Thursday Tidbits

Migrating to Lightroom 3

The other day I was talking about the release of Lightroom 3 and how I didn’t think that the beta catalog could be imported into the official release version. I was basing this on information that a friend at Adobe told me when the beta was first released. It wasn’t long after I wrote that post that people started writing in to tell me that they were able to import their catalogs. I figured I had better check with the one person that would almost certainly have the answer, the Lightroom Killer Tips guy, Matt Kloskowski. Matt confirmed the import and, since I was apparently not the only person asking this question, he decided to write a post over at his blog on just how to go about importing the Beta catalog. If you are making the move from the beta to the official release, make sure you give Matt’s post a quick read.

Unified Color Offering Free HDR Webinar

If you have any questions about HDR PhotoStudio software or general HDR techniques, join Unified Color for a free Webex seminar this today, June 17th at 5pm PT. One of their HDR experts will walk users through the different tools for ways to achieve the best HDR results. Space is limited to only 24 participants – so reserve your seat now! Here’s the link.

Oprah wants your Nature Photos – Forever

I received a comment recently on one of my old posts about Photo Contests from blog reader Marianne Bush. It seems that Oprah’s website had made a call for submissions of nature photos. The website asks -

“Are you a great photographer? We want to see! Share your beautiful and inspiring images of nature to help create the Breathing Space Gallery on”

What they don’t tell you in that catchy little pitch, is that by sending in your image, you are relinquishing all rights to your image. Here’s what it says in section 4 of the Terms and Conditions statement:

“Harpo shall exclusively own all known or later existing rights to the Submissions worldwide and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use of the Submissions for any purpose in all media now known or hereafter discovered without compensation to the provider of such Submissions.”

That’s a pretty steep price for getting an image posted in a web gallery. If you would like to check out the rest of the rules, you can find them here. Just remember, if you are going to enter your photo in a contest or other similar such venture, be sure to read all the rules and conditions first before giving away all your rights.

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