You are probably familiar with Chuck Westfall, but how about the fake Chuck Westfall. Just like the fake Steve Jobs blog, it is a parody blog. Every visitor should be able to find that out just by seeing the word “Fake” all over the place and reading the absurd posts. However Canon and their lawyers don’t seem to think so or still don’t like that. They sent a take down notice to the hosting company WordPress. Fortunately WordPress stood firm behind the blog (a Canon logo was however removed by the blog owner). My words to Canon: Why not save some legal expenses in such a bad economy?

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Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2009. 1 Comment.

Obama PosterRemember this poster? It became very popular during the last year’s presidential campaign. Now Associate Press is claiming the author created the work based on AP’s photo so AP is entitled for compensation. The accused, Shepard Fairey, claims fair use through his attorney. Infringement or fair use?

While you are here, you may also want to check out the PDN’s Photography Law News section. I have added this to our Photography Law post.

Posted in Legal issues on February 5th, 2009. No Comments.

There have been many horror stories of photographers getting into trouble with over zealous property owners and law enforcement officers even when the photographer is well within his or her legal rights to take the photograph. Knowing what can happen in such situations, what legal rights you have as a photographer, and where you can find legal information and help are all important aspects of your photography learning that can help you to enjoy photography with confidence and avoid getting into series trouble.

Here are some useful photography law resources:

Posted in Legal issues, Miscellaneous on February 2nd, 2009. No Comments.

According to Forbes reporter Zack O’Malley Greenburg, the Nikon D90 is the priciest of the 10 most-sought-after gifts of 2008. How expensive is it? Well, “the D90 costs as much as the seven hottest items below it–combined“. Read the full story, or check out the slideshow.

As Nikon’s newest mid-level DSLR camera, the 12.4 megapixel Nikon D90 scores well in the DxOMark’s image quality database. It is also one of the few DSLR cameras that can record HD (720P) videos.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Photography Deals on December 15th, 2008. No Comments.

Ken Rockwell appears to be the most controversial person at places like DPReview forums. Many people display unreasonable anger because of Ken’s “inaccurate, biased, unscientific, subjective” articles.  However there are also ones who like his straight and humorous talks. Check out his take on the black dots problem of Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Posted in Miscellaneous on December 13th, 2008. No Comments.

This is a video captured with Nikon D90 and a 10.5mm fisheye lens (AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED). The strong distortion creates an interesting perspective for this video.


Nikon D90 Video Cello Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye Sample from Barry Lawrensen on Vimeo.

Posted in Miscellaneous on November 23rd, 2008. No Comments.

Things can be ugly if technology falls into the wrong hands. Researchers have shown it is very easy to clone a key from a photo taken on normal mobile camera phones, and from shots taken over hundreds of feet away using telephoto lenses. Read More…

Posted in Miscellaneous on November 4th, 2008. No Comments.

I captured this at the local zoo. I guess they put these out there because of the coming Halloween.

Selaphobia is the fear of light flashes. Nyctophobia is the fear of darkness. Photophobia is the fear of light. If you are a photographer, it is highly unlikely you have the light-related phobias.

Anyone knows the word for fear of cameras or being taken picture?

Posted in Miscellaneous on October 29th, 2008. No Comments.
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