There is no post today for Photographers.com.au, seems they don’t want me to write for them anymore, I think, I don’t know really. They have stopped responding to my emails so I assume that means that they don’t want my posts anymore. I thought for today I could a post for you about some other things, photography related, but they are little things.
How to tell someone to stop stealing images!
When I did my post yesterday I received a comment from someone who thanked me for what I had said, but she had a small problem, she (D) knew someone that was taking her photos and then pretending that they were their own. I think the person taking the photos was taking them from others as well, I’m not totally sure, but still, if you knew someone who was doing this, what would you do?
D asked me, but I didn’t really know what to say, so I thought I would ask you and see what you would do. Maybe give D some ideas on how to stop this person from stealing photos and pretending they own them.
When do the images belong to me? Follow up.
I got emails back from the State Library of Victoria and the Block Arcade. The first building is a publicly owned building, belongs to the State Library of Victoria, and the other is privately owned.
The State Library of Victoria have pretty much said the same as what we would expect. That amateurs are allowed to go and take photos, in most parts of the building, there are some that are off limits. You can photograph the building, but you cannot photograph the library patrons. I assume if people are in the images, but not the subject, then that is probably okay.
There is a photography policy and this is what was sent to me:
The policy states:
3.2.3 Cameras and video equipment: Library spaces and buildings
Permission is not required for non-commercial or private photography within the public areas of the Library building but:
• photography of other users is not permitted
• permission from the marketing and communications manager is required for photography in the Keith Murdoch Gallery
• the marketing and communications manager, media coordinator or venue manager should be contacted if the photography is for commercial or public relations purposes. There may be a supervision fee and commercial use is subject to a reproduction fee.
All photographic or other equipment carrying bags must be presented for security inspection when leaving the Library.
The Block Arcade also has similar restrictions. It is a privately owned building and therefore they have a lot more restrictions in place about taking photos of it.
Here is part of the email they sent me:
The Block is a privately owned heritage arcade, we are thrilled that tourists visit us on a daily basis and they take photographs for their own
However, we do reserve the right ourselves to the commercial use of Block
Arcade images in conjunction with our retailers e.g. Card & Caboodle. A
variety of cards and postcards and tea towels have been produced over the
years via this arrangement.
It is such a difficult thing to work out, and I think when I wrote the original post on this I stated that it really is up to you to find out what is and isn’t allowed. When you can and can’t sell photos of places is so different for each different building.
The one thing I haven’t been able to work out is if there is a difference between using an image for art, or to sell to people to hang on their walls and for using an image for commercial purposes. So many people think that they are different. I need to find this out, perhaps that can be my next challenge.
One on One Photography Lessons
I have been working on my One on One Photography Lessons and getting them ready to start advertising more. I really want to push them.
I thought I could offer them as either one 4 hour session, or one 8 hour session that can be broken up into two 4 hour sessions. I would love to do more of these. I thought people who might be interested in doing them would be people who want to learn photography, but I also thought that people who want to get good photos of Melbourne when they visit could get me to help them get those images. Of course, I know Melbourne fairly well.
I like this idea, so am working on webpage and hopefully can start advertising them. That will be the next thing, how to advertise them when you don’t really have any money.
Enough of the little things, enjoy your day.