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Long legs on the Hit the Streets podcast

Long legs. Prague, Czech Republic, 2016.

Long legs. Prague, Czech Republic, 2016. Get an original, signed, limited edition fine art print!

Another great success for Long legs! After being selected for the WeStreet 2016 book, Long legs has now been featured as one of the winners of the LIGHT photo challenge organised by Valérie Jardin in her awesome podcast, Hit the Streets!

Valérie Jardin is a french photographer living in Minnesota, USA. She is one of the top street photographers, one of those I check their photos everyday searching for inspiration. It’s such a big deal to have her pick one of my shots! Besides her photography skills, she is also a renown instructor and hosts the brand new Hit the Streets podcast. My street photographer friends, it is definitely THE podcast to listen to!

Just go and listen the latest Episode 09 of the Hit the Streets podcast for a Q&A episode, and be careful around minute 29, things are getting very interesting there 😉

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Publication in the WeStreet 2016 book!

Thats’s incredible, just incredible.

I will be part of the 2016 edition of the WeStreet street photography book! From 12000+ photos submitted, only 150 have made it in the final book.

WeStreet 2016 book. Photo by David Monceau.

WeStreet 2016 book. Photo by David Monceau.

Edit: The WeStreet 2016 book is now available for sale.

And among those 150 photos, not 1… but 3 are mine!

My hopes were quite low to make it with only 1 photo when very big street photography names started to submit proposals such as Tatsuo Suzuki, Damon Jah, David Mar Quinto, David Monceau, just to name some of those awesome photographers that participated. All known and renown street photographers with tons of awesome shots. And I’m very excited to be publicized next to them in the WeStreet 2016 book.

I’d like to thank the curators, Steven Gonzalez, Arek Rataj, Philip Cleminson, Marie-Lou Chatel, Stefan Rademakers, Sandra Jonkers and Willem Jonkers, for their work and the awesome opportunity offered to me today. It’s my very first publication in a real, hardcover book, at an international level. How cool is that?

It has also been the occasion to meet, virtually for now, with extraordinary people. I hope we’ll be able in real life soon, too 🙂

So, what are those photos? Two of them are not a surprise, in a way that if one of my photos should have been selected, it would have been one of them. The third one was more unexpected.
Long legs. Prague, Czech Republic, 2016.

Long legs. Prague, Czech Republic, 2016. Get a print!

Surprise! Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Surprise! Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016. Get a print!

Night call. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Night call. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016. Get a print!

Not bad, isn’t it? Now, i’m ever more pumped up to do even better in 2017!

I’ll keep you guys updated on the availability of the book. Next to the printed book, a PDF version should be available. But trust me, photos look much better printed rather than on a screen! Until then, you can find all the selected photos on the dedicated Facebook group.

More publications

I am very proud to say that the past months have been a blast for me! Check out the latest publications I am part of!

About copyright infringement

A lot of people don’t know or understand that a photo found on the internet isn’t free to use or modify as they want, that there is an actual copyright on it. It’s more of a lack of education over the ownership of the photo, rather than being a thief. And some of them just don’t care.

As I get more and more audience on this website and on social network, I face myself more and more subject to copyright infringement. Some services like Pixsy (I use the free version) are really helpful to find “duplicates” of my photos. I then can take the action I feel are necessary. This article has been triggered by a short run on Pixsy 2 days ago to see how do I stand. It’s not that bad, but 1 case is very interesting.

Before I go deeper, just a reminder: every single photo I put on the internet is copyrighted, and also for sale, for editorial or commercial purpose, there.

Case 1: the personal blog

This is the most common case, hopefully. Usually, someone uses one of my photos as an illustration for a personal blog article. In this case this is obviously someone that thinks that internet = free. It’s already easy to get a huge and free movies and music collection with a tiny effort or searching, so when Google images gives you all you want on a silver plate, why bother? In this case, I won’t redirect the author to my licensing page, there is no point. However, I like to shoot him a mail or a comment in the article explaining that my photos are copyrighted, and that the courtesy would be to at least credit me and put a link to my website under the photo. I doesn’t always work, but it often does, and I like to think that I’m helping a bit the other photographers too.

Transfagarasan

Transfagarasan, Romania. Here, you get it in larger size.

Case 2: the commercial website

This case is for me more of a grey zone regarding copyright infringement. While usually, any commercial activity using my photos should pay for using them, I don’t necessary apply this rule at 100%. I’ll take as an example the small website of a group of amateur authors selling fan fictions of Dracula, that took my Transfagarasan photo for illustration purpose… in a gigantic resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It’s a very small picture, amongst tens of others, on a marginal commercial site. While I could ask them to pay for it, there is just no point. I prefer to choose my battles and don’t want to spend time on such a small case. I’m just going to ask them to replace the photo with one with an URL to my website watermarked. If it’s such a problem, well, never mind.

There is however the case of a large Turkish blog (making money from advertising) that used the illustrating photo of this article (the one with the several presets on 1 photo) as an illustration for the fact that Nik Collection is now free. They obviously looked in Google Images for a photo of this kind, pasted it there and voilà. But it’s totally dumb as if they would have put a link to the matching page, they would have offered their readers, interested into Nik Collection, some free resources! Seriously, this is great “journalism”, right? I’ve sent them a mail, let’s see what their answer will be. I’ve also put a comment on the article, they dismissed it as spam… But for sure, I won’t let it go so easily!

Cheile Valisoarei, Alba, Romania.

Cheile Valisoarei, Romania. Don’t steal it, license it. Or get a print.

Case 3: the thief

The third case, my favourite. One of the largest regional online magazines from Romania has used one of my photos of Cheile Valisoarei as a headliner for one of their tourism article (click here if you want to see the article, but it’s just one more hit for those thieves…). Of course, without credit or anything. And even less paying the fee for editorial use. Being a high traffic website with so-called “journalists”, that should know what copyright infringement is. Or not, as they fall in the “journalists” category to me. Anyhow, that something that shouldn’t happen and that, by no means, seem to be a news to them. All their article are illustrated with professional grade photos, and I could bet none of them has been paid. I’ve sent them a mail giving them 3 working days to pay me the fee or I’ll contact an attorney. Let’s see what will be their answer. Of course, all the necessary screenshots were done.

So here it is. I’ll keep you guys updated on cases #2 & #3. #2 is not such a big deal, but I think there could be something interesting with #3.

Now, some will say I should watermark my images. I’ve done that already, and it doesn’t stop people to steal your stuff and “creatively crop” your photo. Or use a content aware filling tool, it works very well. Watermarking is more an advertisement than a protection, really. Of course all my photos have my data in its EXIF, but well, it’s so easy to delete (ask Facebook). So there is no real protection against bad usage. The only way is to educate people, and at my little scale, that’s what I’m trying to do. I encourage all the other photographers to do the same when they face copyright infringement.

Publication in the Street Photographer Notebook #20

Just a few words about the 2 photos that were published in issue #20 of Alex Coghe’s Street Photographer Notebook. I’m very glad to be part of this issue, 2 of my photos were selected as winning images of the Venus Street contest, putting the women as the center of the street photography. The following shots were selected:

Green Light. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Green Light. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Bright present, dark future. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2015.

Bright present, dark future. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2015. The whole story here.

I’m very glad to be among prestigious names in this online magazine. See you on page 38 of the Street Photographer Notebook!

More publications

I am very proud to say that the past months have been a blast for me! Check out the latest publications I am part of!

The Shop is open!

Great news! My own online shop for my prints is now open! It means that from now you’ll be able to order prints of my photos from the website and have it delivered to your home after a few days. I’ve only set up a few products for now, but it will expand pretty soon. I also plan on expanding the range of products, not having only prints but maybe some presets packages for street and black & white photography.

Please remember that ordering a print from me means having a bit of patience for a few days at least: for optimum quality I print on the go. This way I can monitor every step and avoid bad results, or stocked prints. All are freshly printed before being sent to you.

In order to celebrate this grand opening a 30% reduction coupon is available until September 30th, 2016: theshopisopen. This coupon works for any product, but only once per user.

I hope you’ll appreciate this new shop and with it, find a way to change the feeling of your room!

Find more about my printsGo to the shop.