Photographer in Harrisonburg

Canon Supposedly Taking Mirrorless Seriously...Soon

Found this and thought it would be a good follow-up to the last post about the Nikon DF going gold (the color, no indication of sales figures). Here's the link: 

http://petapixel.com/2014/12/03/rumor-canon-get-serious-mirrorless-2015-full-frame-milc-works/

So maybe Canon is going to make a full frame mirrorless camera before Nikon? I'm still not convinced Canon or Nikon particularly care about this new market, and I hope I'm wrong because competition between these companies is what drives development, and ultimately gives photographers the best tools to work with in the field. These two behemoths are still dragging their feet on installing built-in wifi cards to their cameras as a standard feature. It's the end of 2014, and they are just now accepting that wifi is something we want. Yah. What boggles my mind is that these companies have developed some of the finest TTL metering systems in the world, an incredible feat, but they haven't developed a first party triggering system that doesn't rely on infrared technology, something that was new to my grandfather when he was a child. Things just don't add up with these guys. Do they use the products they create?

And now mirrorless... 

You know what, let's just do an entire separate post on mirrorless and what makes it better, worse, and totally different than your run-of-the-mill DSLR.  

The Ongoing Campaign Against Drones

Here's a good piece in Forbes that captures the latest attempt to stifle consumer and professional drones from being used in the US: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/12/03/senator-feinstein-now-using-safety-concerns-to-target-the-drone-industry/

For anyone who might not know, photographers use drones frequently to take photos of their subjects (usually buildings in this case, not people) and they abide by the FAA's hobbyist hieght and airport distance restrictions. However, there's a third restriction set forth by the FAA, and that's the one stating that personal aircrafts like drones cannot be used for commercial purposes. For the life of me, I cannot comprehend this particular restriction. Person A could fly over a crowd of people for fun and it's ok, person B can do the same thing to make money and it's illegal. Crazy! It's especially odd because the person who flies for money has more incentive to be trained and insured as they're probably going to want to do business in the future! 

There should be lots more news coming in the future. The FAA has until 2015 to establish commercial regulations and it appears that the White House will be jumping in to help draft those regulations. More to come! 

Non-Alert: Facebook is NOT trying to sell our photos

Great article on Time.com: http://time.com/3615271/facebook-privacy-policy-photos/

The quick-and-dirty synopsis: photographers everywhere have been paranoid about Facebook stealing their photos and supposedly absorbing the copyrights once they're posted on their site. They also think that by writing a one line passage on their wall, it mitigates their terms of service, thus bypassing the end-user-licensing agreement. Time has revealed that Facebook needs to have the clause in their terms, otherwise images can't be posted or shared on their site, and it doesn't even come close to addressing copyright. Just know this photographers, Facebook doesn't absorb your copyright once you post something on Facebook.