EP 007: Can I Take That Shot?

Show Notes

Ever been in a situation with your camera when you’ve really wanted to take a shot, but thought: “Damn, is this even legal?” “Can I take a photo of someone in the street?” “ Can I photograph a public building? Can I sell those photos?”

 

You’re not the only one. Both Toby and Mez have been there, and have plenty of stories about run-ins with the authorities and one particularly dramatic occasion that put Mez at the centre of anti-terrorism laws. But what is the law? Listen in as our dynamic duo arms you with all the information you need to be able to shoot freely and fight back when someone says you can’t.

 

Mez and Toby give some great and full on examples of situations they have been in where security an even the police have stopped them from taking photos. 

 

We go into how no one really knows the laws around what and where is legal to photograph and how security are often misinformed. 

 

We discuss briefly the situation in 2015 with Ken Duncan, when he was stopped from photographing at Barangaroo in Sydney. 

 

So…  What are our rights in Australia?

 

 

 

 

We go through the ‘Street Photography’ Arts Council Australia Document that sets out clearly where and what you can photograph.

 

WE GET TECHNICAL! Lots of Do’s and Don’ts

 

We cover:

  • Can I photograph people on the street in public?

  • What is a public place?

  • Can I photograph people on private property?

  • Can I photograph people FROM a private property?

  • What to do if someone on the street confronts you

  • Photographing people for commercial uses

  • What is deemed as commercial use?

  • When do I need permission?

  • Can I photograph buildings?

  • What are the exemptions when photographing people legally in public?

  • How councils and certain areas of Australia have special rules and regulations around where you can photograph and where and when you need a permit. 

  • Knowing your rights and how to deal with security, the public and police. 

 

 

Show Credits

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.

 

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EP006: Tools of the Trade

Show Notes

What do Beyoncé and Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings have in common? Well, both are watched by millions and both have been photographed by photographers using film cameras. But why would anyone use a film camera in those situations? Mez and Toby discuss why certain photographers choose to go “old-school”, and how the decision on what kit you use and when can greatly affect your creative thinking and the results you get.

In the past weeks we have seen legendary photojournalist David Burnett photographing the US Impeachment hearings with a 4×5 camera, we discuss the process and ponder David’s reasoning. 

PDN David Burnett Article

 

We discuss our own methods and mediums and take a look at some prominent photographers in the industry shooting film. From photojournalists, to portrait photographers, artists and inventors!

Andrew Quilty – Australian photojournalist who uses his iphone to capture daily life in Afghanistan.

 

Don McCullen – one of Toby’s Favourite photographers who is sticking with film and describes the digital medium as one that can not be trusted.

Guardian Article Don McCullen

 

Tyler Mitchell – A young and upcoming photographer who rose to acclaim when he photographed Beyoncé for Vogue’s September issue, all on film. One of his portraits of Beyoncé has since been acquired by the Smithsonian

Vogue September Issue 2018

Ian Ruther – Once an adventure and sports photographer, Ian left the digital world behind and embraced the collodion process. He has built multiple large scale cameras over the last decade photographing people and stunning landacapes. Truly phenomenal process and a must to check out his short documentary films. 

 

Trent Parke – One of Australia’s most prominent photographers who solely shoots on film. Trent’s bodies of work are nothing short of truly magical. Winner of multiple World Press Awards and the only Australian member of the Magnum Foundation, Trent’s work transcends worlds. 

 

Gregory Crewdson – Gregory creates elaborate feature film sets and stories, all for a still image, his work is cinematic in feel, and goes deep into the subconscious of America, exploring the iconography of the American suburban landscape. 

This is a fun and insightful episode one of many we will be covering on film. 

Show Credits

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.

EP 005: Fair What?! A Look at Copyright

Show Notes

Have you ever had an image stolen? Do you know your rights if and when it happens? Toby reveals his confrontation with UK pop star FKA Twigs after she pinched one of his images a few years back, altered it, removed a watermark and published it to her Instagram without any credit whatsoever. Say what!!?? Yep, and that’s just one incident!! The digital age has made this an all-too common occurrence, so listen in as Mez and Toby arm you with all the information you need to fight copyright infringers, no matter who they are.

 

  • What is Copyright? – Copyright: the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.
  • Connection between copyright and usage (usage and licencing is going to be another episode guys! It’s a hot and detailed topic!) Owner of the copyright RENTS an image out as ‘usage’ under a ‘licencing agreement’  – copyright does not change hands, you are simply renting out your image. Client can not transfer usage onto others and has no copyright authority.
  • Toby spills the tea about his run in with FKA Twigs and her use of Toby’s work without permission. A clear Copyright infringement! We dissect the whole situation to give clarity on what copyright infringement looks like!
  • What is the Copyright law in Australia?
  • What is fair dealings?
  • Fair dealing v fair use – we go into the Government’s Productivity Commission’s report into Intellectual Property.
  • We look at the ‘Artist’ Richard Prince and his dodgy practices as an example of how Fair Use can work against creatives and leave us open to plagiarism and having our work stolen.
  • Toby gives us a hilarious example of the correct way to ask for permission when wanting to use an image.  It involved Anna Nicole Smith and Wikipedia – whhaattt?!
  • How copyright infringement and the stealing of images has become rampant since introduction of image based social media.
  • We discuss how people view what’s online as a free for all and the flip side of it being brands expecting to use images for free.
  • The importance of protecting your copyright and the value in it! 
  • Resources on copyright to help you navigate 
  • A bit of advice on how to go about confronting someone who has stolen your work.

Show Credits

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.

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EP 004: The Comparison Complex

Show Notes

What do we mean by Comparison Complex?

Comparison is a normal part of life. Comparison can help us to evaluate and understand ourselves, how to improve our work or it can inspire us to learn something new. 

However, when we depend on comparison as a means of how to value our self-worth and the worth of our work, that’s when we’re in danger of creating a negative dialogue in our minds.

In other words, comparing ourselves to others from a place of self worth can lead to a negative mindset and a creative spiral downwards. 

Have you ever looked at what someone else was doing and thought ‘Why aren’t I that good? Why aren’t I like them? I’m not good enough’

We all have at one time in our live especially as creatives.  So lets go deeper into this subject and work through some ways to help us combat negative comparison.

We discuss

– When comparison leads to self loathing instead of motivation your creativity halts.

– We talk about our own personal experiences with this.

– How comparison complex has changed from before social media to now with social media. 

– How positive comparison and constructive critique can foster collaboration and lead to new ideas

– How do we get out of this negative comparison mindset which will lead to true self expression, developing your own style.

– How the comparison influence of social media is creating faux creatives who just keep copying each other (@insta_repeat is a great example of pointing this out)

When we are focusing so much on what everyone else is doing we aren’t focusing on ourselves as much as we should. We can get bogged down in the game of am I ahead or behind, is this better or worse than what their doing. This is a consuming place to be mentally and when we are creating we need to be creating from a place of true self expression. 

“Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to the world is completely original and cannot be compared. And, without comparison, concepts like ‘ahead or behind’, ‘best or worst’, lose their meaning.” — Brene Brown

Motivation instead of comparison 

Comparison isn’t all bad. Comparison can be a useful tool in shaping your personal and creative identity. It can be a motivation to improve yourself, learn something new, and it can give you perspective. 

So next time you feel compelled to compare, ask yourself one or more of the following questions

  • How can I use this to to motivate myself?
  • What can I learn from what I discovered?

Let’s engage with the world from a place of worthiness (words to live by, thanks Brene Brown)

 

CREDITS:

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.

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EP 003: What the Hell Do I Charge? Part II

Show Notes

Mez and Toby are back to help you navigate the crazy world of photographer rates, because one episode simply wasn’t enough. In Part II, our fearless duo looks at so-called “services” for photographers that are either helping or hindering snappers from getting a start in an increasingly fragmented and under-valued industry. Speaking of “snapper” … hmm…

SNAPPR

So what is Snappr – we discuss their rates, their morals and ethics and hear some stories about former Snappr photographers – but best of all we hear from our Host Toby, who has one epic personal story about Snappr. 

OTHER PHOTO SERVICES

Tribe

Shoot My Travel

 

THE DEVALUING OF AN INDUSTRY

Saturated market due to advancements in technology

Under-cutting \ shoot and burners

Working for free

 

LET’S GO DEEPER

What’s my time worth?

What is my skill worth?

Valuing ourselves and not being scared to charge a premium

We are all ships in a harbour – if some leave the water level goes down.  

CREDITS:

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.

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EP 002: What the Hell Do I Charge Part I

Episode Notes

One of the most asked questions by emerging photographers is – what do I charge? This episode and the next is not just about what we should charge it’s also about seeing the value in our industry.

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PRICING


Covering your costs

Charging for equipment/studio hire 

What is your skill level & experience

Who is the client

How big is the job

Different types of photography are going to be charged differently

Minimum hours

Discounting for regular clients

Industry standards

Negotiating

Here’s my rates vs. What’s your budget?

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT – ‘Industry Standards’


MEAA Recommendations – Industry standards (2017)

 

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE


Mez discusses her rates as to give a real world example of how a photographer structures their pricing.

WHY PHOTOGRAPHERS CHARGE WHAT THEY DO

 

Professional photographers charge based on their expertise and experience. While it may seem like they are charging too much for just several hours of work, you need to consider the work they put in to be where they are now.

Some of the factors that influence the price of photography are as follows:

 

Photo quality, both artistic and technical

The value of the photographer on the market

Competitors’ prices

Equipment and the materials used

Format of the photography

Other services

 

STAY TUNED FOR PART II…

Show Credits:

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio. Bandit’s a dog, by the way … a bloody clever one.

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EP 001: What's This All About?

Episode Notes

Click Click Bang Bang is finally here!!! Hosts Mez and Toby introduce the photography podcast you’ve all been waiting for, and also say a thing or two about themselves. After all, who the hell are they?? 

So who are we – Toby and Mez are facilitators of discussion and ideas about photography – we aren’t wanky know it all tech heads who are out to make an echo chamber.  will discuss all aspects of the medium with the people that define it, and try and make sense of the weird and wonderful culture and business that surrounds it. This is not a wanky, ego-driven lecture. It’s fun, it’s kinda deep sometimes, and it’s all-inclusive.

In this podcast we are going to talk about the many facets of photography – social issues, business, tech, art, current events and trends – we are going to talk to many different people who make up this industry – professionals, amateurs, models, art directors, galleries, film makers, printers and more. 

 

CREDITS:

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio. Bandit’s a dog, by the way … a bloody clever one.



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