I sometimes get asked about who owns photographs – the photographer or the client? Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 all rights are owned by the person who created the image, ie the photographer, even when that image has been commissioned by a client.

Copyright exists by default as soon as an image is created. It doesn’t need to be registered or formalised, nor is it affected by whether or not money changes hands. There is also no requirement to label or identify the copyright in an image.

A photographer will typically grant a licence to the client for use of the images. This can often be an informal arrangement that allows more or less free use or defined by a specific form of words that sets out the precise uses that the photo can be put to. The uses (or activities as they’re sometimes known) that a copyright holder controls can include printing, copying, publication (commercial or otherwise) and display.

In practice, little of this has any impact on my own customers. I am happy for people to copy and distribute their images freely, asking only that I receive credit for my work. However, if the images are resold then there may be financial implications beyond the initial charge and licensing conditions may kick in.

None of the above guidance overrides any specific licensing terms agree with a client. For more information about copyright you can visit the government’s Intellectual Property Office website. Alternatively, you can read about some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding copyright at Hall Ellis Solicitors’ website – 14 Copyright Myths.


This is the Canon Selphy CP800, a small dye sublimation printer that produces quality 6×4″ prints in less than 50 seconds.

I’d been thinking about getting one of these for quite a while, principally because with an optional battery pack you can take it out on the road and print photos on the fly directly from an SD memory card.

The dye sublimation print process uses a solid ink that is heated to turn it directly into a gas which is then applied to the special print paper. This means that there are no liquid inks. The same process also apples a protective layer to the finished print that makes them water resistant. They can also be handled immediately.

I’ve used the printer on a number of occasions to hand out complimentary prints, often within a couple of minutes of taking photos. It’s a great promotional tool and the quality of the prints is impressive, equal to if not better than many of the photo labs you’ll find in pharmacists and photo shops.

It’s Panto Time

This year’s pantomime at Hertford Theatre was Sleeping Beauty, presented by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society.

I’m no particular fan of pantomime as entertainment but as photographic material it’s marvellous! Lots of bright colours, animated characters, comedy expressions and plenty of light!

Photo of policeman and dame

I do a lot of work for HDOS and as well as photographing the shows I also provide displays of images during the run so that cast, crew and support staff can order prints and photo CDs of the production. These can either be collected later from The Society’s HQ or delivered to the customer’s home.

More photos of the production can be found on Facebook – just click on the link below.

Sleeping Beauty Facebook Gallery