KOLO CONTEST for all my photo friends, fans, followers!  
I put this out to all my Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ photo friends last week, but no one has added a review for my current book, so I wanted to blog about it as well.

The first TWO people to post a review of my book on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Nature-Photography-Professional/dp/0817400109) will receive a coupon code for a free 11×14 Kolo frame.  You can personalize by adding a photo, which Kolo will print (at roughly 8×10), mat, frame (in the 11×14 frame of your choosing) and ship to your home- about a $50 value.  This is only valid for US and Canada customers.  
I printed one myself, a photo of my wife and I (taken with my iPhone), and I love the results. Check it out below: 
So if you’ve read my new nature photography book (The Complete Guide to Nature Photography- Amphoto/Random House) write a review now and win!  Here are details and links again:
I will see your name and will message you through Amazon – then email me your information and Kolo will email you providing a coupon code.
Pick your Kolo frame and personalize it by uploading one of your photos (the Dearborn or Holden frames to personalize): http://kolo.com/mykolo/shop/products/frames/

If you are interesting in purchasing one of my how-to photo books (great for holiday gifts), The Complete Guide to Nature Photography, or, The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure, go here: http://www.seanarbabi.com/products_books.html

Thank you!


Contracts, ugh….I miss the days of hand shakes

After reviewing a very cool photo contest (sponsored by a leading camera company and a top producer/director), I was disappointed to see a statement in their rules – one I’ve seen so many times in client contracts and contest rules:

“…grant of permission to Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, promotional partners, contractors, agents, …. to use the entrant’s name, likeness, voice and biographical information, and the Photograph submitted … for purposes of trade, publicity or promotion and any other purpose, in all media and formats whether now known or later developed, throughout the world in perpetuity, without any notice, permission or compensation”.

So they can use your photograph in any way, as many times as they wish, now and in the future, forever and forever (throughout the world in perpetuity) without paying you in any way – well, maybe you’ll get a prize valued worth a few hundred bucks. Unfortunately this personifies some much of art in the past, present, and maybe the future- and that is that others make more money off of the art than the artist does.

All I can say is contracts should be beneficial for both sides. Don’t sign one if you don’t think you are getting a fair shake. I know it’s hard to do, it’s just as tough for me, but I try to cross out as much as I can get away with, use my contracts (which are fair and easy to understand), and educate my clients (and their counsel) about the contracts they are presenting. Stand strong and value your work and others will too.

And btw, these type of contract rules are why I rarely enter a contest.