Why Photographers Should Never Work For Free

Graham   •     •   Photography

photographers work for free

Every photographer knows the drill about work for free requests:

  • “It will be a great opportunity to build your portfolio”
  • “We don’t have a budget for photos”
  • “Other people have done this kind of work for free…”

Given the strong competition in photography, it’s tempting to accept this kind of “work”.

We strongly discourage working without compensation. When a Pixsy employee was recently asked by a friend to do a small shoot for free, we wondered how photographers should handle these situations.

So we gathered a panel of industry experts and asked then one question: is it ever OK to ask a photographer to work for free?


How Photographers Can Protect Their Work in 2017

Graham   •     •   Copyright, Photography

protect your work 2017

This year, thousands of photographers will take their cameras and entrepreneurial spirit online. A photography business can succeed or fail on its own merit, but as an artist, you’ll always be at a disadvantage if you don’t protect your work.

Copyright infringement is still one of the biggest barriers to becoming a creative professional — some even believe it’s more cost effective to ignore thieves than to deal with them.

We can’t even begin to calculate how much money was lost to image theft last year, even for a single photographer. The reverse, however, is easy to work out.

All You Need to Know About Photography Insurance in 2017

Graham   •     •   Photography

Photography insurance: it’s a priority for professionals and hobbyists.

There are always quick-fix solutions for when disaster strikes. Smashed lenses can be substituted on the morning of a wedding. A camera can be borrowed if yours is stolen. But without insurance, your photography budget will take a severe hit.

A new year also brings new risks for insuring your photography gear and business. We’ve listed these below, along with solutions to common photography insurance mistakes that befall even the most experienced professionals.


The Best of Pixsy 2016

Graham   •     •   Pixsy News

Pixsy had a strong year when it came to fighting image theft, but our blog also soared to new heights. Apart from unveiling feature updates and company news, we jampacked this space with educational, entertaining and off-the-wall content related to both copyright law and photography.

Whether you missed them the first time or want a refresher course, here’s a rundown of Pixsy’s top 10 most-read posts from 2016.


Pixsy Emergency Gift Guide

Graham   •     •   Photography

last minute photography gifts

Our last-minute photography gift guide

It’s that time of the year again…the last-minute mad dash for Christmas presents. No matter how much we promise ourselves, Santa always falls into the trap of being a few presents short of a completed list.

The good news is you can find some brilliant photography gifts in the eleventh hour. Our emergency photography gift guide lists some of unique gadgets and accessories that any professional or hobbyist in your life will appreciate.


Which Creative Commons license is right for your photography?

Barbara Konecny   •     •   Copyright

creative commons photography
Featured Photo: “cc” by Kristina Alexanderson, via Flickr || CC BY 2.0

15 years ago, the very first Creative Commons license hit the shelves. Millions of photographers now release their work under the now-iconic CC mark, and it’s easy to see why. The restrictions are loose compared to “All Rights Reserved”, but artists can still legally protect their work and decide how it’s used.

The big question for photographers still remains: “which creative commons license should I actually use?”


The State of Image Theft in 2016

Karl Ryan   •     •   Copyright, Pixsy News

How were photographer’s images stolen in 2016?

Pixsy surveyed over 800 members of the photographic community about how their images were used — or misused — in 2016.

Read more for the most important findings from the report published as infographic cards, along with supporting statistics that paint a clearer picture of how images are stolen online.


Is Creative Commons a Good Fit for Your Photography?

Barbara Konecny   •     •   Copyright

Creative Commons licenses for photographers
Featured Photo: Kristina Alexanderson, via Flickr || CC BY-SA 2.0

Today, you can find over 391 million images that released under Creative Commons licenses. That’s more than every other type of content combined!

As Pixsy found out with our recent State of Image Theft 2016 survey, only 14% of photographers actually use the CC mark. We dug deeper to understand the reasons behind these numbers.

Below you can see how Creative Commons licensing works, plus its major benefits and drawbacks. Judge for yourself, and see if it’s a good fit for your photography.


6 Winter Photography Locations to add to your travel bucket list

Graham   •     •   Photography

Arctic Winter Photography locations

Winter photography locations are that secret, seasonal weapon to make a landscape portfolio really stand out. That’s why every year, countless will brave the cold to capture snowy backdrops — frostbite and hypothermia be damned!

Pixsy reached out to those who’ve traveled to stunning winter photography locations. We wanted to know, in their words, what brought them to these dreamlike scenes? What challenges did they encounter?

As it happens, each breathtaking photo was the result of careful planning, frosty intuition and, in some cases, a little bit of cold hard luck.


Is It Too Late to Jump on the Stock Photography Train?

Nadia   •     •   Photography

Featured Photo: Blaine Harrington

At Pixsy, we see more and more photographers trying their skills at stock photography. For some it has become an additional (often a significant) source of income, for others — a sheer disappointment. We decided to talk about the pros and cons of going down that photography lane with Blaine Harrington, a long-term Pixsy user and a professional photographer with almost 40 years of stock photography experience. In this interview, Blaine shares his tips on how to take the most out of your stock experience and decide if this kind of photography is indeed for you.


Let’s fight image theft together!

We give photographers and independent creatives an opportunity to stand up for themselves. With Pixsy, only you can decide when and how your work is used.