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Moral Rights and Copyright

  1. As a working professional photographer you have noticed that someone has used one of your images on their blog. They have not credited you for being the original photographer, but have not said that they are the photographer either. It is just a personal blog showing interesting photographs from around the world.
    If you are the creator of an image, you need to recognised for your work, regardless of what i’s purpose is on this particular blog, there is all sorts of copyright laws that are being breached and the photographer is more then in their right to sue for liability.


  1. As a wedding photographer you notice that at the local shopping centre one of your images in the window of a “QuickPrint” printing shop. After talking to the shop owner, he tells you that a couple came in and got some enlargements done and agreed to let the shop owner display one of the images in the shop window. 

Photos that have been paid for (on commission) first and foremost belong to the owner, as they have paid for the rights to the image and the use of the images in whatever why they choose.

The owner of the QuickPrint is more then in their rights to display the image as they have had verbal confirmation from the owner of the photos.

The photographer therefore has no copyright/ownership of the photos, unless stated in a previous contract.


  1. As a working advertising photographer you take an image of a building and cityscape for a regular client. You agree on usage and a price. It is agreed that the image can only be used for 12 months and printed up to A3 for brochure, internal marketing and on their website and not to be used overseas. Six months later you notice that your image is being used on the side of a tram, covering the entire tram. Once you start investigating this you notice that your image is also being used for advertising in international magazines.  

The client has breached the agreement.

The use of the images on the tram and in the international magazine is a clear breach of the agreement, there was a set agreement that is clearly set out and agreed upon by two parties which has now been broken. The best way to avoid this situation is to always have written a written and signed contract, this will reduce the risk of copyright fraud and will mean there will be less of a chance of one party breaching this agreement. 


Authenticity and Validity

Elise Wright (1917) – Francis and the fairies.

Taken in 1917, this image is of Francis Griffiths, with what is made out to be fairies.

Later to be confirmed as cardboard cutouts but this caused quite a stir in the media and it became a challenge to professionals to determine the authenticity of the images captured by the young cousins.


The Loch-ness Monster is a well known myth of a mythical animal living in a scottish loch, throughout history there has been much debate as to wether this creature exists.


In Photography there is a point where we should try and create a real photo, using photo manipulation can be quite an ordeal if we a trying to portray they image as “real”. The implications of creating a “fake” photo can be detrimental to a photographer career as well as upsetting the public and creating a stir.

Terry Barrett



Descriptive Photography.

A descriptive image, that tells a story and evokes emotion.  A Descriptive photograph is only used to describe something and provides no other use.Image


David Campbell – The Starving child as a Symbolic Marker


Explanatory Photography. 

Are images that help to understand something that is hard to see without using a camera. This image helps the veiwer in learning that 4 horses hooves left the ground at the same time. This was realised through the capturing of the image, 


 Eadweard Muybridge’s ‘ Galloping Horse 1878′

Interpretive Photography.

Images that are not scientifically accurate but tend to be more subjective in their delivery. The image shows the scene but focuses mainly on viewer interpretation.


Roman Sakovich – How Drug Abuse Affects The Body 


Ethically Evaluative Photography.

This is an image that makes an ethical judgment. The image can either have a positive or negative view on a particular aspect in society.





Aesthetically Evaluative Photography.

Is a beautiful subject captured in a beautiful way. landscapes and still life images are aesthetically evaluative images, their main focus is on the beauty of the subject. 


Simon Beedle – landscape


Theoretical Photography.

Images that observe art or the creating. of art


Taylor Wood –

Activity 5 – Memorable Images

The images i have chosen are all very famous and well-known images to the general public and artists alike.

I chose these images as i believe they all have a very strong presence about them.

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch is a moody yet interesting piece of artwork, it has a certain roughness to the image that leaves me thinking about it, the harshness of the red in the sky to the dark browns in the bottom of the picture really contrast each other nicely and when i think of the image although its not a focal point in colour the person in the front “screaming” really does jump out and burns the image in your head.


In a similar why the image of Freddie Mercury (Queen) holding the Union Jack is a symbol of pride of his heritage and of his homeland.

This images is memorable to me in the contrast of the darkness of the background stage, to the white of his pants, these elements make the red in the flag pop.


The U.S army recruitment advertisements are so widely recognizable in the fact that if we see them, without even delving further into the image we know that it is an advertisement for the U.S Army. 

The simple image of Uncle Sam pointing and the words “I Want You” are so significant and     is very targeted to the audience, it singles out the viewer and has a sense of patriotism.









Meaningful Questions I Could Ask A Photographer About Their Work

1: When did you first pick up a camera and how did this make you feel?

2: What most influences your work?

3: What are your fundamentals to success? (what makes you a good artist)

4: Who is your greatest influence/inspiration?

5: How do you want your work portrayed?

6: What makes your work unique?

Lansdcape Final image

Lansdcape Final image


Before this exercise i needed to take into consideration the lighting and what role it would play in the the environment that I have chosen to capture, I will need to pick a time of day where i will have sufficient lighting but not direct sunlight as I do not want to have to much glare in the image.

As I have chosen an area that is easily accessed by the public i will need to be weary that i do not capture any people in the shot.

In this image need to create a sense of depth with foreground and background interest, i believe I have achieved this with the trees in the foreground with the background interest being the water through the opening of the trees.

I am happy with the way this image has turned out as i believe i have created an image that is acceptably sharp throughout the entire image as well as has an interesting point of view that has a composition that invites viewer participation in the image.

In the choosing of this particular image out of all the others i have picked this image because i think that I created a tonally ‘complete’ image with limited blocking of highlights and shadows.


Below is a screen shot of my source images in Lightroom.