Publishing & Business

Copyright for Photographers

U.S Copyright Office

Copyright Information & News

Printing and Book Publishing


Fine Art Printing by Larry Melkus

  • Turns your paintings, drawings, and photos into fine art Gicleé prints, using professional film scanners, fine art Gicleé printers, and a selection of fine art papers, photo papers, and canvas.
  • 732 Hilton Rd 2546, Ferndale MI 48220
  • 248-571-0111
  • Fine Art Printing by Ferndale Friends
  • Fine Art Printing

Digitizing/Scanning Film Negatives and Prints


Photography Client Brief

In a client brief, be sure to understand:

  • Who: Who exactly is the client and the subjects for the photo.
  • What: What is the aim or purpose for the images.
  • Where: Agreed upon session location including who will pay for any fees.
  • When: Agree on a date and time and the expected length of the photo session.
  • Shot List: What poses, props, scenery, set, and any requests from the client.
  • Restrictions: What the client does not want to see in the images.
  • Delivery: What image processing the client requires including image format and expected date of proofs and final delivery.


Protect the Value of Your Work and Separate Your Fees! by Leslie Burns

  • Please, make sure you do the following to protect the value of your work:
    1. Register your copyrights ASAP after creation, so you can get statutory damages and attorney’s fees in district court if your work is infringed (or higher statutory damages than you could otherwise in the Copyright Claims Board);
    2. Use separate line items on your estimates and invoices: Usage Licensing Fee and Creative/Shoot Fee;
    3. Make the Usage Licensing Fee much more than the Creative/Shoot Fee (put your ego on hold and do it); and
    4. Write clear licenses that both explain and limit the usage appropriately (geography, time, scope, whatever).

How to Handle Copyright Infringement on Instagram by Matthew Anderson

What should I charge?

  • What should I charge? (r/Photography)
    • Two things to keep in mind while working on this problem.
      1. The Getty Usage Calculator is a good starting place for understanding how various kinds of commercial-type usage are broken down.
      2. Always, always, always work with a contract!
  • Collect a Reservation Fee instead of Deposit!
    • If a customer cancels, a deposit must be refunded, because no value has been exchanged.
    • Your contract should specify a reservation fee to hold the date. Reserving/holding the date is giving something of value.

Business Tips

CRM (Customer Relationship Management), Scheduling, Billing, Contracts, Etc.

Sprout Studio


  • Network through their community (to find second shooters, models, etc.)

Stock Photography

  • Getty Images’ Black History & Culture Collection is a not‑for‑profit initiative created to provide access to historical and cultural images of the African/Black Diaspora in the US and UK, gathered from content owned by Getty Images.
  • – 1,000,000+ Free Images – Explore the collection of high-quality pictures. Completely free to use for any purpose.
  • Nappy – Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people. For free.

Photo Sharing

  • 500px – Join over 15 million photographers from 195 countries to discover and share incredible photos, gain global exposure, and get paid for your work and skills.
  • Flickr is one of the most popular and oldest photo sharing sites in the world.
  • is curated by a group of professionals. That means, after uploading your photograph, is going to be approved or disapproved by a group of professional photographers.
  • Digital & print sales and licensing. You keep 100% of the asking price. “You upload your images & name your price. We do everything else.”
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