Image usage from workshops

Here’s a few thoughts on a subject close to my heart.

What does it take to make a portrait picture? A hell of a lot when you look at it closely. First you need to find someone to take the picture of, tell them what to wear or have a range of outfits and props available, find a location, get transport to the location, make sure it’s safe, sort the lighting and finally get around to pressing the shutter release and taking an image.

If you go through all of those stages then you can legitimately call an image your own. Pass the responsibility on to someone else for the majority of those stages, such as when you book a workshop, means you can’t claim full credit for the images.

That’s why at the start of every workshop I remind delegates that images taken are licensed to use in their portfolio’s but not in competition or commercial usage and that full credit must be given to me and to the model when posted on social media.

There’s been a few instances recently where this is being ignored. Images appearing in competitions, uncredited and even on one occasion a claim to have planned the model’s costume, purchased on Ebay the props etc when all they’d done was take an image I’d set up.

This is disrespectful to me in the extreme and is ultimately a lie not just to the wider world but to the photographer. It also goes against the rules of most competitions and definitely against the rules of coming on one of my workshops.

If you go against this you can expect to be robustly challenged on Facebook/Instagram or the like.

It takes a heck of a lot of work behind the scenes to put any photographic event on. Please remember to give credit, where credit is due

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