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May 06, 2014 16:07 |  #16

Amazon patents background lighting technique

Huh?? How can a lighting technique used by many photographers around the world be patented?? And by Amazon, no less.

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May 06, 2014 16:12 as a reply to  @ IdiotsAbound's post |  #17

Amazon APPLIES for a patent. Different from getting one.




  
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May 06, 2014 16:37 as a reply to  @ IdiotsAbound's post |  #18

If you read into the document in the "Detailed Description" paragraph it talks about being able to take images and video and having it be "true white" by HTML and CSS standards with zero post work.

I am not a product photographer so idk if something like this exists yet or not but it seems like it would save people time to go straight from camera to web. Especially for a huge online retailer who has millions of product shots.


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May 06, 2014 16:45 |  #19

If you read into the document in the "Detailed Description" paragraph it talks about being able to take images and video and having it be "true white" by HTML and CSS standards with zero post work.

I am not a product photographer so idk if something like this exists yet or not but it seems like it would save people time to go straight from camera to web. Especially for a huge online retailer who has millions of product shots.


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May 06, 2014 17:12 |  #20

benji25 wrote in post #16886671 (external link)
If you read into the document in the "Detailed Description" paragraph it talks about being able to take images and video and having it be "true white" by HTML and CSS standards with zero post work.

I am not a product photographer so idk if something like this exists yet or not but it seems like it would save people time to go straight from camera to web. Especially for a huge online retailer who has millions of product shots.


There are a number of ways to do this the list is endless. If you had a 100 foot deep studio I could blast the paper with 5000 watts full power and have zero wrap around...


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May 06, 2014 18:12 as a reply to  @ IdiotsAbound's post |  #21

Um, good luck defending that one, much less finding an offender, ever.


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May 06, 2014 18:53 |  #22

gonzogolf wrote in post #16886596 (external link)
Amazon APPLIES for a patent. Different from getting one.

Knowing the US patent system, they'll get it. Heck, if I* applied for a patent for breathing I'd probably get it.

*or I should say a large corporation with deep pockets.


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May 06, 2014 19:31 |  #23

Sirrith wrote in post #16886909 (external link)
Knowing the US patent system, they'll get it. Heck, if I* applied for a patent for breathing I'd probably get it.

*or I should say a large corporation with deep pockets.

Patents routinely get turned down for being non-original. Just not software patents. A few years ago somebody tried to patent mustard's medicinal (antibiotic, I think) properties, but once somebody pointed out that it has been used in Indian traditional medicine for a couple thousand years, it got thrown out.


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May 08, 2014 02:09 |  #24

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something has gone wrong with the US Patent system

They allowed to patent the word "candy".

I would say something has been wrong there from day one.


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May 08, 2014 09:04 |  #25

mike_d wrote in post #16886478 (external link)
I've heard the patent office takes the attitude of "Just issue it and let the courts figure it out." Of course all that does is enrich lawyers and favor large corporations who have the money to pay for them.

There may be some standards but every time you hear about one of these egregious cases it makes you wonder




  
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May 08, 2014 09:55 |  #26

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But as was pointed out in a different article I read, the "workaround" is to simply change one thing when shooting and you're no longer "violating" the patent.

Change your f/stop by 1/3, move a light a little, use a riser that's an inch different in either direction, etc...

This. Seems that Amazon is trying to patent only their specific settings. May be a non-issue as far as enforcement and deterrence. But the idea of a patent for a given combination of settings is disturbing if it leads to more patents on settings and setups.


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May 08, 2014 15:39 |  #27

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This. Seems that Amazon is trying to patent only their specific settings. May be a non-issue as far as enforcement and deterrence. But the idea of a patent for a given combination of settings is disturbing if it leads to more patents on settings and setups.


But how the hell can you patent something which has been around for ages?
Its like patenting opening a banana one side at a time. Or the name "John Smith".
I mean, WTF?

Can I go and patent a new innovative way, of using a sharp long object to cut vegetables and sue each and everyone of you for using a knife? This is so freaking ridiculous!

I can't even describe how stupid it is.


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May 08, 2014 18:59 |  #28

Who shoots at 5.6 and a 85mm?


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May 08, 2014 19:11 |  #29

stupid. I doubt something this obvious would ever stand up, this has been done millions of times before.

Now excuse me, I have to work on my patent for "breathing" now


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May 08, 2014 21:28 |  #30

Why not, didn't they award a patent for a method of "swing".

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