We put the all-important questions to our experts... This time we quiz photographer, Justine Claire.
Is copyright of my photographs something I need to be conscious of?
Justine says: Whoever clicks the shutter owns the copyright of any photograph. It protects the photographer by preventing people from copying their work and claiming it as their own. It also stops them selling, renting, lending or giving it away for free, as well as showing the work in public or adapting it in any way. Copyright protection is automatic for the photographer, as it would be for any artist or anyone creating an image.
When it comes to copyright of wedding photographs, it’s pretty straightforward. They do belong to the photographer, but don’t worry, you can ask your photographer not to use your images for advertising or promotion if you prefer to keep them private.
You’ll usually find that your wedding images will come with permission to print, which we fully understand will be distributed to close family or printed in photo books. However, your photographer will usually ask that you use a watermarked version on social media, just so that they can retain some recognition.
Justine Claire, www.justineclaire.com
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