Carolyn Wright shares the legal aspects of photography in an accessible volume of inside tips. Whether you are an experienced photographer already in business, starting a new photography business, or just a weekend shutterbug, you'll find essential information here. M. Diane Vogt, Esq., multi-published writer, including Keeping Good Lawyers: Best Practices for Career Satisfaction
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
About the Author
As the owner of the blog, photoattorney.com, Carolyn E. Wright, Esq., offers legal services aimed squarely at the needs of photographers. With a law degree, years of law practice, an MBA, and varied business experience, her credentials are among the best. Carolyn also maintains an active professional photography business with a variety of publication credits and teaching experience.