SOUTH AFRICA TRIP


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For a little over a week we explore South Africa with two lovely couples. Setting Cape Town as our base camp was the right thing to do, especially when we found a homey Cape Heritage Hotel that welcomes us like a family. We set out to explore the Cape Peninsula, Table Mountain, Wine regions, beaches on separate days. Each day a new discovery made us fell in love with nature all over again. Not only does Cape Town has jaw dropping sceneries, great food & wine but also the friendliest people that made our stay memorable.

We stayed in tents at Buffelsdrift, heads up this is not your typical camping tent. This one has air conditioning, victorian bathtub and the best view of wildlife. We had a chance to get up close to some of the animals during our bush safari drive. Elephants, rhino, hippos, springbok, wilderbeast, mountain zebra, meerkat, and much more call this place home. Most of us grew up in big cities and the only wildlife we see are either in cages or in Discovery Channel. Our trip to South Africa made us see the world differently. We really are sharing our planet with these beautiful animals.

Can’t wait to share more photos, here’s a few sneak peek from our trip 🙂

Source : http://www.axioo.com/blog/sweet-escape

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What You Should Know About Social Media & Protecting Your Copyrights


These days, social media is too often regarded as a sure win, when the truth is there’s a lot to take into consideration before accepting the risks of participating.

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We interviewed Chris Reese (along with others in The Photographer’s Guide to Copyright) to learn more about what photographers should know bout social media and protecting their copyrights. Chris served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of SightSound Technologies, a tech company that developed technologies to sell audio and video files online. Over the years, he’s watched how technology has both expanded the way artists can distribute their work and made monetizing it (and maintaining value) incredibly difficult.

Chris took the time to talk us through what a photographer needs to know before sharing images online and using social media as a marketing tool.

What should a photographer consider before posting photos online?

The thing to realize is that anything that you can see or hear on the web, you can copy. At the absolute minimum you can take out your iPhone and take a picture of the monitor. You really need to read the Terms of Service before you give a website access to your creative work. If you can imagine something being done that would make you angry after the fact, you need to understand whether you’re actually giving them the right to do that very thing.

What are the important things to look for in any Terms of Service (TOS)?

The one thing to keep in mind is that almost every single terms of service will say that it has the right to change the terms of service. And typically it’s without notifying you.

The primary thing to look for is whether or not they allow for the commercial usage of what you’re posting. Most of them don’t. Surprisingly, some do. Some say that anyone can take a picture, copy it, put it on a t-shirt and start selling it. You need to read the rules to see if you are permitting that kind of use.

What should a photographer take into consideration before using social media to market?

Anything that you put online is up for grabs and can be stolen. You have to keep that in mind. If you have the greatest song in the history of the world and you post that on YouTube for free, you might dramatically undercut your ability to commercialize it. On the other hand, it might not.

It’s very easy for us to imagine that something we’ve created will all of a sudden catch fire and everybody will want it – that’s the nature of creation. Is that likely to happen? Not often. When we decide to use the tools available to us through the Internet, being overly concerned about the potential for bad things to happen is probably just as much of a concern as overstating the potential for good things to happen.

Why is stealing so rampant online and over social media?

There’s a big difference between legal rights and technical ability. The technical ability to copy any kind of digital works these days is so much stronger than whatever legal rights you have to tell people not to copy it.

If, for example, you find somebody that just didn’t read the TOS and they think they’re allowed to take your photos and use your photos for a brochure – it’s a careless mistake. They’re not purposefully trying to steal. They think that they’re allowed to take this nice picture of a bridge and put it on the cover of a brochure.

What can you do about it?

First of all, the chances of you finding out about it are very slim. But let’s say you do. You send them a letter and if it’s a company trying to do the right thing they’ll say, ‘Oops, sorry. It was a mistake.’ They might pay a little money and not include it in their next brochure. But the more likely scenario is that you’ll never find out about it and that’s the nature of it. It’s very complicated and time consuming to enforce legal rights.

How should a photographer approach an international Terms of Service?

I’m sure that international issues complicate matters a great deal. Again, it really comes down to enforceability. Do they enforce those rights the same way in all countries? The answer is no.

So are you bound by what you’ve agreed to when you click ‘OK,’ even if you didn’t read all the tiny type?

The general answer is, yes. The reason for that is you couldn’t really have commerce online if you had to show that somebody actually read the terms of purchase.

Most people think that when they sign something there must be a way to get out of it. That’s really not true. It’s incredibly expensive to get out of it. If you tell somebody they can have your picture forever and use it for whatever they want, and then it ends up in some horror flick that horrifies you…tough.” An agreement is an agreement and the courts have generally said that agreeing to TOS is a valid and enforceable contract.

Source : http://blog.photoshelter.com/2013/04/what-you-should-know-about-social-media-protecting-your-copyrights/

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR


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Some girls are just born to be in front of the camera and simply look great effortlessly. Ribka is one of those girls… a head turner, an incredibly sweet person inside and out, the pretty girl next door. I’ve known her since last year, we met her and her husband Caleb during their pre-wedding portraits session at the Axioo house and then again in Paris. Capturing their chemistry together was addictive. And then on Christmas, Caleb called us and told us that he wanted to arrange for a surprise gift for his wife: a beauty portrait. And here are some of my favorite shots of her. You get what I’m telling you, right? This woman is just gorgeous!

Throughout the whole shoot, my mind was playing their proposal story on a loop. Theirs has got to be the most romantic one I’ve ever heard. Kaleb put in weeks of preparation to publish an elaborately designed book filled with stories from how they first met through their dating moments. In it he expressed how much he loved her and he presented this to her during a surprise dinner. As she turned over each page, tears began to roll as Ribka felt her heart swelled with overwhelming happiness. And on the last page, she found a ring neatly tucked inside a hidden compartment within the book with the words “Will you marry me?” I give Kaleb an A+ for creativity!

This got me thinking that most of the time, girls don’t need to be woo-ed in a land too far away, on a helicopter ride towards the sunset or in a luxurious setting to feel romantic. Most of the time, it’s the thousand ways in which he expresses how much we mean to him and knowing who we are and what makes us happy is what makes us delirious with romance.

So as I clicked on the camera, I remembered their story together and my heart just smiled. I love these two people and how great they are together. They make love look so … lovely!

With love,
Fen

Keigo (the handsome Husky, also known as Mr. Richard Gere) appears as courtesy of Ms. Christina Shen
Ribka’s beautiful dresses are all made by Raisa

Source :http://www.axioo.com/blog/2012/08/30/girl-next-door

MAKE LOVE NOT WAR


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I can’t tell you how much thrill we get out of conceptual photo shoots here at AXIOO. From the photographers to stylists, to editors and designers, we all get super excited when clients feel the rush to do experiments on concepts for their shoot. We thrive on birthing concepts based on the client’s personalities, their story, or something distinctive that makes them who they are. Originality excites us and we just know that we’d have a ton of fun carrying it out!

Today we’d like to show you one of our favorite artistic shoots of Bob and Wenny. For their pre-wedding shoot, we did a lot of opposites attract shoots as well as some that showed activities that were truly “Bob and Wenny”. But my absolute favorite has got to be the ones with the splashing of the paints. We tried to insert a hidden message in it: when marriage splatters you with various colors of life, keep calm and stay holding on to the one you love. That’s how you’re going to go through. And we loved how it all turned out that we translated that concept into inspiration for their pre-wedding album design!

Here at AXIOO, we are inspired by love stories, ignited by passion and challenged by creativity. It’s how we strive to turn captured memories into pages and pages of art.

Enjoy,

David

 

Sumber : http://www.axioo.com/blog/2012/10/25/make-love-not-war

MAKE LOVE NOT WAR


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I can’t tell you how much thrill we get out of conceptual photo shoots here at AXIOO. From the photographers to stylists, to editors and designers, we all get super excited when clients feel the rush to do experiments on concepts for their shoot. We thrive on birthing concepts based on the client’s personalities, their story, or something distinctive that makes them who they are. Originality excites us and we just know that we’d have a ton of fun carrying it out!

 

Today we’d like to show you one of our favorite artistic shoots of Bob and Wenny. For their pre-wedding shoot, we did a lot of opposites attract shoots as well as some that showed activities that were truly “Bob and Wenny”. But my absolute favorite has got to be the ones with the splashing of the paints. We tried to insert a hidden message in it: when marriage splatters you with various colors of life, keep calm and stay holding on to the one you love. That’s how you’re going to go through. And we loved how it all turned out that we translated that concept into inspiration for their pre-wedding album design!

 

Here at AXIOO, we are inspired by love stories, ignited by passion and challenged by creativity. It’s how we strive to turn captured memories into pages and pages of art.

 

Enjoy,

David

 

 

Sumber : http://www.axioo.com/blog/2012/10/25/make-love-not-war