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Legal and Security Experts on How Photographers Can Protect Themselves and Their Businesses

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Cross-posted from PDN Online An accident or injury on an assignment—to you or a fixer or crew member you hire—can do more than ruin a shoot. It could bankrupt you or leave you unable to work. The risks to photographers covering conflicts, strife or natural disasters are well known, but accidents can happen to any freelancer, and have serious consequences. PDN has interviewed a number of experts on legal and security issues to learn how…

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Why Facebook Groups Should Be an Important Element of Your Social Strategy

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Cross-posted from Freelancers Union Blog [by Sarah Bettencourt] By 2018 the organic reach of your FB page may well be 0. All business pages are likely moving into an “explore” feed. AHHH! But fear not, because there is a way you can still reach your audience without sacrificing your first born to the social media gods. Everyone by now should know what a Facebook Group is. But, just in case you don’t know what it…

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Queen Guitarist Lashes Out at Photographer for Reporting Image He Posted Without Credit

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Alex Cooke] In a rather strange set of events, Queen Guitarist Brian May lashed out at a photographer after she filed a takedown request when the musician posted one of her photos of him on his Instagram without credit. The issue began when the guitarist posted a picture of himself taken by Barbara Kremer without crediting her. She filed a takedown request with Instagram, which resulted in the post being removed…

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The Importance of Ethical Landscape Photography

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Cross-posted from DIYPhotography.net [by Spencer Cox] I’ve wondered for a long time what it means to be an ethical landscape photographer. Sure, this field isn’t known for its wide-reaching moral dilemmas or particularly sticky situations, but the question still deserves attention. As landscape photographers, we are in a rare position to show the Earth’s most amazing places to an audience of countless people. It makes sense to me that we should do so with respect….

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The History Of Copyright | Blood, Money, Religion, And Art

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Cross-posted from SLR Lounge [by Holly Roa] Photographers are taught to cling to their copyrights with both hands and with good reason – nefarious (or ignorant) people abound who would love for you to sign it away and take control of your work and any profit derived. But, this is 2017, and we are familiar with copyright law as it has existed in our lifetime. Have you considered where it all began and how it…

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Know Your Rights: Basics of Photographic Copyrights

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Rex Jones] At this point I have lost track how many times I have been given inaccurate counsel from other well-meaning people, such as, “Make sure you copyright that so nobody can steal it,” or “If you put it online then you give up your rights and it becomes public property.” Such advice will only ever come from people who don’t actually understand copyright laws. When it comes to copyright issues…

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What to Do If Someone Steals Your Photography

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Cross-posted from PDN Online [by Greg Scoblete] Editor’s Note: ASMP Members John Harrington and Jeff Sedlik participate in PhotoPlus Expo panel on image theft. Like viral memes, cat videos and tweets from He Who Must Not Be Named, image theft is endemic on the Internet. In a PhotoPlus Expo panel, photographers John Harrington and Jeff Sedlik laid out a number of useful strategies that photographers can take when their images are stolen. Both took pains…

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Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

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Cross-posted from NPR.org [by Terry Gross] As the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, Pete Souza had top security clearance and sat in on most meetings and major events with the president. “I was there all the time,” he says. “I wasn’t talking to [Obama] all the time, but I was always in every meeting and pretty much every situation that he had as president.” Over the course of Obama’s eight years…

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“Cuban girl looking through window bars.” 1933 by Walker Evans

Walker Evans’s Cuba, via Ernest Hemingway

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Cross-posted from The New York Times: Lens Blog [by David Gonzalez] It seems fitting that during Walker Evans’s one-month stay in Havana in 1933 he would befriend Ernest Hemingway. The two shared an appreciation of a spare style that would influence countless others in photography and literature. In fact, Evans entrusted Hemingway with a trove of original prints to ensure they would not be confiscated by the authorities who were violently suppressing popular outrage against…

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Trends in Stock Photography That You Need to Know Now

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As far as trends go, Jason Row thinks that 360 images and video might be the next big thing. Selling photographs through stock agencies has always been a challenging business. Knowing what to shoot and what will do well, sometimes seems like a lottery. Stock, however, like photography in general, goes through phases and trends. But how to spot trends, how to see the next big thing? There are several ways, magazines and websites that…

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16th-Century Tube Passengers

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UK-based photographer Matt Crabtree was a finalist in the 2017 LensCulture Street Photography Awards for his series “16th-Century Tube Passengers.” View these unique photos and the concept behind them on LensCulture. One morning in 2016, I was sitting amongst a million or so other commuters on my mundane tube journey into central London, when I looked up to see a lady dressed in a velvet hood, seated in a classical, timeless pose. She was in…

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