The first autumn photography workshop

Atlantic coastal landscapes photography; Hartland Quay, north Devon

9th Sept 2017

My autumn photography workshops kick off on 9th Sept with an afternoon and evening spent photographing the spectacular cliffs, rocky shores and coastal waterfalls of north Devon’s coast, around Hartland Quay.

Sunset over rocks near Hartland Quay, nr Bideford, Devon, Great Britain.

This is one of the most rugged stretches of Devon’s coasts, providing a fantastic opportunity for some wild coastal landscape photography.

We’ll be starting at 2pm, just as the sun is moving round towards the west and so shining onto the cliffs, and will continue until it sets over the sea at about 8pm. In that time we’ll photograph the rocks and cliffs south of Hartland Quay, as well as the patterned sands and rock-lined pools at Speke’s Mill Mouth (a mile or so south of Hartland Quay), plus the spectacular waterfall that crashes down the cliffs to the beach here.

We’ll be shooting on a rising tide, starting off with the tide well out and so giving us plenty of beach to work on, coming up to high tide shortly before sunset.

The coast at Hartland Quay, nr Bideford, north Devon, Great Britain.

Price for the workshop is £90 per person. More details and sign-up can be seen by clicking the link below:

Find out more about the Hartland workshop, 9th Sept

I’ll look forward to seeing you! If you have any queries just get in touch.

A highway code to copyright

As a professional photographer one of the biggest issues I’ve had over the years is getting people to understand copyright. In other, less diplomatic words, getting people to understand that they have to pay to use my photos!

This always seems to be a difficult concept for some people to grasp, but the British Copyright Council recently came up with a wonderfully simply and clear ‘highway code’ to copyright, to help explain to creatives like me what is protected for my benefit, and to explain to anyone who might like to use my work what they have to pay for and why.

A link to their site given below, but here is a summary of that code, supplied courtesy of The Photographer, the magazine of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP):

  1. Copyright is a legal right – given automatically to authors of original literary, musical, visual, dramatic, artistic and other creative works and productions – to control copying, and therefore exploitation and activities such as publishing and posting on the web, of their works. This includes books, articles, reports, poetry, plays, music, paintings, photographs, illustrations, sculptures, text messages, games, web pages, videos and computer programs.

Creators of films, sound recording producers and broadcasters also receive copyright in their productions and performers receive similar rights in their performances. A person, a group of people, or a company can own a copyright.

2. Something becomes protected by copyright as soon as it is written down, drawn or recorded in some way. There is no requirement to register a copyright but it is good practice to mark ownership using the © symbol, the owner’s name and the date of first publication

3. The author of the work is the ‘first owner’ of copyright, unless the work is produced during the course of employment, in which case the first owner is normally the employer. Copyright in freelance or commissioned work belongs to the author, unless the terms of a contract specify otherwise.

4. As author, you can ‘license’ or sell (‘assign’) some or all of your copyright. A license my stipulate territory, media, duration etc, and whether on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis, and it should be in writing but doesn’t have to be (unless exclusive)…. but you remain the copyright owner. An assignment must be in writing and means that, apart from moral rights to be identified as the author and to control changes to the work, you no longer have any rights or claim on the copyright as it has a new owner.

5. Even if it is readily available, to make use of someone else’s copyright work or performance you must have permission (and may have to pay a license fee) unless your use is one of a limited set of exceptions such as those concerning fair dealing. You ask for permission by contacting the author or performer or an organisation that looks after permissions on their behalf.

6. Copyright in most kinds of work lasts for the lifetime of the author plus 70 years. After this time work becomes freely available.

This highway code is itself copyright the British Copyright Council, but I’m allowed to reproduce it without alteration.

As can be seen in this highway code, my work as a photographer falls under the protection of the copyright laws, and as such anyone wishing to use my photographs must ask my permission first, will usually need to agree a fee to pay me, and agree to the terms of a license.

Clearly, the details of the copyright highway code as described above refers to the law as it is in the UK and it does not purport to offer any legal advice.

Many other countries have very similar laws protecting copyright.

For further information on the British Copyright Council and on this copyright highway code click on the link below:

Go to the British Copyright Council



Beautiful Devon photography almost finished!

The photography for my next book, Beautiful Devon, is almost complete, with just a few little subjects to pick off.

A dusk view of the harbour at Ilfracombe, Devon, Great Britain.

Very much a photography led book about this beautiful county in southwest England, Beautiful Devon will be targeted at the tourism market, hopefully appealing to anyone wanting a photographic memento of the area.

The book will cover landscapes, tourist attractions, the cities, the sea and some of the watersports. Publication will be next spring, so still a way to go yet.

Watermouth Bay at sunset, near Ilfracombe, Devon, Great Britain.

I’ll keep everyone informed of upcoming developments. Meanwhile, you can see a few photos from the project by clicking on the link below. This gallery is currently rather small, but it will be expanded in due course.

See Beautiful Devon photos

Kite-surfing and windsurfing at Exmouth, Devon, Great Britain.