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There seems to be some confusion about when it is and isn’t ok to share images that a professional photographer (especially event photographers) have posted. And with the show season upon us and a rise in stolen images littering my Facebook news feed, I thought I’d do a little guide, to help you out.

 

When a photographer has posted an image to Facebook/social media and not given you persmission to use it…

It is ok to use the ‘share’ button. It is not ok to save it to your computer and use it as your profile picture or print it off for your wall.

Perhaps drop the photographer a polite message and ask if they’d mind you using it as your display pic, offering to tag and credit them. Most will probably be happy to oblige.

 

When a photographer has posted an image to Facebook and given you permission to use it…

By all means, go for it. If you’ve had express permission from the photographer, then there’s no foul play. I always give my clients permission to use the images I put on Facebook, on their own social media pages, as a little complimentary treat from each shoot.

 

When a photographer uploads images to a viewing gallery and you haven’t purchased them…

Guys! NO! It is not ok to screenshot them and share them on Facebook!! In fact, I write a very detailed post about this here. Please, please don’t do it. It’s stealing and there’s no excuse for it! I can’t shout about this enough!!

 

When a photographer uploads images to a viewing gallery and you want to ask your friends their opinion on which one you should buy…

No! It’s still not ok to screenshot them and put them on Facebook!! It’d be like taking a dress home to show your friends before you’ve paid for it. It’s not acceptable in a shop and it’s not acceptable online.

 

When a photographer uploads images to a viewing gallery and you’ve bought the prints…

This is the one that I think confuses people, but unfortunately, no, you still do not have the right screenshot this image. I see so many people uploading images with copyright messages across them and accompanying them with a caption saying ‘It’s ok, because I’ve bought them’. What you have bought is a print, and not a digital copy.

 

When a photographer uploads images to a viewing gallery and you’ve bought the digital image…

YES!! This right here is the one! If you want to put the photographs on Facebook, BUY THE DIGITAL IMAGE! Most photographers offer a reasonably priced digital download these days and if you want it, as with everything, I’m afraid you have to pay for it. No excuses, no loopholes!

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Please, please, please stop ripping these poor, hard-working, skilled photographers off. They are offering a service and trying to make a living, just like the rest of us and it’s absolutely soul destroying for them to see their stolen images all over Facebook.

And if it continues, it WILL mean the end of event photography, and I’m sure you will all agree that that will be a crying shame.

Again, more on this here.

Specialist equine portrait photographer, blogger & vlogger. Essex based, travelling throughout the UK.