MISSION STATEMENT - This site is dedicated to professional music photographers. Our mission is to advocate sound business practices, warn against predatory client practices, provide helpful and educational resources, and foster a sense of community. All discussions related to capturing, processing, cataloging and licensing music photographs are welcome.

Best Business Practices for Photographers


Title: Best Business Practices for Photographers
Author: John Harrington
Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (October 4, 2006)

Light: Science and Magic


Title: Light: Science and Magic
Authors: by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, Paul Fuqua
Publisher: Focal Press; 3rd edition (March 21, 2007)

Canon 1Ds MKIII vs. Nikon D3

Guides & Tutorials: 

Photographer, writer, businessman, and blogger John Harrington has posted an in-depth comparison of the 21.1 MP Full-Frame Canon 1Ds Mark III and the 12.1 MP Full-Frame Nikon D3 on his Photo Business News & Forum blog.

For you die-hard Canon fans out there (like me!) - there are a few surprise punches that the D3 packs! Read John's blog for the scoop.

RIP - Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg died Sunday, Dec 16th at his home in Maine from prostate cancer at age 56.


Copyright Protection: Part 4 - Conclusion

Most copyright infringers prefer to settle out of court - especially when they believe you have all of the evidence to beat them. Though some may try to avoid paying your license fees, they will want even more to avoid paying statutory damages, court costs, and your lawyer's fees on top of the license fees, and they will want to avoid having a Federal record. It is also in your favor to settle out of court. Copyright infringement cases can be expensive and time consuming to prosecute, and they generally take a very long time to run their course.

Copyright Protection: Part 3 - Taking Action - Resolution

Guides & Tutorials: 

After you discover unauthorized use of your photographs, collect and organize all the evidence, research license fees, and thoroughly document all the uses in your chart, it is time to take action. You may choose to approach the offender directly, or you may choose to turn your information over to your attorney and let them manage the case for you. Working directly with the offender is to your benefit for multiple reasons, but also has potential problems if not done properly.

Copyright Protection: Part 2 - After The Fact - Discovery

If you find that your copyright has been violated, take the following steps to document every single piece of evidence you discover. This will be the supporting documentation your attorney uses when they write letters on your behalf, or when they represent you in court should it get that far. No attorney will represent you in a copyright infringement suit without seeing all of the evidence. Taking these steps to document and organize your evidence before consulting your attorney will speed things along.

Copyright Protection: Part 1 - Before The Fact - Protection

Guides & Tutorials: 

Copyright laws provide legal protection for the author of a copyrighted work, or owner of the copyright. These laws put in writing the rights controlled by the copyright owner, and the penalties that can be imposed when those rights are violated. In order to get the maximum protection available under the law, take these steps before you become the victim of copyright infringement, and be disciplined about them.