Questions And Answers

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Photo Sharing Sites

Sensor Cleaning

Copyrighting Published Work/File Naming

 Lens Suggestions

Places For Camera Repair

Stock Photography As A Side Business

Camera For Street Photography

…a website (news company) that is using my photo with no credit/unauthorized use of my photo.

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17 comments on “Questions And Answers
  1. Shawn Davis says:

    I was wondering if anyone knew someone I could talk to about a website (news company) that is using my photo with no credit/unauthorized use of my photo. No this photo did not make it yet to copyright (I know I know) but it’s fairly new.

    Any thoughts?

    • Shawn,

      From what I understand, If the picture was first published less than three months ago you can still register the copyright to the picture and still be eligible to seek a copyright infringement claim against the party that committed the infringement.

      In terms of someone you could talk to, try the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts –>

  2. Carol Earnest says:

    I’m wondering where you stand on photo sharing sites. Currently I have Flickr and Google photoshare sites for friends and family. I want to put out some photos for public consumption, possibly to sell, but I don’t want my photos to be grabbed for other uses or stolen, etc. What’s your view?

    Also, if I’m not selling photos, which site do you recommend for a free or low cost photo portfolio site? Thank you.

  3. David Holtzman says:

    Hi Sam,

    I’m pretty happy with my big Canons for outdoorsy kind of stuff, but I’m looking for something smaller and unobtrusive (digital) for street photography, like a low-end Leica, Fuji or Sony. I know that I can’t get full-frame and I don’t want to buy into crazy expensive Leicas, so I wondered if you had an opinion?

  4. samdamico says:

    Hi Leo,

    Thank you for posting your question.

    Stock photography is an industry, not a hobby.

    The stock photography market is already full of amateurs who saturate the market with no concern for their own income or concern of how their actions effect an industry.

    Doing business with the conglomerates doesn’t seem like good business. Here’s something about the new Getty contract.

    I’d rather go it alone via places like PhotoShelter or submit my images to a platform like PicturEngine

    A rights managed licensing model, over a royalty free or microstock model, makes more sense to me.

  5. Karina says:

    I wanted to reach out to you because I didn’t know anyone else that could help me. I’m looking for a camera repair place in the Washington DC area that you would recommend. I had my Canon G11 sent to Canon through Penn Camera in DC. They told me there was no fee just shipping, so I had them do it for me. Anyway, to make a long story short Canon sent me the repair estimate directly, and Penn Camera (I believe unknown to them) sent me a separate estimate. Penn Camera added a 50% mark up. I have a feeling Canon was not supposed to send me the estimate directly, but of course I’m not happy with this up charge. Do you happen to know if camera dealers get special pricing on repairs from Nikon or Canon? I’m considering sending to Canon myself but it will be for nothing if the my pricing is higher than the dealer’s (because of some special pricing they get). Anyway, if there’s a camera repair shop around here, I’m willing to go into the that direction too.

    Any information from you would be helpful! Thanks, Sam!

  6. My Canon T2i came with a 18-135mm f3.3-5.6 lens. I’m learning to use it frame by frame, but it can be a bear to lug around when I travel. Can you recommend a quality prime lens for under $500. I’m thinking street scenes, some portraits, low light .

    • samdamico says:

      Hi Pete,

      I think when it comes to picking a fixed focal length lens (prime) you should pay attention to the focal length you use the most on your current 18-135 zoom.

      Whatever that focal length is, it’s probably a good choice for a fixed focal length because chance are that’s the angle of view you experience the world through as a photographer.

      When it comes to price, consider buying used. There are a lot of good used lenses out there.

      Try looking here for good used lenses, and more.

  7. Ben says:

    Hey Sam.

    I’m going to copyright my archive of stuff on Flickr, and I’m a little confused about inputting the titles of the images on the site: do I need to enter each individual picture’s title (file name), or could I just put something like “[My name’s] Flickr archive” to cover all 3400 images?

    Thanks in advance,


    • samdamico says:

      Hi Ben,

      Thanks for the question.

      From what I understand the requirement for titles for each image is relatively new.

      This is something that’s easy to do when submitting unpublished work.

      When submitting my work as unpublished my file name consists of my name-date created-sequence # (samdamico-09182012-01).

      I’m not sure how to handle published work when it comes to file naming. I believe the point is that each file name has to be unique to each image.

      In order to make sure that your registration is not found to be invalid I suggest that you give the copyright office a call at (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free) and explain the situation to them.

      In addition, if you’ve become a member of The WALA, I imagine that this question would be right up their alley.

      I’m sorry that I did not have a more definitive answer for this, but since this is procedural/legal matter, you should contact someone who is more qualified than me to answer this question.

      Thank you again for the question Ben.


  8. A. Aleman says:

    I’ve got some dust showing up in my images. As I have no clue how to clean the camera (and fear I might end up doing further damage if I try), can you recommend a resource for learning this necessary skill?

    • samdamico says:

      Thank you for the question.

      While I imagine there are plenty of resources that you can find online if you did a search for “do it yourself digital camera sensor cleaning”, like you I fear doing more damage than good. I’d take my camera to a place like ProPhoto in DC to have the job done.

      While this is a necessary service that needs to be done and considering the importance of the sensor, I would leave this to a skilled service person who does this day in and day out.

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