Supporting Photographers through the #PhotoBizLegal workshop

PhotoComment and Web•Tech•Law are hosting the first PhotoBizLegal workshop at the Bensusan Photographic Museum in Newtown on 7 September. I’m pretty excited to present this workshop and this has been in the works for a while.

You may know that I am a passionate amateur photographer (my family receives most of my attention). I am also passionate about supporting creative professionals and enabling them to become more successful. The PhotoBizLegal workshop is an opportunity for me to blend both passions and share some of my knowledge and experience which I have gained in my time working as a lawyer with a variety of innovative business owners to help them better support their growing businesses in a rapidly changing environment. Seeing creative people stifled by the unknown or by misunderstood legal and compliance challenges is enormously frustrating. I see it as a tragedy because so many of these challenges can be addressed, if not overcome, armed with the right knowledge and an appropriate strategy that is designed to support, not suffocate.

The PhotoBizLegal workshop is a start, an introduction for photographers who want to learn more about the regulatory environment they operate within and how to better structure their work to steer them clear of common risks and pitfalls. I won’t teach you to become a lawyer. I will show you what can go wrong and how to avoid falling into the same traps so many photographers succumb to, and unnecessarily at that. My goal is to share enough knowledge with you to empower you to focus on your work, your innovations with the security of knowing enough to cover your more common risks that shouldn’t stifle your creativity.

I’ve been talking to Tristan Hall from PhotoComment and Dorothy Haggard from Hypertext, PhotoComment’s publisher, for a few months about the workshop and I think we have something both practical and relevant in store for workshop attendees. Both Tristan and Dorothy are passionate about creating great experiences for photographers and being able to share legal strategy and legal knowledge in collaboration with them is pretty exciting.

I am going to explore a couple themes at the workshop which include the following:

  • an introduction to contracts you should have in place (and a few creative tips on how to implement them effectively);
  • content licensing and copyright implications for your work;
  • an introduction to some relevant legislation that affects you; and
  • the opportunities and risks the social Web present you with and a few ideas about taking advantage of it all.

These may not seem like terribly exciting themes but they are pretty fundamental to your work and your businesses. I intend to run an engaging and interactive workshop, not a legal textbook presented in PowerPoint. I encourage participation, questions and a sense of humour will help. Join us, learn from what we have to offer and let me help you focus more on what you do best and less on the legal unknowns.

Play With Some New Tech

Our sponsors will also have some very interesting new technology for you to play with so bring your DSLR cameras with you. We are also going to speak to the museum staff about giving you an opportunity to spend some time in the breaks (as well as before and after the workshop) in the museum itself capturing moments with all that terrific history.

Follow Us for More Information

There are a few ways you can keep up to date on our preparation for the workshop as well as a bit more information about what to expect. If you prefer Facebook, check out the PhotoComment page where Tristan and his team are publishing updates and teasing fans. If you have made the leap to Google+, check out the PhotoComment Google+ page for similar updates.

I am going to be posting updates using the #PhotoBizLegal hashtag on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook (the Google+ and Facebook hashtags are a little experimental and might not work as well as the Twitter version) so look out for that too.

Feel free to get in touch with me or PhotoComment for more information and, if you are attending and have questions, tweet them using the #PhotoBizLegal hashtag or email us. I’d like to deal with questions from social media at the workshop too if we have time.


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The Details

The details, in short, are as follows:

Where: Bensusan Photographic Museum, Museum Africa, Newtown.

When: 7 September 2013, registration at 08:30 (we will finish off around 14:00).

Cost: We are extending the early registration fee of R350 until midnight on 25 August. The cost goes back up to R500 on Monday, 26 August and our ticket sales cut-off is around 30 August for catering (tea, coffee and a light lunch) purposes.

How to register: Visit the workshop page on the PhotoComment website and complete the form on the page. You can also pay online using PayFast.

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