving Blogger Stole Your Photo?

Some blogger stole your pic.  Didn’t even ask your permission or give you credit.  The thief took it and used it to illustrate a badly written blog …or a terrible poem.  What do you do? I shall tell you.

1. Quietly e-mail the blogger and ask for your photo to be removed.  More than likely, this will work.  Don’t name call, cuss or mention obscene things about the blogger’s mother…even if what you say about their mother is true.  Just nicely ask to have your photo removed.

Water stream

Photo by Marcus Adkinds

2. Ask for at least photo credit.  Maybe, you don’t mind thieves using your photo for their terribly written blogs.  E-mail the blogger and ask for a credit mention.

3. E-mail and remind the blogger of the law.
What is the law?  Basically, you can sue. Plus force the offender to pay court cost.

4. E-mail their webhost.  If the blogger uses something like WordPress.Com, tell WordPress about your problem.  If anything, WordPress will delete the blog.  Before, you go this route, try e-mailing the blogger first.  If the blogger turns into a jerk, go ahead and talk to the webhost.

5. Sue.  Before you attempt this, let me hand you a visual.  The blogger could be broke.  How are you going to gain any money if the blogger don’t have any?  Also, think of the money you pay for lawyer fees and court cost.

If it’s a big time blogger with money,  I wouldn’t blame you for suing.  Big time bloggers should know better, anyway.

Realize this one thing.  Whenever a photo uploads on the Internet, someone is liable to use it without the photographer’s permission.  My advice?  Lower the resolution, where thieves won’t have much to work with.  At least, a true thief won’t be able to enlarge the photo and sell it.   As for watermarking?  Forget it.  Software exists where watermarking can be removed.

Now, you know how to handle the blogger who stole your pic.  The best route?  E-mail the blogger asking them to remove your photo.

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Two Wild, Daft Punk Fan, Photos Borrowed from Facebook

Last night, after Daft Punk won Album of The Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards, two friends uploaded Daft Punk pics on Facebook.  Actually, the photos were of them posing as they held up Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album.

Christopher LeBrane: an Orlando musician of many instruments.  Also, the only black man I witnessed singing Black Sabbath.  When I saw Chris’s pic, I told him Afrika Bambaata wanted his shades back.

Daft Punk Fans Holding Up Album and Wearing Shades


Andrew Spear: internationally-known artist.  Around the Orlando area, he also DJs. Not only is Andrew a Daft Punk fan, he’s also a Stevie Wonder fan, explaining his wearing a Stevie Wonder t-shirt in this pic. During the Grammys show, Stevie performed with Nile Rogers, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk.

Daft Punk Fan Wearing Mask and Holding Up Album


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Crowd Album Website Proves Social Media’s Power

Recently, I just realized the true power of social media.  I always knew social media was powerful.  Using it brings more views to this blog.  Yet, a certain website proved social media’s power more than I thought it was.

Back in August 2013, I attended a Mickey Avalon concert at Orlando’s The Social.  Most people know Mickey Avalon for the hit song “My Dick”.

With my iPhone, I photographed what I could.  I avoided flash.

After photographing, I performed quick photo-editing.  Next on Instagram, I simultaneously uploaded the pics to Facebook, Tumbler and Twitter.  I didn’t think anything of it.

Recently, I found out two of my Mickey Avalon pics wound up on a website called Crowd Album. Underneath my pics, I saw the hashtags I used.  From what I gather Crowd Album uses concert pics photographed by audience members, pics found from Instagram, Twitter and Vine. As they mostly use USA pics, some Crowd Album pics are international too.

As Crowd Album handed me credit, these are the two photos the site used.
Mickey Avalon at Orlando's The Social

Two women at Mickey Avalon's Concert in Orland's The SocialI never thought someone would spotlight my cell phone pics on their website.  Yet, Crowd Album proved me wrong.  I will never underestimate the power of social media ever again.


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6 Reasons to Use External Flash in Photography

If you use a DSLR camera, I highly recommend an external flash over on-camera flash.  Here are six reasons why.

1.On-camera flash drains the camera’s battery.  An external flash has its own power source, usually some form of AA batteries.

2.The on-camera’s double flash is confusing.  I guess it flashes twice to prevent red-eye, something I rarely get with a DSLR.  Yet, people confuse the first flash with the actual flash.  External doesn’t flash twice.

3.External flash provides more light.

4.Most external flash allows you to bounce light.  Instead of aiming the flash at the person, many photographers aim the flash at a nearby wall, usually a white wall.  Sometimes, they bounce the flash off white cards.

5.An external flash can be used off camera.  I only saw this once.  A guy hooked a chord to his camera as he moved the flash in any direction he wanted.

6.On many external flashes, a photographer can control the output.  Some folks don’t like using full power.  Many external flashes allow you to tone it down.

The first pic shows on-camera flash.  This was my first week photographing for Orlando’s The Beacham.

Three female servers at Orlando's The Beacham

The second I used an external flash.  Notice the huge difference.

Mel at Orlando's The Beacham

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Shocking Orlando Pic Proves Carry Camera Always

One night, some friends and I boozed in an Orlando bar.  (Because I fear this blog contributing future trouble for the place, the bar shall remain nameless.) Sometime during the evening, two couples entered the establishment.  I’m bad with age.  Still, I guessed the couple to be in their thirties or early forties. I noticed they seemed more livelier than the average drunk person, loud and laughing.  Yet, I thought nothing of it.

After boozing with friends, I cruised to another Orlando bar.  I saw the same two couples.  After some time passed, the bartender suddenly told me one of the women stripped down to her naked ass.  I had my camera with me, but missed the action.

Yet, days later, a friend presented me a cell phone pic showing the foursome’s actions in the previous bar. The action involved the same woman on top of the bar counter with her naked ass aimed directly in front of a guy’s face.  As the other woman poured booze down her backside, the guy proceeded to lick the booze out of the woman’s ass.

The photo proved everyone must always carry a camera. Whether it be a pro camera or phone camera, you never know when a photo op arrives in your lap.

Couple on bar counter


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Consumer Alert: Sunpak DigiFlash 3000 Sucks

One evening in a Wal-Mart photo section, I spotted the Sunpak DigiFlash 3000.  These external flashes come in two varieties, one for Canon DSLR cameras and one for Nikon DSLR cameras.  For fifty-nine bucks, I thought this was a bargain.

External Camera flash on wall

I purchased one the following week.  In the beginning, no problems started.  As I tested the flash at home, nothing appeared wrong.  For this flash, I created a flash diffuser.

Friday and Saturday nights, I used to photograph for The Beacham, a nightclub located in Orlando. One Friday night, I used the DigiFlash. Things appeared okay in the beginning.  Well, no it didn’t.  Diffusing flash causes two times less lighting.  With some flashes, that wouldn’t be a problem.  Yet, this did cause a problem with the DigiFlash.  Even black folks aren’t supposed to show up this dark.

Sunpak DigiFlash 3000

Being in a closed setting, the DigiFlash and my diffuser did an okay job.  Still, I had to correct images in Photoshop. Yet, I was happy with the following pic. The flash didn’t overexpose details.

Three women in nightclub

Yet, sometimes, even Photoshop couldn’t correct problems.

Next, things ran even more weird.  The flash started underexposing worse than before.

A bad Sunpak Digiflash image

Fed up, I stopped using the DigiFlash.   I went back to Wal-Mart and got my money back.

Lesson learned?  Wal-Mart sells cheap useless products.  Plus Sunpak’s DigiFlash 3000 is a piece of shit.

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Explaining Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom for Camera Buyers

Concerning digital cameras, there are two types of camera zooms, optical and digital.  These same descriptions fit video cameras too. Optical is the true zoom.  With optical, the camera’s lens is created to zoom in on an object.  The more optical zoom, the better.  Digital is a fake zoom.  Instead of zooming, digital cuts into the image making it appear like zoom.

Many times, the consumer runs across advertisement showing both zooms.  The digital is always longer than the optical zoom. Yet, one must always pay attention to the optical.  If a salesperson attempts selling you a camera based on digital zoom, walk away or find another salesperson.

Oh yea, as for optical zoom, be willing to pay more money.  The more optical, the more money leaves your wallet or purse.

All camera phones have digital zoom, and that’s why camera phone zoom sucks.

Observe.  I go to Cranes Roost in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  I see a bird.  Yet, the bird is far away.

A lake

Look what happens when I use my camera phone’s digital zoom.  You get an unclear image.

White bird at Cranes Roost Altamonte Spirngs, Florida

In the past on another blog, I’ve blogged bad pics I thought were a good idea at the time.  But an unclear image like this?  Never!   Look at how unclear the bird’s head is.  It could have been worse if I zoomed in even more.

This following pic illustrates a true zoom.  Using the zoom on my Canon Rebel DSLR, I photographed this camellia flower at Mead Gardens in Winter Park, Florida.  Actually, I placed a long telephoto lens on the camera.

Blooming flower.

Now, you see why digital zoom sucks and why optical performs a whole lot better.

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Explaining Social Media #Hashtags (Plus some controversy)

First, I shall explain hashtags.  For awhile, hashtags were mostly used on micro-social networks like Twitter and Instagram. Now, other sites (including Google+ and Facebook) use hashstags.  First, you type this symbol “#”.  Then after that symbol, you type a word.   Let’s say you upload a red rose photo.  These may be your hashtags: #rose, #redrose, #nature, #plants and #flowers.

If someone searches for flowers, your hashtag may lead to them to your photo.

One fine evening, I simultaneously uploaded a photo on Instagram and Facebook.  The photo?  A Burger King Double Whopper with Cheese. The following photo shows the hashtags I used.

HashtagsAmong my Facebook friends, #food caused an outrage.  One friend declared the Double Whopper was not food!  Another friend said she was going to pray for my arteries.  Another told me to ignore the hippies and eat the damned burger. Then, I received a lecture on how chain restaurant  burgers aren’t actually burgers.

Facebook comments

For the curious, I present my Double Whopper with Cheese photo.  I ignored the hippies and ate it.

Whopper on table


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Photographing People in Low-Light without Flash

When I photograph using my cell phone, I avoid using flash as much as possible.  Unless, I wanna create a vampire demonic look, red-eye is annoying.  During a DJ gig, I photographed this young lady at Lil Indies in Orlando, Florida. For her photograph, I used the cell phone’s flash.

Woman in a bar

Usually, I correct red-eye with Windows Photo Gallery, one of the easiest ways. As the corrected photo may be passable, some folks may not care for the woman’s unnatural look.  As you can see, the flash makes her face an unnatural white near her left eye.

smiling brunette in a bar

When I choose avoiding flash, I ask the “model” to pose in whatever light’s available.  This could be a lamp, ceiling lights, etc.  One night at Wally’s, an Orlando bar, I asked the bar manager to pose for me.  For the record, her name is Jenna. For her photograph, I avoided flash and used the bar’s lights.

Jenna, bar manager at Orlando's Wally's

Unlike flash photography, Jenna’s photo appears realistic. Like I mentioned before, flash creates an unnatural look.

For these pics, I used a cell phone.  With a DSLR camera, I suggest at least an 800 ISO setting, especially if the photographer isn’t using a tripod.    Usually, because they allow more light into the camera, fixed lenses are better at low-light than zoom lenses.

Now, you see why I avoid flash sometimes.  Using available light sometimes creates a better photo.

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