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What is image fraud?
When photographers create an image, they don't need to register it - it automatically carries a copyright. Without express permission from the photographer, violators of this copyright and can face legal action.
Who commits it?
I've seen everyone commit it. Individuals, companies, other photographers, etc. We all need to be careful about the images we use, attributing the photographer. (If you've hired a photographer recently, check your contract to see what they say about attribution. If you don't see it in the contract, reach out to them and ask!)
How should photographers deal with violators?
First, reach out to the person or company in violation. Kindly tell them they have used an image without your permission (or without attribution, if you allow this type of photo use) and that they need to take it down (or give attribution, again, if you're ok with this). They'll likely not respond (embarrassed!) and take the image down immediately. Or, they may not respond and keep the image posted. In this case, I would reach out to my lawyer to send a certified letter. This normally scares them enough to remove the image. The next step would be legal action.
If you're a photographer, don't be scared to stand up for yourself, your business, and your work. If I'm not allowed to go into a store and steal products I want, then they're not allowed to steal my images of their products to use on their website and social media.
Onto the interview!
Allie, how long have you been a photographer? What kind of work do you do?
This question is always difficult for me to answer. I took my first photography class when I was nine. I shot film until college. Then went digital. Then went back to film. Then started charging money for my photography in 2012. Right now I shoot strictly commercial. I photograph a lot of food, some alcohol and lots of products!
What is your favorite thing to photograph? Why?
Anything that's not tied to money. Money changes everything for me.
When was the last time you felt frustrated about your work as a photographer? How did get past it?
When I was photographing people and a lot of personal shoots like weddings and family sessions. To get past it, I had to stop taking on work like that. I remember announcing my last wedding of the year and feeling such a wonderful sense of relief. Now, when I truly want to, I will photograph an engagement session because I love the people involved and it feels like a gift.
Do you have a muse? (This can be a person, a city, an Instagram account, anything!)
Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio. Her art, her writing and her travels captivate me!
What's something you haven't yet learned how to do yet (in photography), but want to learn soon?
I can't name it but there are thousands of things I have yet to learn. I am not super technical and I don't even usually know the right terms for what I'm trying to learn but I'll know I'm stuck when I hit a roadblock tomorrow and the next day and the next.
I'm inspired by so many photographers in this city. In related news, I'll probably write soon about why I don't believe in competition. :)
This may be the shortest blog post I'll ever write. Because the answer is NO - no photographers will lose business because of the release of the iPhone X.
Someone asked me the same question when the iPhone 7 Plus came out (which has the lovely portrait mode). I was at a workshop and someone asked if I was scared I'd lose business. Why am I so confident in my answer? Just look at the photos below.
Thanks Cleveland, for helping me prove my point!
Why I teach photography workshops:
Told you it would be a simple explanation!