Getting Your Ducks in a Row

15 September 2020, 18:00 to 19:15

Getting the business side of your practice organised is one of those tasks that always seems to slip down the to-do list. But not doing so, and not following up when your work gets misused, can be costly. Has your work ever been reproduced without your permission? Or has a client ever made more of your work than was agreed? And why when challenged do so many people say 'But it's only a photo'? This event will give you the skills and knowledge to understand when and how to push back and demand fair payment for your images. 

Getting Your Ducks in a Row is about understanding contracts, copyright law and how to protect yourself against any future misuses of your work. John Walmsley will cover all the essentials needed to protect yourself and your work, and get paid properly and fairly for the use of your images whether you are a working professional or just starting out.


John Walmsley has worked as a freelance documentary photographer since leaving Art School in 1968.  His final year project on A.S. Neill and his democratic school, Summerhill, was published by Penguin Books in 1969 and his work has been published in 1,000+ books worldwide. His work is also held at the National Portrait Gallery, the National Art Library at the V&A, the V&A Museum of Childhood, the Tate Britain Library and la Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

He is an expert on all matters of copyright having chased many infringements of his own work. John uses this expertise to present to students and/or professionals about having your ducks in a row from the beginning so you stand a better chance of making a living. In particular, protecting your copyright so you could be paid later (sometimes, years later) when someone uses your work without asking and refuses to pay anything typically saying, "Photos are free, right?". 


Who is it for?

This event is free to attend and John recommends it for anyone hoping to make money from their work, whether it is your primary source of income or not. It is especially recommended for recent graduates or anyone starting out selling their work.


This event will take place from 6pm on Tuesday the 15th September, and will last until approx 7:15pm.


Online! Booking will close on the day of the event and we will then be in touch with everyone who has registered on how to join the call. You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. These events will be run using Zoom, and you don't need to set up an account to join in.


Register for free below. Please note that registration will close at 4pm on the day of the event.

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