Photography

Pest Control Products Photo Shoot

Posted by: Steven Annison

Ready for the launch of the new Millennium Pest Control Shop next month we have completed a photo shoot of their product range.

With a clean white background with have taken individual product shots and a group product shot to feature on the home page.

Look out for the new shop launch later this month.

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Product Photo Shoot

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We have been working with Fair Trade Gifts Direct in the run up to Christmas taking new product photographs of hand made hamper baskets and desk baskets.

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Business Photo Shoot

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We have done a small photo shoot for Eye Flooring for a local contract flooring installation.

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Copyright Infringement

Posted by: Steven Annison

In working with Fair Trade Gifts Direct we came across two competing websites that had copied photographs we had taken during a recent photo shoot and this raised the question of how UK copyright law applies to the internet - particularly where sites could be hosted internationally.

Copyright is owned by the individual/company taking the picture or producing the artwork, writing etc. Copyright in the UK does not need to be obtained or licenced and copyright exists the moment the work is created.

Our first course of action was to politely contact the websites involved and ask them to remove our pictures. Often pictures are used by designers or graphics teams and forgotten to be replaced so we expected both companies to realise their mistake and simply remove the images. We received an immediate phone call from the first business and the images were removed.

Unfortunately the second business would not take any phone calls and sent a guarded email reply that the images were 'remarkably similar' to theirs but they had paid 'in good faith' for the photographs and would not remove them without proof of ownership. Further searches found they were also using the images on ebay and ebid. After explaining we had the original photographs, offering to show the photographs on our camera and servers and and pointing them to other photos taken in the same style from the same photo shoot we sought some excellent advice from Murgatroyd and Company of London - specialist copyright lawyers.

The course of action they outlined was to ask the company to "Cease and Desist" all use of the works and any associated use of the works with a clear deadline for agreement and removal. Failure to do so would result in all further steps being taken to stop copyright infringement.

This is followed by a legal letter and then court action with associated costs of anything from £5,000 - £15,000 (excluding the time and effort required) - which can be reclaimed if your case is proven. It is clear that there are some unscrupulous site owners who know it is time consuming and costly to pursue copyright infringement so will not remove images when asked. However, ebay has a removal process VeRO, Google adheres to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and will remove copyright materials from their searches and the hosting company is liable for any copyright infringement on their servers.

We were pleased to see the images finally removed following our formal "Cease and Desist" request, but given images can be copied and pasted with two mouse clicks, we don't think this will be the last time this happens.

With Google going on record to illustrate the importance of unique content to help achieve better search engine ranking, having unique images and content will become more important together with protecting this content.

Some useful tools to help with this:

Image Copying

http://images.google.com

Google images search. Find and hover over your image then click the link "similar".

http://www.tineye.com/

Tineye an image comparison tool which works best with large images, but in this case didn't find the sites using our photographs.

Text Plagiarism

http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/

http://www.duplichecker.com/

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Cardboard Boxes Direct Photo Shoot

Posted by: Steven Annison

We have completed a photo shoot for Cardboard Boxes Direct.  Images were of individual boxes and sets of each size of their cardboard packing and storage box range.

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Sounds of Soul Photography

Posted by: Steven Annison

We have completed another photo shoot, this time for Sounds of Soul near Diss.  We took a range of photographs of their tibetan singing bowls for use on their corporate paperwork and website.

This was a really challenging shoot with highly reflective metallic bowls with intricate engravings and markings which needed to be clearly seen in each of the images.  We used a three flash setup with macro lens and raised product table to get the best shots on a pure white background.

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Product Photo Shoot

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We have completed another product photography shoot for Fair Trade Gifts Direct.

Our onsite still life product photography studio has delivered some really crisp new product images on a pure white background, perfect for the Fair Trade Gifts Direct eCommerce site.

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