Episode 24: copyright camera tripod twain

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We've reached the double-dozen point in our journey and, like the Buddha said (or maybe it was Buster Brown), a journey of a thousand miles begins with a pair of size 12s. And now that we've come this far, where have we arrived?

The (Copy)Right Way

When you push a shutter button you not only take a picture, you also acquire the rights to that picture, which means the rights to copy or display it. Even if it's not your camera. That's the beauty of a copyright — you get it as soon as you create something.

As I cover in the audio, if it's your camera and you take a picture, or if someone hands you their camera to take their picture, or your photo assistants do every single, little, tiny, and major, thing about setting up models and lighting and the wind machine and fake snow, if you press the shutter button — even without looking through the viewfinder — she who pushes the button owns the rights.

(I'll go ahead and mention that certain business arrangements between a photographer and a client/employer can grant the client/employer those rights, but if this applies to you, you are probably already aware of this fact.)

A copyright holder (that's you, remember) can assign certain rights to others at your discretion, which we all do when we post photos to the web or other social media. We must grant the right to display and copy the image for them to show the image to others. The license you are granting, by the way, is usually for unlimited copy and display, now and forever, in any medium the company chooses, which is a point of contention for many photographers, but you either agree or you don't share.

Beyond the web a copyright holder can allow an image to be copied in more restricted ways, such as at only a certain, or maximum, size or sizes, for a limited period of time, distributable in only specified geographic regions, reproduced only a fixed number of times, and generally with no right to extend any rights to another party.

For those rights, broadly or narrowly expressed, money can be exchanged or not, other considerations agreed to or not.

When I made the photo above, which was exhibited in Fort Collins, Colorado, a few years back (without the massive red copyright symbol), there were implied rights granted to the company that made the print and to the gallery to display the work. But neither of those entities was entitled to make additional copies nor to display the work elsewhere. As a matter of fact, the gallery sought to use the image in their promotion of the show in which this hung — an additional right they asked for and I granted. They did not merely assume they could do so. Good people up there.

Listen in for more about copyrights. In the United States you may begin your exploration of copyright registration at www.copyright.gov/registration/photographs/index.html.

Mark It In Meta

I've covered the topic of metadata previously, to some extent, and I mumble about it this time too. Specifically, I encourage you to dig into the menus on your digital camera to add your copyright notice to the other metadata that is generated and recorded with every click of your shutter. Though you can add the copyright notice later, in your computer, this one-time task means every image is internally marked right from the get-go. So, get going and set yourself up.

How camera manufacturers go about allowing this function, adding a copyright notice, certainly differs, so I shan't attempt to guide you. Poke around in the menus, look at your manual, or maybe even search the web or ask your local camera retailer (where you bought your camera, right?). It should be simple, even if hidden in the rabbit warren that is the modern camera menu system. (It's actually one of the things I like about the more professional cameras — fewer menus and more physical controls.)

Here's the back of my Nikon D800E with its copyright screen up for your perusal.

Short Support

The Sunwayfoto T1A20 tripod is short on stature but long on sturdiness, with a price that might seem high until you learn that it's half that of another, nearly identical, product. (And, admittedly, their near identicalness is surely because Sunwayfoto designed theirs based on the other…)

Here's the T1A20 in all its upright glory. Well, the legs could have been extended, I suppose, but you get the idea, right? It's just about 30 centimeters, or 1 foot, from its feet to the platform onto which you would attach a tripod head.

Each of the three legs has three angles o' splay, but a single lower-leg extension. Combined, the platform onto which you would attach your head — you need to provide that yourself, and Sunwayfoto will sell you one if you're interested — can reach as high as 42.5 centimeters, about 16-3/4 inches, and as low as 4 centimeters, less than 2 inches. And it will definitely hold any gear you care to hold, with a rated capacity of 25 kilograms/55 pounds.

The ends of the legs have steel spikes, for a sure stance in rough terrain. Or pull the lower legs and shove 'em back into the uppers the other way around and get, instead, rubber feet for harder surfaces. And if you splay the legs flat, to get your camera as low as it'll go, there are rubber feet on the bottom edge of the legs to cushion their stance that way, too.

Here are the two tips, one at each end of each flippable lower leg section. The big knob unlocks the leg for extension/retraction, while the slimmer knob engages a short screw into a shallow channel in the leg to retain it until, by loosening the knob, you can pull the lower leg out, do the flip thing, slide it back in, then engage the shallow channel retainer knob and lock the whole thing down with the big knob.

The tripod is available through Amazon.com, which is where you'll wind up if you click for more info on the Sunwayfoto.us web site. The price, at the time of this podcast, is $199 and it comes with a six-year warranty. (And did you know the words warranty and guarantee are not just cognate, but basically the exact same word that has changed in spelling to reflect the change in pronunciation that developed between central, what is now known as France, and the coastal Norman region? Guard and ward changed in the same manner, and as we are familiar with the term wardrobe, there was the matching term guardrobe in the past, though it has fallen out of usage. Isn't language interesting?)

The legs of the T1A20 can angle out at one of three settings including, as seen here, at different angles, one from the other. (The far leg is angled out more to account for the slope on which the tripod is resting.) Here, too, we see the tripod topped with the Demon DB-44 ballhead which I reviewed in Episode 15.

This arrangement of the legs shows just how low you can go. Sure, while the platform on which the tripod is resting is not, itself, in the dirt (4 centimeters/

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