Survival of the Fittest
As a photographer and a person who loves pursuing knowledge in general, I am constantly looking into new books and magazines to purchase to build my skills and temper my craft. I have a list that grows every day of books to read and it seems like I’m always adding more to the list before I read the ones already there.
I’m slowly, but surely, pushing my way through that list, and with the help of my Barnes & Noble membership, I am able to get some pretty sweet deals on a lot of reading material. That’s actually how I was able to grab one of the best photography books I’ve read in a long time, “Photographer’s Survival Manual” by Jack Reznicki and Ed Greenberg, the Copyright Zone guys.
I’ve been reading their articles in Photoshop User with great interest over the past year as I am always looking for ways to legally protect myself as a photographer and artist. Well, ladies and germs, check this book out if you can. It takes all of the nitty gritty details of model releases, copyright registration, invoices, contracts, and much more and puts them in a quick little read. It’s easy to understand and walks you through everything you really need to know, step by step. The best part is that it’s written by two guys who actually know what they are talking about!
Needless to say, I’m currently in the process of revamping my releases and invoices to include a lot of the information that these guys talk about. One thing to keep in mind, and the authors do warn the readers about this, but the book is not a one-stop shop for legal advice. Really, you should be consulting a lawyer who knows about intellectual property in your own state.
But, if you want a good starting spot to get the basics and really understand the
boring legal workings of photography, this is a fun and easy way to get it all in one spot.
Disclaimer: Other than being a huge fan, I am not affiliated in any way with the authors or the book company. This opinion/review is strictly my own and is as unbiased and personal as I can make it.