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Mike Ayrouth replied to the topic 'Small things that annoy you thread' in the forum. less than a minute ago

Not being able to sleep

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Sharon replied to the topic 'Legal - Recognizable individuals' in the forum. 9 minutes ago

If you post online take a look at the Terms & Conditions of any website you're considering. Even if you don't read all of it, see if the Terms allow the site to use photos posted by site users, allow third party usage, etc. Think about which photos you're posting and where and why - if the Terms allow for a site to distribute your photos you may not know where they'll end up. Learn ways to protect your work.

Many photo sharing sites are often referred to as 'photo rights grab' sites because they seem to want usage of photos posted by site users. Make sure you read any agreement to use the site so you know if they intend take your photos and use them.

I think posting online is for the purpose of showing your photos so is considered to be editorial but I'm not sure on that.

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Mike Ayrouth replied to the topic 'What movie, music or TV show is playing right now?' in the forum. 21 minutes ago

Weather 

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Scott and 2 others have commented on Ed's photo 23 minutes ago

I'm not surprised, this photo demands your attention and deserves it!

Time Stops Over Tetons

Danny commented on Ed's photo 23 minutes ago

its not that easy as beautiful it looks!!!

Subway Swirls

Sharon replied to the topic 'Legal - Recognizable individuals' in the forum. 24 minutes ago

I've done sports and events. It depends on the team, the venue, the level of play - usually you'd be at an game or event being attended by the general public but the team and arena/stadium etc. is probably privately owned. So no, it's not usually considered public. (I don't know about a marathon or parade since those are held on public streets.)

The general guideline is if the person is recognizable, you'd most likely need a release. Teams usually make an effort to protect their player images, team name/logo, etc. A pass or credential is usually necessary other than shooting from your seat. The team media guide or website should have info. on any restrictions regarding cameras or photography, and telephoto lenses are often restricted. Check with the person doing PR or media relations.

I find in my area rules are more restrictive at higher levels of sports (major league, minor pro, some college) compared to lower level sports (lower minor league, high school, etc.) For college sports check with the SID (or the person in the SID's office that handles a specific sport). High schools usually get publicity permission signed by parents so check with the coach or school district.

Needing a release or not depends on usage. Usually a release is needed for commercial or retail use. For editorial use like a newspaper it wouldn't be needed but may be requested by the media outlet, especially from a photographer they haven't worked with before. Typically a release isn't necessary for a fine art print intended for the buyer's personal use.

Try http://asmp.org or PPA for info. on releases, contracts, etc. You might take a look at http://www.sportsshooter.com .

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Mike Ayrouth replied to the topic 'What are you thinking of this very moment thread?' in the forum. 25 minutes ago

It's late and i have a long day tomorrow

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Just what I need, $200 

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Trisha replied to the topic 'Astrophotography set up' in the forum. 29 minutes ago

KENT MELTON wrote:

astrodave wrote:
James F wrote:
Was that a food truck that you converted to the astrovan?  Does the top spin around? 

Yes it has a dome that rotates with the telescope. You can see the other observatory to the background on the left. I think it used to be a Laundry delivery truck at one point. 

To Alex it looks pretty cool. Lots of blinky things and wires. I don't think I have an inside view. Here's a timelapse i did in the other observatory if you want to see it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZADkR80_Po

Gotta love Frank Sinatra!  Excellent choice of tunes.  

I was thinking the same thing.  Went and turned on the whole song in my iTunes.  I have a brother and neighbor who have been tempting me with getting into astrophotography.  Just concerned about being a female and all the gear to carry!  That set up you have, looks incredible.  

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Scott replied to the topic 'Holdfast Gear MoneyMaker Multi-Camera Harness' in the forum. 33 minutes ago

Got one for Christmas last year.  Well made and it's comfortable.  Don't let the material scare you, it's comfortable.  Plus, I love the smell of leather.  I own a Black Rapid one too.  I use that for my camping trips and more rugid stuff.  

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Scott replied to the topic 'What are your worst habits when shooting?' in the forum. 35 minutes ago

I don't think about the shot vs trigger happy finger.  Then having that 'oh crap' feeling later when looking at photos and thinking, 'if I only shot it from this angle'.  

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astrodave replied to the topic 'Astrophotography set up' in the forum. 36 minutes ago

Ha! the bright light is the very cresent moon about 5 in the morning. The spikes are refractions of light from the ice crystals in the air.
Ontherocks wrote:

astrodave wrote:
No it actually looks like this. This was a test shot in March to see how my new imaging system would work this summer. That's the Astrovan in the foreground. It can be driven virtually anywhere but only up to 50mph.
Eliffman wrote:
astrodave wrote:
Like everything else in life there is a need to know a budget. If you have unlimited budget I have a $25k mobile observatory with everything already to go. Top of the line gear and mobile. 

If not There are trackers for $300ish that work well at under 300mm. 

Additionally one of the major issues is weight the mount can care. For some of us its the amount of weight we can care. My main astro mounts can carry 250 lbs but they weigh in at 120 lbs so they are a pain to lug about hence my observatories.

For a DLSR setup a Star Adventurer or an Astrotrac are pretty easy to use and track well up to about 15lbs. I'd recommend either of those to someone wanting to "dabble".

Just my $.02


That mobile observatory sounds so cool, is that something you tow?



Ok, this is killer shot.  Now that light looks like something out of the movie "Thor" where Thor is getting 'shot' to Earth!  Really, what is that?


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KENT replied to the topic 'Astrophotography set up' in the forum. 37 minutes ago

astrodave wrote:

James F wrote:
Was that a food truck that you converted to the astrovan?  Does the top spin around? 

Yes it has a dome that rotates with the telescope. You can see the other observatory to the background on the left. I think it used to be a Laundry delivery truck at one point. 

To Alex it looks pretty cool. Lots of blinky things and wires. I don't think I have an inside view. Here's a timelapse i did in the other observatory if you want to see it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZADkR80_Po

Gotta love Frank Sinatra!  Excellent choice of tunes.  

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astrodave replied to the topic 'Astrophotography set up' in the forum. 39 minutes ago

This one is kinda fun if you like Pink Floyd and don't mind a slow melodic pace.

youtu.be/N5NAWiCGWqI

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astrodave replied to the topic 'Astrophotography set up' in the forum. 48 minutes ago

James F wrote:

Was that a food truck that you converted to the astrovan?  Does the top spin around? 

Yes it has a dome that rotates with the telescope. You can see the other observatory to the background on the left. I think it used to be a Laundry delivery truck at one point. 

To Alex it looks pretty cool. Lots of blinky things and wires. I don't think I have an inside view. Here's a timelapse i did in the other observatory if you want to see it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZADkR80_Po

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astrodave replied to the topic 'Best practices for photographing milky way?' in the forum. 54 minutes ago

Those look like great starting points. Good videos.

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