Author: Kurtis

Business – Copyright and Image Usage

Copyright/Image Usage is something I deal with on every project I work on. For every single one of the projects I have worked on I retain the copyright to all of my images.

Copyright Symbol

For example in my contract it states;


The Client acknowledges that The Photographer is the first and sole owner of all copyright of the work(s) covered in this agreement and that The Photographer shall remain the sole owner of any and all photographs, or any materials used to produce and/or reproduce the photographs, as well as all copyright. All rights not expressly granted under this agreement remain the exclusive property of The Photographer.

The Client may not assign or transfer this license, or any part of it, without The Photographer?s prior written consent. Upon default, the license will be deemed cancelled.”

By maintaining the ©opyright I ensure that my images will not be duplicated without my knowledge. Just as you wouldn’t make a copy of an Iron Man 2 DVD, my clients don’t copy the files I give them and provide them to other companies/users.

Now you’re probably wondering “How does the client/s use the images you’ve created?” I provide them usage based on what we have outlined in the contract. Projects can be based on single users or multiple users, some regional and some international. Usage costs depend on the scale of the production, media buy and length of usage. For a rough example to show scale; a one time print in a magazine with 100,000 readers a 1/4 page could start from $350, a cover photo with distribution of 4,000,000 could start from $4,500.

Copyright and Usage can be a tricky subject so I’m trying to do my part by getting the knowledge out there so people are aware of the fact that photographer’s images are their livelihood. Any photographer that is able to give away his images for free will not be able to afford to do so very long…

Equipment – What camera do I shoot with?

I’m asked pretty frequently what kind of camera I shoot with and for some jobs it looks a little like this. Really it’s not about the camera though…you could give me the same hockey puck that Sidney Crosby used in the Gold medal game and I couldn’t even begin to make it do what he does.

I had a couple questions from people wondering how/what I did to create the images from my Playground 2 event coverage. Well, I used this camera/lens here:

Canon 5D with Pinhole

Well some of your are probably wondering where is the lens?…

Short answer: It’s right on the camera.

I created a digital pinhole camera out of some gaffer’s tape, tinfoil, a sewing needle and some guess and testing. With pinhole photography light comes through that tiny hole at a very high aperture setting rendering everything in scene in focus. Couldn’t get the exact aperture on site so you have to guess and test a little with exposure times. On the Canon 5D this “lens” ends up being the equivalent of a 80-90mm.

In short it is not the camera that matters, more so the person holding it.

Architecture – Graham Building Designers

I was contcted by Graham Building Designers to shoot the addition to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. They needed the interiors of all 5 floors, mechanical rooms and externals for their future marketing materials.

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Addition, Graham Building Designers

I was a great project to work on and everybody on site ensured the entire two day shoot went off without a hitch.

“Kurtis, we appreciate the fantastic job you did for us.  You definitely exceeded our expectations. You came to site and worked hard with excellent results.” – Bradley Stewart, Graham Building Designers