About the Author

Carolyn E. Wright is a full-time attorney whose practice is aimed squarely at the legal needs of photographers. Carolyn understands the special issues that confront both professional and amateur photographers alike.

A professional photographer herself, Carolyn has the legal credentials and the experience to protect your rights.Carolyn wrote the book, the "Photographer’s Legal Guide," which was released in 2006 and updated in 2010. Carolyn specializes in wildlife photography and also provides legal information for photographers for free at www.photoattorney.com.

Venice Rookery
by Carolyn E. Wright | February 17, 2012

© Carolyn E. WrightLove is in the air at the Venice Rookery. The birds (and the bees) are there doing the thing they are so famous for, and you can take pictures of it! Seriously, though, the Venice Rookery is an ideal spot to photograph birds mating, building their nests, fighting for territory and feeding their...

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The Well-Dressed Photographer – Winter
by Carolyn E. Wright | November 14, 2011

© Carolyn E. WrightDon’t let winter weather prevent you from taking your best shots.

Some of the best images can be captured during the winter months, so don’t let the cold stop you. For the best photography experience, wear clothing that will keep you comfortable and safe.

Dressing in layers and choosing...

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La Jolla Cove
by Carolyn E. Wright | November 1, 2011

© Carolyn E. WrightOn a chilly January day, it can be difficult to find the inspiration to get your camera out of its bag. That is, unless you head to La Jolla, California for some spectacular bird photography. There, pelicans are roosting in their beautiful breeding plumage just a few steps from your parking spac...

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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
by Carolyn E. Wright | May 14, 2010

© Carolyn E. WrightThe vast beauty and richness of the desert can be easily seen in one place in Tucson, Arizona. Known as the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, this gorgeous and convenient site is host to a cornucopia of plants, birds and animals native to the desert. Home to more than 300 animal species and 1200 pla...

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The Well-Dressed Photographer – Summer
by Carolyn E. Wright | April 29, 2010

© Carolyn WrightOutdoor photographers shoot year round. That includes the hot summer. You may be surprised to learn that the best way to tolerate the heat is not to strip down to your skivvies. Instead, using the right products and wearing clothing designed to face the challenges of summer will help you keep yo...

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The Advantages of Trademark Registration
by Carolyn E. Wright | January 3, 2010

NatureScapes.netTrademarks (or servicemarks) allow people to identify the source of goods or services, not the products or services themselves. When people see your trademark, they will know where the product came from or who is providing the service. Trademarks can be names, symbols, packaging, the shape of a...

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The Fuss About Fair Use
by Carolyn E. Wright | May 1, 2008

NatureScapesThese days, photographers are likely to find one or more of their images used without permission. One defense is often that it is a “fair use.” The challenge is determining whether the unauthorized use is an infringement or fair use. While only a court of law can make that decision,...

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act Damages
by Carolyn E. Wright | September 1, 2007

NatureScapesCopyright infringement is much too common these days. To reap the big statutory rewards (of at least $750 and up to $150,000 for willful infringements, plus costs and attorneys’ fees) from prosecuting infringements, you must have registered your photograph with the U.S. Copyright Office pr...

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Licensing Your Copyright
by Carolyn E. Wright | February 28, 2007

NatureScapesWhen you own the copyright of a photograph, you have complete and exclusive control of how it is reproduced, displayed and distributed. These rights may be assigned, sold, transferred or given away. But if you give a slide to a publisher, email a digital file to a client, or sell a print at an a...

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