© is for Photographic Copyright

I often get asked about photographic copyright, both by fellow photographers and clients. Who owns the copyright to an image? How can I prevent people from using images I’ve posted on the internet? Can I photograph anything and anywhere?

Sal Shuel has written a brilliant article where she explains British copyright legislation, in simple terms. She is widely regarded as one of the photography industry’s real authorities on Copyright and her article is well worth a read.

There is also software available which can discover illegal uses of images and help with licensing. PicScout and Digimarc both offer a great range of services.

Understanding copyright law is important, for amateur and professional photographers alike, and for anyone who uses images in any capacity – which is almost all of us!



Macallan Masters of Photography

The Macallan Master of Photography series this year features stunning images by world renowned fashion photographer Mario Testinio. Macallan have chosen six unique whiskey casks from over 200,000 maturing at the Macallan distillery, bringing together the characters and aromas of each cask to create the perfect, limited edition, single malt whiskey. Mario Testino has personified the individual characteristics of the six casks in his photography – and has also worked closely with Macallan on the design of the 1,000 numbered, asian inspired, lacquered presentation boxes for sale world wide.

This is the first time Macallan have collaborated with the photographer in design and presentation of their product. The results are stunning! A great example of how photography encompasses so much more than images alone. It illustrates the importance of considering a project as a whole, and how bringing all the individual elements together – photography, product and design – can yield outstanding results.

This approach can be applied to all size projects, from brochure to website design. A clear brief with room for artistic interpretation, good planning, collaboration and communication, in my opinion, all form essential parts of a successful project.


Albert Watson - The Macallan Masters of Photography - Image 01

The Macallan Masters of Photography – image by Albert Watson


This is the fifth year of The Macallan Masters of photography. Previous collaborations have featured work by Elliott Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson. I particularly like the photographs by Albert Watson which show the journey of the wood used in their whiskey casks from the forests of northern Spain to The Macallan’s spiritual home in Speyside.

Explore The Macallan Masters of Photography website and be inspired!


Drawn by Light

The Royal Photographic Society have opened an exciting exhibition at the Science Museum – Drawn by Light – which aims to cover the history of photography. The exhibition includes 200 iconic images taken between 1820 and today, as well as historical photographic equipment. From landscapes to portraits, the exhibition features work by may of the world’s most influential photographers including Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot, Steve McCurry, Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill and Martin Parr.

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is one of the word’s oldest surviving photographic societies. Founded in 1853 the  RPS Collection comprises over 250,000 images, 8,000 items of photographic equipment and over 30,000 books. In 1858 the RPS held one of the UK’s first public photographic exhibitions in the South Kensington Museum, today the Science Museum and the V&A – which is where you can see Drawn by Light. The exhibition is open from 2/12/2014 to 1/3/2015.

Two of my favourite photos from the exhibition are; Afghan Girl, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984 by Steve McCurry and Soldiers of the Sky, 1940, Nickolas Muray.


Afghan Girl, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984 by Steve McCurry

Afghan girl by Steve McCurry

Soldiers of the Sky, 1940, Nickolas Muray

Soldiers of the Sky by Nickolas Muray


A great opportunity to see some fantastic images and discover how photography has changed over time – and how it has also influenced our perception of the world.