What Do You Really Know About Copyright Law?

Legal issues about your photography can be confusing, but becoming knowledgeable in the area is part of being a professional in the 21st century
By Samuel Lewis
Ask a fellow photographer what the first thing he or she learned about copyright law was, and you're likely to come up with a variety of responses that have little to do with the reason copyright law exists, what it seeks to protect or even what rights it confers upon…

Vision To Visuals: Walk, Don’t Walk

By crowd sourcing, an artist created a unique display in Lower Manhattan
By Baldev Duggal
Art and real estate enjoy a unique complementary relationship. The depreciation of real estate prices inevitably creates a downward demand trend for art as well. This kinship was most evident earlier in this decade, when prominent art shows in the country were overwhelmingly attended by real estate developers, and realtors…

Release Me!

If you want to feel properly protected and have the latitude to maximize your ability to sell an image, don’t forget the model releases when you hit the street
By Samuel Lewis
Like many photographers, my way of seeing the world was influenced by images capturing discrete moments in time in everyday places. Whether it was Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic image of a sailor kissing a woman in Times Square on VJ Day or Cartier-Bresson's image of a man jumping a puddle, images…

Vision To Visuals: Challenging The Norms

Find your style
By Baldev Duggal
Photography always has played an integral role in the world of fashion. From early masters like Man Ray, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon to contemporaries like Juergen Teller and Karl Lagerfeld, photographers have elevated fashion brands out of their commercial milieu and rendered them timeless. A successful relationship between a…

Is Fair Use Really Fair?

As it exists today, “fair use” is a confusing and complex problem for photographers
By Samuel Lewis
One of the most perplexing and confusing aspects of copyright law is the concept of "fair use." Of the various limitations on the rights that copyright owners have under U.S. copyright law, fair use is the most widely known. Given the tremendous amount of confusion associated with this doctrine, and…

Vision To Visuals: The Model Project

A cutting-edge display for a cutting-edge project
By Baldev Duggal
Illustration has long struggled to gain a distinct place for itself in the fine-art world. Perhaps because of its commercial applications in the advertising and entertainment industries that have rendered it into popular culture, illustration seems to have been silently stigmatized as inferior to the other fine arts—sculpture, painting and…
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