Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “Photography business

“Photo Conversations” Replay

Great fun today talking about my photography on “Photo Conversations” with John Cornicello. You can watch the replay with some of my photos and “tear sheets”. Thanks!
Truly incredible to be included in an ongoing series that has featured photo industry luminaries such as John Paul Caponigro, Seth Resnick, Kevin Raber, Jack Reznicki, Lee Varis, Michael Newler, Benjamin Von Wong, Jeff Schewe, Jeff Dunas, Mac Holbert, Greg Gorman and more.


Photographer Scam

This is already an old scam. But old scams find new victims. So to my photographer friends, don’t fall for it.

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Should/Should Not For Business In 2020

From my long time friend Leslie Burns, Burns The Attorney. She makes one point that to paraphrase also from the Palm Springs Photo Festival; Face To Face Meetings Can Change Everything. Read this all through and save it, link below…
“As we wrap up 2019 and start to look ahead, I thought I would give up some of my best thoughts on both business and legal issues, for creative pros, in list form. I think I should warn you, though, I’m not holding back on the language. I think someone needs to play Carol Kane in Scrooged to the creative industries and, well, I’m just the broad to do it. So, here’s what you should/should not do for your business in 2020″…
(And no this is not Leslie Burns. From one of my photo shoots with model Aristodeme)
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Printing This Week

New large format photo printer coming this week. Many of you have asked for fine art quality large prints from your photo shoots or from some of my available works. So for those special requests I will now print right here so I can best produce them with the finest papers and inks and in my own personal vision.


No! Wrong!

You can’t just take a work that has copyright protection and make a Christmas greeting out of it for your business. When it is done by a business that is in a business that services and depends on copyright creators, it is really wrong.

I received this as a holiday e-mail greeting yesterday. It is from a photography rental studio, one that services professional photographers. Obviously they do not own the copyright and I suspect they did not license the copyright to this image for the use. I did send them an inquiry asking about that but they did not reply.

My guess is that they used it without so much as a passing thought. Often the case when you have newer people in your business who just think anything online is “fair game” for use. I use that term because it has been repeated to me. Usually my explanation to them about my copyrights and my defending my work in Federal Court ends that.

Anyway people who are in the business of copyright creation must lead by example. Do not use other peoples work, images, art, music or whatever just because it is online. It is not yours to do so.

By the way, my using this example in this post falls under a “Fair Use” exclusion in copyright law.


One more of my pet peeves is photography industry magazines that use really bad photographs in their magazines. Posts about that another time.

Featured In Shutterbug Magazine

You will find me in the January 2016 issue of Shutterbug Magazine. The “Business Trends” story by Maria Piscopo “Online Marketing Tools to Boost Your Business”, “How To Promote Your Work Online And Through Social Media”. I am really pleased to be a part of helping others get ahead in the photography business. It is really great. Actually for a few years now I have been the subject of other articles about using Social Media, written studies, lectures and even in photo business lectures in college courses. So obviously I had to tell you about it here on Social Media. Anyway pick up a copy of the January Shutterbug Magazine. It has always been one of my favorite magazines. Thanks!