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MPN News Feeds

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Are you reading the news feeds we provide? We have selected a number of feeds to provide MPN members with current news on the music industry, photo industry, and technical and business blogs. Make sure you click the News Feeds link in the left menu bar and check out our feeds. They are updated every hour. You can view them by category or by source. You can also double-click the News Feeds menu item to read the news feed items without leaving our site.

Forced to take a photo: Can turning down a shoot be considered discrimination?

While it is highly unlikely you will ever encounter legal trouble for turning down a shoot, consider this: If you are hired to shoot a client whom you determine you want nothing to do with, then turn down the shoot, could you be taken to court? In New Mexico, this has been proven to be an actual risk.

Live Nation Inks Deals With Madonna, U2, Jay-Z Worth $1.3B

Yes, that is correct - $1.3 billion or more. In October of 2007, Madonna inked a deal with Live Nation estimated to be worth $120 million. Jay-Z is reported to be in current negotiations for a similar long-term contract with Live Nation estimated to be worth $150 million. The U2 deal announced in March is expected to be worth more than $1 billion based on the band's 2005-2007 Vertigo tour which grossed over $400 million. The details of these deals are extraordinary.

MySpace And The Big Four Creating A Music Site

News Corporation, owner of MySpace.com and the MySpace Music Service, is partnering with three of the four major record labels to create a new music website. The MySpace Music Service will be spun off into an independent venture with Sony BMG, Universal Music, and Warner Music Group. EMI is expected to join the partnership in the coming weeks. The exact terms of the deal and details about the new site, including prices for downloaded music tracks, have not been disclosed. MySpace said that the site will offer songs for download that are free of digital rights management.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Public Beta

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Adobe has released a public beta of Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® 2.0. The beta program will run through August of 2008. According to their website, the following enhancements are included in the beta release:

Fun blog to check out: PhotoshopDisasters


PhotoshopDisasters is an entertaining and even educational blog that points out both unique & common problems and mistakes with Photoshop in published media - some obvious, some not-so-obvious. If you're browsing the web looking for something fun to look at, check the link!

Link: PhotoshopDisasters

The Photographer's Right

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Attorney Bert P. Krages II is also a photographer. He wrote a free, one-page, downloadable PDF that outlines your rights as a photographer in the event you are ever confronted for taking photographs. He calls this page The Photographer's Right. Mr. Krages is also the author of a book on the very same subject called Legal Handbook for Photographers.

Photographer's Rights: The Ten Legal Commandments of Photography

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The Google Reader favored photo blog Photojojo has posted an informative blog on photographer's rights. This article covers when and where a photographer has rights to take photos. This is a good read! Most folks do not know that venue security, tour management, and even the police (Roxxxxanne, you don't have to give up your camera!) cannot force you to hand over or delete your images without a court order!

Link: Photography and The Law: Know Your Rights

Canon 580EX & 580EXII Auto-shutoff when using remote (ie. w/PocketWizard, etc.) [Updated]

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If you are an owner of a Canon 580EX or 580EXII and plan to use it remote, make sure you take this quick step to avoid having the flash auto-shutdown after each one minute period of inactivity.

Most of the shooting I engage myself in that requires off-camera flash can be covered by my Canon Speedlites. On my old 550EX, the power switch has 3 positions: Off, On, On w/Power-saving automatic idle shutdown.

Photography Pranks and Hi-Jinks: PocketWizard Mischief

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What kind of industry would this be if we didn't get to fool around once in a while??
With April Fool's Day just around the corner, I'd like to share some exploits, and hear about ones you have been a part of!

I haven't put any major pranks together, but I have learned that PocketWizard's are an excellent way to control your flashes remotely... and then some.
More after the jump.

Live Nation Increases Foothold On Live Concerts

In January, long time Florida concert promoter Jon Stoll died from complications of brain cancer. He and wife Lori were owners of Fantasma Productions. Last week, Fantasma Productions entered into an agreement with Live Nation. Read the details of the agreement after the jump.

Wireless Flash: RadioPoppers vs. PocketWizards vs. Nikon & Canon

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Over on the Strobist blog, David Hobby discusses his first impressions of the RadioPopper. Like Nikon's SU-800 with Nikon SB800 & SB600 flashes or Canon's ST-E2 and Canon 580EX II & 430EX flashes, the RadioPopper offers full TTL control. Like PocketWizard systems, the RadioPopper uses radio signals for all of its communication between the transmitter and the receivers. What you get is a beautiful marriage of TTL over radio signals. Why is this important?

Happy 1 Month Anniversary MPN

On February 10th, MusicPhotographers.net made their official launch. We have been open for a month now and our membership is already at nearly 240 members. We have quite a few notable photographers among our members including Jon Seivert (author of Concert Photography), David Bergman (check out his Bare Naked Ladies!), Sherry Rayn Barnett (great images of several icons in music including Joni Mitchell), and several others.

Offensive Photo Contest Rules

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I found these rules on a music artist's fan page on a social networking site. I would like pointers to other similarly offensive photo contest rules. Post a link to the rules and name what section in the rules contains the offensive language. This will be helpful for every member of this community.

NikonUSA rolls out new website

NikonUSA relaunched their website on Tuesday with a completely new design. Along with the new website, they have launched a blog where website visitors can provide constructive feedback and recommendations for how to improve the website. Read more about this after the jump.