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Google Page Speed Insights

Your website page speed is a ranking factor in Google Search

The speed at which your web pages load will affect both user experience and your ranking in Google Search results. As a general rule, Google will reward sites with a better ranking if their provide a better experience to their visitors. It is therefore unsurprising that the speed the page loads at is a ranking factor. Your search engine...

Google SSL Encryption

Google boosts ranking of secure HTTPS websites.

In 2014, Google announced that HTTPS would be used as a ranking signal when deciding the position of websites in Search Engine Results Pages (SERPS). HTTPS means that the website encrypts information sent through it, protecting any data that visitors submit to the website. In the past, secure connections to websites were generally only associated with e-commerce websites that...

Google Image Search

Google Image Search removes the ‘View Image’ button.

Earlier this month, Google announced it has reached an agreement with Getty Images in their dispute over the 'View Image' button in Google Image Search. Getty Images argued that the button promoted Copyright Infringement since people were using Google Image search to search images and were able to view them and download them without ever visiting the website on...

The democratisation of photography and the landscape photographer.

Much has already been written about the democratisation of photography, which refers to the increasing accessibility of photography. Oliver Laurent (2014) considers the photography revolution, which has gone from analogue to digital and with cameras now incorporated into Smartphones at more affordable prices; he considers the rise of Smartphone photography to be driving the democratisation of photography. Michael Zhang (2017)...

Package up your software to create user friendly downloads using Advanced Installer

The growth of cloud computing and delivering Software as a Service (SaaS) has revolutionised the way we use and access software. There are countless examples of software packages that we might once have purchased off the shelf or downloaded and purchased a licence key, that have moved to SaaS models where users sign up for a subscription and start...

Should there be a collecting society for photography?

Collecting societies, also known as Copyright collectives or collecting agencies, are bodies that are created with the purpose of managing the rights of it's members. This means that collecting societies are responsible for granting licences and collecting royalties on behalf of all the members. Collecting societies make it easier for Copyright owners to be identified as works are registered...

Are professional photographers declining?

The digital age represents a massive change for the photography industry. Miller (2013), a professional photographer of over 40 years, suggests that the photography industry has changed more in the last 10 years than it did in the 50 years before. From a technological stand point, the advances that have been made in digital photography have been very positive....

What is hotlinking and should photographers be worried about it?

While presenting the findings of an initial research project about ‘Digital Image Copyright Online’, questions were raised about hotlinking. More specifically, what is hotlinking and how might it affect photographers who post their images online. These are the questions that this article will answer. What is hotlinking? Hotlinking is when a webpage directly links to and embeds images or multimedia files...

Is more responsibility being placed upon photographers to protect their own Copyright?

Photographers are angry over the UK Copyright law reforms relating to 'orphaned works'. More evidence perhaps that photographers are having more responsibility placed upon them to ensure that they can always be easily identified as the photographer. Photo credit: Sean Molin Photography via photopin cc

Copyright infringement of online images…a case in point

A fairly typical but interesting case of alleged copyright infringement where a wedding photograph was apparently taken from a photographer's website and used by a radio station, without knowledge of consent of the photographer, for commercial purposes. Photo credit: Edgar Barany via photopin cc