Legal Issues For Photographers

First I should apologise as I said I would post this on Saturday. Unfortunately my son ended up in hospital on Friday night with a broken knee cap and so I have spent the weekend at the hospital. He has had corrective surgery and is doing well at home now so without further ado…………………….

Following on from yesterday’s post I have found an interesting article that outlines important legal issues to be aware of. I think it’s important that all photographers new and experienced should be aware of the legalities of taking, reproducing and publishing images. My main area of concern was for portraiture as I love to take pictures of people. I now realise that although I have only posted pictures of people close to me I should definitely be seeking a written and signed model release form to protect myself and the subjects. Want to Read More?

Photographers Guide to UK Copyright Law

Being a beginner photographer I was wondering about photographic copyrights, particularly with regards to portraiture work. Anyway, I stumbled upon this fantastic article explaining copyrights – thought it may prove useful to others. I shall be adding an article about other legalities of photography that I have found tomorrow. In the meantime I hopr you find the following useful:

CREDIT: Article was lifted from Photogalaxy.com to whom the copyright belongs –

http://www.photogalaxy.com/copyright.php?PHPSESSID=433491b9162fc843f5e4c7e40be34118

A Guide to UK Photographic Copyright

by Will Burrard-Lucas

Will BL Photography

I recently started selling some of my photographs and soon realised that I needed a more thorough understanding of UK Photographic Copyright Law. It is important that you understand the key aspects of copyright law to ensure that you don’t inadvertently loose rights to your photographs that you want to keep! I have read around the subject a little bit and I thought I would share my findings with PhotoGalaxy’s members. This is not intended to be an exhaustive guide to UK Photographic Copyright Law, it is just my take on what I think are some of the most significant aspects. Also note that copyright law may be slightly different in other countries. Want to Read More?

Overcoming Common Digital Photograph Problems

So you go to the expense of purchasing a modern digital camera, you start taking pictures left, right and centre; you’re so excited to be entering the world of digital photography. You think you’re going to create some amazing art ……..then you upload the images to the computer. OH…….. Those pictures that you thought looked so great on the little viewing screen suddenly do not look so good.

 Happened to you? Well it happened to me. I was so enthusiastic when I got my digital camera that I took millions of pictures, mostly all dire. My heart sank with disappointment virtually every time I looked at my images on the laptop. I just wasn’t getting the quality of images I was hoping for. So, I bought new lenses; I even went to the expense of upgrading my camera body. Yes, my pictures did improve a little, but basically it wasn’t my equipment making poor pictures it was ME!! There’s more to be sure….. this way…..

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #1

As an owner of two loveley moggies I simply couldn’t resist the images in the ‘top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness’

I just adore cats; Big Cats, Small Cats, all cats –

What a lovely selection in these most fantastic of photographs – Please follow the link to view at the National Geographic.

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #1.

My Personal Favourite – Reminds Me of My Own Lazy Ladies

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Kick Starting Photography Inspiration – 20 Ideas

Have you ever hit that photographic block where you just don’t seem to be able to create ‘amazing’ pictures; I take many, many photographs yet am rarely satisfied that I have created an awesome shot. With this in mind I thought it a good idea to make a list of ideas to inspire other serious amateurs, after all the whole point of this blog was to get my own creative juices flowing in the coming new year.

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. – Man Ray

 We’ll start with the more common ideas and move on from there:

 1.     Start a 365 project

A commitment to a photograph a day project will ensure that you take the camera out EVERY day and you will be forced to find new things every day to capture and look at in new perspectives.

 2.     Start an A-Z Project

Start with an object that begins with the letter A or has some relevance to the letter A and continue on through the alphabet. The beauty of this type of project is that you’re always on the look-out for subjects; this in turn helps you to see things through fresh eyes.

 3.     Start a Numbers Project

As with the A-Z project, look out for interesting ways to photograph numbers. 

 4.     Try Macro/Close Up Photography

Macro photography and close ups offer a wonderful world of opportunities, especially for creating fine art. Pay close attention to composition, lines, textures, use of colour (quite often macro images lend themselves very well to black and white photography) and pretty soon you should be able to create some striking captures.

 5.     Variations and Viewpoints

Choose an object/subject and photograph it from different perspectives. Create seven to ten different images; try to make them as unique as possible.

 6.     Visit Art Galleries and Museums

Great places to look for inspiration; also rules of composition and other factors that make images outstanding are the same whether a painting or a photograph. The artworks may even inspire a project topic to focus on.

 7.     Look at Details

Before taking any images in a location have a really good look around; are there any interesting details to close in on, patterns and textures in surfaces, light and shadow, look up, down, left right, behind you, step back, get in closer, look for details in floors, staircases, windows and so on.

 8.     Get Down

Try getting down on the ground and shooting up or outward for interesting new perspectives. Alternatively climb up on a wall, ladder or a chair and look down.

 9.     Look at Photography Sites

There are many photo sites loaded with fantastic images for inspiration and ideas. Try to emulate styles and images that you have thought exceptional. Try Flicker or my personal favourite:  www.500px.com , where you can upload your images and get rated by fellow photographers.

 10.   Go to the Market

Markets of any kind are great places to find sheer variety of topics, colours, textures and people. Opportunities abound.

 11.  Think About Something You Love (Other than Photography 🙂 )

Whether it is a pet, another hobby, a child, the garden, a cause; whatever it is that you feel passionate about, start creating images of it. Try to evoke the emotion in others that the particular subject invokes in you.

 12.  Try Self Portraits

Get brave, try different angles and poses, use props – this is a great way to teach yourself about poses that work and those that don’t. Create an image that tells your story.   

 13.  Shoot On A Rainy Day

Oh Yes, it’s all too easy to sit indoors on a rainy afternoon but the rain and clouds often give a dark feel to photographs, people are rushing here and there the sky is dramatic with heavy clouds; it’s a great time to create very moody and evocative images – there’s plenty of opportunities for reflections too in puddles and on window panes. Also, rainy days lend themselves to black and white work very well.  

 14.  Try Different Camera Settings

The same shot can have a very different feel about it depending on the aperture size and shutter speed. Try using different white balance pre-sets to add tones in-camera. Use different focal lengths on your zoom lens. Choose a single subject or object and take multiple shots changing just one setting at a time – see what new insights you receive.

 15.  Find a Mentor or Muse

Two heads can be better than one. If you can make friends with someone experienced in the photography world you will be able to bounce ideas off each other and hopefully learn new techniques and skills. A mentor will generally give you guidance, support and encouragement; in fact most photographers I have found are happy to give newbies advice and tips freely.

 A muse is a person who you can get to know and work with closely for mutual benefit. A good muse will inspire you and add their own creative perspective to any project. A photographer will generally only work with one muse for a period of time; during which a close relationship and understanding will develop. A muse is not the same as ‘time for prints’ models.

 16.  Choose a Colour

Choose a colour and shoot as many unique objects as possible of that colour. This will create a lovely theme set to which you can add and create a rainbow project in its entirety. This project again encourages you to look at the objects around you with renewed interest.

 17.  Back Over Old Ground

Revisit places you have already been, particularly at different seasons, this will give you a different view and completely different feel to the same shot. Also go back over old photographs you have stored and re-examine them, open your photo editing software and try processing techniques you’ve not tried before.

 18.  Note Down Ideas Immediately

If you’re anything like me you will have random ideas for photography pop into your head at times when you do not have a camera in your hand and even when you’re falling asleep at night. It is a great idea to immediately jot down any ideas you have so that you do not forget them. This is where your iphone, ipad, ipod or whatever other method you have of making a record is invaluable. All too often we have a great idea and then it goes into the back of our mind and gets forgotten amongst all the other ‘stuff’ we have to do.

 Keeping a record of ideas is perfect to refer back to for those lack lustre days when inspiration seems so far away.

19.  Brainstorm the Elements of  A Perfect Photograph

Sit down with a pen and paper (or whatever media device you prefer if you’re not antiquated like me);write down all the things you love about other photographers work. What makes a portrait, scene, or object capture perfect for you?  I myself love a portrait to evoke a feeling or memory, I love expression and use of body parts; or in architectural photos I love clean, straight lines, symmetry and balance. Write down everything that you like about particular favourite images.

 Now look at the list: This is what you should be incorporating into your own photographs. So next time you’re composing your shot think about all the elements you can incorporate. Taking time to think about the composition carefully will add great impact to your images.

 I know this is something I very much need to work on myself.   

 20.  Take A Camera EVERYWHERE – SHOOT EVERYDAY

This is ultimately THE BEST way to improve photography skills and find inspiration. Walk everywhere with your eyes wide open, notice the play of light as it enters a window, the tone of light at different times of the day, pick up mundane objects and turn them over in your hands, do they inspire any thoughts? Notice angles, patterns and symmetry around you, notice the beauty and variety of human faces as people pass you by. Walking in a street or park gives so many, many opportunities. Learn to keep your eyes and mind open.

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it. – Jay Maisel 

This is my list of activities for the coming year, I hope it helps you, maybe there’s an idea here you’ve not thought of before or perhaps the list serves as a reminder of projects and ideas you started but never finished. Either way I hope it re-energizes your creativity. Thank you for reading.

 I would love to hear other ideas for projects and inspiration so please do comment.

 

 

A is for Abstract Portrait

OK so I was thinking about objects for the A-Z project and found a distinct lack of ideas, not wanting to do something obvious like an apple I have opted for an ‘Abstract’ Portrait.

I love working with my cousin, Roxanne because I never know what we’re likely to get in terms of mood and personality and so we generally end up with different and often strange images.

The image(s) I’m using for this post were taken in April 2012 on a Canon 400d – two months after I took up photography.

I guess the image(s) below is only ‘abstract’ according to perspective, none the less I hope you like it.

And so here it is, my ‘Abstract’ portrait:

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May I Finish My Tea?

 

I'm A Lady Don't You Know

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