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Sarah Nathan: A Bevy of Copyright Infringements to choose from

April 4, 2014

I didn’t realize there were so many different types of copyright infringement! Harrington dedicates the entire first part of Chapter 18 to describing in detail the variety of circumstances that may come up with your copyright is infringed upon. I suppose when I thought of infringement, I always imagined some hapless blogger pulling the images for the background of a post or something. But even one of your own clients could infringe upon your copyright by using an image past the licensing period or using it in a manner in which it was not originally intended. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that there are so many varieties of copyright infringement, but I was.

One question I’m left with though is, how do you find out these kinds of things? The internet is such a vast space and if people aren’t crediting your work when they steal it, it seems like it could be impossible to find these things. Sure, if it’s a preexisting client that would be much easier to find, but if it’s some anonymous pirate in the information ether, how do you find the infringement? 

Thoughts, anyone?


Sarah Nathan: The allure of pirating software

April 1, 2014

Welp- It happened again this week. I wrote this post last night and yet again it did not post. If anybody has some thoughts on why this may be happening I’d appreciate it. 

I found it interesting that Harrington dedicated a portion of Chapter 17 to rail against software piracy. It was a bit of a soapbox moment, but a thought provoking one. 

The point Harrington makes is that software piracy is no different than somebody infringing on a photographer’s copyright. He’s right, but the first thought that popped into my head was, “Yes, but software can be so prohibitively expensive that I can’t feel all that bad about it.” But then I stopped to really think about it- that knee-jerk reaction I had is very similar to the response many photographers get when they want a fair wage for their work. The financial requirements for entering the photography business can be bitter pills to swallow, but if we aren’t respecting the copyrights of others, it’s going to be super hard to defend your right to retain your own. 

I’m going to try very hard to keep this in mine next time I have to plunk down several hundred dollars on software. 

Sarah Nathan: Copyright and Pirating Software

March 31, 2014

I thought it was interesting that Harrington devoted a section of Chapter 17 to discuss copyright infringement as it pertains to pirating software. It was a soapbox moment, but one that I think is interesting. It got me thinking, and it sure makes me feel hypocritical.

We’ve talked a lot this semester about protecting our copyright and not selling ourselves short when it comes to work. Yet, how often have you been tempted to, or followed through with pirating software?  The fact of the matter is that there is a high financial bar that is set when entering the professional photography realm. Especially as young photographers, after spending several thousand on gear, it can be daunting to scrounge up another several hundred, if not thousands more to purchase the software you need.

My initial reaction to Harrington’s soapbox about software was, “Yes, but so much of this software is so crazy expensive! They make it virtually unaffordable for the creative types who use it and need it most.” (I know the creative cloud student edition is super affordable  and FCPX is only 300..but you get my point.)  I realized however that this may be what is running through the minds of many people looking to purchase photographs from photographers at dirt cheap prices. “How can this photo cost $$$? Didn’t it only take 2 minutes to shoot it?” Its about education. I have no idea what goes into the process of making a piece of software like Photoshop and I shouldn’t be so quick to balk at a price and consider pirating as a valid alternative.

I’m going to try hard to keep this in mind next time I need new software.

Sarah Nathan: Bargain from a Position of Power

March 22, 2014

In Chapter 16, Harrington talks about how it’s important to bargain from a position of power. He equates it to going grocery shopping when you are hungry. When you’re hungry, you often end up buying lots of junk food and unnecessary items because you’re shopping (aka bargaining) with yourself from a point of weakness rather than strength. Considering my last grocery cart, which included a bag of BBQ potato chips and Oreos (because who DOESN’T love Oreos?!) in addition to the kale and lentils I set out to buy, I am definitely guilty of this behavior.

This isn’t a new idea, but it’s one that has kept coming up for me throughout this semester; the balance between getting your business of the ground vs. turning down jobs that really aren’t that beneficial. When you are starting out, there is this undeniable temptation to take every job that comes your way. How can you bargain from a position of power if you don’t have any clout to start with? Harrington touches upon this, saying that having a part-time job and other sources of income can go a long way when you are starting out. But I know that I am going to be faced with this situation and I’m still not sure how I will answer when the time comes.

I know this concept has come up time and time again over the past 10 weeks, but it’s one that I’m still having trouble trusting. I think it’s just going to take a leap of faith on my part to say no when a no is warranted and trust in my skills, value and superpowers that I will be able to make it in this industry. 

That, and I better brush off my barista skills just in case =/ 




April 13, 2009

Last Tuesday, our class met in Bellefonte and we walked around for about an hour and a half meeting people and shooting. To be honest, it was cold and flurrying out that morning and I was exhausted from getting about 5 hours of sleep from the night before and I really didn’t want to go. But I’m really glad I dragged myself out of bed because it was a fun time and it made me remember how fun it is to wander around and explore. I’ve been so busy and scheduled this semester I haven’t had much time for photo exploration. I’m making it a goal of mine this week to go out and explore.




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April 10, 2009

For Valentine’s Day, my friend Ashley asked me to take photographs of her for her husband, Anthony. She wanted to make a vintage-looking calendar. I’ve been wanting to photograph Ashley for a long time, so this was an absolute pleasure. She has very striking features and is incredibly photogenic. I’m really pleased with how these turn out, especially since I have very little studio experience. Special thanks to Cody Goddard for lending me his lighting equipment and helping me to set them up.


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A Moment/ Peak Action

February 17, 2009

As a result of being in a play/ taking care of a very sick boyfriend with food poisoning or a stomach virus, I had to scramble to get this assignment done. Already knowing that open-mic night at the Phyrst attracts a lot of people on a Monday night, I headed over there. I’m really pleased with the way these turned out, especially considering the low light conditions.


Igor Faoro, a Penn State graduate student, aims for a corner pocket in a game of pool at the Phyrst, Feb. 16, 2009, while friend Andrew Niemeyer, far left, and Jon Samuelson, looks on.


Penn State student Angie Farrell smokes a cigarette while watching a performer at open-mic night at the Phyrst on Feb. 16, 2009.


Jason Cassidy, a Penn State Res-Life Coordinator, performs at the Phyrst open-mic night on Feb. 16, 2009. Cassidy is a regular performer at open-mic night.


Sam Horvath, a Penn State student majoring in finance, sings along to the Simon and Garfunkle song, “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” at the Phyrst on Feb. 16, 2009.