Category: Photography

What Happens When You Photograph Copyrighted Work?

Barbara Konecny   •     •   Copyright, Photography

Featured Photo: Barbara Konecny, Head of Case Management at Pixsy, via Flickr || All rights reserved

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower’s lighting is a copyrighted work, distinct from the structure of the Eiffel Tower itself?

Publishing a photo of Pierre Bidreau’s “Illuminations” on your personal Facebook is unlikely to attract the attention of SETE, the managing company of the image of the Eiffel Tower. The limited application of freedom of panorama legislation in France does however mean that any publication that is not accompanied by attribution is illegal, regardless of whether the work is used for commercial or strictly personal purposes.

Some landmarks might seem to have an obvious answer to the question “what permissions, releases, or licenses are required before I publish this work?” Knowing the answer is not always so easy.

While it’s impossible to deal with this matter in general and on a global scale, what follows are considerations to take into account before you photograph a copyrighted work. After all, as creators, don’t we all wish that appropriate licenses and permissions were obtained before our work was reproduced?


Photo competitions, worth the risk?

Eben   •     •   Blog, Copyright, Photography

Competitions for photographers, are they worth it?
Featured Photo: Barbara Konecny, Head of Case Management at Pixsy, via Flickr || CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

If you’re a photographer looking for a wider audience, what better way than submitting your work to some competitions?

Photography contests often offer the chance to win money or camera gear. Others tempt you with promise of exposure to creative directors or bragging rights.

But before you hit submit, are you sure you know what will happen to your photos?


How to Expose Hoax and Stolen Images on Social Media

Graham   •     •   Copyright, Photography

When a friend or family member shares an image on their timeline, do we ever wonder where it came from? Or even, if it’s real? Some photographs are clearly too good to be true, but a sucker retweets every minute, and there’s a lot of money to be made from our collective gullibility.

Who out there can help us find fact from fiction in online photos? (more…)

The Top 7 Most Expensive Camera Lenses Ever

daniel   •     •   Photography

Photography is a fun sport, yet it can get expensive very quickly. Just as bulls are judged by the size of their horns, it seems as though some judge photographers by the size of their glass. Many newcomers unaware of the great bargains out there are put off by the high cost of lenses and gear.

We decided to take sticker shock to the next level, and compose a list of the most expensive camera lenses ever sold. Don’t worry about leaving your American Express card at home — it won’t help you afford these bad boys. Of course, this is a great page to send to clients when they ask why you won’t shoot a wedding for $200

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?


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.