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For many photographers, including professional photographers, the fun part is taking the pictures. The business part is less fun, at least partially due to the fact that many of us lack adequate knowledge of the laws. Some photographers opt to fly by the seat of their pants and just do the best they can. If they have a standard model release, they may think they re in good shape. That illusion shatters when all of a sudden there is a run-in with the legal system -- whether someone decides to sue you, or you discover that someone is using your images without your permission. Carolyn Wright's new book, The Photographer's Legal Guide, is designed to acquaint you with all the basic formalities of running a photography business. She begins by reviewing some of the basics of starting a business and makes comments about how different possibilities relate to photographers. Although every nuance is not covered - the book would be far too thick and intimidating - she clues you in to issues you must deal with and points you in the right direction. The book proceeds to cover all those pesky business issues that you know you should deal with, but really don t quite understand how to do and why you should bother. For example, Wright goes into a lot of detail about copyright issues - both registering your images including the hows and whys - to what to do if you find your copyright has been infringed. This is a book that every photographer who is even considering selling their images, should have! --Ellen Anon, co-author of Aperture Exposed, The Mac Photographers Guide to Taming the Workflow, and Photosh
In summary, The Photographer s Legal Guide is loaded with up-to-date, relevant legal issues for the working photographer. Carolyn has done an excellent job in presenting the material so it is easily understandable, and has anticipated concerns we may not have even thought of. I feel that anyone in the photography business would benefit from this non-intimidating book. I, for one, would not be without it in my personal library. --Heather Forcier, Naturescapes.net
Carolyn Wright's book is an essential tool for any professional (or aspiring professional) who needs to navigate the tricky legal issues in the business of photography. In clear, concise prose, she explains and simplifies the issues of rights and releases, and deciphers the 'legal-ese' of contracts and other important legal issues into plain and simple language. Her background in law and her exceptional photographic work make her a unique resource in this business: a great legal mind with a wonderful photographer's eye. --Bob Krist, columnist, Outdoor Photographer
I am not a professional photographer but I do sell my photos made into cards. I was recently approached by someone wanting to purchase two photos to use in a college textbook. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kay Hammock
Poorly-written, poorly-organized. Poorly laid-out and poorly-printed. Banal and superficial. Very little useful info. And very outdated (2006). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kerri K.
While some would argue that this book does not cover "everything", this book is a great resource. It provides a starting point and answers many of the common questions regarding... Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book hits the highpoints to get you going. It covers a broad array of subjects to give you the basics. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by ChrisMHorner
This book covers all of the basic legal considerations that you as a photographer will ever have. While no single book can list in detail every possible variable (a technically... Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by A. Heefner
I'm a beginning photographer and I'm interested in displaying and selling (directly) my work. This book gave me all the information I needed in plain English and without too much... Read morePublished on August 15, 2008 by E. F. Paredes
This is a wonderful, easy to read book that provides a comprehensive review of all the major legal issues that a photographer running a small business needs to know. Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Model Agent