Construction begins on Chestnut Hill meetinghouse and Turrell Skyspace (via NewsWorks)

Construction has started on a Philadelphia Quaker meetinghouse that will feature a James Turrell Skyspace. The worship space at 20 East Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill will feature an aperture in the ceiling that opens to the sky. The light installation…

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Fair tale of a red juicy apple

 

Philadelphia, PA USA - September 4 2011; 3rd edition of the Philly Naked Bike Ride (PNBR) moved thousands enthousistic and mostly naked cyclist trough the streets of center city Philadelphia (Bas Slabbers Photography)
Philadelphia, PA USA – September 4 2011; 3rd edition of the Philly Naked Bike Ride (PNBR) moved thousands enthousistic and mostly naked cyclist trough the streets of center city Philadelphia (Bas Slabbers Photography)

Philadelphia, PA USAAugust 31, 2012; Photography is my livelihood – I breathe, dream and live this – sometimes though – but many times rewarding life because I choose to. I have bills to pay, equipment to invest in and mouth to feed. I run a photography business and I love it!

So, lets say you were hungry and you took a big bite out of that juicy apple. It was delicious! But someone spotted you and tells you that you have to buy it now. You put it back instead. This is wrong, right? Not only it is common courtesy, there is a law in place. Compensate for taking someones property. Of course this applies to (republished) photography as well. Copyright protects the creator of the image. If you want to use a photo you need to have permission. Ask the owner what compensation he wants for that. If you both agree then you can use that amazing image to show to your audience.
But sometimes there is no price tag on the image and no-one of the sales department seems to be around. Do you peek around to see if someone’s watching like the greedy aforementioned apple lover? Well, this is the internet and there are great free tools.  It is very easy to find out who created the image and therefore who deserves to be compensated.

Free tools like Google’s Image Search (Chrome add on) or TinEye make it very easy to track the origin of an image. A quick drag-and-drop process will only take you a second or two to find the website of the owner. Check if the owner offers licensing options via his site. Many times you can get a Getty license via the photographer’s Flickr page as well. If not, send an email asking what the compensation would be. Don’t only offer credit, the creator can’t work for that alone. Reward the time and energy with fair compensation so that the photographer can keep on doing what he and you like.

I have hundreds of quality images available for editorial or commercial licensing. Find the image you are looking for and click on the “buy image” button. A menu appears that will guide you to a custom image license that will cover all your needs. Please contact me if you did’t find what you were looking for.

Thank you for liking my photography!

– Bas

Music video is Magarity Ford’s final act in Chestnut Hill


Former Magarity Ford Car Dealer Ship, Chestnut Hill, NorthWest Philadelphia, PA USA – August 24, 2012; On Tuesday night magenta colored light was pouring out of the windows of the former Magarity Ford dealership in Chestnut Hill. Inside was a film crew and a rock band.

Occasionally people stop to see what is going on inside the vintage building. “We took our car her to be serviced,” Jonathan Smith recalls. His father in-law, Fred Winston states, “I think it is great to see this happening.” Magarity Ford closed in November 2008. The building at 8200 Germantown Ave. is scheduled to be demolished this fall to make room for Bowman Properties’ retail/residential complex.

The building’s final act
The Philadelphia band 56 Men chose the Magarity building for its location to shoot a music video. The film crew was made up of Temple University students.

The band is working on a second album with a mix of alternative, pop and rock. On this night, the music they played seemed a good tribute to the old Magarity Ford building. Missing but not so hard to imagine in this setting; a shiny red convertible, fitted with an eight-track player and ready for adventure.

UK Bass player, Ian Mellanby says he’s a big fan of Americana. “This is a nice space”, he says as he looks around. “I think that they gonna tear this building down, I heard. They don’t build buildings like this anymore.” Mellanby continues, “You could have a real nice art center, a farmers market in the car park and an antique market. It could be a center piece for the neighborhood.”

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