Oklahoma City SMUG Meeting with Brett Deering on Copyright

>If you aren’t sure why this topic matters in the world of photography, then this two-part series is for you! To kick it off, I’d like to share a recap of last week’s Oklahoma City SMUG meeting, which was themed “Copyright in the Digital Age.” Brett Deering, an Oklahoma City-based Commercial and portrait photographer, was our guest speaker. When Brett and I first got acquainted, he asked me if he could attend a SMUG sometime to share some thoughts on the topic of copyright, to which I enthusiastically said “Yes please!” Brett brought along some resources, which you can download here, and went over these and other questions: 

  • Who owns a photo? Is the answer the same for portraiture and commercial work?
  • How are portrait photographersaffecting commercial photographers when it comes to copyright issues? And viceversa?
  • What mistakes do you seephotographers making today in terms of copyright issues?
  • How has the growth of social mediainfluenced copyright issues?

Here’s the video for those that couldn’t join us (it’s about 20 minutes long). 





Thanks to everyone that attended and contributed to this important discussion – especially the few that stayed late to talk more and hang out with Brett – including a certain tog that doesn’t like having her own photo taken. 🙂 



If you are a photographer in the OKC area, please join us for the next SMUG meeting on May 26th! You can also catch up on what you missed at the first OKC SMUG meeting, too! Come back to this blog tomorrow for Part 2 of this important topic!


– HBA

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About Holly Baumann Photography

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, a commercial and portrait photographer based in Central Illinois. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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