Be Careful with White Backgrounds

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The problem is not that white backgrounds get dirty easily or that it is difficult to determine the correct exposure, although both of these things are true. Instead the problem is U.S. Patent 8,676,045. Yes, that is right, Amazon has successfully patented using a white background when photographing subjects. For more on this controversy see Photographers howl at Amazon patent of decades old idea and Amazon’s ridiculous patent makes Mark Cuban happy.

May 28, 2014: The Professional Photographers of America provides more details on Amazon’s patent at Hear About Amazon’s Patent on Studio (Lighting) Arrangement? Here’s What it Means for You.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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2 Responses to Be Careful with White Backgrounds

  1. momfawn says:

    Patently ridiculous! – Fawn

  2. Teresa Smith says:

    I can’t believe they let people patent these types of things! I have a picture I took of my son as a baby using a white background before Amazon existed!

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