A Not So Pleasant Lesson Learned

Life of a freelancer can be very unpredictable.  I find it to be epitome of “feast or famine.”  It’s good to have some down time on equipment every now and again to get things serviced.  I took this latest opportunity to get my D700 serviced by Nikon.  One of the perks of a NPS (Nikon Professional Services) membership is   loaner equipment!  My Nikon D700 went in and they sent me a D750 on consignment.  No sooner did that D750 arrive that I had a barrage of phone calls for assignments. I barley had time to get acquainted with the new body and we were off to Fayetteville Arkansas to photograph Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorback for the Wall Street Journal.  Assignment went great and the camera performed smashingly!  I’m pretty sure I’m sold on the D750 as my next body.  But alas, there was one little problem…


Upon ingesting the images I noticed there was some copyright information that wasn’t mine.  In my haste, I forgot to scrub the last users info from the loaner D750 and replace it with my own.  Well, no big deal I caught it before I transmitted so I deleted the info in Lightroom and replaced it with my own…or so I thought.    The link was sent to me tonight and there for all the world to see is my images with the by line to…”Strawberry Blonde Photos.”  SHIT!


I’ve gone back and checked the file in Lightroom and the “Creator” field is blank(I left it that way intentionally).  But if I view the image in Bridge the “Creator” field is in fact NOT blank, it reads…you guessed it, “Strawberry Blonde Photos.” WSJStawberryBlonde2



I’ve already emailed my contact at The Wallstreet Journal and I’m sure it will be corrected.  But I thought that this was a good cautionary tale to share.  In the future I will be doing a factory restore to the camera the moment it comes out of the box.

Thanks for reading

Strawberry Blonde Photo

Kenneth M. Ruggiano