TWiP #154 – Hey, You Got Your Getty in My Flickr!

Getty and Flickr sitting in a tree, the 5D Mark II flies over BP's oil mess, and Lexar's Jeff Cable joins us to talk storage.

Hosts: Frederick VanJohnson, Alex Lindsay, Rick Sammon, Ray Maxwell, and special guest Jeff Cable.


Getty Images Opens Up to Flickr Users
Last year, Getty Images started tapping selected Flickr users for their photos. They've now opened it up so that Flickr users can be more proactive and request to have their photos included in their collection. This leads into a great discussion on stock photography. Rick Sammon suggests checking out the site for more information if people are thinking about getting into stock photography.

Photographer Creates Gnarly All-Terrain Mobile Workstation
A photographer has created an all terrain mobile workstation that can travel through rough terrain and provide a portable workstation for photographers out in the field. The rover is called the D8 and will be available for sale on his website at

Canon 5D Mark II Attached to an RC Helicopter Photographs BP Oil Spill
Perspective Aerials has released footage of a custom RC helicopter equipped with a Canon 5D Mark II which was used to obtain aerial photos of the BP oil spill in the gulf of Mexico. Ray mentions the Parrot RC helicopter which is coming soon and comes equipped with cameras and can be controlled with your iPhone.


This week, Jeff Cable from Lexar joined us on the show to chat about storage solutions for photographers including strategies on how to properly store and backup your images.


Question #1: John Hays writes: I know HDR is the rage these days and I really enjoy panos however CS5 reallys seems to crawl when I'm stitching panos together on my MacBook Pro. What are your recommendations in terms of workflow from image capture through to stitching. What applications would you recommend?

Rick: I've tried the new HDR pro in CS5 but I haven't been able to get the same results that I seem to get with Photomatix. If you're going to shoot a pano, hold your camera vertically and take enough exposures to capture the full range in the scene. Leave the WB and exposure the same. Once I'm focused I turn the focus off. Overlap a 1/3rd and then I'll merge each section together in Photomatix without making any adjustments. Then I combine those merged photos in CS5 to create the panorama. One other tip is to shoot at the lowest ISO possible as chromatic abborrations tend to be an issue when shooting HDRs.

Question #2: Jim Hermer writes: I normally use my dSLR but my wife bought a point and shoot with too many megapixels for the tiny sensor. Consequently, the noise is unbearable at high ISOs. If I reduce the image quality on the camera to a medium quality, will that improve the noise performance or will the camera still capture the image as normal and then just throw away some of the pixels to reduce the image size?

Ray: This varies from camera to camera. I would recommend shooting at full resolution and then controlling that from Photoshop or another program. You can read more about this topic in an article Ray wrote which is up on The Luminous Landscape.

Question #3: Mike Sheppard writes: I've noticed that you recommend everyone with a dSLR to go out and get a fast 50mm lens. I was wondering if you made the suggestion regardless if someone has a cropped sensor camera or not? I have a Nikon D90 and bought a 35mm f1.8 and figured that with the crop sensor I was esentially getting the equivalent of a 50mm lens. Would you still recommend a 50mm lens in this case?

Alex: I'd say this is not really necessary if you have the 35mm. The real point is just having a fast lens and the reason I often recommend the 50mm is because it's the cheapest.


Alex – BeachTek DXA-SLR – allows you to get big good microphones into your 5D Mark II

Ray – filters for Photoshop from

Rick – H4n Handy Zoom recorder

Fred – iPhone OS 4 and the new iPhone 4


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  1. So I thought the idea of having my images licensed through Getty was going to be a good thing – but not so much anymore!

    It appears that Getty might not be playing fair, and in the end taking customers away from photographers!

    So here is that happened.
    It came to my attention that maybe the licensing request were not coming to me (Outdoor Studios Photography) from my Flickr account ( So for a little test, I tried to license an image form my work account to my photography account.

    As (my account with Getty) I visited the Outdoor Studios Flickr account and clicked on “Request to License”. In a specific image. I them was redirected to log into my Getty account and I requested a Commercial License. I then got an email from Getty stating that my request was submitted, they will contact the photographer, it can take 2 – 7 days, they will contact me when they get more information.

    So far so good! (so I thought)

    After the allotted 7 days, I got an email with the following:

    “Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in arranging licensing for your photo request:

    You can find similar images in our royalty-free collections, [royalty-free collections being a link to their images] with unlimited-use photos that give you total creative freedom… blah, blah, blah…”

    Getty never contacted me (outdoor Studios), no emails, no nothing. So I try it again, and a third time with a different account. Guess what – no CONTACT!

    I call Getty this morning, and all I get is the run-around. Nobody knows nothing and I need to be transferred to “that” person who can help me, but that person doesn’t even know there is a Flickr anything going on!

    Now I am no Joe McNally, but how many requests or potential customers have tried to request one of my images through this Getty thing, but only to be told the photographer was not responsive so buy our images instead?

    We may never know!

    Chris S.
    Outdoor Studios Photography

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