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The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use

The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use
If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday's Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent square placard reminding you that you don't own the rights. If you want Getty to take off the watermark, you'll have to pay for it. "Our content was everywhere already." Starting now, that's going to change. It's a real risk for the company, since it's easy to screenshot the new versions if you want to snag an unlicensed version. The new embeds strike directly at social sharing Looking at the pictures on Twitter, it's hard to disagree. The new money comes because, once the images are embedded, Getty has much more control over the images. The digital shift has been hard on photographers The clear comparison is the music industry, which was hit hard by piracy in the '90s and took decades to respond. Embeds have enabled a new kind of link rot Related:  PublishingFree StockNew Photo Technica

HarperCollins CEO Paints Positive Picture for Publishing Despite perceptions that the publishing business is troubled, or even facing the same tumult of the music business, the CEO of HarperCollins said that the growth in digital book sales were improving margins and even royalty rates for authors, and even creating ways to test variable pricing for e-books once they are released. At the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on Wednesday, HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray said that the industry was “not going the way of the music business,” with digital publishing translating into greater consumption of books purchased, he noted. He said there were “very very positive trends” in the digital ecosystem, even though there was a time when “we didn’t know where we were going to end up.” The publisher counts Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, Rick Warren and the Divergent series (pictured above) among its top selling authors and titles. Murray emphasized blooming growth of digital titles. He said that authors are benefiting from improved royalty rates.

Commons My Food Photography Gear Many of you have asked about my Food Photography Gear, so here’s the run-down on how I take and process some of the photos on the blog, as well as the equipment that I use. The first thing I might say is that taking a good picture is partly the camera, but it is also the person behind it. I don’t consider myself a professional photographer but I practice taking pictures all the time. When I am shooting a recipe, I’ll consider if a technique or step needs to be shown, if there is an ingredient that is interesting (or particularly beautiful), or perhaps if the situation where I am cooking or baking something feels like a moment that I want to share. The following is a summary of the equipment I use, as well as a discussion of what techniques I use to get the shots for the site. Cameras For those starting out, I recommend the Canon Rebel, and I love it. In 2013, I moved up to the Canon 70D (below). When I bought my first camera, I was advised to get the camera without the lens. Lenses Tripods

Flipping the Law Classroom to Ease Student Anxiety The flipped classroom is a trending pedagogy in classroom instruction. Flipping a classroom has two essential components: Prerecording a class lecture in its entirety for students to listen to before they attend classIn-class activity and discussion, which takes place during normal class meeting times The idea is to move away from in-class lectures and toward more engaging classroom activities. Students can work on group projects during class so that instructors can address any difficulties and questions in person. It also allows more time for discussion and debate; students contribute to the conversation instead of listening passively. Flipping the Law Classroom A similar approach was recently studied at Pepperdine University School of Law. The goal was to provide each first-year law student with a prerecorded video “primer” that briefly outlined the upcoming class, including the class’s learning objectives. Keys to Successful Primers

Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement © Getty Images. Getty Images has single-handedly redefined the entire photography market with the launch of a new embedding feature that will make more than 35 million images freely available to anyone for non-commercial usage. BJP's Olivier Laurent finds out more The stock agency’s controversial move is set to draw professional photographers’ ire at a time when the stock photography market is already marred by low prices and under attack from new mobile photography players. “We’re really starting to see the extent of online infringement,” says Craig Peters, senior vice president of business development, content and marketing at Getty Images. In the past few years, Getty Images has found its content was “incredibly used” in this manner online, says Peters. To address the problem, Getty Images has chosen an unconventional strategy. “We’re launching the ability to embed our images freely for non-commercial use online,” Peters explains. Online power Advertising avenue

Digital Only Book Publishing Springs up in Mexico Even in nascent ebook markets, entrepreneurs are starting to go after the opportunity of ebooks. Take Mexico, where publishers I spoke with last week at the Guadalajara International Book Fair estimate that ebooks represented about 3% to 5% of the market — very much like the U.S. four or five years ago. Yet, the growth of ebooks in Mexico — and around the world — has spurred the launch of Editorial Ink, a Spanish-language enhanced ebook publisher. I sat on a panel with the founder, Diego Echeverria, where he delivered a presentation that would have fit in perfectly at The first Digital Book World four years ago about how he launched his company, how he built, marketed and sold ebooks, the uphill battles in convincing authors and gaining readers and an audience. In fact, the business reminded me somewhat of Open Road Media, the U.S. I spoke with Echeverria after his presentation and then later at a cocktail party* that evening. Jeremy Greenfield: Tell me about the launch of your business.

Free Stock Photos | - Free Photos - Free Images Groves’ Congealed Fir Varnish Creating an Optical Grisaille and Subsequent Coloring An "optical grisaille" is my own term for an old painting device which dates back at least to the Italian masters of the late 1400-1500's. For example I've often noticed it in use by various Venetian masters and it may be hinted at in some of Leonardo's unfinished works. I have played with this approach myself through the years. It is a very simple device meant to speed workmanship and provide a luminous high-keyed construction of the subject within the underpainting. A regular grisaille is made using numerous and actual physical mixes of white and black paint --greys, if you will. By comparison, the simpler "optically-generated grisaille" provides a 'bump' to applied glaze-coloring. As an example, look at any color photo, which has its own "optical grisaille" radiating light from the underlying white base paper which bounces up through the coloring dye-layers. Below is another example.

readwrite Meetings suck. But if there's one thing worse than meetings, it's playing email tag to schedule them. Is your company still sending out mass emails to ask for preferred meeting times? Just as wikis solved the distributed document collaboration problem (that we used to use email for), this class of online tools solves our scheduling problem. Tungle The first thing you'll notice about good apps is that many of them have ridiculous names. Doodle Doodle doesn't have the social Web love that Tungle does, but it's dead simple. TimeBridge TimeBridge is another app that syncs well with the standard set of both cloud-based and desktop calendars. Setster Setster is a little more complex to navigate, but that's because it's probably better suited to more complex scheduling jobs. Congregar Congregar doesn't waste any of your time, and that's to be admired. Presdo Presdo is pretty slick looking, but the interface is slightly less intuitive than many of the other apps in the list. Diarised When is Good