All posts tagged: copyright

Track Worlds

That Belongs to Me – More on Copyright

When I was photographing some cycling events there was a rider that would say to me “you can’t take my photo, I haven’t given you permission”.  In response I would say, “I don’t need your permission”.  He thought I needed his permission because I was photographing him.  Then many riders, mainly juniors, would think they owned the images because the images had them in them.  This is a common problem and one that was brought up last week as well.  I thought today we might have a look at Copyright ownership, or who owns the copyright on the photos. Again, most of what I am going to say will refer to is Australian Law.  While much is similar from country to country, state to state, it is something that I recommend you all find out about in your own country. So, according to our laws, the first owner of copyright is the photographer, the person who took the image, and not necessarily the person who owns the camera.  So if you lend your camera to …

The Public in the Copyright Issue

While I was photographing the cycling for the Bay Crits, I received a question, Brad said “I’d like to see your thoughts about the ‘ethics’ of publishing photos that identify individuals”, and then Heather said that she also wanted to know and asked if I could do a post on it.  So for those of you are interested, I thought I would do a post on Copyright and taking photos in public. This is one of the photos that came into question.  The riders can clearly be identified, so can I publish them without their permission.  The answer to that question is yes.  The race takes place on a public road, and, according to our copyright laws (Australian) “A personʼs likeness is not protected by copyright.”  It is generally considered fine to take photos of people when they are in public. The only time this becomes as issue is if you are going to use that image for commercial purposes, which would mean making money from it.  If you are going to do that, they you probably need to …

Dead Sunflowers

It is Everywhere

Can you guess what I am talking about? Instagram. The above image is my first attempt at doing one.  Jason over at O’Brien’s Pix has been trying to get me to use it for a while.  The first problem was that I don’t have an iphone, but they have brought it out for Android now, so I had no excuses.  Took me a while to work out how to get on it and today I finally worked out that I had downloaded the wrong thing.  I have it now. You can apply some pretty jazzy special effects, though you don’t have a lot of choice with the basic app that you can download. I know that there are other people who use instagram all the time and have downloaded other apps to help with the manipulation of the images.  I haven’t gone that far yet.  This is my first day. I thought today I would try playing around with it and tried to remember to take photos throughout the day.  The above image was taken at …

Graffiti 6

Photographing Things That Are Considered Art

On the field trip we went to Hosier Lane.  This laneway is well known for its Graffiti.  It is covered in it.  Some of it is amazing, while other bits are just the same boring graffiti you find everywhere.  So, when is it art, and when is it crap that you find everywhere?  It isn’t a question I really wanted to answer here, but it did get me to thinking about photography and when you photograph things like this. As photographers we take photos of the mundane, and the beautiful and then we transform that into something even better.  It isn’t often that you look at photo and then see the real thing and think they are the same.  They usually look completely different.  We try to enhance what we see to something amazing. What happens when you are photographing something that is already beautiful, or something that is considered art? Do we have the right to change it and make it something else, or should our role, in this instance, be just to make …