Be Original


Hello all, I’ve been quiet for a while here, for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, I’ve been busy as life has been pushing me in new directions.  My move to Ohio, the new job, and other factors have led to me using my camera less and less.

I want to remain true to the idea behind the blog, which is that as I learn and create new content, I strive to share that education and content here. The danger is regurgitation of others ideas. You start to lose your identity when you try to use the creative works of others to identify yourself.

You may ask why I am choosing now to write and publish this post. The reason is a new ad from Apple:

This is NOT an Apple piece of copy.  They have shamelessly ripped content from another creative and are (I think) trying to pass the idea off as their own.  This was from a movie in the 80s called The Dead Poet’s Society. It starred Robin Williams as a prep school English lit teacher, John Keating, and his character said these words to his students.  The verbiage is fantastic…in context.  But they’ve not even done that – the timing and delivery has been edited down to fit in the more convenient 90 second segment, which I find abhorrent!  That move was meant to inspire people to be original, and to stay true to who they really are – not to sell technology products being made by children in China.

In my own personal opinion, Apple has completely changed the timbre of the message.  They are trying to say that to be unique and creative, you need to use their products to create your own verse – and this is not true!

I am publishing this today, because I suspect that many creative out there are now in a younger generation, and may not have even heard of Dead Poet’s Society.  If you want to be a creative, you simply must rent this from Netflix, YouTube, or where ever, and watch it.  Amazing movie, and I hate seeing Apple desecrate it like this.  Let’s at least give credit where credit is due!

As a final note – if you really want to be inspired, check out some of the photography and videography that comes from this movie!  There are some scenes that really have planted themselves in my mind since I first saw it, including:

1. The bagpiper on the lake.


2.  The cloaked figures running through the trees in a foggy wood


3.  The birds taking flight

birdsAny memorable scenes others have that they’d like to share?  Thoughts on being original versus borrowing from others?  Would love to hear what others think on this subject too!

Photographer Gets Sued – Watch out!


For those of you that may not have been hearing the rumblings in the photo community for the past several days (going on near a week now) – there is quite an uproar going on about a photographer that is getting sued for $300,000!  That’s right, three hundred thousand dollars!  it’s a litigious society we live in for sure, but this borders on ridiculous…a photographer shot a wedding, shared the images with the clients, and after sharing literally hundreds of them on Facebook and friends/family singing praises – the attorney father decided to sue the photographer.  It’s a crazy scenario, and instead of regaling you with all the details (which you can read and watch here, here,  here, and here), I’m just going to chime in with a brief heads up – this could all have been avoided with a simple contract!

It’s no big secret that I have had a DIY Legal kit out for a while and this kit has just that – a contract!  The photographer could have avoided a lot of headaches by using one of these.  Think about it – does $30 for a simple kit make sense to avoid a $300,000 lawsuit?  It does to me!  And the best part is that I’ve also done an update to address a great point that Gary Fong brings up about what constitutes an “acceptable” photograph.  Short and simple enough of an explanation, but is it in your contract?  It’s in this one!  It’s a very small update, but does add the terms of an acceptable photograph.  If you already have the kit – it’s a simple set of text to add, and I include the full text in the YouTube video below, so make sure you check it out!

Are you protected?  Do you have an event contract?  If not, there’s no better time than the present to cover yourself and your assets!  Follow the link here to grab my own DIY Kit or find your own assembly of Legal forms on the interwebs to protect yourself and your assets – if you don’t no one else will!