Month: April 2022

YOUR GUIDE TO LUXURY RESORTS IN CABO SAN LUCAS

Born FreeHotel UpdatesYour Guide to Luxury Resorts in Cabo San Lucas

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Cabo San Lucas is a resort town situated at the tip of the Baja California peninsula in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. A favorite with sun-seeking vacationers and celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Will Smith, and George Clooney, Cabo San Lucas and its neighboring town of San Jose del Cabo make up the resort area, popularly known as Cabo.

As with most ocean-facing vacation hotspots, Cabo San Lucas offers a plethora of attractions. Numerous bars and restaurants line its beachfront and a multitude of water-based recreational activities set forth from its main Medano Beach. The resort city also has a large marina with yachting facilities and hosts famous landmarks such as the unusual natural formations at Land’s End; an outcrop located close to a small island that is home to two aptly-named beaches, the tranquil Playa del Amor or Lovers Beach and the tumultuous Divorce Beach.

As for accommodation, in Cabo, it’s all about grand, luxurious resorts, many of which offer all-inclusive deals ensuring that guests have no reason to leave their premises.

The Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort

The Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort is an adults-only, all-inclusive luxury boutique property located within a fashionable residential area of Quivira Los Cabos, a mere twenty minutes drive from the Cabo San Lucas Airport. The property is one of three properties that belong to the group that owns two other resorts in Cabo, namely the villa-only Monte Cristo and the all-inclusive Sunset Resort.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort is an exclusive hideaway consisting of a 201-room boutique resort that offers easy access to both downtown Cabo San Lucas as well as a private hotel beach on the Pacific Ocean.

Guests at this lux enclave also enjoy exclusive access to the Quivira Golf Club and its signature Jack Nicklaus Golf Course.

The resort has a wellness retreat onsite in the form of the expansive Armonia Spa that offers a whole host of relaxing and detoxifying treatments, which are expertly administered using only the finest organic ingredients.

Other amenities at this design-forward resort include five restaurants, including a Japanese restaurant that offers fresh sushi and five bars, one of which is a beach bar with a fire pit.

The well-appointed air-conditioned rooms at the resort feature the essential amenity – free Wi-Fi – along with a balcony and a kitchenette. During the whaling season from December to April, you can book a whale-watching trip through the resort, which arranges these tours for their guests.

Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa

The Marina Fiesta Resort and Spa enjoys an enviable location in the heart of the resort city within proximity to Medano Beach. All the luxurious suites at this resort property offer marina or pool views and feature private balconies, kitchenettes and sit-out areas along with free Wi-Fi. The resort has a large outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, a full-service spa, and a fitness center as well as a business center.

The Marina Fiesta resort offers an all-inclusive dine-out concept at a selection of fine dining and casual eateries that are located in the Marina Golden Zone and at its sister property, the Hacienda Encantada resort.

The resort’s central location grants easy access to other Cabo attractions such as Puerto Paraiso Mall and the upscale shopping hub, Luxury Avenue.

Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos

This all-inclusive resort occupies a cliff top between downtown Cabo San Lucas and the Pacific Ocean. The Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort, and the staff organizes an array of activities daily to keep young guests entertained.

If spa treatments are your priority while on vacation, you will not be disappointed with the natural treatments at the luxurious Spa del Mar. The beautiful spa offers a warm and inviting ambiance as it occupies a space carved into one of Cabo’s hills.

For discerning guests, the resort offers spacious, private, and luxurious accommodations with amenities like Jacuzzis and VIP pool access. The resort offers buffet as well as specialty restaurants and bars on site along with a well-equipped fitness center.

Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos

This large, all-inclusive lavish resort offers 527 well-kitted-out rooms and suites in the exclusive gated development of Cabo del Sol. The hotel has a private beach and is within proximity to the Cabo del Sol golf course to which its guests have access.

This extravagant resort also offers a full-service spa, nine diverse eateries, and six outdoor pools and Jacuzzis. All rooms at the resort feature private balconies, deep soaking tubs, free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs with a multitude of TV channels.

Other Cabo attractions such as the Arch at Lands End and downtown Cabo San Lucas are accessible via a short drive if you feel the need to leave the resort at all.

Get your trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico started

Spend a week or two at a luxury resort in the stunning resort town, Cabo San Lucas. With daily flights to Cabo, Fare Buzz travel specialists can find a discounted fare that matches your travel needs and budget.

Start here:
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✈️ Plan your trip to Cabo San Lucas today!

Navigation and browsing improvements for SmugMug.

We recently shared our forward looking for 2022 and are excited to talk about the latest improvements made to SmugMug for our photographers. Read on to learn more.

Announcing global navigation changes and browsing enhancements.

SmugMug is for more than just photos. We’re here for your videos and RAW files, too. Therefore we are making some terminology changes in our global navigation to reflect this. These changes include Photos renamed to Library and Photo Site renamed to Site.

Before:

After:

Finding items in the SmugMug Library is done by browsing and searching. This release includes a number of features to enhance the search and browse abilities in the SmugMug Library, namely:

Focused Search Page.

A focused context-sensitive search interface allows you to filter, sort or refine your search results. Once you have found the items you were looking for you can select one or many items and take actions, such as deleting, downloading and modifying keywords.

Finding items in the SmugMug Library is done by browsing and searching. This release includes a number of features to enhance the search and browse abilities in the SmugMug Library, namely:

Focused Search Page.

A focused context-sensitive search interface allows you to filter, sort or refine your search results. Once you have found the items you were looking for you can select one or many items and take actions, such as deleting, downloading and modifying keywords.

Recently Added.

Want quick access to the items you most recently added to SmugMug? Recently Added allows you to quickly access the photos and videos that you recently added to SmugMug.

Smug Improvements

Browse By Date.

Most users use dates to organize their SmugMug items, but run into problems finding a specific photo when they don’t remember exactly when a photo was taken. Browse by Date provides an interactive way to browse your SmugMug Library, surfacing the time periods when photos and videos were created and a simple way to visually browse your photos within that time period.

First, you are presented with a grid grouped and labeled by the year the item was captured.

You can further drill into a year by clicking the image and you are presented with each month that contains items.

Once you have clicked on the desired month, you are presented with a search page that displays all of the items captured during that month. From here, you can further refine your results, by filtering by type, sorting and entering search terms and results are generated in the context of that month.

This is just the start of an amazing year and beyond. We are dedicated to sharing out changes and improvements as they are made. Tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or start a conversation on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Copyright Law: Understanding Your Rights as a Photographer

In the age of social media, a clear understanding of your rights as a photographer is crucial to receiving the credit you deserve. But with so much information out there, you might find yourself asking:

  • What laws are in place to protect photographers like me?
  • What do I do if someone uses my photo without permission?
  • How long do photographers have ownership of their images?

Here you will find an overview of what copyright law is and how it impacts your photography business. We’ll also take a look at the downloadable copyright resources and copyright infringement tools available to PPA members.

What is Copyright?

Copyright law in the United States prohibits the unauthorized copying of a “work of authorship.” In 1988, the following amendment was added to address visual works including photography:

“Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works” include two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art, photographs, prints and art reproductions, maps, globes, charts, diagrams, models, and technical drawings, including architectural plans. Such works shall include works of artistic craftsmanship insofar as their form but not their mechanical or utilitarian aspects are concerned; the design of a useful article, as defined in this section, shall be considered a pictorial, graphic or sculptural work only if, and only to the extent that, such design incorporates pictorial, graphic, or sculptural features that can be identified separately from, and are capable of existing independently of, the utilitarian aspects of the article.”

Phew. That’s a mouthful of legalese! So what does it mean in English? Basically, copyright law says that when you take a photograph, you become the copyright owner of the image created. This means you hold exclusive rights to:

  • Reproduce the photograph
  • Display the image in a public space
  • Distribute the photo
  • Create derivatives of the image

Seems straightforward, no? But what’s considered a “derivative?”

A “new version” of a work that is already copyrighted falls under the term of a “derivative” work. Special re-edits of movies, art reproductions, and literary translations all qualify as derivatives. A film based on a book or play is another common example.

In the realm of photography, any time someone creates a photograph that is a copy or “substantially similar” to another copyrighted work, they are potentially infringing upon the original owner’s rights.

By comparing and evaluating a derivative work to the original, a court of law can determine if any copyright laws have been violated. In other words, a photographer who went to great lengths to recreate an original work’s composition, lighting, and other creative elements would be more likely to be found guilty of copyright infringement than a photographer who simply takes pictures of subjects that already exist in other photos (i.e., monuments, nature). This means many different photographers can take photos of, say, the Golden Gate Bridge without infringing on each other’s artistic rights.

If you suspect your image has been used without your permission, use PPA’s copyright infringement tool to help you determine your next steps.

Mercedes Benz & Detroit’s Eastern Market Murals

In addition to looking out for your own rights, you as a photographer need to be aware of ways you may unknowingly infringe upon another artist’s rights. The last thing you want to do is misuse another creative’s work!

Take for example Mercedes Benz’s 2018 ad campaign featuring the company’s new vehicle “barreling through Detroit’s boho Eastern Market district past commercial buildings painted with vibrant murals.” Cool concept, no doubt. But the artists who created those murals that contributed so much color and atmosphere to the campaign were never asked permission to use their work, let alone credited:

“While Mercedes sought municipal permission to make beautiful shots of its vehicles on public city streets, it did not seek the muralists’ permission to make and post images of their works on Instagram. Copyright infringement? Mercedes thought not. The muralists—James Lewis, Jeff Soto, Maxx Gramajo, and Daniel Bombardier—thought otherwise.”

Read the full story at PPmag.com. The Mercedes Benz ad campaign is important for two reasons:

  1. It shows the importance of being aware of how others’ work appears in your photographs
  2. It serves as an example of how your work may be misused

The exception to copyright law is when the reproduction of a photograph or visual work is deemed “fair use.” The next section digs deeper into this term.

Fair Use

Fair use is an exception when it comes to copyright law. Journalism, critiques, research, and teaching materials are examples of specific types of writing that allow the reproduction of copyright-protected works without the permission of the “author”.

For example, if you exhibit your photography in a gallery, an art publication generally does not need permission to reproduce your image if they’re using it as part of a critique. Or, conversely, a newspaper may publish photographs of works and use them as part of an article. Both of these are examples of copyrighted work being used under “fair use” guidelines.

When considering whether a reproduction of a work is fair use, the U.S. Copyright Act says “the factors to be considered shall include whether:

  1. The use is of commercial nature or if it is for nonprofit education purposes
  2. The copyrighted work is highly creative or if it is fact-based
  3. Part of the entire original work was reproduced or just a part of it
  4. The reproduction reduces the value of the original work or has no effect

One important thing to keep in mind is that social media marketing’s use of images very rarely falls under “fair use.” If your photographic work is being used without your permission, check out the resources from PPA below for help determining if you need to take further action.


Resources

Remember: If a company uses one of your images in their marketing—on social media or otherwise—without your approval, they are violating your rights as a creator. So, what do you do if you suspect your work of being used without your permission? PPA has resources to help you understand copyright law, and even a Copyright Infringement Tool to leave no question in your mind whether or not your rights as a creator have been violated.

Protecting your work is vital to your success as a photographer. For more PPA resources, click here. 



Sources:
https://ppmag.com/news/photographers-should-be-cautious-about-using-murals-as-backdrops
https://blog.hootsuite.com/understanding-image-copyright/
https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/what-are-derivative-works-under-copyright-law
https://copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html


 

Stats: 70 Percent of Americans Plan to Travel in Next 12 Months

By Matt Turner Mar 30, 2022 10:31am

(Photo by jacoblund/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

Seven in 10 Americans are planning to take a leisure trip in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey by NerdWallet conducted online by The Harris Poll. More than 2,000 U.S. adults were asked how the COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to effect travel plans; beyond the 70 percent planning to travel, nearly half of respondents (47 percent) said they were planning on taking two or more leisure trips in that span.

When it comes to those hitting the road more than once this year, Generation Z (ages 18 to 25) and Millennials are more likely to do so than members of earlier generations (60 percent of Gen Zers and 58 percent of millennials, versus 41 percent of Gen Xers and 40 percent of Baby Boomers).

Nearly one-quarter of Americans who have a travel rewards credit card (23 percent) are saving points or miles to pay for a luxurious or special occasion trip; 17 percent are saving them to pay for an international trip; and 16 percent are saving them because they want to visit a destination not currently accepting tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About two-thirds of Americans who don’t plan on traveling for leisure in the next 12 months say their reasons are COVID-related: 37 percent say it’s because they don’t feel safe traveling due to current or future COVID variants; 19 percent say it’s because they are concerned about COVID-19 case rates at their planned destinations, and 12 percent say it’s because the COVID-related restrictions at their desired destinations are a hassle. Among those not planning on traveling for leisure in the next 12 months, Baby boomers (ages 58 to 76) are more likely to avoid travel for COVID-related reasons than are members of later generations. A little over three in five Boomers (61 percent) cite COVID as a reason for not planning travel, versus 45 percent of Millennials (ages 26 to 41) and 43 percent of Generation Xers (ages 42 to 57).

Source: NerdWallet

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