August 15, 2016 Donald Scarinci

You can click on basically any image on the Internet and download it to your computer. But that does not mean that you have permission to repost it to your own website. Many bloggers (even lawyers) fail to consider copyright law when posting images online. A Washington, D.C. patent attorney recently paid $8,000 to settle allegations that he used copyrighted stock images without authorization. According to the National Law Journal, image-licensing company, Masterfile Corp., initially filed suit in September, seeking $150,000 in damages for two instances of willful copyright infringement. Attorney Jerry Joseph allegedly used two of Masterfile’s photos showing…

July 5, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular software programs for editing photographs. A number of different products are available, some of which are only available via a monthly subscription. If you are considering purchasing or upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, it is important to understand your options. For the most part, choosing the version of Photoshop that’s right for you depends on what you want to do with it. For instance, are you a professional photographer who needs all the tools Photoshop has to offer, a hobbyist that enjoys photography, or a casual photographer looking to…

June 15, 2015 Donald Scarinci

“Piggybacking” refers to the process of mounting your camera and lens on a telescope. Basic piggybacking does not just allow photographs to be taken through your telescope as it would through a long lens.  The camera/telescope combination helps guide your camera as the stars move from east to west. You basically attach your camera to the body of telescope and it goes along for the ride, capturing images as it moves. There are a number of ways to affix your camera to the telescope. Some “do-it-yourselfers” will use clamps available at Home Depot or what they already have around the…

November 6, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Five Good Habits for the Photography Hobbyist   When your day job comes between you and the enjoyment of shooting pictures during the week it is important to form good habits when you pack your camera and take it out for another shoot. How many times have you seen something that made you reach for your camera to take a quick picture when your camera has been packed away for a few days? Maybe it is a family moment. Maybe it is a rainbow after a light rain. Maybe it is just a whim when you are in the middle…

September 2, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Photography Tips for Your Sailing Vacation   Photography on an ever-moving sailboat presents many challenges. After studying the pictures from my most recent sailing adventure in Corsica and Sardinia, there are several tips I can offer. Taking pictures like this one was risky. The picture of moving sailboats was taken at 195mm at f/8, 1/125, ISO200, from a sailboat traveling at 8 or 9 knots. It would have been much safer to go with a higher shutter speed, at the sacrifice of either ISO causing more noise or aperture reducing the depth of field, and risking…