Photographers Are So Underappreciated and, Thinking Now of the D850

I will probably always get irked by stories like this, where photographers are clearly undervalued and often taken advantage of. To quickly summarize, a photographer gets a gig with a magazine to photograph a band. A record label later takes the photos off the magazine website for their own use and then things get nasty.

It almost never turns out good for either side. In this case, apparently the photographer is never compensated for use of the photos. The record label also apparently eventually gets shamed on social media to the point of having to deactivate their profiles. It happens all too often. The thing is, you’d think if anyone might understand about the annoyance of having your work ripped off by someone grabbing it free online it’d be a record label. So, if a record label can’t grasp this, it makes one wonder what understanding most people have about photographer rights.

TheLawTog provides a good summary about photography copyrights that everyone in the digital age should review. Here is a quick take from the website:

A copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work, including the right to receive payment for that reproduction. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies. Violation of a copyright is called infringement.

Copyright is a property right. Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.

Read the full text here.


The D850 Is Quite a Beast After All

It appears I might be falling on my sword previously stating that the D850 isn’t worth the upgrade coming from a D810. But, not entirely. I still believe the D810 is an equal beast to the D850 in still image quality. But, in taking a closer look at the video quality, where the D810 does lack, the D850 makes a strong case for an upgrade.

The fact that you can get a beast DSLR for stills and video in a single package makes it a great advantage. Of course, the type of video you plan to shoot does matter in the decision. But, for my purposes of mostly focusing on videos for corporate / product use vs. highly cinematic shooting, I’ve been seriously pondering making this move.

And then stories start coming out about Nikon confirming they will be selling a mirrorless camera by Spring 2019. So, I pause on the D850. But, not for long. To me, the mirrorless craze is a bit half-baked. First, the rumor is that it will be an “entry-level” full-frame mirrorless that Nikon brings about. “Entry-level” doesn’t sound so appealing compared to a D850.

Also, the whole argument about mirrorless being so much more compact just doesn’t hold water. It’s barely a smaller footprint once you have equivalent lenses attached. Then, handling a mirrorless vs. a DSLR isn’t as firm in the hand either. And, you can still find complaints about reliability in mirrorless, particularly when you task them for a full day. A Nikon DSLR simply works every time, all day, any day. Sure, there might be isolated cases where a DSLR suffers but, nothing like widespread problems mirrorless cameras have had.

Then, specifically regarding a Nikon mirrorless camera, there is the problem of the lens mount. It’s likely that any Nikon mirrorless offering will not be directly compatible with the F-mount used for its DSLRs. At least not without an adapter. So, seamlessly migrating your lens library from a Nikon DSLR to a Nikon mirrorless isn’t so straightforward.

Thus, I will opt for the D850 after all. That is, if anyone is actually selling any. They’ve been sold out for some time now at most major online camera retailers.


Buying a Profoto A1 Extra Battery

Speaking of sold out, so is the Profoto A1 battery. Still. For months now… It’s quite disappointing. I’ve even inquired directly with Profoto and never got a response. It’s a solid flash, especially with how seamlessly it works with my Profoto B1 strobes. But, until spare batteries can be had, it cannot be relied upon for half or full-day shoots.

I recently took three A1s to a location shoot and was hesitant to rely on them. So, I brought a B1 too. I ended up needing to go to the B1 as using the A1s at full power for a half-day shoot worried me they weren’t going to make it. This was the case. So, around half-way through the shoot I turned to my B1. By relying on my B1, I knew I could save one of the batteries from an A1 as a ready-to-go charged spare.

Here’s to hoping Profoto shares an update with its distributors so they can clue customers in on when A1 battery packs might be available for sale.

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