- Due to an unfortunate series of events, John Redpath was unable to present a demonstration of his still life photography skills, Alan Thompson stepped in at short notice and gave a tutorial on file management using Adobe Lightroom.
But first he asked the question
When a monkey takes a ‘selfie’, whose owns copyright of the image?
In 2011, two monkeys ‘borrowed’ a photographer's camera and reportedly snapped some pictures of themselves. One of the selfies by a female crested black macaque went viral, making its way to Wikipedia's website.
David Slater, from Coleford in the Forest of Dean says he has lost £10,000 in income over two years because of it.
He asked the site to take down the photo, but Wikipedia asserts the photo is uncopyrightable because animals can't own copyrights.
This raises some interesting questions: -
First, can a monkey even acquire copyright in a selfie?
Second, can a human acquire copyright in a monkey's selfie?
This set the ball in motion for a lively debate, not only about this issue, but also the wider issue of copyright and the rights and responsibilities of a photographer pursuing his or her hobby in public and private places.
Then onto Lightroom
Although potentially a dry subject, Alan injected his usual humour and a scattering of useful hints and tips on how to deal with and process specific groups of photographs.
He demonstrated his preferred method of importing, filing and managing his image. A matter of particular importance to him due to the sheer number of photographs he takes and of even more importance to a number of couples who have asked him to record their big day
By natural progression, this lead on to advice and tips on categorising and tagging photographs in order to help locate and group images in an easy to understand way.
As usual, he invited comment from the other club members who were all able to either contribute or learn from the presentation.