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Off Topic: Photo Contests

If you like taking pictures (professional, or not) and maybe you take a cool photo once in a awhile. Please be mindful of entering contests. I would guess 90% of contests I see not run by a photographic organization (aka a random business) are just looking to get free photos they can use in advertising, social media & elsewhere.

Sure it might be cool to win an award, or get a photo published, but that’s what they prey on. Meanwhile you save them money on what they would have ended up paying a agency, or photographer for the photo they wanted, and they also can turn around and sell every photo, even the ones that didn’t win, profiting off of you and everyone else who entered.

Don’t believe me. Here’s the fine print to a contest someone share with me today:

“By entering this Contest and submitting an Entry, Entrant hereby grants Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries a perpetual, irrevocable worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and display the Entry in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any purpose, including but not limited to Sponsor’s photo contest, and the advertising and promotion of such photo contest.”

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to show off a great photo, and a lot of people say “so what”, but imagine how you might feel if you found out a landscaping company was billing your elderly neighbor every time you cut her lawn out of the kindness of your heart. More, or less thats essentially what these contests are doing.


15 Questions for a wedding photographer #2; Photo Copyright


15 Questions Brides Want to Know About Wedding Photography #2

One of the interesting parts of being a professional in a field for a while is you get requests from the media for comment on events, or topics relevant to that field. Recently I was asked to answer some questions for an upcoming book geared towards future brides.

I was one of several professionals who were asked questions specifically for wedding photography, so I don’t think I’ll be spoiling anything by revealing my answers, since I’m sure they’ll use others for some of the 15 answers, plus I wasn’t asked anything about catering, or how to preform a traditional religious ceremony.

I’ll be sure to post up link when the book is published, but for now I’ll be spreading the questions and my answers (plus maybe a little extra) out over the next 15 days.


Question #2

Why do wedding photographers copyright the pictures they take at weddings? Is this common?

Copyright is common, because technically everybody who takes a photo, writes a poem, creates a computer program, ect. has a copyright under the law for what they’ve created. Professional photographers, musicians and movie makers are just a little more upfront about it because it’s part of their business. I get clients who tell me they want the “copyrights” to the photos without ever really knowing what that means. When in fact what they really want is usage rights.

Usage rights can allow a couple to reprint images as they see fit, but allows the photographer to be able to display the images (as part of their portfolio, or in an advertisement, as examples). Without writing a small novel, there are almost no reasons a couple should ask for the copyright to all the photos, over just getting usage rights. Asking for the copyright is like a Ford asking the Beatles to let them own a song just so it could be used in one car commercial.




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Coming up tomorrow

Question #3

Is it better to book a wedding photographer who uses film or digital Equipment?


Previous Questions

#1 What are the advantages of hiring a professional wedding photographer as opposed to having a friend or family member take the pictures?